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Subject: fresh water tanks/front bumper chrome/GPS & TV


Author:
Roland Condon
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Date Posted: 11/ 20/ 05, 8:32am

I'm in the process of refurbishing my 1982 35" FC bird as my wife and I are going on the road. I have several issues I need some help with.

I'm looking for a 100 gal. fresh water tank, either original equipment or a substitute.

I'm also looking for a used front bumper in good condition or a place to get my bumper rechromed, or a new front bumper for my '82 bird. I've had mine rechromed but the tank was not long enough and it didn't hold up.

I also have some small parts that I need rechromed and I'm looking for a place where someone has had a good experience having parts rechromed. We live in Maryland.

I'm also thinking about purchasing a GPS system. Can anyone suggest a user friendly system that is not too pricey. Also,any suggestions about TV reception equipment?

I also have trouble with my fluoroescent lighing, when I turn them on they flicker and are very dim.

Thanks for the help. Roland

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[> Subject: Re: fresh water tanks/front bumper chrome/GPS & TV


Author:
Don
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Date Posted: 11/ 21/ 05, 12:38pm

Hello again,

On mine the tank is a very tight fit with numerous angles and contours to fit the space. I had no luck finding a replacement. The original tank was made by INCA, from memory. I sent them detailed drawings when they asked for them, then they flatly refused to reply to any further e-mail inquires regarding if this tank was still available…I guess not.

Your tank may be completely different, but on mine the overflow fitting is placed such that the first real hill you hit you’ll loose probably 20 gallons. If you could improve on the overflow tube set-up you might be able to go with a slightly smaller tank, that would be much easier to build, yet have the same effective capacity.

The 60 second tech RV book has an overflow tube suggestion that fits into the tank from the rear to the front that would work well and be easy to implement if you have to have a tank built.


Your fluorescent lights probably aren’t getting the correct voltage. The ballast design is fairly old as well; perhaps someone already swapped them out for you. An easy DC test would be to locate your coach load center(s) in the overhead. With your coach plugged into shore power (or generator), turn all your dc accessories on: lights, heaters, etc.. Now, in the overhead start touching the wires, splices, connectors, ect.. Any hot? If so, poor connections via corrosion, contamination, loose mechanical connections, or even an electrical short is giving you grief.

Expect to find multiple issues… Anything hot to the touch needs to be corrected or heaters wont fire, fluorescent bulbs will grow black and die with their ballast, batteries never seem to hold up as you suspect they should, and fire.

These hot spots represent a voltage drop, i.e., work being done, in this case inappropriately. These can of course occur anywhere along the patch between the battery and the intended load.

Be nosey.

Regards, Don

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[> Subject: Re: fresh water tanks/front bumper chrome/GPS & TV


Author:
Bob Dilks
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Date Posted: 11/ 26/ 05, 12:51pm

Your fluorescent ballast (inverters) are failing. The original supplier is in business. Call RGM Industries at 321-269-4720

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