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Old 01-08-2018
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Default LXi Overhead Dash Modification

Problem: The new Magnum inverter remotes left a hole in the panel where the Trace inverter remotes were.

Solution: Cover with some painted 1/4" plywood. Now before anyone gets cheeky, the mounting screws are not symmetrical because I used the exposed existing Trace holes rather than adding new holes. With that out of the way, read on.

Problem: An empty panel bothers the heck out of this design engineer, so what to do?

Answer: Added a Hobbs meter for the Aqua-Hot along with an led showing when it was running, and added a Hobbs meter for the generator so I wouldn't have to go all the way around the front of the bus to get a reading. Nice addition.

Another Problem: Still some space left.

Solution: Well, I never knew the state of charge of the genset battery, so added a voltmeter for that battery and also a state of charge meter along with a switch to turn them off to avoid parasitic drain.

Another Problem: The state of charge meter was intended for golfcarts and shows charge level all the way down to flat. We need to recharge when it gets down to 12.2 vdc (50%).

Last Solution: A piece of red tape blocking all but the first two segments of the meter. When that second segment is passed, it's under 50%.

Okay, so I have too much time on my hands, but I have to say, it looks pretty cool. Well, in my opinion, anyway. All this is to procrastinate fixing a nasty leaking housing on the black tank valve. Now you understand? I think I'll go for a walk.
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As usual, It looks awesome Ron. Can I loan you my coach for awhile?
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I'm never gonna catch up.
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I'm never gonna catch up.
No one else is either. Some one has to be top of the heap may as well be Ron.
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Okay, guys. Get a smelly leak in the black tank housing and see how creative you can get to avoid that inevitable task, while you are living on the bus. Yuk.
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i'm still try-n to find time to paint my engine
great job ron!!
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And I found today that the black tank valve leak is a growing crack in the valve housing at the screw hole. Drat. Sounds like two new valves and plumbing, so I will probably do electric valves like Kevin.
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[QUOTE=rrueckwald;403108]And I found today that the black tank valve leak is a growing crack in the valve housing at the screw hole. Drat. Sounds like two new valves and plumbing, so I will probably do electric valves like Kevin.[/QUOTE

Check this out Ron, family owned business here in Hollister. I've been down to their shop, very nice folks that stand behind their product, seems to be of good quality.
http://drainmaster.com/rv/
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Thanks, Robert. I looked at the Drainmaster. There was a lot to like, but found it would not fit in the space for the grey tank, although it would work for the black. I am now looking at Valterra. I think they will fit, but if not, back to the original type valves. Since they are glued in, changing one means buying both. With the electric valves, at least you can remove them separately.
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Ron
It's time to be on the road and forget fixing all the stuff. I do have an empty space next the house you are welcome at any time. Nothing to fix at my place. Remember the children's book if you a mouse a cookie....
That is an awesome fix try not to make everyone jealous.
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