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Mike called last night and he is still having laptop problems, He got the trailer switched out with his brother and headed back east and he is now at HWH in Moscow, Iowa where they are going to repair the pump issue for him today.
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HWH was slow, in @ 7 am, out @ 10:30, Ethan and Robert did fine, youngsters that I supervised to a acceptable repair. Let's see, after the debacle on I-90 and averting another 'fire' bird story; picked up the trailer for brother in Souix Falls and hauled buttsky west, made it to Gillette WY @ Rocky Mt. Cummins, nice flat parking slabs w/50a plugs. They saved me when the retarder bearing failed, so I'm familiar with the place. In the morning noticed the fuel pressure/vaccum gage was buried in the red, old Holley red pump finally died. Had a spare but not going under the bus with out a jack stand, Cummins sent a guy out to do the change, took an hour, 130 bucks and no diesel shower. After that noticed I had a strange draw on volt gage and amp meters weren't showing anything, puttered the afternoon a way on that issue, got it sorta fixed, by then brother showed up, got him and the F-150 hooked to his new food service trailer and I headed east. Got the word that weather was poor in S.E. MN and Western WI so took I-35 south @ Albert Lea, got down the road 40 miles lots of snow from the night before, tons of back ups on the north bound, one was 10 miles it seemed, semi's in the ditch and the median, quite the mess. I kept the hammer down and didn't hit any falling snow just lots of rain and a serious north wind that inspired me to stay in the left lane as much as possible on I-80. Made it to HWH before they went home and was delighted they were able to fix me in the morning, they did and was home in Germantown by 3 this afternoon. Now to repair the melted battery cables tomorrow. Thanks to the Miller Bros. I have serious 83 FC schematics that are really handy @ times like this, will make it a lot easier to simplify the cable runs that originally were designed to work with the battery isolator. I will attempt to show how we fuse the battery banks next week when the parts show up. I have 4 6v agm's in the compartment with the 2500 Heart, two 12 deep cycle agm on the gen set tray and 3 12v start agms in the slide tray under the pilot seat. The gen tray bank and 4 6v's are the house bank, got two pretty huge solar panels on the roof but the rascal goes dead pretty quick, need to get serious and solve this draw issue. Oh yeah, the pump dragging on the ground caused a couple of the batt cables to contact the drive shaft, when I got under there one cable was red hot and flaming, the implications of my Allison being a ground for all that amperage was cause for concern but no problems have been observed. There were some pretty good witness marks on the u-joint yolk as testament to the contact.
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we are glad your home safe,that was a close call.
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Mike thanks for the story & follow up, good job and safe.
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Glad your home Mike. Hope none of that errant voltage went through bearings or bushings.
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Glad your home Mike. Hope none of that errant voltage went through bearings or bushings.
You know it did.
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The things a guy would do just to go see Ashley the receptionist at HWH
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That did lighten the mood.
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Saturday work detail. Start by removing the battery box so's you can start to get an idea where to start taking things apart, remove wheel so work can continue. Notice that Wanderlodge chose to run two 1.0 cables over the propane tank, those happend to be the melted examples. 9 agm batt's can melt copper real quick. The schematics, Jeff Miller did the quick and dirty hand print so I'd have a clue related to some changes he made, that was a good thing. One melted wire replaced, the other was not needed any longer due to batt bank changes I've made. Replacing the gen batt cable that runs forward to the frame junction under the step, as it's pretty sorry from years of torture due to slide action by the tray, might as well do them all while I'm getting really dirty.
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She was just a bit warm Mike.
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