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Old 01-26-2020
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Arrow Manual valve closes automaticly PT36

The drivers heat worked well when we first bought the coach but we noticed the end of last winter that the air was not as hot as it had been. It progressively got worse until on the Christmas trip this year ( really last year ) the air was cold. I have not had time to fool with it but need the heat since we are full timing right now.



I figured it would be the electric solenoid failing. It turned out that one of the shut off valves on the engine was closed. Now I KNOW I didn't close it, my wife CERTAINLY didn't close it, the kids and grand kids know what severe penalties await if they touch ANYTHING ON MY BUS without me being there so it was a mystery how this happened.


So I opened the valve, noticing it spun freely, and, Volia! We have heat!


I drove it one cold morning over to the local RV repair shop to fill the propane tank and was nice & toasty going (about 5 miles). Left it running while filling and paying the bill. Like to froze on the way home. Now I'm figuring something ELSE has failed. On a lark, I just looked at that valve first and it was closed up tighter than a miser's purse at a church meetin'!


So I opened it up again and checked the heat. All working good. Went back to the engine and the valve's half closed AGAIN!! I opened it again and watched it. Sure enough, the vibration from the engine was making the valve spin closed. I tried tightening the packing nut but it's froze tight and not leaking so I didn't want to set up on it and cause myself more problems right now.


I wire tied the valve open and put it on the list to fix.


I have not seen this particular problem posted so here ya go........ one more thing to look at if you have no heat.


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The haunted bus
The stem has been known to separate and the valve remains closed.
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I thought that was a prerequisite for owning a Wanderlodge?


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The stem has been known to separate and the valve remains closed.

That was my first thought too but I can close it & have no heat, open it & have heat. I have not had any problems since I wire tied it open.


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I have heard those stories about the valves closing themselves,never though much about it though.
(you don't have to be crazy to own a Bird,but it helps!)
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Is there a WOG crazy test ??
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I started to take a video but it was colder than a snowbirds heiny and the wind was blowing a gale. Besides that, the valve is buried under the water pump. I can only see part of the stem wheel. When it gets warmer I may try to get a video. I agree about hearing things that are unbelievable. I almost didn't check the valves because I KNEW they were open and nobody had closed them. Watching the stem wheel turn by itself was strange to say the least.


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My 1989wb will do the same
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Yes there is a WOG crazy test. There are several requirements in order to get a passing grade.
1. Obtain the title in your name.
2. Post on the website
3. Take Wanderlodge on a trip. ( long or short both count )
4. Grin incessantly while behind the wheel.
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Yes there is a WOG crazy test. There are several requirements in order to get a passing grade.
1. Obtain the title in your name.
2. Post on the website
3. Take Wanderlodge on a trip. ( long or short both count )
4. Grin incessantly while behind the wheel.

Also must have lots of cash, a high limit credit card, or incredible optimism!




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