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Old 03-29-2013
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Hi Folks:
Have several questions that I hope the "knowledgeable guru's" can answer:
1. I have a gauge on my dash that is labeled "Pyrometer/Pressure" (Picture #1). When traveling and under a little load, the Pyrometer portion reads at about 900 degrees. The "pressure" side doesn't seem to move. When not under heavy load, it drops down to about 400 degrees. Is this normal? I ASSUME this is for the turbo...an I right?
#2. Again, when under hard load (hills), the engine water temperature can go as high as 230 degrees (lower red line)and then the fan kicks in. Again, I ASSUME that 230 degrees is the maximum that it should get...before damage can begin. Am I correct? The engine oil temperature gauge (Picture #2) usually goes up to around 210 degrees. What is the maximum that it should go before shutting down to cool down?
#3. There is a "mystery switch" located on the back wall in the galley (Picture #3), next to the doorbell and to the right of the intercom phone. Have yet to figure out what it goes to. Any ideas???
#4. I have to replace the element in my water heater, AGAIN ! (Raritan R-12). Where is the best place to locate a 1250W/120V. element, 4 bolt-in? This is the 2nd one in about 4 months. Getting kinda old. Considering an alternative to the Raritan model. Don't need the ability to heat the water while on the road. Any ideas?
Thanks again folks, I am sure that more silly questions will follow.
Dennie.
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Dennie,

I would be concerned about running the 3208 consistently over 210/230.
First get an infrared thermometer & check the temp compared to the gage.
The gage could be defective or someone replaced the sensor incorrectly.
also sounds like the fan is not kicking on at about 195

Water heater elements should not burn out in 4 months , could be a poor electrical connection.
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Dennie, Listen to Bill.
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Dennie, your pyrometer temp readings are normal. As I recall, the right side of that gauge should show turbo boost in PSI. This gauge is mechanical and fed with a hose that may be plugged or broken off.
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we have replacement elements for your water heater
$10.00 plus shipping
give us a call
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[QUOTE=EagleOne;200322]Hi Folks:

#3. There is a "mystery switch" located on the back wall in the galley (Picture #3), next to the doorbell and to the right of the intercom phone. Have yet to figure out what it goes to. Any ideas???
Dennie,
That switch can be a shut off for an outlet, say for a TV...
Check your outlets, maybe one will go active when you flip it...
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Dennie.. the element can go bad if you run the hot water heater with no water in it.
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Dennie:

1. I have a gauge on my dash that is labeled "Pyrometer/Pressure" (Picture #1). When traveling and under a little load, the Pyrometer portion reads at about 900 degrees. The "pressure" side doesn't seem to move. When not under heavy load, it drops down to about 400 degrees. Is this normal? I ASSUME this is for the turbo...an I right?
I have to agree with Jim, pressure side is either plugged, or broken. On my 84 it used to go as high as 1100 degs under severe pulling.
#2. Again, when under hard load (hills), the engine water temperature can go as high as 230 degrees (lower red line)and then the fan kicks in. Again, I ASSUME that 230 degrees is the maximum that it should get...before damage can begin. Am I correct? The engine oil temperature gauge (Picture #2) usually goes up to around 210 degrees. What is the maximum that it should go before shutting down to cool down?
Maybe, when you anticipate a long hill, turn the fan override on help keep the engine cool
#3. There is a "mystery switch" located on the back wall in the galley (Picture #3), next to the doorbell and to the right of the intercom phone. Have yet to figure out what it goes to. Any ideas???
My wife's saying, if it doesn't work, "Have you checked the switch?"
#4. I have to replace the element in my water heater, AGAIN ! (Raritan R-12). Where is the best place to locate a 1250W/120V. element, 4 bolt-in? This is the 2nd one in about 4 months. Getting kinda old. Considering an alternative to the Raritan model. Don't need the ability to heat the water while on the road. Any ideas?
There should be a no water switch that would not allow the heater to turn on if no water is present. Either it is bypassed or shorted.
I was trying to get a pic but could not find one. |It is a plastic insert located on the outlet of the hot water tank.

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On my coach that switch turns on the center overhead light in the kitchen.
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Just like the other responses:


1: Your turbo temps match mine.
2: My fan comes on at about 195...I would want to explore this further and address it...may be a bad reading or other issues but it is too hot at 230F.
3: Switch looks like and is positioned similar to mine which controls the overhead light.

I can only add that "the first year" owning a old motorhome can be seem to be a long mountain grade climb...but keep climbing, slow and steady will get you to the top (of the learning, the repairs, and the frustrations), and then you can enjoy the ride and the view!

Keep asking questions...we are all here to help one another.
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