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Old 01-04-2019
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Started doing the annual maintenance today since the bulk of the filters arrived. Knocked out the generator fuel and oil filters as well as the oil. Still waiting on the generator air filter to arrive.

Waiting for the high pressure hydraulic fan/power steering filter and o-oh ring to arrive, but picked up the 5 gallons of 10w-30 to replace the fluid.

I have the filters for the engine oil, but the oil hasn't arrived yet to good ol' Tractor Supply.

I'm also planning to pull the hub covers and check the axle oil levels. According to the service menu, we're supposed to change the gear lube. Is that really something you guys do every other maintenance cycle? Seems a bit overkill if everything is working with no leaks. Thoughts?
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WOW. The pipe plug on they hydraulic reservoir is no joke and I didn't have a 7/8 pipe socket. So I went the other way and syphoned the fluid out from the top. Oil looked very clean so I'm happy about that. Discovered my high pressure filter didn't have an o-ring from the last change, but has one now.

If anyone has a source for a pipe plug socket that will fit the reservoir plug, please let me know. I'm good for 24 months now to find one. Syphoning it worked, but was slow to get the 4-5 gallons of oil out. I can definitely see why John modified his with a ball valve now.
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Is this what you are talking about ??? I hate to spend that kind of money on one socket but you can’t get any better than Snap On. I have a few of their tools like gear pullers and other stuff like that and there’s none better. OTC makes good specialty tools also. And I suspect a lot of Snap on stuff is made by OTC.

Keep looking on EBay. There is one on there now for $18.00. That’s reasonable IMHO if I needed it and knew that I had already tried other wrenches and failed.
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Unfortunately, the plug is like a plumbing plug with a square head. If it wasn't so huge it would be easy to find, but 7/8th is big for these sockets. Normally when they get this big you pull out the pipe wrench - but you can't do that with the reservoir in the bus (not enough room). Pipe plug sockets look like the one below..
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Unfortunately, the plug is like a plumbing plug with a square head. If it wasn't so huge it would be easy to find, but 7/8th is big for these sockets. Normally when they get this big you pull out the pipe wrench - but you can't do that with the reservoir in the bus (not enough room). Pipe plug sockets look like the one below..
Got a bench grinder? Make your own out of a bolt and double nut the other end.
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Default Sofa drawer magnetic latches

Did some work inside Shadow today - too wet and cold to work outside. I started with vacuuming up the dust and crud from under the sofa and cabinet where the living area heater goes. Then I added some magnetic latches to the drawers under the sofa. I mounted one on the rear of the drawer and used some 3/8" plywood to mount the magnet so that it would reach out far enough to the drawer (over the slider) and mounted one to the rear of the front panel of the drawer. Not sure if these will be strong enough, but they can't do much but help.

I also ordered a few 3-outlet cigarette lighter power boxes, I have too many things to plug in to the single lighter outlet on the dash.

I picked up some throttle return springs from AutoZone, will try those on when the rain stops.



I found an interesting cable cut-off under the sofa - it has a heavy white and black wire, and then a multiconductor cable all in the same outer jacket. Any ideas what this could be for ? I am also curious about the riveted together white box under the sofa. See pictures for the cable and maybe the box.
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Did some work inside Shadow today - too wet and cold to work outside. I started with vacuuming up the dust and crud from under the sofa and cabinet where the living area heater goes. Then I added some magnetic latches to the drawers under the sofa. I mounted one on the rear of the drawer and used some 3/8" plywood to mount the magnet so that it would reach out far enough to the drawer (over the slider) and mounted one to the rear of the front panel of the drawer. Not sure if these will be strong enough, but they can't do much but help.

I also ordered a few 3-outlet cigarette lighter power boxes, I have too many things to plug in to the single lighter outlet on the dash.

I picked up some throttle return springs from AutoZone, will try those on when the rain stops.



I found an interesting cable cut-off under the sofa - it has a heavy white and black wire, and then a multiconductor cable all in the same outer jacket. Any ideas what this could be for ? I am also curious about the riveted together white box under the sofa. See pictures for the cable and maybe the box.
White box is DC voltage noise filter.
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White box is DC voltage noise filter.

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Is this what you are talking about ??? I hate to spend that kind of money on one socket but you can’t get any better than Snap On. I have a few of their tools like gear pullers and other stuff like that and there’s none better. OTC makes good specialty tools also. And I suspect a lot of Snap on stuff is made by OTC.

Keep looking on EBay. There is one on there now for $18.00. That’s reasonable IMHO if I needed it and knew that I had already tried other wrenches and failed.
WOW. High price. I have a Proto brand complete set ranging from 5/16 to 1-1/16. Belonged to my father.
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I found an interesting cable cut-off under the sofa - it has a heavy white and black wire, and then a multiconductor cable all in the same outer jacket. Any ideas what this could be for ? I am also curious about the riveted together white box under the sofa. See pictures for the cable and maybe the box.
When I had my sofa out, I removed a complex 1990 vintage cell phone installation. I bet that's what that cut cable is, or similar. The box is the noise filter for the electronics as has been stated.
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