We had a 7am appointment at Freightliner Monday morning so we woke up at 5:15 to give us plenty of time to do our morning routine, break camp and be there as they opened the gates, and we were.
It was pretty obvious at check in they did not want to work on it because the term Aqua-Hot was in the conversation. But because fuel lines were ALSO in the conversation they pretty much had to I guess. In fact the guy that came out to the coach to get the Vin# commented that they hate to see RV’s roll in but it’s what they have to do. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling right from the start LOL!!
So we pulled over and parked where we were told. Diane wasn’t about to just sit around so she headed out to tool around Eugene while remained at the shop. Finally at 10:30 a tech came out to talk to me about the problem and took it to a bay.
Then they lifted it in the air, drained the fuel and attempted to lower the tank but there wasn’t enough slack in the lines to drop it very far which made it impossible to reach above the tank. So they took off the sway bar which allowed the tech enough room to get above the tank to the fittings.
After monkeying around for a while above the tank he was adamant that the problem was NOT there and instructed his helper to go to the Aqua-Hot fuel filter and dismantle it completely while he put the sway bar and tank back in place.
They took the hoses off the filter and cut back the ends of the hoses a little just in case there was a split they could not see and they took out the fittings that the hoses attach to and put fresh pipe dope on and reassemble (he also filled the filter with fuel when assembling because we just can’t figure out why after running the system and taking off the filter it would be half empty each time). Once assembled we tested the system and still had some issues so the main tech crawled back under the coach to listen and watch while we ran another test and I heard an ah-ha.
I did not go under to see it but it seems there is a round manifold with a damper that moves like one that you would find on the top of a weber charcoal grill lid to adjust air flow. He said it was only open ¼ and he opened it almost all the way to allow more flow.
Then it was time for another test and guess what, it started perfectly without even a sputter or any smoke and at shut down with only a slight puff of smoke which I keep getting told is natural.
We ran 2 more tests with the same results and decided to call it good and see what happened it real life.
Because it was pushing 5pm by then and we figured we would just drive to the coast and dry camp for a night or 2 we added some water at Freightliner and headed out. We chose the coast because temps inland were going to be near or in the 100 degree range for the next few days. No need to endure that un-necessarily.
I should mention that we left Freightliner without spending one penny out of pocket and even as we left the counter we were getting the impression they were going to take great enjoyment taking Tiffin’s money for sending an Aqua-Hot job their direction. But I will also say that even though the 2 techs that worked on the coach admitted having no knowledge of Aqua-Hot systems (but did understand a similar system called Wasabi or something like that) they didn’t let that stand in the way and did an outstanding job in my mind.
We drove south on I-5 to Sutherland and then cut over to the coast. That is a nice drive and a lot of it is along a river so it’s very relaxing. Plus we were familiar with the route because we have traveled it numerous times when we lived in the area.
And because we had traveled the road so many times in our last motorhome it was a great way to compare it to the new motorhome. And once again I am happy to say there is NO comparison. The new rig handled the twisty uneven sections Sooo much better. And the extra power was very much noticed in the hills.
Because of the testing our grey tank was at 2/3rd full so I figured we would swing in at a spot I knew of in Winchester Bay to dump and then move on to Coos Bay to dry camp but wouldn’t you know it the dump station was closed off, go figure. So we continued down highway 101 to Coos Bay to the Mill Casino.
They have a large gravel area where they allow dry camping but as we rolled in we saw it was pretty much filled with RV’s and signs stating the area was closed down for a RV event. So I wheeled in anyway so Diane and I could figure out our next move which probably would have been driving back up the highway a few miles to a place called the Myrtle Wood Factory where we have dry camped many times when we had the sandrail. It looked pretty empty when we drove by.
As I was standing by Diane’s car a lady headed our way and I was fully expecting her to tell us to move on but instead said that we would need to be moved in the morning so they could move the RV’s that I had parked in front of. She said the event was actually over the day before and they were still in the process of taking all the rigs away but it was perfectly fine if we spent the night.
Well boy howdy, that wasn’t a problem so I un-hooked the Jeep and found a place to back in amongst the other RV’s where we would be out of the way and set up shop.
Of course once we were set up I just had to test the Aqua-Hot again and I’m happy to say it worked perfectly!!
By that time we were tired and had about enough excitement for the day so we went to the store for some, well um, healthy comfort food for a late night snack and then called it a night about 10:30.
When I woke up Tuesday morning 7/29 I turned the burner switch on for the Aqua- Hot and kicked on the furnace to take the chill off and the system fired and ran without a hitch once again. So things are looking up. I just wish I could pin point just what the problem was. Was it the air damper, the fittings at the top of the filter housing, a combination of all? I don’t know. But if anyone is having the same problem I know I would suggest looking at the damper under the coach first because if that in fact was the problem it’s a 2 minute fix rather than the hours and hours we have gone through.
The workers started hauling off RV’s at 8am so we are glad we had moved out of the way because after the long day on Monday we were not moving very fast when morning came.
Once up and around I figured I would go to the office and let them know we were in the dry camping area when we actually should not have been and to make sure we could dry camp a couple more nights because we kept seeing signs about a Monaco event that was about to start as well and that the dry camping lot would be closed again. And it’s a good thing I did because it in fact it was NOT ok to stay any longer because they were about to rope off the lot so electricians could wire the place for the event, perfect.
I then asked if they had a spot available in the campground we could get for 3 nights. The answer was they had a spot we could have or one night and then we would need to move to another site for a night and more than likely need to move again. Bull crap, I think not. So we took a spot for Tuesday night and contacted Winchester Bay RV Resort up the highway and secured a spot for Wednesday and Thursday night.
The Winchester Bay Dune Fest will be going on this coming weekend so I’m sure there will be some nice machines rolling in ahead of the event to look at while there. Even though we are out of that sport now I still admire the sand rails.
Other than that Diane pretty much buried herself in a book most of the day and I went for a couple strolls along the water and pondered the idea of hitting the casino but time will tell.