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 on: Today at 09:10:12 PM 
Started by Lin - Last post by Lin
I noticed that the front hubs on my 5a had accumulated moisture on the hub face. It's not so much that I think there is a real problem.  Probably just long term leakage from the plug.  The oil levels are okay, but I could fit a little more in it.  Does anyone know what gear oil to top it off with?  Should I just pour it in the plug hole or squirt it into the 3/8th hole on the inside?

 on: Today at 08:06:26 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Scott Bennett
Actually it's much simpler. It's wood flooring underlayment from Home Depot. Pretty tough stuff. It's making our wood quiet against the foam.

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 on: Today at 08:02:47 PM 
Started by Sean - Last post by Scott Bennett
Simply amazing. Wow. So glad you solved this and so glad you can wish the buyer farewell and Bon voyage! Now go relax on your boat somewhere Smiley

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 on: Today at 07:58:43 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by eagle19952
Do you have another name for the "plastic backed felt"?  My searches end up with tar paper.


 on: Today at 07:45:30 PM 
Started by Sean - Last post by eagle19952
my guess, the check valve diminished the pumps useful life.

who knew Sad

ps clifford did say "unless the check valve is leaking by" ... which i guess it would if the spring did not hold it on the seat...

tho i am unsure of the Davco flow ...

 on: Today at 07:35:28 PM 
Started by Sean - Last post by Oonrahnjay
  ...   it's one of the weirder failure modes I've seen over the years.  ....


     Yeah, definitely ... but a good illustration of my fave motto "never assume that you only have one problem ..."

 on: Today at 07:30:04 PM 
Started by lou432 - Last post by DoubleEagle
In the case of my 05 Eagle, I would pull towards the outside of the body to engage. Your arrangement might be different, but you have a 50% chance of being correct if you pull it. Have a way to push it back or you won't be going forward.

 on: Today at 07:24:05 PM 
Started by Sean - Last post by DoubleEagle
This the kind of thing that happens when things sit for a long time, but it is always satisfying to solve a problem like this. I hope the new owner appreciates what you have gone through.

 on: Today at 07:13:09 PM 
Started by lou432 - Last post by lou432
Thanks gentlemen, to clarify I have replace the switch. The relay indicated in the very last picture the real shining one new 2 years ago and sealed with no access to the interior. The other two pictures are attempts at viewing the new two-year-old solenoid which I can barley see from hatch inside the coach much less get to it from under it. Without jacking it up or having a bay under it. And then I'm not sure how they got to it putting the new one in. To clarify my question earlier. The other two pictures show the new shiny solenoid attached to a swivel lever that looks like a open-end wrench attached to a shaft. When operating correctly does the solenoid push the lever into reverse or pull the lever into reverse? I'd like to attempt to put it into reverse manually as indicated in one of the other threads with one person operating the switch up front and one pushing or pulling reverse. Just looking some Direction so I know I can get it in reverse when needed. Until I resolve electrical. Thanks again gentlemen have a great Memorial Day and if you served in any capacity thank you and God bless!

 on: Today at 06:56:18 PM 
Started by Sean - Last post by Sean
Ta Da. And now, I've seen everything. Including a two-way check valve (or maybe that's a zero-way check valve, depending on how you look at things).

I took the check housing off the Davco, and was surprised to find a cage and a spring but no ball on what was obviously a ball-check arrangement. Peering down inside, past the ball seat, I could see what looked like a ball.... After taking the inlet fitting off the other side (a street ell mated to an angled flare fitting), I found the check ball more or less wedged on the end of the street ell:

Stuck to the end of the ell like this, it was very effective in preventing backflow to the tank, but it was nearly equally effective in preventing forward flow as well.  This is the actual ball seat, where the ball *should* have been resting (the cage and spring that would go over it have been removed):

I was able to get the ball off its perch, clean it up, and put it back on it's seat with the spring and cage over it. The spring is a bit sloppy and I stretched it a bit to fit; Davco makes a "check valve service kit" that includes a new ball, spring, and cage, and the buyer should probably service this soon, but for now it is working mostly as intended. I suspect the damage to the ball means it will leak down over time.

I'm scratching my head as to how this could happen. I'm thinking that perhaps a day with a large temperature swing caused the fuel pressure in the bowl to rise just as the orifice expanded, thus pushing the somewhat malleable ball back past its seat and out the housing orifice. I'm sure I'll never know, but it's one of the weirder failure modes I've seen over the years.

Once I had the ball/spring check valve back to mostly normal, the engine fired right up and ran normally. It's quite possible that, had I discovered this obstruction earlier, I might have gotten the beast primed and running without replacing the fuel pump. Then again, I could not get it running even with the Davco bowl full and the top cap open, so clearly the lift pump was tired if not finished.

I am very relieved to be past this particular hiccup, and I am grateful to the folks here who helped steer me in the right direction. It's been a long three days.


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