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  1988 #149 New Owner Hints/Tips/Troubleshooting by Ron Gookin
Posted by: ron and susan - 34 minutes ago - Forum: Original Newell Coach Users Manual - Replies (1)

1988 Newell #149 User Manual

I have written a New Hints/Tips/Troubleshooting manual for the prospective  new owner of my 1988 Newell #149,
on  9/21/2017.

May contain errors and I welcome updates and corrections.  This is written from the view of
a newell user that has learned stuff (right or wrong) the hard way.

Hopefully this will be helpful to others.

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  Alligators in Arkansas!
Posted by: bikestuff - Today, 05:29 AM - Forum: Exterior - Replies (6)


I was crossing Arkansas the other day and in fairly heavy traffic a "road gator" suddenly appeared in front of the coach.  There was not much I could do because of the traffic and ended up running over it.  I did not think I took any damage, but now I am missing my rear mudflap.

The mud flap is 10 x 24 inches.  Has anyone replaced their mudflaps?  Mine are looking a little long in the tooth and I would like to replace all of them.  I have four...behind steer tires and behind tags.

A few have popped up online, but I would rather go a proven source.


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  Source for MAC Air Valves
Posted by: MPerry - 09-19-2017, 06:09 PM - Forum: Air Operated Systems and Leaks - Replies (3)

Sorry, I know I saw a source for MAC air valves in a thread, but can not find it again. Any sources would be greatly appreciated.

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  1984 With Trico air wipers
Posted by: Guy - 09-19-2017, 02:39 PM - Forum: Repair/adjust/maintain/troubleshooting - Replies (9)

Anyone have any experience with Trico air wipers? My 1984 has become very sluggish on the drivers side. 1 pass of the wiper  and it is tired out. It does respond to the park command perfectly. I have the Trico motor out on the work bench. Before I go any further, it appears this motor has never been serviced. It has sawdust on it from the dash board construction. Would I do any harm putting a little mineral oil in the run and park intake ports? I realize the problem may not be in the motor, but the control valve in the dash, but it must need some lubricant for the o rings after 34 years?

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Posted by: HoosierDaddy - 09-19-2017, 05:31 AM - Forum: Newell Sightings - Replies (1)

I saw this classic Newell in Chicago on I80 when we were coming home from Vail ,CO yesterday!!

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  Any ideas?
Posted by: Yachts - 09-17-2017, 06:20 PM - Forum: Suspension/Tires/Wheels - Replies (7)

I changed my height control valve last month and took it out for the first time this weekend.. when I went to travel it would not raise to ride height. It will raise manually but does not seem to go max up. Once I manually raised it to a ride height it would stay while driving. Could my valve just need adjusting?

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  Replacement Air Bag
Posted by: MPerry - 09-17-2017, 06:33 AM - Forum: Suspension/Tires/Wheels - Replies (9)

I recently replaced one of the right front air bags on my classic. Now in travel mode that corner sits a little low, about an inch. I have only been able to come up with 2 possible reasons. 1) Different air pressure side to side that is unrelated to the bag replacement. My air valves do leak and could be causing a pressure difference left to right 2) New air bag does not produce as much height for given pressure. I would check the pressures but currently do not have the fittings to tie in a gauge.

edit.. The front uses one HCV to supply both sides and was also recently replaced

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  Maiden Voyage
Posted by: Jndroark - 09-16-2017, 03:30 PM - Forum: Travel Logs - Replies (4)

Hello All

My wife and our great dane made our maiden voyage today from south of St Louis Missouri to Tom Sawyer RV park in West Memphis AK.  This is our first motor home and the longest trip I have made since I brought her home in May.  

Trip went very well.  The wife is beginning to have some confidence in my driving abilities.  The dog has some adjustments to make, he stood the entire trip.  Think the engine noise upset him and he could not relax.  

We plan to spend the day relaxing and watching the river traffic go by.  Had learned a lot reading this forum and hope to become proficient in maintaining and operating our Newell.  This forum is outstanding and I learn something new every day.

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  aqua hot temp display in galley
Posted by: CharlesYuhnke - 09-16-2017, 09:47 AM - Forum: Heating Systems - No Replies

Coach #800

Aqua hot temp display has been working just fine.  During winter months, when stored, might go in and see it displaying word LO

but today, it is displaying "err"

Never seen that before.

Any ideas?????

Charles Yuhnke

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  rotor change on drive axle 2002
Posted by: encantotom - 09-15-2017, 08:40 AM - Forum: Suspension/Tires/Wheels - Replies (3)

this is a rotor change on my 2002 newell with ridewell axle 2460003

the rotor on the passenger side is the one that the picture is and shows a crack that goes from side to side.  surface cracks are ok, but not ones that go all the way across.  

changing these is not for the faint hearted and requires tools that i didnt have.  my great bus mechanic leo at all aboard america in mesa did the work with me as grunt.  

process is.  

1.  take wheels off
2.  take brake can off
3.  take brake pads out
4.  take rotor off (heavy)
5.  take axle cover off (diff fluid come out)
6.  take axle out
7.  bend back prongs on bearing locking nut ring
8.  take off bearing lock nut
9.  take off bearing nut
10.  take out outer bearing
11.  tilt hub to get rest of diff fluid out
12.  carefully pull hub/rotor assembly off.  must weigh close to 100 lbs?

13.  there are 10 big alan cap head bolts holding the rotor onto the hub.  leo had to use a torch on each one and then a 1" air impact gun (same one used to take lug nuts off) to get them off, to separate the rotor from the hub.  

14.  then pry hub bearing seal out and remove rear hub bearing.
15.  clean bearings and hub to check for wear
16.  attach new rotor to hub with new cap head screw and use antiseize on them
17.  flip over and put rear hub bearing in with new seal (using seal seating tool)
18.  squirt some diff oil on the bearing in rear
19.  carefully lift rotor/hub onto postion
20.  install front bearing after squirting some diff oil on it
21.  install nut     the nut is probably 4" or so and he had a special socket for it.  he used a torque wrench and torqued it to 150 ft lbs while spinning it and did that 4 times.  then he backed the nut off and torqued it to 100 ft lbs spining the hub and did that 4 or 5 times.  then backed the nut off again and did final torque to 50 ft lbs 4 or 5 times while spinning the rotor.  all of that was to seat the bearings.  
22.  reinstall locking rings and then lock nut
23.  put new gasket where axle cover bolts to hub.  clean off old gasket on axle
24.  put axle in and put bolts on to hold it in
25.  take off little plug on axle cover to squirt 1 quart of diff oil in hub

26.  put rotor back on
27.  put brake can back on
28,  put in new brake pads
29.  adjust rotor

final thing was to check diff oil.  because he put 1 quart in each hub, oil was still full at differential.  

dont count on my memory for exact instructions, but it is in the ball park


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