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  Leak under my slide
Posted by: bikestuff - 04-07-2013, 09:43 AM - Forum: Slides - No Replies


I was looking in one of my basement bays and found a place where rusty water had been leaking. This is pretty new and although dry when I looked at it...its clear that it had been leaking something. My coach has Valid slides so it may be configured differently from the HWH slides a lot of you have.

The rusty spot is right below a carpet covered cylinder mounted on the ceiling of basement bay. It is right below the slide mechanism. I included a shot what the stuff in the cylinder.

I am wondering...

1. What is that mechanical stuff in the cylinder?
2. Where is the leak likely to be?
3. What do I do about it?


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  my location
Posted by: mark cecot - 04-07-2013, 09:40 AM - Forum: Usermap - No Replies

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  Ground Zero
Posted by: rheavn - 04-07-2013, 04:07 AM - Forum: Travel Logs - Replies (11)

We're heading to the home of our wonderful coaches today. Time for a wheel alignment. I'll report back on any interesting things I see first hand. Any one else going to be at ground zero????

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  Hello from Iowa
Posted by: mark cecot - 04-06-2013, 08:28 PM - Forum: Please introduce yourself - Replies (3)

Hey everyone Smile

My name is Mark, and I am a new member of this awesome forum. My wife Bethany and I, along with our two young kids, are planning on going full time RV'ing in a monster bus (that's what we call any rig over 40 feet). We are still in the process of looking for the perfect rig. Originally we thought about getting a 5th wheel and a pickup truck, but then I was introduced to the Blue Bird Wanderlodge line, and I fell in love with the idea of having a bus instead. So I set my mind on buying a 2001-2003 model, but then someone told me I should look at Newell, so I did, and the rest is history Smile We absolutely love the mid-entry door, and the body styling.
This forum has provided many useful information for me, so I thank all of you for posting on here. It's a great tool for a new comer/wanna be like myself.
I am looking forward to reading all your posts and engaging in some of the conversations.

Kindest regards,
Mark Cecot

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  New member, NON-owner...yet
Posted by: faclark47 - 04-06-2013, 07:45 PM - Forum: Please introduce yourself - Replies (21)

We are Forrest and Mary Clark, full-timers from Wisconsin. We sold our house in Beloit and left the kids and grandkids behind at various places in WI in August, 2012. We thought we had our long term "home on the road" when we bought a brand-spanking-new 2012 Fleetwood Terra 34E in the summer of 2011. It served us well for a summer of travels and a few other trips but when we began to live in it full-time the construction deficiencies became obvious. Don't get me wrong. It is a fine coach for a family with a kid or two who take weekend trips most of the warm months and go on one or two longer vacation trips each year. In that scenario, it would be great. It isn't for us.

We ran into Clarke and Elaine Hochwald in Cedar Key, FL, this past winter and enjoyed hearing about their Newell and their experiences with it. We also enjoyed getting to know Clarke and Elaine; they are two great people and Clarke's constant references to the Newell Gurus made me interested in this group. That same month, we also got to meet Forest and Cindy Oliver and see the outside of their beautiful coach. Well, their former coach since they now have a new one.

We are seriously looking at Newell coaches as a replacement for our present coach. And older Newell is what we'll have to get, but the solid construction and dependable operation are important to us. Most of the looking here on the Gurus forum is done by Forrest who dutifully reports to Mary all he is learning. She then asks insightful questions that causes Forrest to go back to reading to find more answers.

Thanks to everyone who has made us feel welcomed in the forum.

Forrest and Mary Clark
Full-timing, formerly from Wisconsin
presently in a 2012 Fleetwood Terra 34E with a 2010 Honda Fit towed,
two kayaks on top of the car as we travel and in the water wherever we can find a place to paddle.

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  Compression fittings for dump valves
Posted by: rheavn - 04-06-2013, 07:04 PM - Forum: Air Operated Systems and Leaks - No Replies

Does any one have a source for a compression fitting for the air operated dump valves? It takes a 1/4" tubing to 10/32 unf thread. I don't want the push in type, but I do want metal fittings.

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  adjusting opening and closing speeds on bode air entrance door
Posted by: encantotom - 04-05-2013, 07:09 PM - Forum: Air Operated Systems and Leaks - Replies (4)

i changed the mac valve out on the bode air door today hoping it would fix my problem. i did learn about how to adjust the opening and closing speed/rate on the air entrance door

on the mac valve there are two set screws. they are pilot screws to adjust the airflow. the top one as you look at the valve in the unit is the open and the bottom is the close. counterclockwise is faster and clockwise is slower. it takes a little playing with but i got it where i want it.

it is best to start with them most of the way clockwise so the door doesnt slam open and close if you put a new valve in.

then back them off a turn or two and check and repeat.


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  Buying used Newell
Posted by: qcj - 04-05-2013, 12:35 PM - Forum: General - Replies (6)

I am looking at a 99 Newell #505 and would like to contact the
factory in order to find out what has been done to coach. Who and what # to call? Thanks Chappell

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  Found 2 air leaks
Posted by: folivier - 04-05-2013, 08:24 AM - Forum: Air Operated Systems and Leaks - Replies (4)

The 110v air compressor has been running about every 30 minutes so I knew there was air leaking somewhere.
Steve Bare lent me his Inficon leak detector for a couple days while we're parked overlooking Table Rock lake.
This morning I went through each compartment and found 2 leaks. One was the air valve to open the generator slide. It looked like it was leaking around the valve body somewhere. I checked the screws and they were tight. Then I rotated the knob clockwise a couple turns and the leaking stopped. I'll keep my eyes and ears on this one to make sure it doesn't start again.
The big leak was a loop of 1/4" tubing that was capped off in one of the compartments. Looks like either a spare or something that may have been removed? by a previous owner.
The fitting at the end was leaking. I couldn't hear it at first but the detector picked it up pretty quickly. Once I stretched out the tubing to fix it then I could hear the leak with my old ears. I cut off the tubing and put on a new plug then checked it with the detector and no leaks!
Now I'm just waiting to see how long before the compressor runs again.
Thanks again Steve.

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  Engine Monitor Port / Wiring
Posted by: bikestuff - 04-04-2013, 06:17 PM - Forum: Engine and Transmission Monitoring Systems - Replies (8)

I know a lot of you guys use the Silverleaf computer interface thingy to display engine data on a laptop. I love the idea of being able to display engine information wirelessly on a tablet device.

I am working with Ray Davis. He has built a similar / different way of doing exactly that. His box plugs into the maintenance port and then creates a network that your iDevice can talk to and display data. His system works on Prevosts and Wanderlodges, and I am trying to get it to work on my bus.

We are having trouble getting the interface box to talk on the engine bus.

Do any of you experts have information regarding engine monitoring of our coaches? Pinouts for the maintenance port? Protocol(s)? Any other information that might be helpful?


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