Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 5,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 23rd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here
The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Seaside, Oregon. I’m scheduled to depart here October 17th.
Two days ago, I blogged about arriving at Bruce Chevrolet (a Workhorse Chassis Service Center) to continue researching a solution to my three-year intermittent low power problem in the motorhome.
It first occurred in October, 2015. Here’s what would happen…
Shortly after start-up, the engine would miss and feel like it was running on four cylinders instead of eight. Trying to increase speed resulted in bucking, kicking and a few backfires for somewhere between 15 to 30 seconds, and then… zoom away running nice and smooth the way it’s supposed to run.
Modern engines run via a computer directing engine performance. When something malfunctions, the computer is SUPPOSED to leave a code which can be read on an OBDII scan reader, thus leading the mechanic to the cause of the problem. A Check Engine light is also supposed to light up, but in my case it did not.
Over the three-year period, the only code resulting was…
P0300 – random cylinder misfires
A basically useless code because it’s something I knew anyways and provided no clue as to what was causing the problem. The way the computer is programmed, an event must occur a specified number of times before a code is generated. Because my intermittent event was so short-lived, no other codes were generated. Hence the frustration because a P0300 code and can be caused by a multitude of happenings with the engine.
One is left with no choice other than to start “throwing parts” at the suspected critter hoping that it would finally resolve the intermittent problem. Intermittents are a genuine problem because they don’t hang around long enough for a mechanic to trace the source of the event.
So, that’s what I’ve done over the last three years to the tune of about an estimated $2,500 in parts and mechanic’s labor time. I have no regrets installing all those parts, as this is likely my last motorhome and I need it to go the distance (literally) to the end of my RVing years. 🙂
This past Monday I believe the problem was finally resolved. The intermittent had become more frequent in the past couple of months, meaning the problem was getting worse. On Monday, the computer FINALLY spit out a new code of P0174 which told the mechanic I was experiencing a lean fuel condition on Bank 2, Sensor 1. The fuel trim numbers were way out of specification.
The guilty culprit was an oxygen sensor! A $58 part from Amazon…
As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…
My motorhome has four of these devices, so I had the mechanic replace all of them.
Then we fired up the engine and it ran sooth as silk!!!!
After my 69 mile drive to Seaside, it ran like a Ferrari!!!!
Upon arrival I hooked up my OBDII scanner to read any codes, and THERE WERE NO CODES OR MISFIRES INDICATED! Zero…none!!!!
So, with all fingers, crossed, this is the end of three years of frustration.
Now I can go back to having zero problems in my once again, stress free RV lifestyle.
Once again, I’m a happy camper!!!!! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed the photo.
Forecast for today is mostly cloudy and 58 degrees.
Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!
The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Oregon. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…
Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein
My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…
On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!
Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos
There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa
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