Thursday, April 30, 2020

Newell Renewal - Day 13 - There is always one more, right?

6:55 am - Thursday - April 30th - Wittmann, AZ - 73° F, 32% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the east by northeast......partly cloudy today, but it will get to 99° F.  On this day in 2013 we were walking along the National Mall in Washington D.C.....



We continued our waiting game Wednesday for the tail lights, and flange gasket.  Glenn and I left the Newell House compound early to drive into Phoenix to Fleet Pride to pickup his new 'low air pressure sending unit' to replace the one about which I wrote yesterday.  On the way I decided that even though mine is working fine, I should by one of these obscure units for future use should the need arise.  We arrived at the Fleet Pride in Avondale, AZ in about 35 minutes to find the part awaiting our arrival.....they did not have a second one of these.....



.....but their sister store about 9 miles away did have one in stock, so Glenn and I headed there next.  After picking up the second one for my personal inventory we stopped off at the local Napa to acquire a few more things....for me a couple of spools of 10 and 14 gauge stranded wire, and some buss buses (20 amp and 30 amp), also for my personal inventory.  We were back at the Newell House compound by 10:30 am.

There were only a couple of things for me to do this day, so I got right to them.....first up, install the two 'Power Pulse'* units gifted to Glenn and Laureen by Tom.  These units help extend the life of your batteries......

 
.....I've been using them for over 10 years, and have had great results.  Tom uses them on his Newell, and many of our Newell buddies do the same.....

There's this little, red LED light which 
blinks so you know it's working

.....next up was the task Laureen had assigned me....cut a couple of inches off the 'lip' on the shelf in one of their storage bays.....it was too tall, and made it difficult to get things in and out of the shelf.....


.......I used my handy, dandy rotary saw attachment on my Craftsman drill to cut the 2 inches off, and then used the drill attachment to screw it back on the 1/2" plywood piece.

Laureen finished the re-installation of the padded dashboard, so the interior is basically back together once again....


....while she was engaged with that Glenn installed the new 'low air pressure sending unit' after which we hoped there would be no more leaks, but, of course, there is always one more, right?  Tom loaned his 'leak sniffer' to check both of the six packs (front and rear) which control the ride height of the coach, and the leveling function......

Lookin' for air leaks

.....the front six pack (where Laureen is here in this picture) checked out fine, but a slow leak was found in the rear six pack on one of the Mac valves which controls the right height of the left rear corner.  This makes sense since the left rear was slowly settling once again.  The good news?  We are down to very small leaks requiring the use of electronic equipment to detect.  Glenn and Laureen will work on fixing that, hopefully, final leak on Thursday.

We are also hoping the tail lights will arrive as promised on Thursday via USPS, so we can install them.  Then we will just be awaiting the imminent arrival of the elusive flange gasket via FedEx to finish the installation of the rebuilt Leece-Neville alternator on Friday.  So, we are just days, and perhaps hours from rolling our wheels to cooler climes.   The high temp Wednesdeay was 102° F.....time to be moving!

Thanks for stopping by!

*Power Pulse:

"PowerPulse is not a charger. Charging doesn’t eliminate the main cause of battery failure – energy robbing lead sulfate deposits on battery plates. During this process, the plates gradually become more and more clogged with microscopic lead sulfate deposits. These deposits eventually limit the surface area available for energy transfer and cut back the battery’s ability to accept, store and release energy.

PowerPulse is a performance device designed to help batteries charge faster and provide maximum performance and power by generating an intermittent, optimized high frequency pulse that reduces existing sulfate deposits and keeps them from building up again. The patented Pulse Technology circuit has been scientifically proven by researchers at two major universities to improve battery performance and longevity."

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