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Old 06-02-2016, 07:25 AM   #1
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Check Dutchmen's electrical connections

A couple of weeks ago, I experienced my first slide issues - relays click and no movement. Found that almost every single crimp connection was loose. Replaced them all and all was well. Until last weekend. When we arrived at the campground, the Level Up system starting having intermittent issues. Would just stop when raising camper off the truck and would just stop when levelling. Got her level after several attempts and enjoyed the weekend. Went to come home and again jacks would stop working and only heard relays clicking. Got home. Yesterday went out to investigate. Nothing - Level Up panel shut off but could faintly read "Low Voltage". started poking around with a meter and found the lower circuit breaker on the bus bar had been loose for some time and had been arcing until it finally gave up the ghost. Replaced, check all 3/8" nut connections and placed back up nuts on them.

Also, these 50 Amp breakers appear difficult to find round here - not one major RV dealer had them, AutoZone only carries up to a 40 Amp. A local "mom & pop" camper parts place had them in stock. Got 4! Also AutoZone wanted $24.99 to order one - Palco had them in stock for $3.99
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Yep, I found a frightening condition behind the control panel when I went to add wall switches to control the kitchen lights without having to open the panel. The connections were not crimped properly, loose and barely staying in the connectors. Even the jumpers for the power were not crimped right. To make matters worse the wire bundle is not supported at all. The weight is just hanging there. I replaced nearly all the spade connectors making a simple mod project a major PITA. That level of shoddy craftsmanship would have earned disciplinary action for anyone on my maintenance crew. Yet that seems to be acceptable for RV manufacturers.
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Yep, I found a frightening condition behind the control panel when I went to add wall switches to control the kitchen lights without having to open the panel. The connections were not crimped properly, loose and barely staying in the connectors. Even the jumpers for the power were not crimped right. To make matters worse the wire bundle is not supported at all. The weight is just hanging there. I replaced nearly all the spade connectors making a simple mod project a major PITA. That level of shoddy craftsmanship would have earned disciplinary action for anyone on my maintenance crew. Yet that seems to be acceptable for RV manufacturers.
As I've noted since I started working industrial maintenance, there is a difference in the talent and craftsmanship between a production worker and a maintenance worker. The former is putting out product at minimal cost while the latter is ensuring that product can be put out regardless the cost.
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As I've noted since I started working industrial maintenance, there is a difference in the talent and craftsmanship between a production worker and a maintenance worker. The former is putting out product at minimal cost while the latter is ensuring that product can be put out regardless the cost.
Very true. Also the industrial maintenance folks own their work. If it's not right and fails again, the records will show who did the below standard work. That's why most industrial guys will usually do the best they possibly can. Not to mention the extensive amount of formal training and OJT required. For production folks, if it worked before rolling out the door, it's gone forever for them, why worry about craftsmanship?
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Very true. Also the industrial maintenance folks own their work. If it's not right and fails again, the records will show who did the below standard work. That's why most industrial guys will usually do the best they possibly can. Not to mention the extensive amount of formal training and OJT required. For production folks, if it worked before rolling out the door, it's gone forever for them, why worry about craftsmanship?
The RV industry DOES NOT typically hire craftsmen. They hire assemblers. Huge difference.

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