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Old 07-30-2013, 02:16 PM   #91
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Hi,
I found and purchased a 1986 Hilo Voyager on craigslist in 2011. It was not in our local area but my sister lived near. They wanted $1800 for it and I'd been watching for one. I bought it and had it towed to my sister's house till we could go after it. We are in Tx and had to go to Fla to get it.
Our entry door in in the end of the trailer which seems to be different from most. It is an amazing trailer! All of the original equipment works! The fridge was replaced tho. We have electric power in the bathroom but no lights work and the fan doesn't come on. What do we need to check?
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All lights run on 12 volts DC and the fans also, so first you need a good deep cycle battery in the trailer. Then check that the master switch, that is if you have one that it is in the right position, it is next to the up, down switch. Next check the circuit breakers in the battery area, then check the 12 volt fuses.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:39 PM   #93
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this is not likely but if you read this post front to rear you'll see where I had one bathroom light that didn't work.

Well I was wrong, it did work, but it was operated thru TWO (series) switches. Goofy arrangement - but that's what happened to me.

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Old 08-01-2013, 08:06 PM   #94
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I owned an 18' Roadrunner for about 4 years on an impulse buy before my wife and I had a chance to research what RV to purchase. We came across Hi-Lo on the internet and decided this would be a better way for us to go. We purchased a 2005 17T and I have checked all of the appropriate systems. Fresh water tank, grey, black water tanks. Serviced the hydrolic rod, pulleys and so on. Then there is the hot water tank drain. It has a teflon plug but I do not have the correct size socket to remove the plug. What size is the wrench? Larger than 13/16 smaller then my roadrunners 1 1/16. We are pleased with it and am taking it on its maiden voyage next week to northern Michigan. Also, the wife wants to know where do you hang your towels for the shower?
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I owned an 18' Roadrunner for about 4 years on an impulse buy before my wife and I had a chance to research what RV to purchase. We came across Hi-Lo on the internet and decided this would be a better way for us to go. We purchased a 2005 17T and I have checked all of the appropriate systems. Fresh water tank, grey, black water tanks. Serviced the hydrolic rod, pulleys and so on. Then there is the hot water tank drain. It has a teflon plug but I do not have the correct size socket to remove the plug. What size is the wrench? Larger than 13/16 smaller then my roadrunners 1 1/16. We are pleased with it and am taking it on its maiden voyage next week to northern Michigan. Also, the wife wants to know where do you hang your towels for the shower?
15/16 socket on my newly replaced waterheater plastic drain plug, measure before buying a socket. We hang our wet towels on plastic (shirt ) hangers then onto upper cabinet door handles.
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Maybe where you are camping will allow you to have a rope clothes line outside. Bring rope and clothes pins.
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Thank you both for the help. It just shows that people that go rv'ing help each other out whenever possible. I know that you need to be careful where you put things to hang up towels (for example a plastic towel rack) because of the distance between the outer wall and the inner wall for lowering the trailer.
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You can add a towel rack high on the back wall above where it will not touch the lower wall.
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Thanks we will try that. We had one in the RoadRunner mounted over the potty on the back wall. Will have to check if it is narrow enough to clear the inside wall. :-)
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I owned an 18' Roadrunner for about 4 years on an impulse buy before my wife and I had a chance to research what RV to purchase. We came across Hi-Lo on the internet and decided this would be a better way for us to go. We purchased a 2005 17T and I have checked all of the appropriate systems. Fresh water tank, grey, black water tanks. Serviced the hydrolic rod, pulleys and so on. Then there is the hot water tank drain. It has a teflon plug but I do not have the correct size socket to remove the plug. What size is the wrench? Larger than 13/16 smaller then my roadrunners 1 1/16. We are pleased with it and am taking it on its maiden voyage next week to northern Michigan. Also, the wife wants to know where do you hang your towels for the shower?
ratmouser,

Those drain plugs have always been a pain; you can't get a wrench in there and the gas line prevents using a socket. I have found using a pair of long-handled off-set angled pliers to work pretty well. Be careful when replacing it as you can strip them pretty easily. I remember on an earlier RV purchasing a special plug with a drain valve built into it. There are several listed for sale on eBay:

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