Slide motor repair

I noticed the the curb side front slide motor was getting loose, enough so that I was worried about it possible breaking.  I had it checked at NIRVC and they confirmed, and built a new metal frame so the motor will never get loose again.

Only problem was this repair was not covered by warranty as it hadn’t actually broken.  So I had to pay $1,700 for the repair, however, that’s better than possibly actually breaking somewhere on the road when it would be most inconvenient.

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New radiator, compressor

As mentioned, our radiator started leaking.  So this was replaced by NIRVC under my extended warranty.  Good thing I had it, this saved me some $4,000.  The only costs to me were shipping and some consumables, totaling some $250.

Also, I have been having problems with my dash air.  Inspection showed that the compressor had bad bearings, putting too much load on the system.  So this too was replaced under warranty.  Again, only costs were for oil and consumables, under $100.

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Poor picture, but there is is… a new radiator!
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And a brand new compressor. Dash air works great now!

Joining the radiator club

Like so many other Entegra owners, I finally had a leaking radiator. Of course, my Aspire is out of warranty, but fortunately, I have the Camper’s Edge Extended Warranty from NIRVC. They will cover the full cost of replacement, my coach is there now waiting for the radiator to show up from Spartan. So while definitely undesirable, at least I am covered for the cost and it happened at a time when I am in Dallas anyway.

As long as the coach is in the shop I will have them replace the dash AC compressor and the fireplace, both under warranty.  Guess my warranty cost is going to pay off….

Wipers and shades

The gust of wind from an opposing large truck on a 2 lane road in the rain and our driver side windshield wiper was twisted loose.  It actually stripped the splines on the wiper shaft, making re-mounting it impossible.  Since a new wiper arm is hard to get, especially in the middle of New Mexico, I drilled and tapped opposing holes in the wiper arm hub and used two set screws to keep the arm in place.  Works fine now, may not even need a new arm!

Entegras have a reputation for poor shade motors, and our night shade motor showed why.  It won’t come back up anymore, just hums.  Guess I’ll just use some Velcro to keep the shade up until I can get a new motor.

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Some expensive fixes

The first drive we had in warm weather showed a problem… no dash AC.  Called Spartan, they said it was still under warranty and NIRVC could fix it.  Since I also had a (very) noisy fan motor, thought I would have that fixed at the same time.  They worked me in while we were in Ireland.

I had a reservation for a full chassis check at Spartan, but NIRVC was more than happy to do this.  And that would save me a long drive.  And, as long as it is in the shop, maybe also fix:

  • The step doesn’t always go out smoothly
  • Check the toppers on the driver side
  • Replace the lost front hubcap
  • Adjust the limit switch on the main awning

While in Ireland received an email that Spartan would not cover the AC as it was a leak and therefore an Entegra issue.  Projected cost for all the above was about $2,800.  Well can’t live without AC in Texas, so approval for all the repair was given.  Fortunately, my Good Sam Extended warranty cover much of it but I have a high deductible (my choice) so this cost me $1,700 out of pocket.  Hopefully this will be the last unscheduled shop visit…

 

Air leak fixed

We noted an air leak that  seemed excessive.  After discussion with Spartan, we took it to NIRVC in Lewisville, TX.  They discovered a leak in one of the lines leading to a distribution center at the rear axle.  It was repaired same day and no further air leaks were noted.

Although NIRVC charged us $447 for parts and labor Spartan will reimburse us as the chassis is still under its 3 year warranty.