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Old 03-16-2011, 01:38 AM   #1
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Hello Newell folks.

We're the proud new owners of coach #426 ("Delila" as she seems to have been named by the origonal owners).

I just got "Delila" home this weekend. The maiden voyage/trip home of approx. 2100 miles was a bit of a bonding experience... We got caught in a wind/weather event coming up I-25 through S. Wyoming Friday. We seemed to have weathered the experience relatively unscathed. I don't know how much of a side wind it takes to flip one of these things, but I did learn that she'll talk to you went it's seemingly time to duck for cover as the antenna alarm, signaling that the wind is picking up the antenna from it's docking position, will get your attention.

I have quite a bit to learn about the proper care & feeding of our new to us digs and am glad to have found this forum. I'm wondering how to get the generator assemblage to slide out if anyone here has any tips?

Best of wishes from Farmington, WA.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:03 AM   #2
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Mark,
Welcome to the site & the Newell family. I'm sure you're going to love "Delila". If your coach is like mine, open the right front bay. Pull the black knob that releases the generator lock. Then pull on the red knob that is the air solenoid to open. On my coach I have to have the engine running to have enough air pressure to open.
Good luck & feel free to ask questions as they come up. You will find the folks here are very helpful & knowledgeable.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:33 AM   #3
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If your coach is like mine, open the right front bay. Pull the black knob that releases the generator lock. Then pull on the red knob that is the air solenoid to open. On my coach I have to have the engine running to have enough air pressure to open.
Thanks for the reply and advice.

Yes, it appears that our coaches are similar in respect to sliding out the genset. It appears that "Delila's" black generator release knob (cable) is possibly stuck. The air solenoid seems to be functioning... but the release cable doesn't move (with a reasonable amount of effort). I suspect the cable just needs a little TLC and tinkering... which so-far, the few other TLC/tinkering things I've administered, she seems to respond to favorably. Your advice is most helpful to know that the black knob is suspose to pull out to release the generator lock.

Knowing for-sure what something is suppose to do is the first step in getting something to do what it's suppose to do.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:42 PM   #4
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Welcome Mark,
On my '93 the release cable has a locking knob. I have to rotate the knob counter-clockwise before pulling on it. It is much like the engine throttle-up cables used on commercial trucks. Frequent lubrication will aid in proper operation.
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I looked at a 96' that was for sale south of Dallas.. can't remember the # Couldn't get the gen slide out... Found out that Newell or someone had installes a secondary valve to shut off all air to that contol valve because of leaks.. Had to turn that on then the lock and knob worked as advertized.. The owner had just beel unlocking the lock & pulling it out... (Fact or Fiction?) Fact...
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:45 PM   #6
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Thanks to everyone for the advice.

The cable was stuck. I unstuck it with a little wiggling and some deftly applied PB Blaster... and patience... and persistance. Works like a champ now. When the weather straightens up I'll dissassemble the works and lube it up properly. I suspect things would get complicated if that cable broke in the locked position.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:33 PM   #7
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Mark, welcome to the Newell and family and our fantastic member website. Looking forward to someday seeing your fabulous coach.


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Yes, Mark...If the cable breaks it requires a crawl under the front of the coach..I've been contemplating fabricating a rod mechanism to lock the gen. in place.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:56 PM   #9
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Welcome in Mark, our coach was built 11 steps down the line...#437 sure we have a lot in common. That antenna alarm is an easy fix, most of the time. Just hand bend the "u" shaped bracket that the lever sets in. We've driven thru stout winds out of Santa Fe. and fought the steering but never felt the attempt to "roll"
safe travels..
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