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Old 06-03-2009, 01:55 PM   #21
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I may go that route after all is said and done. Separator, hmmmm? Interesting, although
we do tend to camp primitive when we use a campground. Not sure we'd benefit much from it.
I was just about to add Hehr's website address to my saga.
Most of my google searches led me to their windows and doors division. I had to send
them an email to get the power systems one. There's a pdf catalog available
to download, if anyone else needs to replace their isolator.
http://www.hdpsi.com/

The "stranded out in the middle of no where, with a dead vehicle battery" has been one of my
worst case scenario fears, while this thing goes on. Probably why I'm so frustrated with the local (hah!)
dealers. They seem a bit clueless to me, but I'm a bit anxious to get this thing resolved.
I'm also considering the solar thing, as a possible solution to get "off the grid" to some extent.
I know you added a solar panel on top of the a/c on your RT and I'd like to revisit that thread
some time. I don't know if I've got the expertise to do something like that, but I've certainly got
the (too much?) time to do it.

Thanks for the encouragement. It helps.
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Old 06-09-2009, 02:50 PM   #22
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PROBABLY the final entry on this thread by me for a while. This is interesting.

So, I've been dealing with Roadtrek Service and they tell me that they have some 33-301
isolators in stock at their end and that a dealer could order one from them. They gave me
a part number and even a picture to send to the dealer of my choice, who at this point is
Owasco in Whitby/Oshawa. Roadtrek says they switched to the higher capacity 33-301 and the
footprint is the same as the 33-20/21/22 kits or parts. Thank you very much.
I tell Owasco that I'll need pricing on the isolator including installation,and forward the part/picture
information to their Parts/Service department. They say they'll get back to me.
While I'm waiting, I'm also dealing directly with the Hehr plant folks in Fort Worth. They agree that
the isolator needs to be replaced and offer 2 optional higher rated isolators with similar footprints
to make installation easier. The ones they will sell and ship (or, as I've found you can walk in to their
factory, and buy stuff by credit card from their lobby) are priced between US$114 and US$126 plus about
$13-$14 shipping by UPS. I'm thinking, that's pretty reasonable, even with the dollar exchange rate.
Owasco finally gets back to me and they want around $450 plus tax for the isolator + 2 hours at $99/hour to
install it. Total estimate comes out to just under C$700 for everything, and should they go ahead and order
the isolator?
Guess what my reply was?
I plan to be back down near Dallas Ft. Worth either later this year or early next year.
The back burner at my place is getting crowded........
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.................. Total estimate comes out to just under C$700 for everything.................
I'm at a loss for words.
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