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1997 winnebago adventurer A/C, Axle seal and general operating questions. Wesley Chaney 10-5-16  
Hi guys, new to the forum here. I purchased a 37ft 1997 Winnebago with a Ford 460 power plant recently and have been restoring it. Was curious if you guys wouldn't mind laying some knowledge on me, I have a few general questions. The generator is a gas oanan 6500. I got it running yesterday and let it run for about 45 min. Is the generator supposed to charge the house batterys? Just installed two new 6 volt batterys and they are drained down to about 10 volts now.

With the generator running the A/C came on, but it does not blow cold, do these units use freon?

I noticed after I park some gear oil leaks onto the inside of the right rear tire, I'm guessing is a bad axle seal. Anyone know what type of gear oil this rear takes? 80/90?

The check engine light is on, but I can't for the life of me find the OBDII port, anyone know its location?

Thank you, Wes
Re: 1997 winnebago adventurer A/C, Axle seal and general operating questions. Bubba The Bus Tech 10-7-16  
Lets answer in random order:

1997 Winny could have a 1996 chassis or even possibly 1995, it may not have one due to this being the change over years. But if it does it could hidden in the under hood area as well as under the dash hanging loose.

Your generator is likely designed to charge the battery through the 120 volt supply to the RV and using the on board 12 volt converter system. Were you powering the unit during your test run? Were all the 120 breakers on? Did you have 120 volt inside the RV? Test Converter charger at this point.

The RV batteries will be expected to go dead in about 3 weeks due to draws like the Propane detector etc.

The AC uses Freon, Recharging them is not financially viable in most cases. If the AC has a wall thermostat it requires 11.5 or more volts DC from the batteries to control it. Roof controls do not require 12 volt power. To check system ensure the compressor is powered when on, we use a inductive ammeter to check. Be aware that most AC systems have a safety switch so it won't cool in cool weather. To repair tip old AC off roof and install new.

This will take 80-90 gear oil. Do both wheel seals and change the diff oil while your there.

Good Luck
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