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    Lake Huron - Alpena, MI
  1. You were so close to figuring this out. With the sending unit out and all wires still hooked up try this. Cover the fuel tank hole to keep fumes in there. Next turn the key to the ON position. Not running the engine. Now just slide the float up and down while you watch the helm gauge. The needle should move and be close to empty, mid, and full positions as you slide to each position.
  2. I watched your second video. Thanks for moving the winch post forward. What about a heavy duty ratchet strap right across the whole boat left to right? It really works to pull the boat and trailer together. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife dept. in my area trailer their boats that way. It's the 3 inch wide style strap.
  3. Yes get the VHF radio. Learn to use it. Our daughter boats regularly on the Chesapeake with a husband and two young children aboard. Safety is the reason to have one. I think of it like having a fire extinguisher on board. It's ready to use in an emergency. Be prepared. It can save lives.
  4. I would move the winch post forward 3 inches. Repeat the test drive with your video camera watching the same roller. This will improve the roller contact as well as put more weight forward on the tongue. Maybe even measure the distance from the hitch to the ground while hooked up before and after the reposition. This will indicate more tongue weight being placed on your vehicle.
  5. Check with an RV Dealer service department. I remember some sort of widespread recall on those refrigerators. You'll probably need to have info like the model and serial numbers. Good Luck.
  6. Sounds like a fuel delivery issue. Has the fuel filter been replaced? It may be clogged up. This can prevent full flow of fuel. I replace mine every 3 seasons.
  7. Probably should have replaced the thermostat with a brand new one while you had the suspect out. That way you would know if your issue was caused by a weak thermostat that was opening too soon.
  8. Remove the wire at the sending unit. Turn key on. Fuel gauge should read empty. Now ground the wire to a good clean metal surface. Fuel gauge should read full. If this works as stated, you have a sending unit problem. This test proves that the gauge and wire to the sending unit are good.
  9. It really helps to take a cell phone pic of things like battery connections before disconnecting them. Hope the radio isn't blown.
  10. Try one of those long soft brushes that are used to clean under a refrigerator. I dip it in simple green and water mixture. Then to dry it I wrap a couple of paper towels around the brush and slide it through. Hope this helps.
  11. Never operate an alternator without a battery installed. The charging system needs to "see" a battery. Otherwise bad things can happen in the electrical system. It acts like a shock absorber to control excessive voltage in the entire system. The old days of unhooking a battery cable to see if the alternator was working are past.
  12. I acquired my Chaparrel from a PO after it sat for a few seasons. I drained the fuel out through the transom drain plug hole, while it was on the trailer. I used a long piece of 3/8 fuel hose to extend the tank hose that normally feeds the fuel pump to the outside of the boat. I connected a 12 volt fuel pump outside the boat and drained about 30 gallons of stale fuel. Be very carefull. Sparks while connecting electric fuel pump should be away from everything.
  13. I agree. Change the oil and oil filter before you put any more hours on it. Examine the drain oil for any sign of contamination. Milky color for instance. If that's the case, then a repeat oil and filter change is a pretty good idea to help get the contamination out.
  14. Glad to hear the battery issue is resolved. Keep a close watch on each battery's voltage for the next few outings. Before you start up the engine, and then after it's been running for 10 minutes for instance. Typical readings might be 12.5 and then 14.0 for instance. This will show good batteries as well as prove the charging system is working. One question for you. Why are there life jackets in the engine compartment?
  15. Not a good idea. The Great Lakes are a freshwater sea. Open bow vessels not safe there.