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Old 07-01-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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What is this lanyard in Ellipse 42qd?

In the generator compartment, passenger side, is a lanyard with a handle that reads Vanterra. This lanyard is very long and seems to go to something towards the top of the coach. It is not one of the three air tank lanyards. Anyone know what this thing is attached too? I'm afraid to pull it all the way out without knowing what it does. 2012 Ellipse 42 QD. Thanks.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:18 PM   #2
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I did a little googling for you. looks like Van Terra was the name of one of the first mini buses you see shuttling people from casino to casino in places like Reno. They are also the makers of the pop up campers and turtle tops.

Does your coach have a pop up that you didn't know about?
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:42 PM   #3
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F117plt, is it part of the release for the generator slide?
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:08 PM   #4
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F117plt, is it part of the release for the generator slide?
No it is not. I pulled it out about three feet and didn't want to pull anymore. It wasn't easy to thread it back in. I called Winnie but gave up after 20 min on hold.
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No it is not. I pulled it out about three feet and didn't want to pull anymore. It wasn't easy to thread it back in. I called Winnie but gave up after 20 min on hold.
I would email Winie owner relations at [email protected] ...include your coach s/n. I have always received good Winnebago info/support via email.
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Call them about 7:30am central time, you'll get in quickly. I call this morning at 7:40 with no wait.
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:16 PM   #7
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Call them about 7:30am central time, you'll get in quickly. I call this morning at 7:40 with no wait.
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I sent this picture to Winnie OR. They have no idea what this handle is and say it is not something they put in the coach. I told them that was not the right answer as no work has been done on the coach and I bought it new. They are researching further. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:15 PM   #8
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Winnie gave up trying to figure this out. I got brave and pulled lanyard. It was about five feet long but attached to nothing. But it was bent into a hook on the end and had some tape wrapped around the end. I think someone used it to fish a wire, maybe during production. It will remain a mystery.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:57 PM   #9
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Have you had this coach since new? If you are not the original owner my guess would be that someone put that Valtera cable there to let air out of the Ping Tanks ?????
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:19 PM   #10
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F117plt can you take a picture a little farther back to show more of the area and I will send it to my friend at Winnebago.
Does it go through a drilled hole are is it just laying there?
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It doesn't say "Vanterra" as the first post indicated. That kind of had us chasing the wrong rabbit! It is Valterra, and is for a cable operated waste tank dump valve. I cannot see that the handle end is secured as it would have to be to properly operate a valve, and it does not appear to have the required sheath on it. I would say the guess about it being used to fish something during production is the most likely ...then it got forgotten rather than being removed
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It doesn't say "Vanterra" as the first post indicated. That kind of had us chasing the wrong rabbit! It is Valterra, and is for a cable operated waste tank dump valve. I cannot see that the handle end is secured as it would have to be to properly operate a valve, and it does not appear to have the required sheath on it. I would say the guess about it being used to fish something during production is the most likely ...then it got forgotten rather than being removed
I think you are right. I'll never know what it was for, but it isn't important. At least it wasn't connected to something important. Sorry about saying it was a Vanterra handle, that was obviously wrong. But, I would love to know why it was there!
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I wonder if they put that in there to fish something but that something didn't get fished... hope don't have some important wire, cable, or tube MIA in your coach.
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I found the fresh water dump handle in a compartment just behind the front curb side tire. Thought that was a strange place to put it.
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