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Thanksgiving camp 2018

On Saturday Nov.17th I had started prepping the Palace for our annual Thanksgiving camp and it dawned on me that my furnace had, had a problem this past spring that I neglected to look into. Once…Continue

Started Nov 25, 2018

Thanksgiving camp out
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Well it's been quite a year for the Palace and me. We done quite a bit of traveling this year and also a whole bunch of Maintenance and rehab work. The Palace is now a worthy dependable rig that is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich Thomas Nov 25, 2018.

The Palace and the year of renewal
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After missing most of the 2017 camping year with a warped torque converter it was a joyful time when we made our annual year end Thanksgiving camping trip. We had a great time and my hopes for 2018…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich Thomas Sep 13, 2018.

The pitfalls of old RV's and poor Big Three Engineering. ( GM) to be exact.
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A little history. I bought the palace in the fall of 2014 hoping to have a way to spend time with my boys as two of them had moved out of town following college. Both engineering grads and both…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich Thomas Aug 26, 2018.


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Grey Wolf replied to Rich Thomas's discussion Frustration
"Every group has it's rules. If I need to ask for advice and I get good advice for free then to me it's worth joining a group to get it. I mean if you compare this to many real painful problems in this world, this problem isn't really…"
Jan 17, 2022
Dave Haslam replied to Rich Thomas's discussion Frustration
"I have Napa on the hunt at the moment for the correct parts. That should give them something different to do. I got a list of parts from Napa canada online but see your own store. So phoned them up with same parts list 5 hours ago and they are still…"
Sep 25, 2019
Paul Zeuke replied to Rich Thomas's discussion Frustration
"The single rear axle may mean single wheel rear axle as opposed to the dual wheel on th e1 ton Chassis. There were single rear wheel (non Dually) class c rigs out there and the front and rear parts on those are different than those with the dual.…"
Sep 25, 2019
Dave Haslam replied to Rich Thomas's discussion Frustration
"Thank you for the input. The van is actually a 1978 F30 sportsman with independent front suspension as you guessed. I have gust looked at the manual online to confirm that it has no actual axle. The trouble that I have is that the vehicle is 80…"
Sep 25, 2019
Paul Zeuke replied to Rich Thomas's discussion Frustration
"Well Dave I found somewhere that I could reply. I am guesing you have a Class C Dodge based on the B series van. If so it has an idependent front suspension so no real Axle. If you have a small Class A let me know as they are a solid axle…"
Sep 25, 2019
Dave Haslam replied to Rich Thomas's discussion Frustration
"I could not agree more. ill see if you wanna try to help me out. Any Old timer Mechanics out there Ok the front axle on this is 3,300 lb rating. All of them that I see for that year are the same size. Here's the question is the rotor bigger…"
Sep 24, 2019
Rich Thomas left a comment for Gary Schmitz
"Hi Garry, if you cant find a suitable 16" rim take a look at these 16.5's. Firestone TransForce HT's I run them on my 78 Travelcraft. and they are still available. I've ran them since 2014 and will most likely replace them with…"
Sep 13, 2019
Rich Thomas commented on Jimco_W001's event GOOD OLD RV's Annual Rustic Retreat
"Hi Jimco I won't be able to make the rally this year, which is sad because I just got a new rod and real for fathers day.  I just have to much going on this year and haven't even pulled the Palace off the property this year. It is…"
Jun 26, 2019
Rich Thomas commented on Jimco_W001's event GOOD OLD RV's Annual Rustic Retreat
"It will be a last minute thing if I'm able to make it up that way, I'm putting all my effort and resources into remodeling my home. New kitchen and then hardwood floors. I had a good time last year even with cutting it short and, I met…"
May 19, 2019
Rich Thomas might attend Jimco_W001's event

GOOD OLD RV's Annual Rustic Retreat at NE Ohio

July 25, 2019 at 12am to August 7, 2019 at 7pm
Good Old RV's annual camp out.Previously known as the Jimco Jamboree.Many campsites with water and 15/30 amp electric service.Outdoor bathroom and shower building.RV dump station.August 3rd Saturday night potluck and bonfire.Plus fireworks! Thanks Faye ThompsonAll pets are welcome here.Camping is free for GORV members.Membership at GORV's is also free as well.Donations for electric use are welcome.____________Things to do while you are here_____________…See More
May 19, 2019

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At 9:52am on July 6, 2018, Laurie said…

Thank you for the nice welcome and wonderful advice Rich! I never even thought about the ZDDP, thank you! And you're so right about those tires, I was thinking that they LOOK just fine, but better replace them before I regret it. When I put insurance on him she told me I had full coverage if it were to break down on the road, I asked "You don't have a crystal ball do you? But, does that include tires?" lol  I'll just replace them then I don't have to worry.

Anyway, if I'm going to do it right he is probably not going to see a campsite this year, just way too big of a project. I haven't even started on the generator. Going to follow your advice and go through all of the fluids first today, and replace both batteries. (I see needing second job in my near future) My inexpensive camper is turning into "I should've just bought a new retro version"! But then I wouldn't have my new friends on this wonderful site! Thank you again Rich for the great advice. :) 

At 9:18pm on September 15, 2017, Daphne and Miki said…
Hi Rich!! We had a 19 foot 1994 Slumber Queen and drove to and from the east coast of Mexico in 2007-8. We just bought an 18 foot 1981 Taurus which needs LOTS of tlc and repairs....a work in progress. But it will be wonderful when she is done!!!
At 10:21am on May 10, 2017, Ted Rice said…

Thank You.

At 1:50pm on April 2, 2017, Christine said…

Hi Rich, yes it seams that a lot of us RV'rs are more and more ladies. :-)

At 8:40am on April 2, 2017, Dan waldman said…


At 9:29am on March 28, 2017, Steve Dziczkowski said…
Rich thanks for the nice welcome. Happy travels to you and your family. See down the road. Steve
At 1:29pm on December 4, 2016, SLEETH said…

thanks for the welcome

At 5:38pm on October 17, 2016, Bonnie Hunter said…

Thank you Rich for the welcome.  And that's a great idea about cutting the back and shortening it up.  I still want to use the drop down for the bed but a coupe of inches won't matter on that. I'm looking forward to this and will take pictures as work progresses.

At 8:06am on August 27, 2016, Shana said…
I haven't figured out how to add pictures. We were told it no longer leaks I know pack paneling has to be replaced but roof an floor seem solid, I will try to figure out how to put pictures.
Thank you
At 7:34pm on April 8, 2016, Ron Capone Jr said…

Thanks alot Rich I really appreciate that,, I have been searching for years with no luck,,i can use all the help i can get... Ron

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Life got in the way

I was chatting briefly with Tina last night and was asked about pictures of the Travelcraft I call the Palace and I was reminded that I had none posted. A good while back I had the idea of revamping my picture file. It seamed like every one was updating their profiles and I jumped on the band wagon and got as far as deleting old pictures and changing my profile picture . Well as life often does, I was thrown a few curve balls from poor health to the loss of my very best friend of ten years…


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