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Refrigerator quit working
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I have an Elixir refrigerator and it just quit working, don't know a damn thing about an RV refrigerator. Attached is the nameplate info and hoping an expert can give me some ideas on what to look…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich Thomas Jan 16, 2017.

Inverter or Converter ?
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How do you check an inverter to see if it is putting out the proper DC voltage? My lights in my Tioga worked when I lived in Oregon then when I drove it back to Texas they quit working.......any…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tioga Sportsman Dec 21, 2015.

1976 Tioga Sportsman Electrical Problem
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I need some help, does anyone have any idea what to look for when the tank pump, and all level indicators quit working?And does anybody have any wiring schematics they are willing to share by e-mail?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tioga Sportsman Jan 20, 2015.

DuoTherm Heater Repair
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I am finding it very frustrating to go to RV parts house and not be able to get parts. So what I have learned by having a "Classic RV" is that you have to improvise a little. And what I mean is using…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Remodeling Mad Scientist Mar 18, 2015.


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Refrigerator Repair - Trav'ler by Elixir

Ok, so I have this 1976 Tioga Sportsman which has been really good to me. I bought this thing in 2014 while I was working in Oregon. I have since driven it back to my home state of Texas and have it parked in my back yard with all the amenities hooked up it. It is a real conversation piece when my friends and family come over to visit and I tell them that me and my wife have lived in it. Anyways.....I am really starting to ramble here, and the real reason I am blogging is to cover another…


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At 10:29pm on January 19, 2015, Rich Thomas said…

Tioga Sportsman. If your still having an electrical problem may I suggest that you try doing some basic electrical P.M.. Start by gathering a few tools: A small brass wire brush (small like a breach brush), a big can of WD40, A Philips and common point screw drivers, a smart phone or digital camera. a bag of rags and some patience. Start by disconnecting all power supplies. then go through your power panels take pictures then start a visual inspection looking for burnt spots or signs of heat, frayed wires broken wires and loose connections. test screw connections with your screw driver. do one wire at a time. if you find a loose screw pull it out and clean the connection with the wire brush give it a shot of WD40 and reattach to the terminal. use your picture for reference if needed and continue this through out your camper. go to the water pump and and do the same thing also any connections made with spade connectors or any type connectors for that matter. Be careful, take your time use lots of pictures and hopefully you will run across your problem child and put it to bed. an other tip if you see green clean it. and if you smell ozone there's probably a loose connection causing it so you will know your close. If your weird like me you'll find this somewhat therapeutic, anyway good luck with it 

At 8:01am on October 28, 2012, Fred Bader said…

Thank you Tioga Sportsman! Yes, if you can , please send me the contact info on this Bus. Best Regards, Fred.

At 1:11pm on May 24, 2012, stan franzone said…

welcome aboard and what ever you do enjoy the lifestyle. We have been fulltimers since 2006. Started with class c and are in a class a.The first thing I found in a class c was the front curves on the cap leak bad. Make sure that you use the right sealant or you will redo alot .enjoy and happy times.


At 7:47pm on May 23, 2012, Doug O'leary said…

Roof leaks can cause serious dammage if not stoped in time, If you have no pryer water dammage and you have a roof leak that just started that's ok. first you must find out exactly whare the water is coming in from. they can leak in from around the AC unit the roof vents the waste tank vents etc. or maybe the roof just needs to be re-sealed, just a routine thing that should be done every few years. The roof sealent you need is a silver liquid that is sold in a regular paint can at any RV center and you apply it with a paint brush. But you first must find the leak if you are unsure go to your local RV center or shop and they will help you out or at least give you advice, bring the camper there with you, dont just try to explain it to them it's better they see the roof themselves, but don't delay, in the mean time if your expecting alot of rain throw a  tarp over the camper just while it's raining. best if luck, anything else feel free to ask........Doug

At 10:23pm on May 22, 2012, Pat Daly said…

Well, if you can figure out the general area it's coming from I've used white silcone pliable caulk.... as a temporary fix only! Best to get at it quickly and do a full repair before the entire side or roof of your class c needs to be taken out.

Fingers crossed that it is not the roof.  I've always used eterna bond around all roof vents, air unit and any overlapping roof material.   glad you found it so soon.

At 9:30am on May 19, 2012, Doug O'leary said…

I know those 1970's Dodge van chassis very well I've had several myself and am currently restoring a 1973 Dodge class C motorhome. any mechanical questions I'd be glad to guide you through, one of the first thing's you should do beside the usual oil change and tune up is to inspect and Re-pack the front wheel bearings especally if you dont know the last time it was done. anyway best of luck I'll talk to you later.....Doug

At 9:38pm on May 18, 2012, Pat Daly said…

Congratulations on your new 76 Tioga. Many folks prefer the class C's and A's for that matter made in the 70's since they are pre-smog control, easy to work on mechanizally and NAPA still carries most parts.  Here is a basic article I wrote a while back when I was pondering all the "stuff" I normally did when I bought a classic rv  LINK

Maybe one or two point will help.   pat

At 10:48am on May 18, 2012, Tioga Sportsman said…

Hello all, I am new to RV'ing and any help I can get would besincerely appreciated. I just bought a 76 Dodge Tioga Sportman and am looking for any kind of Technical info thats out there. Wiring, teardown, repair, equipment manuals, plumbing etc. Just send a friend request, the more friends the better!




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