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Farnham Va.
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Married 36 yrs. 2 children. Mechanical, like restoring vintage mechanical items / tractors/ hit miss engines/ automobiles. Worked for general motors dealership for years, power boat mechanic for years, municipal utilities .

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Took a trip last summer to Winchester, Va. in the Telstar dolly towing  the commuter Saturn . Had a good time in the area. Couldn't visit Skyline drive due to it being closed at the time. So instead we traveled down highway 11 until we came upon an accident that was requiring closure of Rt. 11 so we decided to go over to the West side of the mountains and continue down towards the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Got to do some sight seeing on the Parkway until we began to run into some heavy fog…


Posted on March 4, 2014 at 5:45pm — 2 Comments

Champion Telstar

I am restoring a 1986 champion telstar and would like to know if there is anyone that owns one or has owned one that may know what the red rocker switch that is mounted next to the rear bed area on the outside of the shower area may go to ? I have traced it up to the rear area behind the refrigerator and further to the control level indicator panel. From there it goes to the headliner area with other wires. It lights and sends 12 volts DC when switched on. So far i haven't been able to…


Posted on November 23, 2012 at 10:16pm — 1 Comment

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At 7:33pm on September 5, 2013, buzz mahan said…

Luis, Ours is also a work in progress. Has been for over 2 yrs. now. Always thinking of upgrades i would like to do but haven't had time. When i first purchased the RV it had been setting for awhile in a carport and no longer being used due to widow of owner had no more use for it. I actually drove it home from 100+ miles away. Then i got it home and worked on it as time and money has allowed. Besides the interior and exterior work i have done a lot of mechanical work in hopes of making it reliable. Here are a few things i have done:

Replaced rubber gas hoses with ethanol resistant hoses, new fuel pump, new marine spin-on gas filter assembly (removed small one from carburetor). All new water hoses, new water pump, new belts, new tune up, new smoke pump filters, new manifold a.i.r tubes, rebuilt the carb. and installed heavy duty copper/brass float, new air filters, changed trans. fluid and strainer, installed all new u-joints and hanger bearing assembly, pulled rear wheels checked inner outer brgs, installed new grease seals, new wheel cylinders, new brake shoes (due to leaking wheel cylinder), new house and engine batteries both with disconnects added, pulled alternator and checked bearings and brushes, replaced all seven 16.5 wheels with seven 16" from dually truck, 7 new Firestone tires, packed front wheel bearings, changed AC to 134A with new dryer, orifice tube etc..rebuilt toilet as you did also. Many more small items but too much to list as far as mechanical.....  Hope i haven't bored you, but just wanted to remember myself why it is taking so long......  Having a great time doing the work on it and hope to do more. Hope to also get to use it more but hard to get the time right now. 

At 12:21pm on September 5, 2013, luis m corona said…

Hey Buzz, Ours also has the rocker switch, like yours. I determined that I had a couple of bad light bulbs including the one above the bed, however after changing that one, it still didn't work. I do think it's purpose is to activate that light as there is no way to turn it on other than that, I assume this because the other two rocker switches have that purpose, (when I turn the one in front all the lights except the back one turn on). I think the bulb holder might be bad and needs replacing, but it is a bit hard to get to, I also have a bad unit above the dinette table that I will try to replace. It is a work in progress, I had to replace the water tank pump as it was bad and recently replaced the plunger valve on the side of the toilet as it started leaking during a trip to the lake....these have been simple fixes though. Thanks for your response to my questions. I wanted to send you a friend request, you ok with that?

At 11:39pm on September 3, 2013, luis m corona said…

Hello Buzz, while searching for other Telstar Champion owners, i came across your renovation post and I must tell you that your work is excellent!!....We love the flooring and vents trim and refrigerator doors trim. I wonder if you can share if you took out the sink cabinetry and the bench seats to  extend the flooring under these?...How about the bathroom, did you extend the floor in there too?. We have an '89 and had thought of doing the floors like you did, but wondered how difficult it might be......ours if carpeted and looks much like yours without the floor. and this past winter we had some water leakage that damaged the wood paneling walls in the coach, so we might have to replace those too at some point. Ours came with the original books, so it's really good for informational purposes. Did you ever find out what the rocker switch next to the bed was for?

At 8:44pm on November 24, 2012, Sam Green said…

I forgot to mention, it is a gas heater with an electronic pilot.

At 8:41pm on November 24, 2012, Sam Green said…

Hi Buzz, Welcome to GORVs.  I have a 1987 Telstar on an F-350 Ford Chassis.  The layout of our MHs is different, ours has a rear entrance door.  It also has a switch as you describe, located on the wall next to the indicator panel.  In our case, it is the on/off switch for the 12 volt hot water heater control box.





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