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this is a 1971 rectrans discover25,built on a dodge truck chasis,from our research on the internet, these were only made 3 years,'71,'72,'73. stories differ on how many so i'll say as many as 3000 were built, we bought this motorhome in november of 2012,and been working on it every since ,made 6 trips this year to family within 150 miles, planning on longer trip next year,i enjoy workin on it as much as i do going in it. we bought it after it sat for 9 years in a back yard and 3 years at a storage facility before that,we've not had and real major problems with engine,but have replaced lot of external parts,we enjoy going camping, and sometimes bringing kids or grand kids.we're planning on longer trips, just this being our first year in it, tended not to wander too far.put bout 1500 miles on it/
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planning trip out west,

we are foolish and invited 4 grand kids to tag along, but their great kids and we feel will benefit from the experience and none of them been much out of state yet so be a great experience for them,since i enjoy getting out little more then wife, will be nice to have someone to talk too when i get lost , and them being smaller, the buzzards will go for them first,lol

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 1:48pm — 2 Comments

413 dodge industrial engine parts

these are kinda hard to find as differ from the engines in the cars of this size, i've found their from the 361 block family,so far i've find parts from 440/383/361 work, finding push rods was the hardest part as there 10 1/4" long, but was able to find them thru summit racing out of ohio would found a warehouse in sparks ne that had a few on hand yet.

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 9:16am

this i call my buggy

i wanted something open, light, and for off road use as well, and economical, is a s-10 frame and drive train, moved engine back bout 30 " steel plate firewall and floor board, seat 2 adults and 2 kids, putting little bigger tires on back come spring,few things to add yet,has seat belots,lights, back and trurn signals,something to go from point a to b.

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 8:52am

often thought of down sizing

we or i should say i, sometimes get frustrated and let my thoughts wander to the idea of downsizing back to a small pull camper since just me and the little lady,but when we go and grand kids come along, it makes nice that if strom comes up ,they all migrate insaide,other wise they sleep in tents we keep on hand, we went with a friend and his wife this summer to place just south of muncie(summit lake) and was reminded how easy for us was to pull in, hook up and done,with our other campers,…


Posted on November 25, 2013 at 8:30am

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At 2:22pm on January 14, 2014, Loretta Erker said…

yeah shocks make a huge difference for ride for sure .All mine are pretty good ,the leaf springs I have on the front need a good rearc,they are really badly arched the wrong way right now .I have a set of rubber air bags for the front that should cure that 'tippy' feeling it has right now. Mine is going to get some new motor mounts too they are looking pretty squishy .I can still go down the road at  55 mph pretty comfortably .With the  little bit of suspension work on the front it will be a dream to drive. The steering box on mine was adjustable also ,my dad showed me that,made a big difference in the steering play along with some grease in all the steering components did wonders.I can't wait to drive it after I get the springs rearced maybe another leaf added too and the air bags in .It will be wonderful for our very curvy mountain hwy's up here in the north.

At 2:22am on January 14, 2014, Loretta Erker said…

Holy crap I'm surprised at how well the engine ran .Doesn't skip a beat even with the Thermoquad from my dads dart on there .Transmisson kick down isn't hooked up so I have to shift it manually,no biggie.Right now I have the original holley off because the guy before me drove it with no air cleaner on it sucked in alot of dust,so needs a rebuild. I haven't really figured out mpg but I  figure around 10 -12 too.should be better with a rebuilt carb!

At 3:32am on January 13, 2014, Loretta Erker said…

Looks like a great unit .It has the same 413 engine as my empress, same grill too!

At 12:23pm on November 11, 2013, Lakota Wolf said…

I showed an RV friend the pic of your RV and he said they were a space age rig back in the day. He was amazed at how good of condition your is. He said maybe in his travels he will get to see yours.  He commented at it being nicknamed the Apollo cuz it looked  ready for take-off..

At 3:14pm on November 8, 2013, Lakota Wolf said…

Very nice nostalgic cruiser,, They was nicknamed Apolo's in the 80's. And not very many around anymore. Ive only seen one other, In way bad shape,at an RV rally,, the owner said he can find parts but no other same body styles. You have a real GEM,, and looks amazing.




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