June 2015 Blog Posts (20)

Motorhome engine and generator not starting nothing, no headlights either

I suddenly have a no starting seeming dead battery situation. The engine, 454 and the generator have no starting power. The battery is fully charged. I also have no headlights or other exterior lights. As if the battery is disconnected. Here is what I noticed two days ago. I have a wire under the dash that has been tapped into. When I bumped against this wire, I could here something in the inverter panel click. As if a solenoid was clicking. I pulled the electrical tape off the wire and saw…


Added by jeff york on June 30, 2015 at 5:37pm — 30 Comments

Puzzled by new findings.

So I have spent the entire day shop vac out the trailer whom I call sunshine (yellow stove, fridge, bathroom). As I twisted and wiggled into ever corner or spot where dirt may be, I found some things I am not sure about.

1. Furnace. Opened furnace up like a fridge, couldn't figure out how to get door off yet. Dirt, plastic bags, metal tags for furnance, and dirt hanging everywhere. All looks connected, intact. There is a screen under pilot light knob?? Goes outside. I think for… Continue

Added by So ska noname on June 30, 2015 at 4:21pm — 2 Comments

1974 Winnabago Minnie Winnie (fixer-upper) project

Hello again,


I am currently in the process or repair/Restore/modifying my 1974 Winnebago Minnie Winnie (now dubbed the Minnie Webbie).

I have posted short introduction on another page but I thought I would start a projects Page to track my progress and try to show what I have working on.   


The first thing that I…


Added by Brett Webb on June 29, 2015 at 5:00pm — 9 Comments

some old books

I found all the information for the fridge,stove,heater,pump etc.. for a 1977Dodge sunland sportsmen rv. Can anyone tell me the best way to post them?

Added by winny on June 28, 2015 at 4:55am — 1 Comment

I might be able to help

If you are traveling  in Colorado I70, US34,I25  I live 60 miles north of  Denver  or Wyoming  I25, I80   I live 60 miles south of Cheyenne    I have  some RV parts  and can do some repairs at home   or help you get to a  shop if nothing else.  I do charge but it is not crazy prices  and I am available  day and night usually   but  I know it sucks to be broke down and stranded  if you are going to be traveling in this  area  make sure you keep my number handy just in case    10 am to 7 most…


Added by Jay Furney on June 26, 2015 at 10:38pm — 1 Comment

What we have done so far on Fort Courage

Bought 1984 Lazy Daze Class C 22' motorhome January 2015 for $3000.  Had mechanic check out, driveable, good hoses, engine, will need new tires next winter, A/C in cab not working, other than that it's sound and drives good. :)  Crap for mileage, like 7 mpg. lol Pretty high mileage, but all ours. :) 


Camper part is ROUGH. Good bones, last previous owners did no maintenance on coach.

New center vent in lounge, new tiolet and floor in…


Added by Joanne Leiser on June 22, 2015 at 8:53pm — 5 Comments

First post

I'm not sure how you have this all set up here. But, I just thought I had better say


I am looking around for a used RV that I can hopefully get running and use by August. I have experience with RV's but, I have a hard time remembering things ever since surgeries. And anyhow, never hurts to see what others think.

I need to start looking through all the stuff here and see what's…


Added by Paul Nichols on June 21, 2015 at 9:45pm — 7 Comments

Electric Fuel pump conversion,,greatest thing

I have a nicely restored 77 Airstream Argosy Motor home. Its powered by what you might call a hoped up 454 GM motor. In my quest to move toward EFI (electronic fuel injection) I took the first step by replacing my mechanical fuel pump with an electric fuel pump. This was the best upgrade I have done so far. Instead of pumping the gas pedal to the point of not knowing if you are flooding the carb in an effort to prime your carb after sitting several days, Now, I simply turn the key on, listen…


Added by jeff york on June 18, 2015 at 8:24pm — 17 Comments

Gas Refridgerators

Ok folks. I have talked with several of my OLD SCHOOL fellow RV'ers, and Decided to post a blog on Gas fridges.

(Im relaxing before a long haul).

Ok, here goes.

The number one problem the Old Skoolerz,(as we are called) have seemed to notice over the years is Auto ignition, (peizo ignition).

Case in point,, Ole Frankie,(our senior member in the close knit group), had a problem with his Auto ignition clicking ON,even when switched over to full electric. He would…


Added by Lakota Wolf on June 14, 2015 at 2:06pm — 25 Comments


Trying to load a pic to my profile but site won't accept it. I ain't pretty but really?

Added by Philip Lee on June 13, 2015 at 10:25am — 1 Comment


Thank you for including me. My wife and I are retired nurses living in a 1976 Minnie Winnie. There are some things I could use some help with. The RV has a sideswipe and the door latch is broken. I can't buy a new one. Can anyone tell me if I can fit a door from a newer model or even a brand new door in the opening? Also when I first turned on the heater it blew out a huge cloud of smoke and shut down. I pulled out a black and crispy wasp nest and wasps. Since then neither the heater or…


Added by Lee Buschman on June 13, 2015 at 12:04am — 4 Comments

Condolences to my Brother (aka The Dutchman)

My brother, a member here but not a frequent poster, lost his RV today. We were supposed to head out to Hershey this afternoon. He had the fridge on electric, and in preparation for leaving switched it over to propane. He waited for the green light indicating it was lit and went in the house. 15 minutes later the trailer exploded. Thank God no one was hurt and the house, while damaged, didn't light up.

I'm still going, but I have to say I'm really shaken up. You may recall…


Added by Jim Stoltz on June 12, 2015 at 2:34pm — 32 Comments

Spokane, WA to Portland, OR to Oceanside, CA and return route yet to decide.

My wife and I are planning to drive our 1977 Dodge Dreamer 23' Class C (USRV Dreamer), South to visit our son & family in Southern CA. One planned stop in Portland to visit my cousin on the way. We'll head down the coast and see what we can see mostly on the 101. We're planning 5 days down, 5 days visit and the return trip is open (I'll send my wife home via Alaska Airlines to take care of her horses). The trip will start on July 20th and I'll probably leave Oceanside, CA  heading north…


Added by Ray Hancock on June 10, 2015 at 4:23am — 1 Comment

Fuel Economy, or lack thereof

Filled the Allegro up in preparation for my next trip this coming weekend.

It looks like I went 165 miles between "fills", and it took 40 gallons. So about 4 MPG. I did run the generator quite a bit - a bit over 5 hours and it sucks down about a gallon an hour. I also question my last "fill" because I know that when it's full it pukes gas out the top of the tank where it meets the filler tube. The gas station attendant (can't pump my own gas in NJ) insisted it was full but…


Added by Jim Stoltz on June 9, 2015 at 9:38pm — 28 Comments

Running on hot side

I am sure you folks will give me more ideas on what is going on with this issue. I have replaced the entire cooling system on this 440 and added two 12" electric fans in conjunction with the regular fan and new fan clutch, 180 thermostat, new high flow water pump, radiator was dipped and cleaned and I reflushed it 4 more times. No kinks in any hoses or any problems I can see and you can see the water pumping the fluid great.

I have been in the mechanic business for 25 years.…


Added by Dwayne on June 9, 2015 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

DRY ROT rebuild......

"I'm a sinner. I broke down and bought a "new" motorhome.... well, okay... not real new..... a '92 Coachman 35' diesel pusher...."

We needed something dependable for our business.

Got it for a steal and I think I know why.... it's got real bad dry rot in about 8'+ of one wall.....

anyone deal with this?

this style rig has the newer vinyl outside skin.... ugh....

Added by Robert Wesner on June 7, 2015 at 2:20am — 7 Comments

1976 Okanagan

I have just located a 1976 Okanagan trailer that I plan to purchase and rebuild. I have looked high and low but can't find any examples of one. It is a single axel 13' trailer. Anyone out there familiar with this make? The company is no longer in business.

Added by Philip Lee on June 5, 2015 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

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