I'm new to RVing although I have been planning/wishing to do this for years now. On impulse I took the plunge and bought this wonderful 'lady' a 1977 Vanguard Sportsman. She's in wonderful condition considering her age, although she does have a problem common to her age and make....the truck motor will not charge the battery. I have 2 friends, both mechanics, who are checking this out, as well as everything else, to make sure she is road worthy for me. It seems the alternator is fine, so now they are down to checking wires and other parts trying to determine the cause. I do wish I knew more about mechanics as watching these 2 men pull out their hair is quite disconcerting for me. I'm just hoping they don't go bald in the process or their wives may be chasing me with their bats. 

Any advice, suggestions, ideas will be welcomed and greatly appreciated.


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Comment by Frances DeHart on March 18, 2017 at 9:46pm

Gorgeous!! nice Job she is a beauty!!

Comment by pamela spencer on June 21, 2014 at 1:37pm

Verrrry nice!

Comment by Francie Enman on June 14, 2014 at 2:15pm
Lakota, thank you the heads up and advice about the wiring problem. I will pass this on to Marc and I'm sure he will be grateful for the help. My repairs are on hold for a few days as he's swamped with 'paying' RV repairs right now. I'll let you know how this turns out.
Comment by Roger Kidder on June 9, 2014 at 7:07am

Nice rig. It looks very clean and totally original.

Comment by Lakota Wolf on June 8, 2014 at 11:59pm

Very clean looking rig,,,, You found a gem.

Comment by Lakota Wolf on June 8, 2014 at 11:59pm

Chrysler motorhomes have had that distinct issue with charging systems, The porclean relay on the firewall corrodes and causes problems for one. It looks like a ceramic block about 2 inches wide and about 4 ro 6 inches long with a *spring for contacts. Last resort,,, Go with a SINGLE wire alternator, They are usually for GM vehicles but I have fitted them to dodge with very little problems and I was up and going in no time.

Comment by E J Anderson on June 8, 2014 at 11:06pm

WOW! She is BEAUTIFUL. EJ

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