OK, I have been slogging my way through this thread for over a month now and finally reached the end so I can post and comment.
Whatcha take that long for? I dived in here with one dumb question. Don't wait- lol!
Having been a journeyman auto mechanic (in a previous life)for a total of 36 years, spent 23 of those at various Chrysler dealerships I have been chomping my teeth when someone posted a question 1-5 years ago and I had the solution.../sigh
All the more reason to dive in and "share the joy". I'm always learning something in here!
My wife and I have a 1973 Dodge B300 sportsman 20 footer. It was in fair condition a month ago when we first got it, but it's getting better every day. We are literally in love with it.
Nothing like the old Dodges. Bulletproof reliability, military-grade durability, infinite personalizatability, and best of all, being able to look the other fella in the eyes and say: "Mine's paid for. Is yours?" Priceless. Or as Charlie Sheen would say: "WINNING!"
I have to thank everyone in this thread, especially Trish, Leanne, whiteknight001, goreds, oldman and others that have helped me and others with our mopar rvs. This thread has been invaluable. Hope the best for everyone that started and kept this going over the years. I will try and help out and carry the torch with my dodge and automotive experience.
Thank you most kindly, sir! But I owe all this thread to the folk you mentioned besides me, and so many more. Trish (let us know watz goin on wit you girl, love you, miss you and your acid wit, let us know how you are!! Today!!) and Leeann have been like our "Den Mothers", and they have kept us playing nice, washing our hands and flushing lol. We'd be sorely lost without them, and the rest of the folks who post here and keep this thread alive, and greet new folk who wander in here. They are the ones who really deserve the credit. Not me.
Now my story of our first outing. We went to a Mo. State campground about 100 miles away. Filled up before going to campground, (gas gauge is inop at this time). Figured out we got 6.4 MPG....We had a great time, camper performed perfectly, got down to low 30s at night, but little 1500 watt electric heater kept it warm. Day before we were leaving, I pulled the doghouse, zipped off the top of the Holley 2bbl, lowered the float level about 3/8 inch,(not recommended for the faint of heart), lengthened pump stroke and advanced the distributor about 10 degrees. Now I had set all these to specs before hand, but I was so mad about the MPG, I was not gonna accept that. End of story, got 12.0 on the way home, no pinging on hills, no lean pop taking off from a stop and a lot more power. Btw drove 50-55 MPH each way. Try doing that with a fuel injected, sensor covered engine!
Ain't no way a sensor-laden rig of today could keep up. I think of a "Scotty" quote from "The Search for Spock" when he says of the new transwarp drive on the new "Excelsior" and her captain's reply of how he will love to break the "Enterprise" records...
"Ay! Th' more ye tax the plumbin', th' easier it 'tis to stop up the drain!"
The 360 and 440 represent two of the best powerplants on the planet. Backed with the venerable, solid performing "Loadflite" automatic, they'll outrun and outlive anything made today. I did the same to the "Kobayashi Maru" and I got 11 mpg, so what you're saying is SPOT ON.
Please, feel welcome to post things here. We all need this, because things we work on don't rely on no stinkin' computers. They all are from a better, vanished time when engines were engines, and mechanics knew what they were doing, with hand tools, not probes and keyboards.
And ears and eyes were the best sensors in use.
Welcome to you and your Mrs., VintageMopar! And happy holidays!! Thanks to all the good folk here too, and happy holidays to y'all too!
And may God bless and keep us all, this day, and in the days to come.
your pudgy old friend,
tilter with windmills par excellance...
Has anyone heard how Trish D. is doing?Is she on her long awaited trip??Trish you have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be so.....God bless.. Hope Trish is doing well.
I second this. Please, Trish- let us know how you are, and if you
are where you can't reply just now, have somebody let us know. I am still praying for you, and thinking about you.
To many of us who have known a sense of belonging in
this single odd thread about old Dodge RVs, and to
those perusing the posts for their adventures in an
older RV for their first time, welcome. In 2004, this
thread came to be, and has grown in a way that still,
to this day, just blows my mind.
I have a favor to ask of all of you, for one person
here in this little "flock"... read on...
Back in the days of the the "wagon trains" crossing
the then little known West, all traveling shared more
than a common destination. In the process of "getting
there" they combined their efforts to help and protect
each other along the way. Sometimes, to defend themselves
from enemies, inclement weather, and other hazards, the
wagon master would call all to "circle your wagons"
and "hold your ground". This unified them not only in
defense of each other, but in purpose as well.
We all have been united in purpose here, in our interest of our
old/new RV's, and our own unique little bit of the American spirit.
Now I ask each one of you to please combine your hearts and
thoughts in whatever means you can- prayer, meditation and
actions to help one of our own. Trish. And "hold your ground"
when you do. For those of us who have known her company here,
Trish, along with Leeann, has been like our "den mother", and
like Paul Lynde, our resident wit and humorist. Please, "circle
our wagons, folks". It matters. As each one of us does.
Hola. Yes, I went missing for a while but hey. Leukemia entitles you to bug out for a bit.
On that topic, I have one more round of 5-day chemo and no bone marrow donor in sight.
Because this forum has been my lifeline so many times, the Travco is sorta-kinda FS to any Dodge C members first.
I may not. But I have this yen to drive to Alaska while i can and that means a truck & pickup camper. The Dempster would destroy the Travco.
Dang, girl... you DON'T do things in "halves" do you?
I'm so sorry to hear this. More than I can think or say. Over the
past year, my diabetes has worsened, and I'm now hoping that I can
keep my lower legs. If not, we might wind up having to do the tango in wheelchairs, lol...
My blood type is A negative, and I wish now it were O positive. But
I am happy to pray for you, and I keep you in my thoughts anyway. To borrow your words:
"this forum has been my lifeline so many times"
I can say this, and I think every last soul here will agree with me without a second of hesitation- This forum has had its life, and being because of you, Trish. It carries your words, your character (oh God, don't it ever! lol) and your life. It will always speak of you, and for you, in the best imaginable way. I owe you the biggest debt for being my friend, my "den mother", along with Leeann to all of our "campers" here.
But don't think yer gonna get to sneak off to the Frigid North, and
disappear... there are dog sled rentals, and pontoons for wheelchairs. I may or may not have a "lower end" after a while, but I can row like hell!
your little fat buddy