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Grandma Griff and I wish all of you a Merry Christmas (and Happy New Year) as well.


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Griff in Fairbanks wrote:

Grandma Griff and I wish all of you a Merry Christmas (and Happy New Year) as well.

Absolutely! Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all. [emoticon]

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My RV
I have a '78 Dodge Harvest, 25.5', 440. It only has 25,000 miles on it. Just passed our California Smog Test with excellent numbers so I'm pleased the old Thermoquad is still functioning ok. I'm enjoying fixing a few little problems on it. Got it to stop vaporlocking by wrapping and shielding the fuel line near the exhaust. Next project is replacing the clearance lights with LED units. Can someone tell me where the fuse box is usually located?

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My rig's a little old but that don't mean she's slow.

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Capt Steve wrote:

My RV
I have a '78 Dodge Harvest, 25.5', 440. It only has 25,000 miles on it. Just passed our California Smog Test with excellent numbers so I'm pleased the old Thermoquad is still functioning ok. I'm enjoying fixing a few little problems on it. Got it to stop vaporlocking by wrapping and shielding the fuel line near the exhaust. Next project is replacing the clearance lights with LED units. Can someone tell me where the fuse box is usually located?

The vehicle fuse box should be located in the same place as 1978 B100/200/300 vans, sometimes called Tradesman or Sportsman vans. IIRC, it was located under the dash on the left close to the driver's door on my '77 B200 van. There's probably a second set of 12 VDC fuses for the house/coach interior, usually near or on the power converter.

Most have a third set of fuses or circuit breakers for 120 VAC shore power. These will usually look like a household fuse panel and are typically located inside the house/coach, very near where the shore power cord enters the motorhome. (Usually on the left -- driver's -- side amidship or towards the rear.)

An aside -- if your engine starts using oil, it's probably due to disintegrating valve stem seals. This is common on older Dodge engines due to both wear and age. These can be replace without removing the heads ... if the mechanic knows what they're doing and has the right tools.

If your engine does start using oil (or blowing blue exhaust), I strongly recommend replacing valve stem seals before considering a more expensive valve job.

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@Capt Steve -- For the LED clearance lights, I recommend adding a second ground/negative wire, in addition to the power/positive wire. Most motor vehicle LED lights are manufactured with only a single +12VDC wire, on the assumption vehicle will have/use a -12VDC body/chassis ground. The aluminum skin (and any metal framing) on motorhomes is usually not sufficient for reliable operation of exterior lights.

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Also, you have to seal these lights very well.

They appear to be designed to leak. I can only guess that they are designed to fit on a flat vertical surface that also has the wire hole in the vehicle sealed.

There are two water vents in the backplate, one in the top and another in the bottom. Old RVs like ours have corrugated metal panels so the backplate cannot sit tight against the panel thus leaving large gaps. Also, the wires go through a 1 inch hole through the wall. So you need to caulk completely around the installed light and make sure to cover the vents.

I would only use LED lights as the lens/light itself is usually sealed. The old style lights also have holes in the front of the backplate for the wires and the lens doesn't seal well either. These ones leak like crazy.

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Thank you. My valve seals seem to be good. The exhaust looks fine and my HC measured 52, allowable is 350.

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Capt Steve wrote:

My RV
I have a '78 Dodge Harvest, 25.5', 440. It only has 25,000 miles on it. Just passed our California Smog Test with excellent numbers so I'm pleased the old Thermoquad is still functioning ok. I'm enjoying fixing a few little problems on it. Got it to stop vaporlocking by wrapping and shielding the fuel line near the exhaust. Next project is replacing the clearance lights with LED units. Can someone tell me where the fuse box is usually located?

The vehicle fuse box should be located in the same place as 1978 B100/200/300 vans, sometimes called Tradesman or Sportsman vans. IIRC, it was located under the dash on the left close to the driver's door on my '77 B200 van. There's probably a second set of 12 VDC fuses for the house/coach interior, usually near or on the power converter.

Most have a third set of fuses or circuit breakers for 120 VAC shore power. These will usually look like a household fuse panel and are typically located inside the house/coach, very near where the shore power cord enters the motorhome. (Usually on the left -- driver's -- side amidship or towards the rear.)

An aside -- if your engine starts using oil, it's probably due to disintegrating valve stem seals. This is common on older Dodge engines due to both wear and age. These can be replace without removing the heads ... if the mechanic knows what they're doing and has the right tools.

If your engine does start using oil (or blowing blue exhaust), I strongly recommend replacing valve stem seals before considering a more expensive valve job.


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