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StingrayL82

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Central_Scrutinizer wrote:

Add another one here, or was I just a dreaming fool?? This past June, I stumbled upon this huge shrink-wrapped box (about 10 ft tall, 25ft long, about 10ft wide sitting in an exterior storage building on a friend's property.Had to ask what the heck that was. "Old motor home" I was told. "Huh?"
A Long one short, I bought this "Unknown" package on July 4th for $1200. (Weird side note, & by pure coincidence that I didnt realize, but the lil lady DID,was that the last 3 vehicles I have bought, This RV, My Harley, and my Dodge Intrepid, all bought,paid for ON A JULY 4th, my 2000 Intrepid=July 4th 2015, my 1989 1200 HD Sportster=July 4,2019, this '79 RV= July 4, 2021) Weird eh???
Anywho, what was in this humongous shrink-wrapped box on 6 tires?
It's a 1979 Fleetwood Southwind With an E-25 chassis/coach. M500 It's considered a 1980 Model, Coach plate even states: "Official Motor Home of The 1980 Olympics"...lol But they quit making these in '79 and then shopped out the remaining chassis to various vehicle manufacturers. (Did my homework)
Well I got lucky because I'm a Chrysler Dodge fan and this one happened to be a **** Chrysler/Dodge frame..... complete with a series 3 440CID engine, 4 barrel Rochester carb, and a A727 3 speed AT behind it..... Did I mention the 9 gas filters on it?...lol
Well I spent 2 days @ my friends just unwrapping this thing and seeing if it would run....and boy does it, although I've only driven it about 6 miles (Point of Purchase to Point B-my house)
....whoever bought this when it was new seemed to have purchased it w/ every **** option available on it, from the over-head 2 ppl pull-down bed over drivers cab to the 50 gal propane tank welded to frame, to the Onan BGA 4.0 Kv generator
in a rear compartment. What kind of shape was it in???
Well shrink wrapping an RV MAY sound like a good idea, but when moistures trapped in it, it's not good. I thought the thing was originally a "Green" color....wrong,, that's mold, it's white w/ brown tones. But the interior looked showroom new. This 43 year old RV has 35,890 original miles on it, the generator, according to meter, has under 400 hours on it. It has 3 battery's, 2 under hood, and another in drivers side compartment (under driver)
Now the rough stuff:
Somebody (pray I never find them) just simply mutilated the factory wiring that went through the front firewall & under/behind dash, I had one 12 wire harness through firewall that had 10 wires cut off completely. After procuring the complete M500 schematics for this behemoth, I have about finished it...... the wiring part anyway's
Its got a RM760 Dometic fridge (works), 4 burn gas stove/oven, 1100w microwave. galley sink, bathroom sink/tub/shower/toilet (don't like the fact that the bathroom is in the rear, and one would have to go through the "master bedroom" in order to get to it, say @ 2am....lolz
Still have to replace a couple water lines w/ Pex and get this Onan gen-set cleaned up (Carb is varnish), but overall, I think it's going to be worth it..... I'd post a pic or two, but don't see a pic upload option here.
Needless to say, I'm still plugging away on this thing, and probably be ready to go boondock it in 2022.... LMAO,
"Camping in a 1979 RV in 2022"
....just sounds weird....lol
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Welcome to the forum and keep posting updates! What a great story, I’m sure you’ll enjoy that rig for years to come. Ours sits restored, waiting for my wife to take some time off from her business (Idaho Fudge Co. - shameless plug, LOL) for us to take a trip in it. I just bought an Onan Microlite 4000 for it…1998 model, IIRC, with 58 hours…Craigslist for $1500 and it runs great..

I might not respond all the time, but I do get email notifications and read every post. My old man taught me that I have two eyes, two ears and one mouth, so I should use my eyes and ears twice as much as my mouth. It’s a lesson today’s youth would benefit from learning.


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A 50 gallon frame mounted propane tank? That's not only huge, but should be good for extended boondocking. [emoticon]
StingrayL82 wrote:

Ours sits restored, waiting for my wife to take some time off from her business (Idaho Fudge Co. - shameless plug, LOL) for us to take a trip in it.

She has a nice website. [emoticon]


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WoW, I'm leaving this Progressive Dynamics "Charger" alone, it's pumpimg out @ 15 amps all by itself, so why "fix" it?

But the more important reason for this post is that I came up with a soft-latching circuit instead of using a mechanical relay solenoid that stays "ON" and draws from battery while on, draining it.

tap SW1 switch, power is then latched (like a mechanical toggle switch), press #SW2, powers now un-latched (off)
Trying to come up with a 1-button on/off circuit that will sense either battery's voltage drop and send converters charge circuit, or Alternator's charge if running/driving current to the appropriate battery... bare with me.... it's on the tu-du list
based off a ZF44 Mosfet transistor, and n o current draw from anything while "Latched"
.... trying to reduce to 1 button and a 555 timer chip instead of Mosfet....
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Here's the no-frills circuit so far...this will stop sending charging voltage to a battery once it reaches 13.8vdc...
More on this one later.... I will entually it all layed out and ready for anyone wanting to attempt this fate
still trying to empty a 3 story house I've been living in for the past 8 years..... alone....I'm getting the flock outta this Low-IQ area....it seems to be contagious

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Hi,miss all the old Dodge motorhome talk on here.

Funny I used to feel proud to drive my old Dodge motorhome through town. People would look and admire.
Now they look and see me as an old vagrant living in an old motorhome.
Things have changed and so quickly.
Is it just me?





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Monashees British Columbia, best not to worry what others think about you. Live life for yourself. I too miss the chatter here, and often wonder how Griff in Faibanks is doing.
The last vehicle that would vaguely fit here was a Dodge 3/4 ton van that I sold last year, but the chatter was fun. [emoticon]

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Ballenxj wrote:

Monashees British Columbia, best not to worry what others think about you. Live life for yourself. I too miss the chatter here, and often wonder how Griff in Faibanks is doing.
The last vehicle that would vaguely fit here was a Dodge 3/4 ton van that I sold last year, but the chatter was fun. [emoticon]

I'm still here. A second heart attack, frequent bouts of angina, five-way bypass surgery, and the pandemic have kinda put a crimp in my life. Doing a lot better now, except I still need hip replacement surgery.


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1972 Executive Class A on a Dodge M375 chassis with 413 cu. in.
1973 Explorer Class A on a Dodge RM350 (R4) chassis with 318 engine & tranny from 1970 Explorer Class A


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my440 wrote:

Hi,miss all the old Dodge motorhome talk on here.

Funny I used to feel proud to drive my old Dodge motorhome through town. People would look and admire.
Now they look and see me as an old vagrant living in an old motorhome.
Things have changed and so quickly.
Is it just me?


It's not you. Times are different, and it's a combination of a lot of things....Covid, Antifa, BLM, Biden, Trudeau have polarized people to the point where I've noticed a massive lack of civility and kindness.

I had a widowmaker heart attack this past November and checked out for two minutes. Then Brooke was in the hospital with Covid pneumonia for a week. Then I got it. We both decided that life is too short, so she sold the business and we decided that our Monaco wasn't big enough, so it's up for sale, and we bought a 2005 Monaco LaPalma. 8.1L Vortec, Allison 2100MH, true dual exhaust and three slide-outs. I spent the last couple of weeks tidying the inside up and replacing what needed to be replaced, and now it's at Camping World getting all of the fluids flushed and filters replaced.

So, if anyone knows of someone who would like to buy our 1976 Monaco, it's ready to go, perfect for that young couple that want to see what life has to offer.

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Griff, good to hear from you. If it ain't one thing it's three, right?
Stingray L82, I tend to agree with a lot of what you said here.

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I’m still here too. Changed jobs, still have the old Dodge, still working on it near constant… getting tired of that though. Can’t replace it yet, so we’ll keep fixing it. Haven’t gone much of anywhere with it. I need new fuel line, but can’t find anyone willing to drop the tank to replace the last couple feet for less than a grand… and I don’t have the ability to do it in my driveway. I also had. Tire de-bead itself over the winter.

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