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AndyLyyc

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Well it's only taken 2 months to find a TC I was comfortable with...

Found this Vanguard P96T. Originally purchased May 24 1978:
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Came with all original paperwork; Most of the maintenance receipts; all those nice pages with "factory replacement" parts listings; wiring schematics ... [emoticon] Had that one big option for us - needed that toilet; 5yr olds who wake up at 3am and ask for escorts to pee in the woods no longer have to disturb our sleep [emoticon]

So far, it's still pretty much bone stock from the factory, other than a newer surflow pump was installed in 92; and someone's added a small solar panel on the roof.

Still have to sort out my tie downs - that's priority #1; Then it's on to installing battery(ies?) that were kept by the seller. And getting some propane tanks in... (We're outta here wednesday for a 10 day trip - Strange coincidence; heading to Winfield B.C. for a wedding - former home of the Vanguard Factory!) and the borderline OCD DW has a heck of a cleaning project ahead of her I'm told (I was mistaken in thinking it was pretty clean)

Oh this should be a fun project. Cleaning up the basics, upgrading the electrics a bit and adding a solar kit (thinking that 60w kit at costco; just enough to keep those lights on really is all we need). Oh and we've got a few other tricks up our sleeve to make this camper a bit more liveable [emoticon]

Andy

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Posted: 07/26/08 07:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks great...I love vintage!!![emoticon][emoticon][emoticon]

Enjoy and keep it stock (as much as you can)[emoticon]

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looks in pretty good shape for the year.


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Yup, it's in pretty good shape - did find some dryrot as expected (around the battery box - over the dump valves) But that's all I've been able to find...

Battery box is only 12x23x20" - anyone have some thoughts as to how I might fit a reasonable capacity of battery in there? Previous battery was a basic marine battery; Trying to think up a way to shoehorn 2 into that space - before I start eyeballing the area under the seats [emoticon]

Much prefer the older ones - these 70s vintage TC's seem to have held up much better to the local climate than the 80s/90s we looked at... And they just suit the old chevy...

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That battery box sounds big to me, as mine is only 14" X 14" X 9" high, and all I can squeeze in is two group 24's. You should be able to do WAY better than me. Have fun.


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That battery box will be no problem at all. You could put 4 golf cart batteries in there and have power for a couple of weeks.





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Posted: 07/27/08 12:29am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's a descent old camper. In a sea of shiny new units, it's always nice to see the old ones still going strong.

Looks like you need some new rear springs for the old Chebby. She's draggin her butt there!


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Congratulations on your new to you rig! I too love the "old stuff"! here's to many, many happy camping nights and days !
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Looks a bit like mine! '83-84 truck? Mine is an '83, I see you need mirrors as well as I do. I found a set that clamp on the ft fenders, not the greatest, but they work a LOT better then the stockers, stick out another 2-3 inches. Enjoy!!

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Not sure about the dragging her butt; measured when we loaded her up - her arse sank 1" (and i'm finally able to be assured - it's no longer a hardtail - as i was previously wondering) might just be my nice ugly sloped driveway.

Trucks an '82 6.2/th400; good old workhorse. Yeah need mirrors; got some rearview with the convex's but it's pretty minimal. That's an easy fix though - pretty sure I saw some extensions over at princess auto.

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