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D.E.Bishop

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Posted: 01/28/18 07:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Adel, I agree with with those that think it is a great opportunity to learn about motorized RVs and something you can have fun with. ronfisherman has given you a truly invalueable link in these forums about Dodge powered MoHos.

I'm 77 and I'd take on the challenge if I had the opportunity and it was usable as is. My only concern is if there is rain damage from leakage around any opening. That might be beyond my capabilities.

I will have 99 percent of our S&B refurbishing done next month and will be looking for a similar project in a "C" or bumper pull 50's or 60's trailer.

Good luck and keep on, keeping on, start files with all you learn for the future. You'll be getting another rig someday.


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Just be aware that 3500 w will be minimal at best. You will in all likelihood not able to run ac and microwave at same time since the 3500 is peak watts. Look for something a little bigger and with remote start like champion has/had since you will not be wanting to go outside to start in inclement weather. I had a 3500 unit from champion, remote elec start on my TT since we wanted to be able to cool the unit when traveling in hot weather. It was a rv setup with 30 amp but the techs at champion were the ones to tell me about the ability to run high draw items together with it. Check camp world they sell champions or look at amazon etc 1st.

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i agree, the seeming smallest thing can open up a big hornets nest real quick, i was trying to install an outside outlet in our class c.. had the back corner come apart, then one thing has led to another I now have replace the complete roof. and all of the walls due to wood rot.
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Great project! For many many years I had a 67 chassis mount Travel Queen camper on a 75 Chevy chassis. About 9 years ago I upgraded to an 84 Lindy C on Chevy chassis. Could afford (to finance) better/newer but it would do the exact same thing mine does and I would have a payment - no thank you. My old rigs have been all over the country many times over. Lack of payment just lets you buy more gas!

My rigs are old but both had a few upgrades I highly recommend - several have already been mentioned:

1. Battery CO detector and hardwire propane leak detector correctly installed. (I assume you have a pair of smoke detectors already)

2. Remove & dispose the 30+ year old converter and install something modern. I use a Progressive Dynamics 9260. Unit will pay for itself eventually with the longer house battery lifespan, and can be transferred to another rig if you ever upgrade.

3. Make sure you don't have a "Federal Pacific" (a.k.a. FPE) brand electrical panel installed. If you do, google it. Upgrade as required. Can probably upgrade to a cheap GE panel from Lowes for less than $50.

4. Get a pair of good quality fire extinguishers and mount somewhere you can find them quickly, one up front one near back exit. I recommend a pair of quality 5# American-made refillable ABC. Can be moved to another vehicle if you ever upgrade.

5. Like you are already doing, do the chassis tune-up and replace the belts and hoses etc as required. Grease, fluids, check for issues, etc. Carry spare belts and a way to band-aid hoses. Sounds like you have this under control so I won't go into any detail.

6. Everything else just adds to your camping story! You will learn as you go what is priority.

Have fun and enjoy! Make great family memories!

On edit - if you buy a brand new rig today, it will only be new for that instant. In a few short years, it will need everything yours does now. You being able to do maintenance and work by yourself makes all the difference. Congrats!

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i still want to install a co/ propane monitor into our 77 rollalong, have been replacing all the fluorescent lights with led strips to reduce the load on the battery since we have been going to non hydro camp grounds.

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PatJ wrote:

Great project! For many many years I had a 67 chassis mount Travel Queen camper on a 75 Chevy chassis. About 9 years ago I upgraded to an 84 Lindy C on Chevy chassis. Could afford (to finance) better/newer but it would do the exact same thing mine does and I would have a payment - no thank you. My old rigs have been all over the country many times over. Lack of payment just lets you buy more gas!

My rigs are old but both had a few upgrades I highly recommend - several have already been mentioned:

1. Battery CO detector and hardwire propane leak detector correctly installed. (I assume you have a pair of smoke detectors already)

2. Remove & dispose the 30+ year old converter and install something modern. I use a Progressive Dynamics 9260. Unit will pay for itself eventually with the longer house battery lifespan, and can be transferred to another rig if you ever upgrade.

3. Make sure you don't have a "Federal Pacific" (a.k.a. FPE) brand electrical panel installed. If you do, google it. Upgrade as required. Can probably upgrade to a cheap GE panel from Lowes for less than $50.

4. Get a pair of good quality fire extinguishers and mount somewhere you can find them quickly, one up front one near back exit. I recommend a pair of quality 5# American-made refillable ABC. Can be moved to another vehicle if you ever upgrade.

5. Like you are already doing, do the chassis tune-up and replace the belts and hoses etc as required. Grease, fluids, check for issues, etc. Carry spare belts and a way to band-aid hoses. Sounds like you have this under control so I won't go into any detail.

6. Everything else just adds to your camping story! You will learn as you go what is priority.

Have fun and enjoy! Make great family memories!

On edit - if you buy a brand new rig today, it will only be new for that instant. In a few short years, it will need everything yours does now. You being able to do maintenance and work by yourself makes all the difference. Congrats!


Thanks for the help and the reply, I love the positivity. I am working on everything you talked about. I was really trying to do everything fast, because i was so excited. But i have started to take a step back and slow down. I still have a long time to get all the things ready. I am pretty confident in the rig running and not breaking down right now. But i dont have a grasp on the home part. I have set up an appointment to get a safety inspection done on the rv. Included appliances, electrical, water sources, and a leak test. Im hoping it wont be to bad. I do want to make this rig safe and avoid to many headaches so we dont hate rving.

Thanks again for the reply, I will be posting pics of upgrades as i go.

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77rollalong wrote:

i still want to install a co/ propane monitor into our 77 rollalong, have been replacing all the fluorescent lights with led strips to reduce the load on the battery since we have been going to non hydro camp grounds.
Our first RV was a Roll-a-Long! 1979 23' Huntington model. Great quality coaches, for sure, with a unique look (the split/wrap-around overhead window)! [emoticon]


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well that front window is kinda gone now though[image] changed the front to this now[image],
we had some rot problems so been rebuilding the outside of the motorhome, and modifying the kitchen table area as we found the original table quite small

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77rollalong wrote:

well that front window is kinda gone now though[image] changed the front to this now[image],
we had some rot problems so been rebuilding the outside of the motorhome, and modifying the kitchen table area as we found the original table quite small
Oh, bummer; those Roll-a-Longs really had a unique look to them, although I understand the rebuild. Looking good; hopefully it all works out for you.[emoticon]

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well i think it will look a bit more modern when iam done, i have also removed the recess that the back had for the rear window to round it off as well[image]
the front only took me a couple of days to make up, the worse part was all the framing in the front, then bending the plywood to shape. this is the inside view showing the framing , not sure what iam going to do with the opening as yet, thinking maybe tv one end, cupboards, or shelf
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