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HappyCamper_92

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Hello all! I am brand new to the community and would appreciate any/all feedback and advice. I am(I would like to say) pretty decent with doing my own work mechanically. I have never owned a camper/van like this ever so everything will most likely be a learning experience. Luckily I have nothing but time and have a $1000 to start with, which about $300 has been spent on fundamental tools to get started.

A little about what I just purchased!

1976 Dodge B300 or CB300? Sportsman Van front end
1976? Titan Camper
Engine: 5.2L V8 318Cu LA Chrysler
Trans: ??
Drivetrain: ??
Water damage: You bectha!
Camper shell: Fiberglass?
Camper structure frame: Aluminum

Gauges don't work, odometer is wrong, water leaks from the roof a little, I can hear what may be a valve spring loose or an exhaust leak from the manifold?( I know...could be bad or could be horrifying lol)I'll post videos and pictures in the next post.

After hours of researching and some googling I still am unable to find the specific camper that is on the van. Maybe someone here can point me in the right direction?

I plan on ordering a lot of tune up parts for the engine like new plugs, wires, cap & rotor, carb cleaner, battery, gaskets, manifold, u-joints... the list will grow substantially I presume.

The best part? She runs and drives so we're off to a good start at least. I drove her about 20 miles on an Alaska freeway with hills and sharp turns and she handled very well considering.

I paid $900 for her and it definitely needs work but I feel at $900 I saw the potential and went for it!

Also, I am not sure if I posted this in right thread? If not, please let me know.

Thanks in advance! Feels surreal that I actually own this beauty. Excited to get started!

* This post was edited 03/14/18 01:11pm by HappyCamper_92 *

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Congrats and welcome to the lifestyle!


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ScottG wrote:

Congrats and welcome to the lifestyle!


Thanks! Eager to get started!

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Welcome to rv.net! If your rig runs and you can get it to a campground, then I think that you got a good deal. As for what brand and model your rig is, hopefully, someone else will chime in. Or you can try looking on craigslist.org, rvtrader.com or other RV selling sites as I have seen some vintage RV's listed on both. You may spot yours there. Good luck with the project!


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mikebreeze wrote:

Welcome to rv.net! If your rig runs and you can get it to a campground, then I think that you got a good deal. As for what brand and model your rig is, hopefully, someone else will chime in. Or you can try looking on craigslist.org, rvtrader.com or other RV selling sites as I have seen some vintage RV's listed on both. You may spot yours there. Good luck with the project!


Awesome advice! I will dig a little deeper on those sites as well. I would just love a reference for the camper for the rebuild.

Thanks!

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congats, now find that roof leak, fix it,before you put to much cash in this rv, see if it is fixable, some times when you open them up there just rotted away.

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midnightsadie wrote:

congats, now find that roof leak, fix it,before you put to much cash in this rv, see if it is fixable, some times when you open them up there just rotted away.


Yeah I am gonna tear everything out this weekend and the next and see just how much damage is done. There no noticeable holes on the exterior of the roof besides the premade ones for the ventilation system that used to be in there. I already tore out some of the drywall? that was in there. There's a ton of the Good Stuff sprayed beneath the walls and ceiling. So that will be fun removing lol.

Thanks though!

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Got some photos of the rig. She ain't pretty now but I'll be damned if she doesn't have potential!


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More photos of the rig

* This post was edited 03/14/18 01:29pm by HappyCamper_92 *

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Resize your pictures to 640x480

HappyCamper_92

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Anyone got any input on water-sealant and the prepping for it on the roof? In my mind I picture it in this order:

Sand it down, fill in holes and cracks with adhesive sealant, let everything dry, sand it again, spray or roll on water-sealant, spray everything with final paint coat.

Does that sound right?

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