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LokiSukaido

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Hello all,

I am brand new to the forums. And, I just purchased my first RV. It is a 1989 Ford E-350 Class C (I've been trying to learn as much as I can). She definitely needs a LOT of work. But, the asking price was way too good to pass up.

Anyway, I plan to do whatever I can to get her going, again. But, I have a few questions first. I haven't found anything that will answer these questions online, yet. The first question is; Is the chassis battery usually the same size as the house battery?

I am asking because the RV has a house battery that seems to be working fine. But, the chassis battery was removed prior to my purchase. I would like to be able to at least be able to move the vehicle, in the event that it is necessary while I am working on her.

Secondly, I have attached a few images of what I think are the worst of the necessary repairs. Can anyone tell me if these look worse than they appear? Or, have I really found things that are irreparable. Sorry for the large post. And, I appreciate all the constructive help. Mahalo in advance.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B23Xsy8PZX5sT1h6LWZYdVliTEdRdUd5WS0tMVN6Q2VNVGJj

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B23Xsy8PZX5sSEVqWnZnTW5HUzhXMzZGR3Z4akJZc3IzNThB

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=13b4a93c82&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-a[emoticon]6730498401062910050&th=16d11af7a2e74b9b&view=att&disp=safe&realattid=16d11ae84dde8e97dc81

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a normal battery for the Cassie will work. go to your parts Store tell them the chassis and they will look it up. good luck you have your work cut out for you.. everyone on this forum are very helpfull


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I couldn't get the last 2 pics to open, but the first 2 come under the heading of "YIKES", unless the "Asking Price" was "get this thing out of my yard" then you paid too much.
Not meaning to be insulting or hurtful, but what you're looking at spending, you could have paid more & got a much better RV, that one looks like an escapee from the bone yard.
Besides a complete rebuild, the tires alone, you're looking at $1200.00 +/-, a chassis battery looks to be the least of your problems.


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Thank you, pushtoy 2. So, I cannot just hook up the "house battery" to the engine, and drive the vehicle? Good to know. Now, I just need to know if the other items are repairable. Or, is this something I need to scrap?

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bukhrn wrote:

I couldn't get the last 2 pics to open, but the first 2 come under the heading of "YIKES", unless the "Asking Price" was "get this thing out of my yard" then you paid too much.
Not meaning to be insulting or hurtful, but what you're looking at spending, you could have paid more & got a much better RV, that one looks like an escapee from the bone yard.
Besides a complete rebuild, the tires alone, you're looking at $1200.00 +/-, a chassis battery looks to be the least of your problems.


You aren't being hurtful or insulting. Actually, that was pretty much the "asking price" [emoticon] I'm pretty certain that I could have paid about $1200 or more and gotten something I could use almost right away. I am just wondering if it's doable. I don't plan on being able to stay in it right away. I anticipate at least a year or more. I am trying to DIY as much as possible.

I am concerned that there might not be a way to repair/replace the pieces that need it. But, I wanted to get as much info as I can before I proceed in any direction.

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“I anticipate at least a year or more. I am trying to DIY as much as possible.”

Oh my! Two years minimum. Is the C under cover?


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LokiSukaido wrote:

Thank you, pushtoy 2. So, I cannot just hook up the "house battery" to the engine, and drive the vehicle? Good to know. Now, I just need to know if the other items are repairable. Or, is this something I need to scrap?
yes you can take the house battery and use for the motor if it will fit some house battery are bigger.. I couldn't open your links

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You need a new chassis battery. Look up the size and go down to Costco (or your choice) and get a new chassis starting battery.

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First if the house battery is 12 volt you can move it so you can use it to start the engine.
Sadly I have been down that same path. Thinking I could fix up something. I would try to sell it for what you have in it. If you can start it you should be able to.
Save a little and you can find a good RV you can get in and drive it not spend all your time and money working on it. You can spend plenty upgrading and updating one you can drive.
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Almost anything in the RV is replaceable. It the roof or siding has dry rot/water damaged and moldy, you may be in for a lot of reconstruction woodwork and replacement of roof and siding. Old rigs often have messed up wiring from amateur fixes. The roof AC unit, water heater, fridge and converter/charger unit and fresh water pump may need replacement as well as all six tires. The engine cooling system may need serious work including radiator, belts and hoses, water pump and clutch fan. The brake system may need major overhaul.
The chassis alternator and electrical and lighting system may need replacement. The engine and transmission may need overhaul. Even if you are a well equipped truck mechanic and skilled RV structural repair man, and have helpers, I think you are looking at spending some 20K dollars . An old restored rig with all new innards is not worth much more than 5-7K dollars as the buyer cannot get a loan on that old of a rig. My advice is give it back or sell it to a junkyard for whatever you can get. Advice: Save up 20K and buy a used rig that is usable as is with few repairs/upgrades needed. There are some ongoing threads on RV.Net about major restorations that will be informative.

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