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Old 01-10-2019, 07:46 PM   #1
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Hi I just bought a 92 Chevy/national tropical. I'm a total noob. Just realized they went bankrupt and parts are hard to come by. But I imagine not impossible. This is an open call for all tips and tricks for Rvs and tropi-cals. I need help please point me in the right direction. I'm a commercial plumber and great with my hands so nothing is impossible. I look forward to learning and discussing. Thank you!
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I'm a total noob. This is an open call for tricks and please point me in the right direction.



Hey total noobie, what's happening.....
Well not sure what "direction" you're looking to go in.....but hey, down on the corner of 1st and Main Street I've found a lot of action and tricks in the past...

Or maybe this will be helpful:
https://www.google.com/search?ei=ggM...iz.SFYUNRRT5F8
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:49 AM   #3
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Hi I just bought a 92 Chevy/national tropical. I'm a total noob. Just realized they went bankrupt and parts are hard to come by. But I imagine not impossible. This is an open call for all tips and tricks for Rvs and tropi-cals. I need help please point me in the right direction. I'm a commercial plumber and great with my hands so nothing is impossible. I look forward to learning and discussing. Thank you!
Just post what you arel looking for and someone will be glad to help you find it on this forum. Lot of fun ahead keep at it.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:05 AM   #4
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Have fun with the new toy! I'm sure that a lot of folks here would love to see some pics of the new rig.
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I think you'll find that most of the "house" parts are pretty generic and can be upgraded as you replace them. The "truck" parts should be readily available. Have fun and keep reminding yourself how much money you're saving by DIY.

Your number one priority will be to ensure that all roof vents and other penetrations are properly caulked against leaks, which can cause extensive damage if left unattended.

I assume you have a "converter", which is the thing that converts 120v AC to 12v DC and also charges your house battery(ies). I suggest you replace it asap with a modern converter with a multi-stage charger, which will be much more gentle on your battery(ies). Here's a link to a typical replacement:

https://www.amazon.com/Powermax-Supp...8-3&ref=sr_1_3

If you do replace the converter, don't count on the DC wiring to follow the commonly expected red +, black - convention. Identify all the connections to the old converter and label the wires to avoid problems. Don't ask me how I know this.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:43 PM   #7
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Congrats on the new rig and welcome.You are in a great place for info here.Plenty of knowledge freely passed on .We have an 04 Dolphin and have not had any problems with most parts.The main things that may be difficult to find are body parts.As mentioned most all systems are generic,water heaters,furnaces,refrigerators,inverters,etc. are readily available,parts and complete units.Also Chevy parts are in every auto parts store.Being able to do most all your own repairs is a big plus and will save you a ton of money.Enjoy your new rig.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:48 PM   #8
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For National owners manuals and other information go to
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/NationalRV/files/

You will have to sign with a yahoo account. Worth the effort.
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:54 AM   #9
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Welcome and I know you will enjoy your new home on wheels. We have a 1998 Seabreeze on a Chevy chassis. Would be glad to answer any questions I can. Enjoy and safe travels.
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