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Old 02-18-2015, 12:05 AM   #1
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Hi!
I am the proud owner of a 1977 Dodge Vogue. There is no owners manual - and I have no idea how to turn anything on.
Can I get propane without moving my coach?
How does the generator work?
How do I turn on the hot water?
How do I find a hose connection for the black water tank hose? (bought one today - connection is too small.
If the thermostat is broke in the fridge, how do I replace it?
Is there an good owner's manual on line? I couldn't find one at all.
I want to keep the engine working - can I start the coach once a week to keep the engine in good shape? While it's plugged into electric?
I'm living in it right now.
Is there someone in the Olympia WA, area who can walk me through any of this?
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Old 02-18-2015, 12:16 AM   #2
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I just did a Google search on "1977 Dodge Vogue" and came up with about 8 articles and videos.

I don't think you can get propane without moving the RV but a call to a local propane dealer should answer that for sure.

Are you in a RV park? If so you can ask them.
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Old 02-18-2015, 06:05 AM   #3
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:16 AM   #4
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If you are living in it and do not want to move it at all, you can rent an lp tank from the local lpg supplier. This does NOT apply to rv parks......private property only.
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:22 AM   #5
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Hi toonew,
Welcome to iRV2. Congratulations on joining the RVing family.

Consider contacting Camping World (CW) or a local RV dealer. CW has a store in Tacoma. Ask for a service that includes a RVIA certified technician to go over the coach front to back and top to bottom. Check out all the coach systems (propane, fresh water, waste water, heat, A/C, etc.). They should provide you with a report of what is and is not working and what just needs servicing. Once everything in the coach is working, the service should include a walk through of each system to show you how it works. Lastly, the tech should have a list of items for you to purchase that will get you started. Water hoses, waste host, electric cord, connectors and a basic set of tools, etc.

As to the automotive part of the coach. Because the coach is new to you, consider making sure the engine and transmission work. Fluids/fliters should be changed and hoses/belts inspected. Once this is completed, let the engine/transmission sleep unless you are going to drive the coach to get all the automotive parts up to operating temperature. The fuel tank should be kept full.
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

I think Gary just about covered it! Enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome,
Don't forget us in the Vintage section.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:09 PM   #10
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thank you for all your help!!!

Hello back at you all!
Thank you for the warm greetings.

Currently I am parked on private property. I am not able to take the rv to camping world. Darn! That system check sounds wonderful!!!

Is anyone near Tumwater WA???

AS for the Vintage folks!
My 30 year dream was to refurbish a vintage rv. I found a 1968 Aloha - all original!!! I was so excited!!!! My 30 year dream!!! I wanted to go Glamping.

Well, bad news is I let someone help me who was not understanding of the "refurbish" idea. When I was gone, all the parts, pieces, plumbing - everything was taken to the dump. I have been weeping ever since.
I tried to rebuild it. I constructed the walls. My windows fit!!! Long story short - its not done and I am not able to go get it at the moment.

I will look on youtube again. I didn't find a thing, so I am excited to find info!!!

any ideas or info is much appreciated.

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My 2 cents.. don't count on cw to be the best place. My local cw is kinda like a Walmart experience. Good luck and welcome to the forum. Many with much knowledge on this site to help out.
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Also, don't count on camping world to be the worst place. I have had great experience at mine. The mechanic is quite knowledgeable. So your experience in this and all things you read may vary.
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So these friend's, still alive? I don't think mine would do that in the first place (too Cheap). Have you told them about Vintage and original? I would be crying too.
O-well I would start with a refurbish Co. I know there is one on TV. If you tell them your story it just might make it on TV, if that is the way you want to go.
Look for one that's going to a junk yard you might get lucky and the interior is mint.
Be careful ordering on line unless a well know company.
Best-O-Luck,
Keep us posted.
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