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Old 07-15-2012, 09:28 AM   #1
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My First RV - vintage

It's a 75 Dodge 360 Sportsman with V8 dual exhaust and a Triple E Mikmak camper.

What can I say I bought what I could afford but it really has a lot of charm! I like to think I'm mechanically inclined so I figured I could make it work for us. I was pleasantly surprised at how little it $ it will need for safety. Now if I can just solve the electrical problems I will be halfway to the lake.



My hunting buddy was over the other day and OK he had a bit to drink but he almost cried when he saw it.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:35 AM   #2
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Looks good from here.

That van chassis should come with a 400 or 440 engine. They were a bit weezy in 75 but can easily be woken up if the hills make her struggle.

What kind of electrical issues are you dealing with?
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Looks good from here.

That van chassis should come with a 400 or 440 engine. They were a bit weezy in 75 but can easily be woken up if the hills make her struggle.

What kind of electrical issues are you dealing with?
Hmmm the previous owner who had it for 15 years told me it's a Dodge 360 but he is the first to admit he does not mechanically inclined whatsoever. Wonder how I could tell for sure?

Electrical issues are: none of the clearance lights work, neither wiper nor washer fluid works, one tail light out (probably just a bulb), fuel guage doesnt work, and dash lights don't work. I checked the fuses under the dash and the 2 fuses under the hood. Tore down the dash and did not notice anything obvious. Electrical is not something I know how to troubleshoot. I posted a question about this in the vintage RV forum as well. Thanks.

I was told that I may have a "house" battery in addition to the truck battery but I have not located that yet.
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Hmmm the previous owner who had it for 15 years told me it's a Dodge 360 but he is the first to admit he does not mechanically inclined whatsoever. Wonder how I could tell for sure?

Electrical issues are: none of the clearance lights work, neither wiper nor washer fluid works, one tail light out (probably just a bulb), fuel guage doesnt work, and dash lights don't work. I checked the fuses under the dash and the 2 fuses under the hood. Tore down the dash and did not notice anything obvious. Electrical is not something I know how to troubleshoot. I posted a question about this in the vintage RV forum as well. Thanks.

I was told that I may have a "house" battery in addition to the truck battery but I have not located that yet.
Probably a 360. Fuel gauge is a known issue in this vintage, the sender is most likely the problem, 36 gal tank needs to drop to replace. Look nice, have fun!
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Great looking rig, congrats! Many times the house batteries are under the steps. Have fun. (The house batteries would not affect the fuel gauge, wipers, etc.)
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I'll agree with everything said. Thought it was a heavier chassis.

Your dash lights are likely a poor chassis ground., could be the same for the markers. Automotive accessory lighting is almost always only fed a positive side wire and then returns through the nearest convenient chassis ground.

To verify that -- take the cover off one of the clearance lamps (they are probably in series so you want the one at the beginning of the daisy chain if possible) and run a wire from a good chassis ground to the bucket the bulb is in. If it lights up you know you are chasing a return. If it doesn't then verify the positive feed to ground with a meter or test light.
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Thanks everyone! I will post updates onto my post in the vintage section.
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