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Old 10-15-2014, 12:41 PM   #1
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HI- this site is so great! Yesterday I bought my '76 Dodge Tioga Sportscoach...15'. I had the seller drive it directly to my mechanic close by where I'm presently living. My mechanic just kind of shook his head and only said, "I hope you got a Really good deal on it". It runs, has an exhaust leak and weird spongy brakes, tons of miles on the 318 motor, newer transmission w/60k miles on it. Probably will be putting a chunk of $ into getting it ready for the road. Inside is fairly bad, but that part I will enjoy (I think). Which brings me to my first of many questions. I want to take out the old fridge and also the stove w/oven. Will the lightened load from that make any difference in top heaviness? It's really short in length but seems very high, to me at least. Is there any worries anyway about top heaviness in general on this RV? Thanks for any thoughts!
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Where in WA? We're in Vancouver. It would help if you'd fill out the info in you profile.

Never worried about the rig being top heavy in the almost 58 years I've been RV'ing.
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang here!

Hope you get the new rig up and running very soon! Enjoy the forum!

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Welcome , freedomtime! Glad you're here, and I know you'll find answers.

I don't know anything about that coach body, but I had a pair of those Chrysler 318s in my boat, and they were sweet engines! Ran smooth as sewing machines. Just swap out the old distributer for electronic, and get rid of that four barrel-- if anyone had the bad sense to install one-- and that engine will sing!
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:38 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the welcome! I'll update as soon as I know what I got myself into . I'm so happy to make the first step at least!
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:56 AM   #8
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I don't think a manufacturer would install appliances that would make the rig top heavy. So taking them out will not make a significant handleing difference. The less weight you are carring the better mpg you'll get. However it will be minimal.
The 318 Chrysler engine was one of the best engines made by Chrysler. The suggestion to update the distributor and carburetor is a great idea.

Good luck with the repairs. Keep us posted and Happy Trails!!!!!
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Welcome, I have gotten so much help here since we bought our coach!! Wish I could answer your question.
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Old 11-03-2014, 09:52 PM   #11
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:45 AM   #12
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HI- this site is so great! Yesterday I bought my '76 Dodge Tioga Sportscoach...15'. I had the seller drive it directly to my mechanic close by where I'm presently living. My mechanic just kind of shook his head and only said, "I hope you got a Really good deal on it". It runs, has an exhaust leak and weird spongy brakes, tons of miles on the 318 motor, newer transmission w/60k miles on it. Probably will be putting a chunk of $ into getting it ready for the road. Inside is fairly bad, but that part I will enjoy (I think). Which brings me to my first of many questions. I want to take out the old fridge and also the stove w/oven. Will the lightened load from that make any difference in top heaviness? It's really short in length but seems very high, to me at least. Is there any worries anyway about top heaviness in general on this RV? Thanks for any thoughts!
Good Morning Freedomtime: Yes, you have bitten off a mouth-full. Have had several 318 engines in my history. In all fairness to the 318, I ran my first one (at age 18) like there was no tomorrow. The other 318's (after I matured a bit) ran much better.

Pulling out your refer and oven is a personal choice; If you make that choice for convenience of use of the RV; great. As far as making your unit less top-heavy, there should be little concern in this regard. Before using your RV, the exhaust leak would be preeminent in getting repaired, from the standpoint of your safety. The brakes in an RV are also important, as there are too many people on the road that have only one thing in mind, and that is the personal thoughts they are focusing on at that time; they have little or no interest in whether you can stop your rig after they have cut in front of you. Both of these fixes are very important to your safety.

Your challenges in getting the unit to fit your use, I'm sure, will be a lot of fun. Hope your successful in working with the drivetrain. Happy Trails... gebills
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Good Morning to you Gebills!

I appreciate all the help I can get on this project! I think the saving grace on my rig is the 318 motor, from the comments I've gotten I don't have much background on the care of the motor in the past, which would help. It's still in the shop, I told my mechanic no rush tho, so he's working on it here and there. I need to see if the fridge is working first, and if it's a 3 way...I've heard those are great to have. The oven I don't think I'll use much, and need more storage/counter space. I spend lot's of time watching youtube RV'ers and am getting more information on what I'll need. I agree about the brakes- I think that and the exhaust leak are taken care of now, also need to get all new tires for safety!!
Anyway, I'll update as soon as I can actually inspect it inside! Thanks all!
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If you need some parts or info, besides here just south of you at Baydos in Chehalis stop in and ask for PJ he is the Service Manager and my ex Son in Law. good kid and really knows his stuff. Tell him Bill says hello from Quartzsite.
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