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Old 04-19-2019, 08:34 AM   #1
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Picking up old RV, what should I bring

So I might go pick up a 1973 Dodge Superior this weekend. It "started the last time we tried" and "might need a li'l brake work" is about all the guidance I'm getting from the current owner. My neighbor's a mechanic and I asked him what I should bring in case this thing seems road worthy and I have to drive it 50 miles home. He said, "your checkbook for a tow truck" and "i'm blocking your calls this weekend."
Any common items RVers bring when they're picking up an older RV to help increase their prospects of making it home? Besides a book of matches in case you have to torch it on the side of the road?
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Welcome to the forum.

A checkbook and a twenty foot tow chain. Maybe a spare tire, jack and lug wrench.
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The 'might need some brake work' comment kind of scares me. That could be anything from 'it needs new pads' to 'one wheel is locked up and smoking' to 'it doesn't have any brakes at all'.
Starting it seems to be the lesser of the two issues he mentioned, getting it stopped is a much bigger issue. TEST those brakes before you get out on the road.
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A checkbook and a twenty foot tow chain. Maybe a spare tire, jack and lug wrench.
Jumper cables and fluids, oil, brake, antifreeze, power steering, top em all off plus electrical and duct tape just in case...
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I go with what your mechanic friend says. Way too many things can/will go bad. Friend of mine did that, drove from Florida to Jersey. I almost had a heart attack when I looked it over! I would not have driven it 5 miles!
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The phone number of a towing company near your destination, so the wrecker doesn’t have to travel any further than necessary, empty or loaded, since you’re paying for both.
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How long has it been sitting? Calipers or drums could be locked. Master cylinder may be shot. Is the gasoline from 1973? Have you created a will?
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Insurance would be the top of my list with questionable brakes!
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My biggest concern, after the brakes, would be the tires. If the RV has been sitting for quite sometime, the tires could be old and cracked, and you could have several flats on the way home.
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Bought a '79 Superior 30 footer just outside Atlanta about 20 years ago when we were younger & dumber. My first experience driving a A-class was in Atlanta rush-hour traffic! Shortly after getting it home I went to move it & steel brake line blew out where it has rusted through. If you get it cranked & have a good pedal hit your brakes HARD a few times! If a lines gonna blow It's best to blow it then! Plus all the stuff everyone else has said including a spare battery. Good luck!
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! I hope it turns out better than your neighbor expects!
Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Bring "all" the tools and the normal McGuiver stuff (duct tape, tie wraps, etc).
Tires and Fuel quality and Brakes are critical.

Hate to say it, but if you are asking the question....are you ready for this project?
Have a good mechanic friend to go on a road trip?

The problem is you have to be ready for anything (parts, tools and mostly experience).

I would plan to drive around the place where it is currently at a few laps before embarking into the open spaces. Get it hot, stomp on the brakes, shut it down and start it up etc.
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Insurance would be the top of my list with questionable brakes!
Insurance including/plus a road service. A tow bill can break the bank.
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