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Old 07-21-2015, 05:57 AM   #1
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Honest I have tried searching the Forum

i have even used a search engine which is how i ended up here

i cannot seem to find any sort of a "campers 101" which can help me figure out what wires and connections do what on this old camper. it is structurally sound and was only $100 which is why i went for it

all i know about the model is it is a 1977 Beaver 8 1/2'

it has a refrigerator and stove but the light/power connector is very different from what came on the 1994 Silverado i bought (also with a great price)

most of the links i have found end up with a "404 not found" message or they are about something decades newer and much larger or even an RV rather than a camper. General info does not seem to be out there.
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Keep searching! 1977 Beaver 8 1/2' doesn't mean much nor is it a model number
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Keep searching! 1977 Beaver 8 1/2' doesn't mean much nor is it a model number
how do i find that? i have walked around i a dozen times and looked all over the place and without a clue as to what to search for the internet is useless to me, i have never been able to find anything that i did not already know
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You looked in the wrong place. Like most RV brands, there is a specific club where the knowledge you need can probably be found Beaver Ambassador Club

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i have even used a search engine which is how i ended up here

i cannot seem to find any sort of a "campers 101" which can help me figure out what wires and connections do what on this old camper. it is structurally sound and was only $100 which is why i went for it

all i know about the model is it is a 1977 Beaver 8 1/2'

it has a refrigerator and stove but the light/power connector is very different from what came on the 1994 Silverado i bought (also with a great price)

most of the links i have found end up with a "404 not found" message or they are about something decades newer and much larger or even an RV rather than a camper. General info does not seem to be out there.
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You looked in the wrong place. Like most RV brands, there is a specific club where the knowledge you need can probably be found Beaver Ambassador Club
thank you, the site required payment so i doubt i am going to be able to use it

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Old 07-21-2015, 10:18 AM   #7
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Exterior shot of camper and the truck


Seating area


fridge inside, having trouble starting this, neither gas nor 110 volt seems to run it though the guy i bought it from said it works (and the stove works fine even though its appearance is a bit rusty)


propane tank, looks like original equipment, i am shocked it can still be filled (gauge says 1/4 tank and the stove works)


fridge compartment (i actually found the panel under it and it says this is a elixer industries 401-90)
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I am sure you can find info here that will be helpful. What is it you are asking? If it is the light, power connection, how about a picture of that.

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I am sure you can find info here that will be helpful. What is it you are asking? If it is the light, power connection, how about a picture of that.

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i cannot seem to get the refrigerator started in either gas or 110v, how level does the camper need to be and if it is not will that actually prevent starting? i have found a manual for it but it does not specify that.

there is a back compartment where i think the water is put in but it is locked, can i drill it out and just buy another lock and replace it in the same panel or is there a better way.

as far as the 12v power/signal i have found how to hook it up and just need to buy the connector and some cable and then wire it together.

the propane tank - is one that old legal and/or safe? do stations still fill those or are all tanks now of the type where you just exchange for filled ones?
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The refrigerator needs 12 volts to operate. So perhaps when you get 12 volts to the system it may work. To get it started it does not have to be real level. After 35 years of RVing I don't worry about being level. If it's level enough for me it's level enough for the refrigerator.

You can drill that lock out and then flush the water tank, adding a small amount of bleach, perhaps a 1/4 cup. Make sure you know where the drain is for the fresh water tank.

The Butane tank may need to be certified after 11 years. The place that fills it will know. There should be a date of manufacture stamped into the tank. I never do exchanges on tanks.
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thanks, it never occurred to me that even in propane mode or 110 mode it would still need the hookup to 12 volt to be working. i will get what i need to hook that up after i get paid next month
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Now that I see your pictures, it is obvious that your Beaver is rather different than the later Beaver Diesel pushers. I suspect the Beaver club members have these, rather than a pickup camper, but there might be someone there with the knowledge you need. Without knowing what membership costs, maybe there might be some value in joining for a year.

Another thought. Have you tried the Tin Can Tourists organization?. A vintage RV club Tin Can Tourists

Tin Can Tourists is an all make and model vintage trailer and motor coach club. Our goal is to promote and preserve vintage trailers and motor coaches through gatherings and information exchange.



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thank you, the site required payment so i doubt i am going to be able to use it....
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An LP tank that is made for horizontal use is a completely different construction than the normal upright one used on your BBQ and available on exchanges. They are NOT interchangeable.
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i cannot seem to get the refrigerator started in either gas or 110v, how level does the camper need to be and if it is not will that actually prevent starting? i have found a manual for it but it does not specify that.

there is a back compartment where i think the water is put in but it is locked, can i drill it out and just buy another lock and replace it in the same panel or is there a better way.

as far as the 12v power/signal i have found how to hook it up and just need to buy the connector and some cable and then wire it together.

the propane tank - is one that old legal and/or safe? do stations still fill those or are all tanks now of the type where you just exchange for filled ones?
Reasonably level, like not more than half a bubble or so. The current model specify 6% Front to back (camper side to side), 3% side to side (camper front to back

Key should be ch751 and all campers have the same key. The locks are little spade deals that you should be able to pop with a screwdriver if not.

Should be a battery compartment to put a battery in, find it and stick a cheap 12volt in there.

Propane tank should be re-certified, which can be done at specialty shops that also do fire extinguishers. Call around and find one. The tanks can be REALLY funky looking and still pass.


Keep asking, and go to the vintage sites and look around and ask thee also. We are here to help.
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