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Old 09-01-2010, 09:43 PM   #1
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Old Rockwood

I'm a new member from Montana. I just bought a 1983 rockwood "mini" and need to find where I can get parts like external light fixtures, etc. Would also appreciate ideas on engine efficiency/better mpg. I didn't get better than 7mpg for almost 500 miles of 60mph when I picked it up. I do basic mechanics so will change the lio & filter and the dirty air filter. What about an electronic ignition mod?
I know most of you have newer & bigger rigs but thanks for any help.

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Old 09-02-2010, 06:57 AM   #2
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I can't help with Rockwood parts, but wanted to welcome you to iRV2.

As for fuel economy, what you are getting is typical. Converting to fuel injection with electronic control would probably bring it up a couple of mpg, but that is probably not cost effective unless you drive a lot of miles. Performance would also improve, though.

One way to help the mpg is to lighten up your right foot. Those 80's vintage rigs are not great turnpike cruisers. 55 mph will probably get you closer to 7.5-8 mpg.

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Old 09-02-2010, 07:17 AM   #3
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I also can't help you with your questions. Gary has given you good advice. The only suggestion I will add is perhaps you should visit our Vintage RV Forum and post you questions there. I believe you will have additional response there.

Good luck;
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I'm outa here. After living in the camper all winter in Montana I decided to sell it. It's gone to a better home.
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That RV looks like the one my nephew had at the Ennis Montana airport...he's an AC mech also...love visiting there.
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