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Old 10-08-2021, 06:06 PM   #15
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Fully charged battery going dead in short order .

If you don't have a small battery charger ( 10/15 amp), and a 12 volt test light ( bulb type not led ) pick one of each up .

Disconnect the battery from the coach and charge it .
Once charged hook up the positive cable .
Wire the test light between the negative post and the ground cable .
If you have a draw the test light will light up .
In the glove box , remove fuses until the light goes out and note what circuit the fuse is for . If all the fuses are out and the light is still lit , you'll have to remove the power cable from the alternator .
Let us know your findings .
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Posters have giving enough info to figure things out. You may still be able get a Chiltons manual on the Dodge chassis. Shes an old gal and going to need work. They do no matter what the age. Not everyone grew up fixing cars and appliances in RVs. The internet will help learn some basics. Ask around if any part time on the side mechanics that are trustworthy. They might get her running to get it home. Most places that sell batteries can load test battery but will need an over night charge on 10 amp charger. If not maintenance free fill cells with distilled water to bottom of short fill tubes before charging 12hrs.
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Old 10-09-2021, 06:23 AM   #17
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Finding a mechanic is going to be a chore, your best bet is to hire the person looking back at you in the mirror every morning. Seriously, these are old, complex and there usually isn't a great deal of easy to find information. A mechanic wants something they can turn around quick and simple because its their livelihood. Couple that with the size of a typical RV and how much space it takes up in their yard and yeah, unless you already know one who loves this kind of project or if by some miracle you can find one, its time to start reading up and watching YT videos, get some tools together and start figuring it out yourself.
Would love to see some more pictures of the rig.
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Old 10-09-2021, 09:54 AM   #18
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I respectfully disagree with the last two posters.

2+?=? There has not been enough information to solve the equation. Opp wants help he needs to invest more time in providing that information.

A 78 Sportsman is not that complicated. Yes, it is old but back in those days chassis were not near as complicated as today. Remember, we are not talking about the house but a chassis problem.

I was intimately involved with a very similar unit for 42 years. It never let me down. Over those many years problems did arise but were never difficult to overcome.

Bottom line, for anybody on this forum to help more information about the problem is needed.
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Don't leave us hanging Rollout, we're here to help.
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Rollout, any luck on getting her fixed? (Edit: name change)
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Dead battery?

First off make sure some how the engine is not locked up. If engine is OK make sure both battery cables are making good contact on both ends (clean, tight ground at drivetrain AND chassis plus starter connection). Good battery and good connections, jump across starter solenoid relay ( be sure trans is in Park).Cranks OK? Have someone crank engine and check for spark. If it has spark make sure it has GOOD fuel in it. Fuel goes bad after time. Has fuel, has spark but won't start. Spray ether into carb. If it fires and dies it has a fuel problem.
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First off make sure some how the engine is not locked up. If engine is OK make sure both battery cables are making good contact on both ends (clean, tight ground at drivetrain AND chassis plus starter connection). Good battery and good connections, jump across starter solenoid relay ( be sure trans is in Park).Cranks OK? Have someone crank engine and check for spark. If it has spark make sure it has GOOD fuel in it. Fuel goes bad after time. Has fuel, has spark but won't start. Spray ether into carb. If it fires and dies it has a fuel problem.

1978Cliper ; Welcome to iRV2.

Many members waiting to hear back from the original poster ; to see if he ever got things fixed ; but after six months with no updates , we don't have any idea of what happened to his RV or him .

Many posters with problems just forget to post solutions, to close off their threads .
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First off make sure some how the engine is not locked up. If engine is OK make sure both battery cables are making good contact on both ends (clean, tight ground at drivetrain AND chassis plus starter connection). Good battery and good connections, jump across starter solenoid relay ( be sure trans is in Park).Cranks OK? Have someone crank engine and check for spark. If it has spark make sure it has GOOD fuel in it. Fuel goes bad after time. Has fuel, has spark but won't start. Spray ether into carb. If it fires and dies it has a fuel problem.
Clipper, Welcome to the forum. I purchased a 1978 American Clipper in 1979. It was the best! Owned it until two years when I traded for a DP. The Clipper is still going strong. I spotted it on the beach over Easter.
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