- Well I Finally got to take the first trip in the 73 Champion that I
have been redoing.I went from Maine to Washington DC and it was
great.The rig performed fantastic.I still have some things to do on
the inside but I stopped long enough to take the trip.I will be
putting up a webpage soon as I can with all the work that I have done
with the help of my two best friends.I cant wait for the next trip to
take. take care everyone
- Hello folks,
I just wanted to share our first trip with someone who could appreciate it.
We bought a 78 Pace Arrow class A (27') last fall to live in while the new
house was closing. After we moved in to the house (just before Halloween) I
parked it. After a Thanksgiving visit where the RV found use as a guest
room I drained the water system and it sat.
I'd had a slow leak from the master cyl but bled the brakes and thought I
was fine, I did start it up and ran into town to put gas & propane in it &
changed the oil/filter when I got home. I figured it was ready.
As a 'shakedown' cruse we took it to the ocean, 80 or 90 miles from
here. It ran fine and after a few miles I was getting comfortable driving
something that wide. We arrived at the campground by the beach and got a
spot, backed it in and leveled it up. Plugged the power in, hooked up the
sewer & the attached the water line. I turned on the water and went in to
check for leaks. 2 weeks ago my daughter used it for her birthday sleep
over, I saw the hose hooked up to it so I figured that was fine... while I
was inside checking for leaks my son starts hollering about a leak outside!
I go out to take a look and it looks like Niagara Falls towards the rear
Seems that behind the toilet, inside a cabinet, under the rug there is a
false floor board. After pulling up the floor board there are two drain
valves attached to the PVC 1/2 inch water lines. One of them (the cold) is
split, really split. Split as far back behind the tub/shower as I can
reach. That line feeds the toilet too. I have a problem...
I know my wife (who will drive out after work) really likes having a toilet
inside, my two daughters like having a toilet inside & one has already let
me know what she thinks of the campground women's facilities.
I did some exploring while the kids went to the water and found the other
end of the PVC pipes (I think) just inside the power cord door. Now if I
cut and cap the cold water line I'll have water at the kitchen sink
(coffee! Without going outside!) but no potty. I took a look inside and the
hot water line seemed fine and it looked like I could move the toilet water
line from the cold to the hot. Have water at the kitchen and a flush toilet!
I walk into town (maybe a mile) and look for a hardware store. At the Ace I
pick up some plastic pipe cutters ($12 & I have a pair at home but they
work so much better than a hacksaw), glue, 2 1/2" caps. Then I see a
threaded fitting so I bought that too plus a screw on cap. A dollar or so
in pvc parts, more than I really need but they won't go bad and the travel
time to town is the big expense. My plan now is to cap the leaky line at
the power cord door with the threaded fitting & cap (threaded so I can fix
it later), move the toilet hose to the hot pipe and be in business. If I
have problems I have 2 more glue-on caps.
After some tightening with pliers the screw on cap holds and that's
(temporarily) taken care of.
We picked a spot with cable so we could use the small tv we bought for the
RV... that TV has been living in the kids room. Turns out without the
remote you can't get to the menu and so we have just one channel, TBS. The
remote is still home <g>.
Everything else goes well.
Sunday we go to leave. It won't start. We hook up jumper cables and nothing
(but the batt is taking a charge)... After a good bit of trying this & that
I pull the starter (this is a Chevy 454, easy to get the starter out) and
find a large hole in the solenoid. It seems it's too close to the exhaust &
there is no heat shield. After a phone call I head out to the town 20 miles
away to get a starter, the wife & kids go back to the water. I find the
auto parts store, spend my $40 and head back. I put it in and the rig starts!
On the trip home I notice the amp meter goes to the discharge direction...
sometimes. Other times it's neutral or to the plus side. Not good. It had
been my intention to stop and fill it up with gas so I could see what kind
of mileage I was getting, that's not my intention and more. All I want to
do is get it home <g>.
We made it, pulled into the drive & turned the key off then back on to see
the amp gauge. There is a good sized discharge going on. I turned it off,
took the key out and disconnected the battery.
Something more to do...
I figure I can snake a flexible water line around the tub/shower and
replace the cold water line like that. Another threaded fitting on the
drain valve side & the water will be back in business.
For the electrical problem it looks like a loose wire really draining the
system, I'll check on the starter first as i just had that out and it does
have big wires going right to the battery. I also plan to take the v-belt
off and see how the alternator feels when I spin it by hand.
All in all for a first trip it could have gone better but it could have
been much worse too. The weather was nice & we made it home <g>.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan
belt and a leaky tire.
- WOW what a trip!!! you 1st trip sounds like my 1st, 5th, 10th
and then some!!!
Hang in there... work the kinks out and your rig will get
dependable really quick!!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Rob <rob_b9@l...> wrote:
> Hello folks,
> I just wanted to share our first trip with someone who could
- John Muir the Volkswagen guy, (grandson of John Muir the naturalist of
Yosemite fame) used to say in his Volkswagen Beetle repair manuals "VW
Repair for the complete Idiot" was the title or something like that, that he
often left home on the trip with a crapped out VW and arrived back home some
weeks later with a rebuilt engine and the thing running beautifully. :-)
Used to fix stuff as he went along as it came up. Side of the road or
>From: "Kathy" <key2pride@...>
>Subject: [classicrv] Re: First trip
>Date: Tue, May 4, 2004, 7:28 PM
> WOW what a trip!!! you 1st trip sounds like my 1st, 5th, 10th
> and then some!!!
> Hang in there... work the kinks out and your rig will get
> dependable really quick!!