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Old 07-17-2006, 01:40 PM   #15
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Interested in selling the Vista Cruiser? I'll take it without the AC fixed.
You wouldn't want it with A/C or without.

It was a disaster. It had 455 cu. in. engine, 500 ft. lbs. of torque, and a rear end ration of 2.73. Also the same radiator that comes with the 350 cu. in. engine. Continuous overheating problems. It seem like I had it back to the dealer at least once a month to have the radiator backflushed and new coolant put in. The problem was fixed in the 1971 model when they add an additional row of tubes to the radiator. Do you think I could convince them to replace the radiator in the 1970 model - No Way!

In desperation I finally put bolts through the fan clutch which made it sound like a B29 aircraft, but it kept the engine cooled.
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Old 07-17-2006, 09:24 PM   #16
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It's a good thing my new scamp has a long electrical cord! Just this last weekend, our second trip out in it, I decided to hitch up the trailer early while my family was at the lake swimming. I wasn't too interested in swimming in the lake and I needed a legitimate job to do but I also wanted to show my husband I could do it by myself. (I haven't told him this yet, though.) Our camper has a wheel on the hitch so it's not too much problem for me to pull it up to our Jimmy instead of having to back up to it. It's a good thing I did a once over before pulling it forward with the car because when I looked back the cord was hanging at an angle out of the outlet. I can't imagine driving off like that with the cord bouncing along the road.

I think I'll go confess to my husband now.
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Old 07-18-2006, 02:35 PM   #17
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This post should be required reading for all new trailer owners!!!! It will save me some embarrassing incidents!!
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Old 07-18-2006, 03:30 PM   #18
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Flooding - not once . . . not twice . . . . yes, THREE TIMES.

1. Checking out my 'new-to-me' VW Westfalia in my driveway, I hooked up to my city water and turned on the water. Water started shooting all over the inside of the van.
Lesson 1: When the books say 'Use a water pressure regulator, take them seriously'.
In my haste to get to the shut-off, I tripped over the hose and broke off the Van's city water connector (about $35 to order from online resource for old VW camper parts)

2. Armed with my new city water pressure regulator, I was camping for the first time and hooked up to the campground water supply - turned it on - confident that all would be well this time. Well, Water started shooting all over the inside of the van - and since it was loaded for camping this time, food, clothes, and bedding all got pretty damp before I got it shut off.
Lesson 2a: Sometimes even the water pressure regulator isn't enough on older campers.
Lesson 2b: ALWAYS test things at home BEFORE you load up the camper!!

3. Having learned my lesson never to hook up my old camper to city water, I went camping again - using just the water from the onboard fresh water tank for the sink. I happily made dinner and washed up afterwards - only to find water all over the cupboard and my food AGAIN!!!! The source this time turned out to be the little plastic ball under the sink that connected the sink drain to the hose leading outside connector. It was over 20 years old and had finally just cracked and broken - but, since I was in the middle of almost no where - I had no sink for that trip (back to the online resource for old camper parts when I got home)
Lesson 3?: Not sure what the lesson is here (although the fact that my next camper is going to be NEW with no aging, cracked parts).


I'll probably have more moments as I cope with pulling a trailer.
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:09 PM   #19
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Flooding - not once . . . not twice . . . . yes, THREE TIMES.
I am soooo paraoid about this happening that I rarely even hook up to city water! I only have a sink anyway so I usually fill a big water jug and just pour in what I need! I also keep a huge plastic mixing bowl in the camper so I can wash dishes outside! In my renovations I have replaced all of the plumbing in both Scamps but I am still afraid of something leaking- especially since all of the breaker boxes etc are right there ready to get wet should something leak!
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Old 07-18-2006, 10:26 PM   #20
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Quote Anne H...although the fact that my next camper is going to be NEW with no aging, cracked parts).

When you get a new one, then there will be all the trips back to the dealer to get other nitpickin' things fixed. Quality control ain't what it used to be !!
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Old 07-18-2006, 11:53 PM   #21
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I'm still kind of new to trailer camping so, fortunately, there haven't been any disasters. But one thing that I have discovered about towing a trailer is that it's good to be certain of where you're going.
Late one night, I pulled into a forest service campground that I had only visited once several years ago. I thought that the campground road looped to the left and took the first left that I saw. After driving about a hundred yards the ashpalt turned to dirt and it became apparant that I had picked some kind of side road instead of the campground loop. I tried to back up the road but almost ditched my trailer after reversing only a few yards. Deciding to continue driving forward. I thought, "There must be a turn-around point down here somewhere." After driving what seemed like a mile into the woods, I encountered a turn-off wide enough to make a 100-point turn and get my tralier pointed in the opposite direction.
Next time, if there is doubt, I'll walk the campground road first. And yes, my current egg-project is adding a bright back-up light.
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Old 07-21-2006, 05:09 PM   #22
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Thanks, Jaye, for sharing! The pouring rain, the mom yelling, the yorkie yapping, the motel-dwellers watching, the clerk using binoculars, the cops refusing to believe a little fgrv can be manually adjusted... and then the wrecker laughing so hard at the jack-knifed duo!

And the illustration made me laugh even harder!

Phew! Now my stomach muscles hurt, what a great work-out.
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Old 07-22-2006, 05:35 PM   #23
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While living in Anchorage a few years ago, I bought my first travel trailer, a 1989 16' Scamp. Shortly thereafter, my wife Nancy and I took it on an epic trip up the Haul Road to the Arctic. On the way up I used the 12 volt to keep the fridge cold while driving. For some reason the truck alternator failed to re-charge the battery so it died the second day of the trip. It didn't matter much because I had an ice chest and it never got dark enough to need the lights anyway. The Haul Road was 400 miles of gravel. The northern half was severely washboarded. We started to notice that the trailer was filling with flour-fine dust whenever we hauled it even a short way. We also noticed that the mosquitos were coming in somewhere no matter what we stuffed in the door cracks. The dust got so bad that the highway department started spraying water on the road to hold it down. This completely coated the truck and trailer with layers of mud. I spent a couple of days cleaning the trailer inside and out when we got back to Anchorage. When vacuuming under the front bunk I found a one inch gap in the carpet. Upon further inspection I discovered that the plywood floor was separated. When I crawled under the trailer to see why the floor separated, I found that the frame had broken clear through on one side. Assuming the frame broke on the north half of the Haul Road, I probably pulled the trailer as much as a thousand miles with a broken frame. I also found out (from my RV repair guy) that my truck hadn't been properly wired to recharge my trailer battery.

The frame was re-welded, the wiring was easily fixed, the mud came off. I am not sure if we ever got all the dust out of that trailer.
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Old 07-23-2006, 05:23 AM   #24
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Our first trip camping with our newly aquired Boler was at Bolerama in Emily this year. With both the trailer and truck packed all that was left to do was hitch up, check the lights and hit the road.

Not one of the many new keys we had seemed to fit the new hitch lock so our last option was to cut through the lock. Spent a 1/2 hour of hacksawing through the lock and we were on our way. Sometime in the next week, I checked all my keys again and found that I did have the key on my keychain. Never occured to me that a new lock with a new key is a very precise fit and had to go in perfectly aligned. So I slightly rounded off the end of the key and found it worked much easier. Then had to get the U Bolt of the lock welded together.


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Old 07-23-2006, 08:02 AM   #25
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The best part of this for me was when we finally arrived at Emily and were checking in.
I was telling the tale and the first response was ... "Oh, we've done that"
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quote name='Roy in TO' date='Jul 23 2006, 06:23 AM' post='193795']
Our first trip camping with our newly aquired Boler was at Bolerama in Emily this year. With both the trailer and truck packed all that was left to do was hitch up, check the lights and hit the road.

Not one of the many new keys we had seemed to fit the new hitch lock so our last option was to cut through the lock. Spent a 1/2 hour of hacksawing through the lock and we were on our way. Sometime in the next week, I checked all my keys again and found that I did have the key on my keychain. Never occured to me that a new lock with a new key is a very precise fit and had to go in perfectly aligned. So I slightly rounded off the end of the key and found it worked much easier. Then had to get the U Bolt of the lock welded together.


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