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Old 06-27-2012, 08:22 PM   #15
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Unfortuneately, I'm in Calgary. I do have a couple of friends up that way, but I usually only make it there once a year.

I'm going to hunt down that manual!
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:10 AM   #16
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thats what I thought, there was a Ventura for sale down there for a while now. The manual isn't that great but its nice to have.
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:09 PM   #17
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Yeah, it's the one that was on Kijiji for a long time. The price was a bit high, but we worked it out! haha. These things are way more expensive than the bigger trailers, but so much better constructed, and I don't want to buy a giant truck for towing. The 4.0 jeep is big enough.

So my next question is this - I'm going to put in a 12 volt battery, which is conspicuous in its absence in my trailer. I see no tray, box, or terminals for it. I assume it should mount on the tongue area, but there's nothing there. Is that the best place? Or would it be better off under a seat inside? I mostly want it to run a breakaway device, but I eventually plan to get either a generator, or a set of solar panels, so as to be able to boondock camp.

Also, got my plate today, and the registration calls it a "Ventura Boler". Not sure how that happened!
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:29 PM   #18
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These animals did not have a battery, they ran off the tow vehicle. When I got mine, someone had ran wires to the bench by the door and the battery was there, not great idea to have a lead acid battery inside a trailer. I welded up a mount out of angle iron(bed frame) and welded it to the tongue as well as a mount for a 5LB propane bottle for the exterior coleman stove.
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:06 PM   #19
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Ah, well that explains why I can't find the location for it! I was thinking of using a Gel cell inside, but I might go with a cheaper lead battery on the outside. Right now, mine has a double tank propane mount. I was thinking of changing it to a single mount, but I'm not sure how long one tank will last running a fridge and a furnace. Will I be ok with just one tank?

I do have a MIG welder, so putting a box out there shouldn't be an issue. I'm pretty sure I have to have a battery and a breakaway device to travel in B.C. anyway. Is that true? Either way, I don't need to stop for lunch, and come back to a dead jeep battery!
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:07 PM   #20
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also, that work looks really nice. And your paint is awfully shiny! I hope to get mine somewhere near that nice one day!
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:20 PM   #21
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I run totally led lighting for interior lights and a car stereo, thats it for power requirements(leds are cheap and draw next to nothing). We replaced the fixtures with ones from Princess Auto. We also put in a new 120V fluorescent fixture which weighs about 1/3 of the old one and was about $15. Propane draw is also very low, the fridge flame is about the same as a Bic lighter and the furnace pilot light is almost enough to heat the whole camper, lowest setting is just about too much(watch out for the drawer handle,gets very hot when the furnace is on).

As for the break away, I was thinking of one as well. Not sure what the legals of it are.

here is the link to my rebuild thread, New look for and old Ventura

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Old 07-01-2012, 09:45 PM   #22
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Thought I'd chime in as we have a 75 Ventura too,
We have our battery mounted on the hitch along with a propane tank.
A few weeks back we went camping for four nights - the fridge and furnace (pilot light mostly, but a bit higher at night) used a total of 11 lbs of propane. Hopefully this will give you a bit of a benchmark for your trips.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:26 PM   #23
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Ok. I wasn't to sure, but I think I'll go with a single 20 pound tank, and use the little hand size dark green ones for my barbeque. It's set up for 2 tanks, so I kind of thought it would use lots of propane. Good to hear it doesn't.

I used it for the first time this weekend. The 4.0 jeep pulled it nicely, but when we arrived, the jack stands wouldn't fit under the rear. I figured it'd be fine. Well, I was wrong!!! Oh, sure, 2 people on the rear bed was ok, but once the dog jumped up to visit, there was a moment of weightlessness, then BANG onto the back bumper!!! AAAAK!!! Needless to say, I moved it and got the stands under the back.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:44 PM   #24
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Been there done that, except it was while I was stripping the interior, had it roll down the driveway into the alley with me inside.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:04 PM   #25
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My battery tray is in progress, might even go on tonight. I upgraded my propane hose to the new type, and fixed up the original mount for a single tank. The original mount was buried under a bunch of wood junk, but I found it eventualy! I also picked up some LED lights for the interior. I stopped by outback/trillium here in Calgary last Friday. What an incredible place! So many awesome, expensive ideas to work on now! Pictures of my rig ups to come, so you guys can critique what I made.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #26
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Been busy at work and whatnot, but here's the mount I made. And once I removed all the junk the previous owner put on, I found the original propane mount, which just needed a few repairs, and some paint.

My plan, for now, is to simply hook an inverter directly to the battery, and plug the trailer into that. Kind of ghetto, but it seems that the 12 volt system hasn't aged well, and the 110 volt system works flawlessly. I have a few more trips for the summer, so I don't dare rip the inside panels off to deal with wires until those are through.

You can also see the updated propane hose I bought at Outback. Not sure when they'll actualy stop selling the old style tanks, but my hose was leaking anyway, and the retrofit hose was only $29.


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Old 05-23-2013, 10:11 PM   #28
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Haven't updated this in a while! I've put lots of miles on the old Ventura, and it's working great. Installed my new cushion covers tonight. I wanted to brighten it up, and improve the odour, while still maintaining a 70s vibe. Mission accomplished?
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