Motorhome & Recreational Vehicle Resource

Since 1996

Search RV-Coach Online

Email Author email Cherry  Reply to Message reply to message  Post New Message post new message      search forums
All Postings that advertise items for sale will be deleted from the Discussion Forum. You may post sale items for free in the Classifieds section. Sign up now.
All Messages in ThreadAuthorDate
1978 Dodge Sportsman "Travette" RV Cherry 4-3-13  
My boyfriend just purchased this motorhome, but we're clueless. The guy who sold it to us briefly explained certain things, but was vague overall. So what I would like to know is...

How does this Rv's electricity work?

When we went to pickup the RV, he went over the propane tank, said it was empty but that it would work for the fridge, hot water, and stove. Briefly turned on the fridge, and noticed it did start cooling pretty quick. He was parked in front of his driveway, so he had an extension coming from his house to connect the RV, and the lights worked... But then as soon as we took a test drive, all was completely pitch dark, and even the fridge wasn't running anymore.

Which brings me to my question, is propane supposed to run the electrical stuff as well... or am I missing something here? He did leave us a couple big plugs to be able to use, but didn't explain where they go.
Re: 1978 Dodge Sportsman BUBBA THE BUS TECH 4-4-13  
Treasure hunt time.

Somewhere there is the battery to run the interior lights on 12 volt.

It is missing, very very dead, or has an electrical problem causing this.

Sometimes both batteries are under the hood.

Sometimes the House battery is mounted to the van frame under the RV body. Crawling around on the ground is required to find it, 75% of frame mounted batteries are just behind the cab doors on one side or the other.

Next you have a unit that might have dual 110 v / 12 volt lighting or it may 12 volt only.

Its right on the edge of the change over time.

If it is 12 volt only there is a small charger and power supply called a "Converter" mounted in the cabinetry and mostly mounted on the floor, but not always it could be inside a overhead cabinet also. Usually a vented metal box with 12 v and 110 volt wiring run into it.

This will provide 12 volt power when you are plugged into 110 v power. If it is working right.

110 v Power cord is usually behind a little door or flap on the outside. Plug it in and see what works. It sounds like the seller gave you the adaptors.

I am a little worried about the LPG tank being completly empty. Please becarefull about leaks and such on an old unit like this.

Good Luck
From there good luck.
Re: 1978 Dodge Sportsman donal 5-8-14  
Back in the day a relative of mine had a 20ft Travette(had years of awesome family vacations in that green/white RV).........relative bought it new in Bakersfied where they were built. Frig depending whether it's Swiss made or Coleman unit requires 12 volts to the unit so the electrical relay will allow it to run on Propane when 110 is not available.........basically.....a pilot light takes care of expanding-contracting the ammonia's what makes the fridge "cold". Battery and 120 volt to 12 inverter should be under the sink area. 110 connector on his was located in the fridge exterior access panel on driver side............hope that helps.......and too ensure trouble free transmission..........Chrysler installed drained plugs on the all one needs to do(with battery disconnected)rotate engine until torque converter drain plug is visible......make sure to drain transmission pan too.
Re: 1978 Dodge Sportsman Cirila 8-6-18  
Hi, I bought my rv for $500 it turned out the guy wasn't the owner,and didn't have a title, and he forged the owners name on the bill of sale. I searched the owners name on Facebook I found him he sent me the title. The first owners had passed away. There are certified court papers of there passing,and the title with there signatures on the back. That's all that's on it I want to know what exactly I need to do to register it here in Colorado. Also the title and court papers are also from Colorado. I also don't know anything about my beautiful beast except my friend helped me rebuild the carb. I guess it has an air leak I think on or near the manifold. It runs good I have been driving it. Please help me to learn about my rv like how to get it ready to pass emissions so I can get it plated. Then I need to learn everything else about it. I need it to live in as I have had a very tragic life I have no other options as far as housing besides I am looking very forward to traveling in it. Thank you so much
Required fields in red
For more info about a field, place your mouse over the More Info icon.
Your Name:
Your Email:

Code is case-sensitive. Helps stop SPAM.

Advertise Here
Get Media Kit NOW!

Get Media Kit to Advertise!

Advertiser Links

Back to Top