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Travco 270 stuck at 24/7 Travel Store

Unread postby eescabar on Sun Aug 16, 2015 5:04 pm

Hello all I will happily introduce myself and my new to me 74 Travco 270, but for now I need a little help to get back on the road. A good friend of mine and I went pick up the Travco in the Denver area and are on our way back to East TN. All was going well except the occasional stall and idle. Well my silly self accidentally grounded out the power and killed the engine.

Currently the ignition will not kick the starter on. We can bridge the terminals on the starter and get it to turn the engine over. Does anyone have any idea what might be wrong? I think that there must be a blown fuse, but the coach has patch work wiring and the ignition/accessory fuse is empty. I am attempting to locate the "new" fuse location. Any help would be great!

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Re: Stuck at 24/7 Travel Store

Unread postby Dave78Chieftain on Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:18 pm

Many times a RV mfg built this years rig (e.g 72) on last years chassis (e.g 71)

If you have a 72 Chassis, then you most likely blew the 14 gauge fusible link at the starter solenoid on the frame rail. It feeds the Ammeter gauge (also has a shunt resistor inside) which feeds the ignition switch.

If you have a 71 chassis, then you may have blown the shunt resistor in the ammeter (known Dodge weak spot). 71 chassis did not have the fusible link (a very good and inexpensive thing to add)
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Re: Stuck at 24/7 Travel Store

Unread postby eescabar on Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:29 pm

Dave78Chieftain wrote:Many times a RV mfg built this years rig (e.g 72) on last years chassis (e.g 71)

If you have a 72 Chassis, then you most likely blew the 14 gauge fusible link at the starter solenoid on the frame rail. It feeds the Ammeter gauge (also has a shunt resistor inside) which feeds the ignition switch.

If you have a 71 chassis, then you may have blown the shunt resistor in the ammeter (known Dodge weak spot). 71 chassis did not have the fusible link (a very good and inexpensive thing to add)


I am pretty sure its the 72 chassis. Currently we do not have dash lights or any funtion accesories. However I was fiddling around with the mess of a fuse panel up front and we were brefily (3 time) able to use the key to turn the motor over. We then lost power again.
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Re: Stuck at 24/7 Travel Store

Unread postby Acesneights on Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:59 pm

go to the nearest auto parts you can find even if it's walmart and get a 12v test light.
Does your travco have a Perko battery switch or a switch in the middle of the dash to turn the batteries on ?
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Re: Stuck at 24/7 Travel Store

Unread postby Acesneights on Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:00 pm

Also check the plug coming off the steering column. That plug is known to burn up. It is your ignition circuit.
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Re: Stuck at 24/7 Travel Store

Unread postby Acesneights on Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:25 pm

Ok the 74 could have the fuse box either under the dash by drivers left foot or inside the hood on the left side(drivers)
Bad pick of the plug. it's dark out and I took a blind shot. That plug is notorious for doing exactly what you describe if it intermittently came back to life. If it's burned just just the wire on each side of the plug(Red IIRC??) and connect it around the plug.
Do any of the house lights work(lights on the ceiling in the coach)?
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Re: Stuck at 24/7 Travel Store

Unread postby Acesneights on Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:42 pm

eescabar wrote:
Dave78Chieftain wrote:Many times a RV mfg built this years rig (e.g 72) on last years chassis (e.g 71)

If you have a 72 Chassis, then you most likely blew the 14 gauge fusible link at the starter solenoid on the frame rail. It feeds the Ammeter gauge (also has a shunt resistor inside) which feeds the ignition switch.

If you have a 71 chassis, then you may have blown the shunt resistor in the ammeter (known Dodge weak spot). 71 chassis did not have the fusible link (a very good and inexpensive thing to add)


I am pretty sure its the 72 chassis. Currently we do not have dash lights or any function accessories. However I was fiddling around with the mess of a fuse panel up front and we were briefly (3 time) able to use the key to turn the motor over. We then lost power again.

The fuses could be breaking contact due to corrosion also. Check each side with a test light.
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Re: Stuck at 24/7 Travel Store

Unread postby eescabar on Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:58 pm

Acesneights wrote:go to the nearest auto parts you can find even if it's walmart and get a 12v test light.
Does your travco have a Perko battery switch or a switch in the middle of the dash to turn the batteries on ?



Hello, I have the floor switch in my rig. We have a multimeter with us as well as a wide assortment of tools. We are getting no power to the dash. What wires should we be concerned with as far as power to the dash, ignition, ect..?
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Re: Stuck at 24/7 Travel Store

Unread postby eescabar on Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:02 pm

Acesneights wrote:Ok the 74 could have the fuse box either under the dash by drivers left foot or inside the hood on the left side(drivers)
Bad pick of the plug. it's dark out and I took a blind shot. That plug is notorious for doing exactly what you describe if it intermittently came back to life. If it's burned just just the wire on each side of the plug(Red IIRC??) and connect it around the plug.
Do any of the house lights work(lights on the ceiling in the coach)?


Thank you for the photos! My fuse box is out front inside the hood. So i should just jump all the wires across the plug? What color wires should I be looking for exactly?
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Re: Stuck at 24/7 Travel Store

Unread postby eescabar on Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:03 pm

Acesneights wrote:
eescabar wrote:
Dave78Chieftain wrote:Many times a RV mfg built this years rig (e.g 72) on last years chassis (e.g 71)

If you have a 72 Chassis, then you most likely blew the 14 gauge fusible link at the starter solenoid on the frame rail. It feeds the Ammeter gauge (also has a shunt resistor inside) which feeds the ignition switch.

If you have a 71 chassis, then you may have blown the shunt resistor in the ammeter (known Dodge weak spot). 71 chassis did not have the fusible link (a very good and inexpensive thing to add)


I am pretty sure its the 72 chassis. Currently we do not have dash lights or any function accessories. However I was fiddling around with the mess of a fuse panel up front and we were briefly (3 time) able to use the key to turn the motor over. We then lost power again.

The fuses could be breaking contact due to corrosion also. Check each side with a test light.


We did do this step. Honestly the fuse box is such a mess it is hard to tell what is being used and what is old and unused.
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