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Re: Broken down in Belle Fourche SD

Unread postby Acesneights on Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:28 pm

I don't get the idiot laughing like a hyena in the background but basically this is the idea of testing for spark. it's easier to see at dusk. remember there is 20,000+ volts so don't touch the wire. Use an insulated screwdriver. If you get shocked you will know it(not fatal or serious but not peasant either).
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Re: Broken down in Belle Fourche SD

Unread postby 77Travco on Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:35 pm

My wife is on the "dodge travco motorhome lovers site" on facebook. There is a Travco that looks like theirs and it looks like they are back on the road as of 45 minutes ago. I believe they had a bad ignition board and resistor. Looks like they got towed to a shop.
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Re: Broken down in Belle Fourche SD

Unread postby monarch on Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:44 pm

Thank you all so much for the help on this issue. We are back on the road and it was the resistor and ignition board. You are all amazing for the outpouring of willingness to help complete strangers with your knowledge and experience. We are overwhelmed.
We have made it to an RV campground in Wyoming near to Devil's Tower on our journey to take this one to Oregon. We were walking around the grounds looking at all the Rigs, we commented to each other how classy this old girl looks among all the flashy but flimsy looking (to us) trailers and RVs. Guess we have gotten the Travco bug. lol
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Re: Broken down in Belle Fourche SD

Unread postby 77Travco on Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:53 pm

Glad to hear that you guys are back on the road. Keep us posted and have a safe trip!
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Re: Broken down in Belle Fourche SD

Unread postby Acesneights on Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:50 pm

Excellent. good luck on the rest of your trip. BTW those parts you changed, you may want to keep spares in the RV. They are cheap enough.
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Re: Broken down in Belle Fourche SD

Unread postby Travco72 on Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:32 pm

On the topic of the red switch... here is a picture of mine from a 1972. My coach has an engine battery (position 2), two coach batteries (position 1). I use this switch to select which batteries are feeding my 12v if I am not plugged in to electricity... so dry camping I select position 1. I also use it to select which batteries are used to start my engine. I select position 2 and leave it there while I drive. If I have an issue where the starting battery is drained, I can select position 1 or if I want all 3 batteries to start the engine I can select 'ALL'.

I hope this makes sense and helps.
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Re: Broken down in Belle Fourche SD

Unread postby monarch on Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:53 am

Sweet info! That's what I needed. :-) Mine looks the same. We have no user manuals, so feel kinda lost. We have 2 batteries -- start and coach/generator. Switch was on all when we picked it up last Thursday with 2 new batteries freshly installed so we left it that way. The guy only told us to switch to off when parked for long periods. Thanks for the help!
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Re: Broken down in Belle Fourche SD

Unread postby badbillybiker on Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:36 pm

Hi... Sorry your "first" trip is taking on a steep learning curve... But, every time something happens you learn something new... and you never stop learning... Check out the TECHNICAL DOCUMENT SECTION ... I DL'd quite a number of schematics.. I am sure there is something for your motor home... HTH
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Re: Broken down in Belle Fourche SD

Unread postby monarch on Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:31 pm

Thanks BBB, appreciate the info. Will go take a look at documents. Our first trip had many 'adjustments' to it and we learned that we know very little. lol But we are wanting to learn, and appreciating those here who are willing to share what they have already learned.
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Re: Broken down in Belle Fourche SD

Unread postby badbillybiker on Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:51 am

Hello...
After reviewing your electronic MIS-adventure... I gave it some thought, made a decision and went to my nearest O'Reilly parts store and bought for reserve/spare, the afflicted items. Here is a pic with part numbers. In my area (Cleve,Oh) the total cost was LESS than $30.00 total. Definitely an ace in the hole. Hope I will never need them...Compare this cost effective precaution to a RV Tow...
(This includes BOTH 4 pin AND 2 pin resistor) HTH
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