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I am new and just saw your post and photos. Really great job you're doing! I know nothing about RVs so I was surprised to find the engine under the passenger seat.

I got a Dodge Grand Caravan SE and hope to make it so I can go to picnics, or go camping some day or just use it as an around-town vehicle. Living in an apartment complex, we can't really keep anything in our vehicles because every so often someone would break in and steal stuff.

Have you thought of making a web site for your RV? Then you could post the pictures there and a link to the site with photos, adventures, etc. I did that with my van.

Keep up the great work with the RV. Will love to see how it comes along and what it looks like finished!

Are you going to go solar panels on it? I always wondered how those work out.
 

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Header leak is fixed. Test drive done. Now I have to find a rattle in the dash. I never heard it before....lol
The steering is straight and true with no wander. The Borgeson joint worked wonders.
Raven LX, The engine sits under a dog house between the front seats. I have been sharing picture on various boards.
Solar is in it's future. A lot of other work to be finished first.
 

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Great job so far, subbed so I can follow along.
Thank you. There will be a lot more posted here about it as it moves along. As it is camping season and it will be used for the intend purpose the posts may spread out at times. This weekend I am pulling the group 34 battery out of my dead 2000 Caravan and will be installing it the compartment in the front bumper of the beast as a starting battery, It currently uses the generators starting battery at the rear of the coach and I believe the cable is way longer than it needs to be. The following weekend is the first camping trip of the year.
 

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New starting battery installed in the front bumper compartment. This takes the load off of the generator battery or the house batteries. Well the battery isn't new either. I pulled it out of a Dodge Caravan that died 2 years ago. the battery was almost new then. The battery hold down for the Caravan was also used.


The compartment in the front bumper was large enough to also house the trolling motor battery for our 5 person inflatable boat.

 

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cleaned out the house battery compartment, picked up the scattered tools, and pressure washed the heavy dirt off. Son is washing the rest of the exterior and it will be ready for the camping trip on Thursday.
 

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Awesome! A job well done! Now you and your family can enjoy the fruits of your labor. :) Hope you have a fun and safe camping trip! :cool:
 

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Love the build (or rebuild)! Looking great! It sure is nice to see someone being thrifty with an RV... New RV's are so expensive, it just makes sense to rebuild an older one!
 

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Love the build (or rebuild)! Looking great! It sure is nice to see someone being thrifty with an RV... New RV's are so expensive, it just makes sense to rebuild an older one!
The rebuild is fun. The hard part to comprehend is that it was a high end RV in 76 and was sold back then for almost 28k. I got it for 2 grand 2 1/2 years ago and have been working on it ever since. oh yeah just got back from camping on Sunday. Still using it for its intended purpose.

Just did the inflation calculator on it. It would be sold for over $121,000 today.
 
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