(Formally "Plan V: A Van Dwelling Blog", when I lived in a 1978 Dodge Xplorer 228 Class B motorhome van)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Not much to report

I finally got the other idler arm needed to do the front end work. But the floor jack I have isn't so good. The lift height isn't enough for the van so I am going to look around for a good used one at local pawn shops (w/ 30 day warranty). I have all the tools needed except the jack so yeah.

I got liability insurance on it this past week and registered it so now it's legally mine and legal to drive.. but not very safe at the moment. Besides the steering stuff needing done, the rear brakes still need doing as well as the very old tires.

Also, the rear leaf springs aren't in very good shape at all. They aren't properly lined up, it seems like it may be missing some of the clamps that hold them together etc. Once I do the steering, I will wait to drive it any until I am ready to take it to a shop for the brakes, leafs and tires all at once since it's a good 20-25 miles to get to a decent garage.

I still need to get 3 more 16" rims to replace the outdated 16.5" rims it has now. I have two so far.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The generator lives!!

After much fussing around with the fuel pump trying to figure out the inlets/outlets.. they were marked on the fuel pump where I couldn't see until I pulled it off of the generator. I also filled up the oil which was badly low first.

It took MUCH cranking to get the fuel flowing.. it fired right up with the old spark plug and air filter!

That's one thing I can check off my list of to-do's, as far as seeing it runs anyway. Now to get a new spark plug and air filter for it. Also need to check the output volage before I plug the RV's cord into it's generator's power outlet.