Welcome to the forum Chuckg!
Originally Posted by Chuckg
My wife and I are planning a cross country trip reliving our 1986 honeymoon in a 71 VW Bus. Purchased this van with a 318 Dodge engine with 73k miles on it.
I am having some minor engine work done and will need to flatten my learning curve over the next year. Have never owned a, somewhat, complicated vehicle and will take us some time to figure things out. One major issue is, according to last owner, is a faulty relay which is not opening the gas valve to the stove. Any assistance on that would be helpful. Looking forward to our new adventure and living the van life for a while...
Congratulations! You'll have fun, frustration and spend a lot of money. The good news is, your memory of the frustration and money will fade over time.
When I got my class b, I learned something new everyday for several months. I still learn something every month. But the basics you'll get down fairly quickly by trying out the equipment or better still, driveway camping.
There is usually a remote switch that activates the propane solenoid. It is usually located near the tank. I suggest turning on the main battery switch (aka battery disconnect) since the solenoid requires 12 volts, and flipping the propane switch on. You should hear an audible "click" or dull "clank" noise when it activates. Probably a good idea to get the propane tank filled before trying this. Let's hope the hoses and filler are in good shape.
If the propane hasn't been run in a while, even lighting the stove burners could take many multiple tries to get air or moisture out of the lines. The flame may be orange at first, but you'll want to see a clean blue flame to indicate it is burning correctly.
Expect a few repairs and replacements, but just ask away as there are many knowledgeable forum members ready to help.
Final comment: You've chosen an older motor home than I would have to travel in. That being said, you're in good company as the old Dodges seem to go forever with proper repairs and maintenance. Imprecise steering is a common complaint and is some less than stellar handling. But just expect some new shocks and suspension part replacement as you would on any 20+ year old vehicle.
See you on the road!