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1987 Odyssey Remodel/Update

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I just purchased my first RV which is a 87 Odyssey with the 22re. 4speed automatic...105k miles. It needs a good amount of work and I'm ready to get at it!

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CONGRATZ AND GOOD LUCK. so you are a newbie to RV ownership. compared to some of the fine folks here, i still consider myself a newbie, even after two years in. this board is priceless for us newbies. the wealth of knowledge of the people here is astounding ! as is their eagerness to offer help, advice, experiences, and suggestions. so welcome aboard ! joe from dover

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Well folks the 87 Oddy is no more! My gf and I set out on a tour of the lower 48 and we left Seattle headed straight for Las Vegas, just as we could see the lights of the Las Vegas strip coming into town on I95 I noticed the temp guage was pegged! Immediately pulled over and as I was coming to a stop the engine died...that was the last time it would work for us at least. The head gasket blew so badly that I had 0 compression in all cylinders. Then while on the side of the highway someone vandalized it and when I came back with a towtruck the NHP had already towed it. Now I've got a blown motor with noplace to work on it and a tow bill for a vandalized motorhome...so fast forward a year and we are still here in Vegas when I come across this 1991 Winnebago Warrior v6. I leave a note on the guys window and as it turns out he's only asking 4000 for it! Jumped right on that and here we are, so now the thread is 91 Warrior Remodel!!IMG_20190722_123425422_HDR.jpg.89dc46109dd505317466c99df8d1e577.jpgIMG_20190722_124200879_HDR.jpg.97e438daf5c19318d2c28848eb3a49bb.jpg

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My converter wasn't supplying power to the aplliances or air-conditioning when hooked up to shore power so that's a perfect time to upgrade from the dinosaur converter that takes 24 hrs. to charge my batteries to a new Progressive Dynamics 45 amp smart charger that will correctly charge my AGM deep cycle bank and float charge them until they're needed. This upgrade is an essential one and first on my list. Now my batteries charge in 2-3 hrs. So if I wanna dry camp I just use the deep cycles until they're low and run the generator for 2-3 hrs. And I'm good to go. With the old converter I would've had to run the generator for 24 hrs. Which just isn't fuel efficient or realistic at all consider the amount of fuel it would take to run the genny for 24hrs. just to charge a battery!IMG_20190826_235327775.jpg.8e390ec11b53df79e748d1b597b5d893.jpgIMG_20190826_235314433.jpg.e6d6b5eae015318926eea2808e313363.jpgIMG_20190826_235448892.jpg.06d517dac6672dbebc741365da58a232.jpg

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I also picked up these 2 12volt AGM batteries to replace the one Oriellys RV/marine deep cycle that it came with. These bad boys wiegh in at 100pds. each and have a combined amp hour rating of 280. It's gonna require so major custom work to get these mounted but they should give me a ton of time off grid. The enclosure I'm modifying has just enough room for a third but the cost combined with the weight made me decide to go with only 2. Plus 280 ah is more than most yotahomes have.IMG_20190827_020244244.jpg.920e4a94397853f373e071780970a98b.jpgIMG_20190827_003137710.jpg.57d4f6b95b09badaec881d25bc0ca394.jpg

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Add 200w of solar and fergetabout the generator most of the time.

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On 8/30/2019 at 11:25 AM, WME said:

Add 200w of solar and fergetabout the generator most of the time.

That would be great. I had 2x100Watt Renogy Panels on the 87 Oddysey and I was less than impressed with it, but I only had 70ah of battery back then so maybe that's why?

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