1979 Venture Camelot

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  1. 79venture

    79venture Member

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    Camp Driveway with my wife, two dogs, and Summer School is underway. System testing has commenced.

    1. Full setup (1st time).
    2. Boiled water on stove burner.
    3. Pilot light and fan working on furnace.
    4. Cleaned from top to bottom.
    5. Getting ready to make beds and a campfire.

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  2. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Is that 2 dogs or a puppy and a toy?
     
  3. 79venture

    79venture Member

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    That’s two. Emilia is on the left and Phoebe on the right.
     
  4. sceri

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    That camper is AWESOME! It's in very fine shape....

    Happy camping....
     
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  5. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Can you get a close up to that swing out? When I saw it in the brosure I wanted to see it up close. The camper looks to be in great shape considering the age. Color scheme is not as "loud" as expected either.
     
  6. emoney

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    That Swing Out is awesome and they were obviously way ahead of their time. Kudos for the find!
     
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  7. neighbormike

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    Great camper! Thanks for sharing the pics!!
     
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  8. 79venture

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    I’m amazed at the condition of this almost 40 year old pup.
     

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  9. sceri

    sceri Active Member

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    Sorry, but I (I'm sure "we") would love to see photos all around that camper. The shape it's in and the uniqueness of it is really cool to see....
     
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  10. 79venture

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    Sceri, no need to be sorry. What would you like to see?

    First thing I used the stove for was a full 9 cups of coffee. The firewall was warm, but heat didn’t transfer to the canvas area of the window. Very happy about that.
     

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  11. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    How do you raise the galley?
     
  12. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I got to say the slide out kitchen is awesome. They should do something like that in today's campers. I agree with the above comment, way beyond it's time.
     
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  13. 79venture

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    There are a couple of eye bolts with retainer hooks near the bottom of the pedastal, and a slide bolt on the top pedastal located by the door frame (green mark). Once unlatched simply lift up by a handle behind the stove top.
     

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  14. 79venture

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    JNC - I have a question about stabilizers. For the life of me I cannot get them to be taught to the pad. My father, and another member suggested lowering the rear stabs first and get them taught, then lower the wheel jack to get the front ones taught. Would doing his put unwanted stress on the frame?

    Or, am I doing it right by having this gap allowing the pup to sway when stepping into it?
     

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  15. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    I dont have any experience with that type of Stab. You do need to make contact with the ground to stop the wiggle. My only thought is to use shims to take up the slack. Or replace them with the Scissor jack type. What ever you do dont put weight on them. Hopefully someone that has those Stabs will chime in with more info.
     
  16. 79venture

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    Good to know that there needs to be contact. I’ll try the rear contact then lower front method. Most definitely don’t want them to take weight. Thank you!!!
     
  17. sceri

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    The front, rear, sides, inside. Love vintage campers and yours is one of the coolest I've seen....[Guitar]
     
  18. Sjm9911

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    I would add another board to the ground easier!
     
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    Unless it just clicks down, then shim it. Cut 4 boards to take on your trips!
     
  20. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    The stabilizers on my old Jayco was kind of similar but different as well. Once I brought the leg down I had to pull the foot down until it hit the ground and then I used a rod in a hole and I believed pulled upward to essentially cinch it up to lock in place. When I was ready to go I had to step on a lever in the front of the stabalizer and it released. It's kind of hard to tell if yours is similar to that process. It kind of looks though that your stabilizer still has more to go down, could it be stuck or does it look like it's as far as it goes.
     

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