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Old 01-23-2020, 07:22 PM   #1
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Smile Just acquired a 1989 E-150

Howdy everyone,
I just bought a 1989 E-150 with the 5L V8. Its got a pop-top, swivel seats, foldout bench, fridge, stovetop, cabinets etc.. I tried to glean as much knowledge from the previous owner but when trying to figure out how to put the awning back I realized I really don't know what I'm doing here and would rather not break any of this stuff! I was wondering if anyone had any advice on tracking down some type of Sportsmobile manual of this era either in PDF form or hardcopy so I can read up. I guess one of my main questions off the top of my head is how is the van's power wired? it's got two batteries so what appliances/lights can be used while the engines not running without draining the main battery? Also what would be a safe way to use the fridge, powered through the day and maybe turn it off at night so it doesnt totally drain the battery? I wont be plugging the van in much, mainly just dispersed camping and such.
I'd also love to hear from anyone else with similar vans or anyone who knows of any helpful forums for others with 3rd gen econolines. This is my first one (I had a '66 econoline but sold it last year. Thanks for reading!

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