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1987 Coleman Columbia Project
08-25-2015, 07:36 AM
Post: #21
RE: 1987 Coleman Columbia Project
Here's a picture of the spring over

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I should be able to fit a pretty good tire. Think this will make it to the campground as it? Or should I throw something bigger on?

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08-25-2015, 08:44 AM
Post: #22
RE: 1987 Coleman Columbia Project
How tall is it? Does your jack swing out of the way?

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08-25-2015, 08:50 AM
Post: #23
RE: 1987 Coleman Columbia Project
With no weight on it, the top of the 4.80-8 tire is about an inch above the bottom of the fender.

The jack does swing out of the way. Except when attached to the car. The car sits so low that I have to pick up on the tongue to get the weight off the jack.

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08-25-2015, 11:47 AM
Post: #24
RE: 1987 Coleman Columbia Project
I think it will be fine. The main trail is fairly flat.

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08-25-2015, 12:16 PM
Post: #25
RE: 1987 Coleman Columbia Project
It would make it in fine, Andy pulled his in.

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08-25-2015, 01:34 PM
Post: #26
RE: 1987 Coleman Columbia Project
Anyone have a 4 inch drop hitch I could borrow? I have the 1-7/8 ball. I'll still need about 4 inches of drop to get it to ride level behind the Cherokee.

Also seems I am chasing some issues with the trailer wiring kit I pulled from a junkyard Jeep. The Cherokee has separate turn signal bulbs so that adds some complexivity to the unit.

Everything works EXCEPT, left turn signal and brake on. When I have that combination, both lights on the trailer flash. Only happens on the Cherokee so it's not a wiring issue with the trailer.

Finally got the spare lead acid car battery charged. It has been sitting since Feb when I used it to run the crock pot. Took ~6 hours or so to charge back up. I will be throwing it in to run a power inverter for the cell phone and maybe a light or two.

Still need to figure out the gas situation. Also need to get another tire for the passenger side ... the one on there is from 1987.

I'm more exited to use this thing than I should be. But it beats a tent or sleeping in the Cherokee.

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08-25-2015, 03:53 PM
Post: #27
RE: 1987 Coleman Columbia Project
(08-25-2015 01:34 PM)Miller88 Wrote:  Anyone have a 4 inch drop hitch I could borrow? I have the 1-7/8 ball. I'll still need about 4 inches of drop to get it to ride level behind the Cherokee.

I should have one, will look tonight.

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08-26-2015, 07:14 AM
Post: #28
RE: 1987 Coleman Columbia Project
Last night my plan was to remove the regulator and tank. It looked a bit different than a regular 20lb tank fitting. Removed it from the tongue and it felt pretty heavy. Turns out there was still propane in it. Apparently when I tested the stove, I forgot to turn the gas on ... Stove works well. Looked at the stove and it is removable - I will probably end up keeping it and modifying it to work (stand alone) with the propane tank or the little 1 pound cylinders.

Also wanted to look at the battery box and see if the old car battery would fit. Found a brand new 5 amp solar charge controller. My guess is someone wanted to set it up with solar at some point and never did. Would be a cool way to keep some on board batteries charged once I get that figured out.

Brought the battery home with me. My plans were to see if I could get it to take a charge. It would be a bit more desirable to have a sealed lead acid battery that isn't going to outgas running the inverter than a car battery. If it had more than 9 or 10 volts, I was going to throw a charge at it. I was surprised when it had 12.8 volts. Looks like it was in good shape and recently charged. Going to throw it on the 2 amp charge and see how it does!


(08-25-2015 03:53 PM)Smithy Wrote:  
(08-25-2015 01:34 PM)Miller88 Wrote:  Anyone have a 4 inch drop hitch I could borrow? I have the 1-7/8 ball. I'll still need about 4 inches of drop to get it to ride level behind the Cherokee.

I should have one, will look tonight.

Thanks! Much appreciated!

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09-06-2015, 09:18 PM
Post: #29
RE: 1987 Coleman Columbia Project
It's first trip was a success!

But I think it's the last nail in the coffin for 3.55 gears. Couldn't use overdrive at all and it struggled. Camping gear, trailer, a/c, tools and parts ...

Also need to get some modern brakes in the rear. After struggling to get moving I could not stop it

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09-06-2015, 11:51 PM
Post: #30
RE: 1987 Coleman Columbia Project
Good to hear. And yeah the Pathy is the same way. It's a bit better when it comes to power now that I have a manual trans in it but still could use some lower gears and better brakes.

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