Q: Not running gauges

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My van was converted into a camper. One of the first times I drove it died in the road because of a bad alternator and regulator. The fuel and temperature gauge never worked. It was suggested that I remove the instrument panel. I tested the gauge and the ground. I will try the sending unit next. The limiter seemed to be working, but I think I will replace it. The windshield wipers only worked on high after I installed the new alternator. The funny thing was that the wipers speed up as I speed up the van! Is this normal? When I moved the temperature control on the heater from cool to warm the cable was bending, and nothing was pushing into the cable. I tried pushing it with pliers and it broke. I want to replace the old propane tank under the van and get access to auxiliary batteries. Do you have any ideas on how to get my van working again?

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