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Old 11-28-2018, 11:32 PM   #29
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SeHave the major things checked out, engine, drive train, etc. Also signs of leaks, which could have done significant damage.

Hold off on spending any significant money until you have your hands around what you're facing in total. You don't want to start and find yourself in over your head after spending serious money.
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:38 AM   #30
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Some small points that can get really large are how things go downhill much faster when not being used. Things like the oil not being changed? It often leaves the acids in the oil to etch things which would not when used. A bit of moisture in the brake fluid asit sets? Brake fluid goes bad, once open, so in the RV it can mean the wheel cylinders are rusted. I bought an old one that had been used by folks who took pictures at Wal-mart and didn't drive it much, only to find that the master cylinder and all wheel cylinders were ruined.
Moisture does weird things when it collects and stays like on the furnace. The inside may not be as good as it looks on the outside, so I would not want to sleep in it until I had somebody look at the furnace.
Bottom line question to ask yourself? Why does nobody else want to tackle this project?
It's pretty odd when I know something nobody else has figured out!
Good project for the experience and mental exercise but not a good investment, maybe.
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Old 11-29-2018, 10:47 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by rkennedy1966 View Post
You are making this too complicted. Hire a lock smith. When you get in, the VIN will be on a plate on the left side of the driver's seat. No sense in damaging the coach at all. Then call Winnebago service , 800-537-1885, and explain your plight. They can then send you the build sheet on when the coach was built and how it was originally equipped. These guys are incredibly helpful. Your next problem will be to contact your local license bureau and go through the steps to obtain a new title as an abandoned (?) vehicle and get it licensed. The coach looks to be good shape so dive In and have fun. Winnebago service can also walk you through the website to find all the electrical, plumbing etc. manuals on line and away you go. They can also provide the key codes and perhaps even send you new ignition, door and compartment lock keys to.
Thank you! I've gotten inside with no problems. Found the VIN and sent it to the factory in Iowa. They have been very helpful with them build sheet but I didn't know they could make keys for it. Today our local DMV is open so I'll go there to start getting a title for it.
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Old 11-29-2018, 10:59 AM   #32
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Oldie but Goodie

So, has anybody ever seen a VIN plate stuck to the outside of the coach near the entrance door? Is this common? It just looks strange to me.
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Old 11-30-2018, 03:38 AM   #33
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Lovely old example of a classic. Well worth the effort to get in back into service. Good luck
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Old 11-30-2018, 07:22 PM   #34
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Brave FIND

Feel around fenders for a set of keys
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Old 12-12-2018, 07:19 PM   #35
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Age of RV

Try looking at the tail lights lens. You should see the 2-digit year. That should be +/- a year because the manufactured date might be different from the model year.

Another idea is to get the VIN # and try to find it on the Winning website.
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Old 12-13-2018, 07:20 AM   #36
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Oldie but Goody VIN

Thank you for the info. I did find the VIN thanks to the help of this site. It's an '83. I'm now in the process of taking possession and getting a title. I've found a local mechanic who will look at the engine to see if it's worth saving.
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