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Old 11-21-2018, 10:40 AM   #1
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We have become the owners of an abandoned Winnebago Brave. I'm looking for information on what year it is, etc. Anything would be helpful. We are considering restoring it or selling it. Thanks!
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Old 11-21-2018, 10:57 AM   #2
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Congrats and welcome. We're going to need more information in order to help. Do you have photos to share? Any tags or markings on the RV?
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Old 11-21-2018, 11:10 AM   #3
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Here are some pictures of the Winnebago Brave we have inherited. What year is it? Any information on it would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-21-2018, 11:43 AM   #4
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Got some info like VIN number? That can be used to get lots of straight scoop by decoding the VIN.
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Old 11-21-2018, 11:50 AM   #5
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Where do I look for the VIN? i have nothing to go on except the license plate but that's not even for this rig according to the DMV. Thanks!
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Old 11-21-2018, 12:00 PM   #6
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Congrats and welcome. We're going to need more information in order to help. Do you have photos to share? Any tags or markings on the RV?
Where do I look for the VIN? is there a plate on the dashboard? It's locked so I can't get inside unless I break a window. Don't really want to do that. Thanks!
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Old 11-21-2018, 02:44 PM   #7
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VIN should be visible from the outside on the dash - a small steel plate.

Take a good close squint at the tail lights, you'll often find a date stamped into the those, along with the other codes. It's a sure thing those lights (and the headlights) are actually from some other car or truck, so it's possible the lights are a model year or two older than your RV, but it would at least get you in the ballpark.

Then take a good close look at the headlights, there is a code stamped into them. Give that code to Google and they will tell you what model and year vehicle those are from.
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Have you tried those sliding windows to see if they'll move enough to let you in?
Maybe swing by your favorite hardware store and buy one of those suction cup handles that folks use to carry big pieces of glass or mirrors, that'll give you a better grip.
I wouldn't be surprised if one of the windows is unlocked, but stuck due to age.

Before you break a window, think about going in through one of the big holes already in the roof. Skylight, vent, whatever looks like it would be easy to remove and replace. Doing that WILL create a leak that you'll want to fix right away, otherwise you'll start rotting the inside of the RV (if that hasn't already happened).
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Old 11-21-2018, 02:54 PM   #9
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Truth is that it may not be worth the effort! If no title to get the vin, it's locked and no keys, that is likely to just be the start of the money needed and old ones that get down too far are more the type thing that people offer up for free if it is hauled off!
But then, I also may be way to down on it. Do you have any idea of the history? Like if a relative had it and has passed, do you know how long it has been since it run?

This is the sort of ads where they sometimes wind up:
https://waco.craigslist.org/zip/d/ol...747807424.html
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This just in?
I did find this on the Winnebago site and might help once you get access:
https://winnebagoind.com/resources/m..._Motorhome.pdf
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Old 11-21-2018, 03:16 PM   #11
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I know it's been sitting for at least 12 years. The plate expired in 2006. The county sheriff knows who the owner is but aren't authorized to tell me. The owner left the state in 2013. I'm hitting lots of roadblocks trying to get a title and keys so I'm going to assume it's abandoned and try to take possession.
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Have you tried those sliding windows to see if they'll move enough to let you in?
Maybe swing by your favorite hardware store and buy one of those suction cup handles that folks use to carry big pieces of glass or mirrors, that'll give you a better grip.
I wouldn't be surprised if one of the windows is unlocked, but stuck due to age.

Before you break a window, think about going in through one of the big holes already in the roof. Skylight, vent, whatever looks like it would be easy to remove and replace. Doing that WILL create a leak that you'll want to fix right away, otherwise you'll start rotting the inside of the RV (if that hasn't already happened).
I can see through the windows. Doesn't look like it has roof leaks or water damage but has been ransacked inside. Appliances are gone, generator is gone. Looking on the bright side. Could be a big project depending on the motor and tranny.
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This just in?
I did find this on the Winnebago site and might help once you get access:
https://winnebagoind.com/resources/m..._Motorhome.pdf
Thank you! As soon as I find the VIN I'll decipher it. I think it's an '82 looking at body style and old photos.
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VIN should be visible from the outside on the dash - a small steel plate.

Take a good close squint at the tail lights, you'll often find a date stamped into the those, along with the other codes. It's a sure thing those lights (and the headlights) are actually from some other car or truck, so it's possible the lights are a model year or two older than your RV, but it would at least get you in the ballpark.

Then take a good close look at the headlights, there is a code stamped into them. Give that code to Google and they will tell you what model and year vehicle those are from.
Thought so. I'll have to get a ladder and climb up there. Looks like it's and '82 judging by pictures I've found lately. Thank you!
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