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Old 07-16-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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Fuel Tank Problems Winnibago 87 Custom On Dodge chassis

Hello Everybody
I am new to this RV thingy thing, Even though I have been lurking around here for over a year. I feel that I must post this question, looked all over for an answer but cannot find one. I am 67 years young so please bear with me.
My rig is a 87 Winnebago Custom 25 Ft On Dodge chassis
440 engine

The winne has an excellent engine trans runs good brakes all checked out

good.
B4 I got this Winn this is what had been done to it.
New carb plus all new electrical to the engine
New Rad
New Fuel Pump plus filter
New starter looks like new headers also
I have ripped out all the interior lighting @ installed led lighting, what a power saver.

So now to one of my major problems I am trying to overcome is this fuel
tank nightmare (don't forget I am 67 years young)
First off it started with intermittent fuel to the engine over a period of time.2 weeks ago all fuel quit working
I decided to investigate the fuel lines @ tank.
I air compressed the fuel lines into the tank,air was going there.Decided to go for it & drop the main fuel tank, WHAT A JOKE that was .
This is what I had to do, Get under the home undo the 2 main brackets
that is bolted to the main frame using a socket & wrench to hold the bolts 8 in all from slipping around Angry Bolts have now been spot
welded to the two main tank frames that hold the tank in place.

THIS IS AN update this just in case anyone has to take the tank off the
78 Dodge chassis. First undo the two main straps holding the tank in
place, push them on top of tank. Take off the filler hose & breather
pipe OH don't forget to put jack under tank first.You can then pull the
tank towards the outside about 3 inches to give you room to get your
hand behind the tank to get to the bolts.pull the 2 main brackets out
Disconnect the fuel lines & wires.Then lower the tank.

Anyway I looked inside my tank & it was clean, tested the float thing & it only goes to 3/4 full replaced the fuel lines pump is now pumping fuel. I have no idea why I was getting no fuel in the first place. Only thing I am trying to fix is the fuel gauge fault ?? Any idea's would help.

Also My reserve tank is all messed up Question ?? . The tank has been
disconnected & routed to the generator I will be doing away the genny &
going solar using 3 or 4 deep cycle batteries with a inverter. (Is this
a good idea ?) My question is ? how do I connect the reserve tank back,
is there some sort of diagram out there that I can see .

Sorry for the long drawn question but any help would be appreciated
Thank You
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:04 PM   #2
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This is a 87 not a 78
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:48 PM   #3
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Here's a link to a Winnebago parts catalog. You can order manuals for your '87. http://www.winnebagoind.com/resource...go_Catalog.pdf
You can also check here for links to many manuals for systems in RVs. Manuals - 1989 & older - RVing-The Midwest Connection

If you have a working generator I'd think about keeping it. Solar doesn't work at night and can charge batteries much quicker than solar when you need it. Traveling down the road is hot without a generator and the rooftop ACs cooling you off. --Just my opinion.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:46 PM   #4
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No it is a 78. Dodge quit building RV chassis in about 1979-80. And the that was a year or so after the last 440's were built.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:03 PM   #5
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No it is a 78. Dodge quit building RV chassis in about 1979-80. And the that was a year or so after the last 440's were built.
Sorry don't know what I was thinking when I said it was an 87
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Here's a link to a Winnebago parts catalog. You can order manuals for your '87. http://www.winnebagoind.com/resource...go_Catalog.pdf
You can also check here for links to many manuals for systems in RVs. Manuals - 1989 & older - RVing-The Midwest Connection

If you have a working generator I'd think about keeping it. Solar doesn't work at night and can charge batteries much quicker than solar when you need it. Traveling down the road is hot without a generator and the rooftop ACs cooling you off. --Just my opinion.

Bob N Donna
I made a mistake with the year, It's a 78 so looking for info on the dodge chassis or it was Winne who put the two fuel tanks in. As to the Genny not made my mind up yet as what to do
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If you plan to dry camp a lot the solar would be great. Tank ng out the gen should give you space and weight for extra batteries. A small Honda could be used to supplement and on cloudy days.
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