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Old 10-03-2016, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hi i bought a 97 winnebago itasca sunrise with 37xxx do you guys know if i have the 460 ford engine and the 4l80e transmission?

This motorhome is good or bad and why?
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:17 PM   #2
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If you enter your VIN at this website, you'll get information about your chassis and equipment.

Owner's manual, wiring, plumbing, and parts list is available at the Winnebago website.

You bought it, so I'm sure it's what you want---for now. Enjoy it.
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Old 10-04-2016, 05:32 AM   #3
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We bought an Itasca Sunrise new in 2005, still have it, and still like it.
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Old 10-04-2016, 06:34 AM   #4
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460 ci is a Ford engine, 4L80E is a GM transmission so I doubt you have that combo. Solid front axle? That would be a Ford chassis. Independent front suspension would be a Chevy chassis.
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Old 10-04-2016, 07:24 AM   #5
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I bought my 1998 Itasca sunrise 26wu brand new from the factory. I ordered the chevy chassis on it. I have 130k on mine now and it has been a great moho. We full timed in it for 6 years. You could have either a ford chassis or a chevy chassis. Chevy's used a 454 and fords a 460 or the v10 optional. the solid front axle that ford used or the independent front suspension that chevy used is the best way to tell which chassis you have. In laws have a ford v10 on their 2000. Both are good chassis.
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:04 AM   #6
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Itasca Sunrise

If you have a Chevy chassis there were 2 motors a 454 throttle body and a 454 Vortec. The 8th digit of vin is N for the throttle body version and J for the vortec version. Both have the 4L80E transmission. It is a great coach and built very solid.
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:49 AM   #7
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I bought my 1998 Itasca sunrise 26wu brand new from the factory. I ordered the chevy chassis on it. I have 130k on mine now and it has been a great moho. We full timed in it for 6 years. You could have either a ford chassis or a chevy chassis. Chevy's used a 454 and fords a 460 or the v10 optional. the solid front axle that ford used or the independent front suspension that chevy used is the best way to tell which chassis you have. In laws have a ford v10 on their 2000. Both are good chassis.
Rather than having to duck down and view the front axle, you could just look at the center of steering wheel. OP said it was a Ford, just wanted to know about the engine and transmission.
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Old 10-04-2016, 06:24 PM   #8
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Woow thank u very much for responding !
I enter my vin to the page that bflinn181 suggest

And it says that i have the ford 7.5 v8 AKA 460
Chassis is ford and transmission e40d 4speeds
Ford f350 and f550 has the same transmission
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Old 10-04-2016, 06:30 PM   #9
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Short story...always wanted a motorhome and i brought it cos it was a big opportunity $$ so thats way im asking things after a pay for it haha
I call one of my costumers cos he has a lot of experience on motorhomes and he told me that winnebago is a good company that makes good rv's
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Old 10-04-2016, 06:41 PM   #10
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Sorry just the f550 super duty has this transmission
E40d (ar100 or something like that) 7.5 v8 efi
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Short story...always wanted a motorhome and i brought it cos it was a big opportunity $$ so thats way im asking things after a pay for it haha
I call one of my costumers cos he has a lot of experience on motorhomes and he told me that winnebago is a good company that makes good rv's
I think Itasca's are one of the better moho's on the market because they are designed to live in. One of the complaints that I hear a lot is about the side to side roll. I would upgrade the front roll bar to the thickest that you can find. Look at your rear roll bar too, some are very thick, some are not.
These roll bars keep the side to side roll from making the coach feel "squesy". I like the Helwig brand myself.
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:21 AM   #12
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Mmm interesting ! Ok ill check for that

I have the 33rq with the small slide, im gonna take it for a first ride roday and learn/test the leveling jacks
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