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Old 03-29-2020, 07:32 AM   #1
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Smile 1999 Chieftain 35U

New to me and my wife, we got this so we can explore and we can't go anywhere. But that gives us time to fix some things, like led bulbs, new tv's, new stereo if it gets here, paint the propane tank, still need to figure out how to remove the dead backup camera from the dash so the new one can go there
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Old 03-29-2020, 09:39 AM   #2
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Yes, it is a shame to have a nice new toy and not be able to use it right away. I look at it as a tradeoff for not being dead? I get to go out and change the oil instead!
Why no RV year, make and floorplan on MY signature as we suggest for others?
I currently DO NOT have one!
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Old 03-29-2020, 09:43 AM   #3
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My back-up camera still works so I can't help you with that, but here's some general info/advice:

If you don't have an owner's manual, you can download it here:

Additionally, there are links to wiring, plumbing diagrams, etc. in the "sticky" here:

Your first priorities should be your roof and windshield. Leaks can be disastrous. Read up all you can on Winnebago windshield leaks. Personally, I've found that a strip of Eternabond tape across the top of the windshield moulding solved my problem. There's a current thread on taking care of the roof edges:

And here's a blog with some good info. His is a 2002 Journey but the info is still applicable to your rig:

Roof: Roof and Roof items… | Chaos Leaves Town


If your convertor is original, you should seriously consider replacing it with one that has modern multi-stage charging. Your batteries will appreciate it. Mine is located under the stove cabinet. Here's what I used as a replacement:

Progressive Dynamics is another good brand.

I've encountered quite a bit with my 2002 35U, so feel free to PM (private message ) me if you need some advice or info.

Lastly, if you set up a signature via the User CP, that includes info on your rig, you won't have to repeat it every time you post.

Have fun.
Bob C
2002 Itasca Suncruiser 35U
Workhorse Chassis
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Old 03-29-2020, 10:06 AM   #4
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I forgot to mention hydraulic leaks. I know the early 2000 vintage rigs had issues with the ferrules attaching the fittings to the hoses, causing leaks. I had to replace four of my hoses.
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