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Author Topic: Finally got my new Brave home  (Read 6212 times)

Offline 73braved18

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  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1973
  • Make: Winnebaggo
  • Model: Brave D18
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 318
Finally got my new Brave home
« on: January 27, 2017, 04:41 PM »
Hey guys,
I just brought home my 73 stubby Brave. I can't get over how good the condition is! I bought it from a couple that had it since the early eighties and they bought it from the original owners.
They took excellent care of it. Apparently the original owners had the rear door installed through the dealer prior to delivery. It has the 318 that runs like a top. The roof was reenforced with aluminum strapping and it has a modern rubber roof system. No leaks!
I have tons of plans for it. After this season if I still really like it then I will put in a 12 valve Cummins. 
I will post some of the progress once the work starts.

Offline stanDman

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  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1971
  • Make: Winnebago
  • Model: M300 - D22
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 413/440
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2017, 06:00 PM »
I like it, nice rig, nice shape, rear door is ultra cool

Offline joanfenn

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  • Member since: 2011
  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1987
  • Make: Citation
  • Model: Excella
  • Chassis: GMC
  • Engine: 454
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2017, 06:17 PM »
Nice looking rig.  Where are the inside pics?  Love that rear door. :) :)ThmbUp

Offline LJ-TJ

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  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1975
  • Make: Winnebago
  • Model: D21
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 440-3
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2017, 07:43 PM »
WOW!

Offline 73braved18

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  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1973
  • Make: Winnebaggo
  • Model: Brave D18
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 318
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2017, 11:21 PM »
some more..

Offline 73braved18

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  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1973
  • Make: Winnebaggo
  • Model: Brave D18
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 318
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2017, 11:23 PM »
more...

Offline 73braved18

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  • Posts: 17
  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1973
  • Make: Winnebaggo
  • Model: Brave D18
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 318
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2017, 11:25 PM »
When digging around in it today I found a seeping radiator. It still has the stock one and it seen better days. I am going to replace it. I read up on past posts and probably will order a aluminum Barracuda rad and fit it with electric fans...unless anybody has any better ideas or helpful hints..
Thanks guys

Offline DRMousseau

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  • Year: 1987
  • Make: 34' Georgie Boy
  • Model: Cruise Air II
  • Chassis: John Deere
  • Engine: Ford 460
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2017, 02:37 AM »

Wow,... what's not to luv here?!?! Looks GREAT, and if the major systems, appliances and equipment are as nice as this looks,... then I'm sure your gonna enjoy it a whole lot! A classic and cozy, cottage/cabin on wheels!!! DANG!!!


I'd bet ya also found that current cooling system to be noisiest dang thing too. Of course they were barely enough and I remember mine being maxed out on hot summer runs in the south. A new rad like that with elect fans will be wonderful.

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Offline LJ-TJ

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  • Year: 1975
  • Make: Winnebago
  • Model: D21
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 440-3
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2017, 09:14 AM »
Oh Man You Scored. That gives everyone out there on the hunt hope. That is one sweet ride. :)ThmbUp

Offline joanfenn

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  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1987
  • Make: Citation
  • Model: Excella
  • Chassis: GMC
  • Engine: 454
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2017, 11:07 AM »
yes great score.  Thanks for the pictures. :)clap

Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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  • Year: 1995
  • Make: Itasca
  • Model: Suncruiser 32RQ
  • Chassis: Oshkosh
  • Engine: Cummings Turbo Diesel
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2017, 11:34 AM »
Nice!  Unless you plan on towing a heavy vehicle or driving through the real mountains out West, you'll probably find that 318 engine to be more than adequate.  The 318 is a reliable engine, gets good performance and fuel economy for those short Bagos, are easy to work on, and the parts are cheap as chips!

That rear door is really neat!

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 98 Cherokee lifted beastie tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

Offline 73braved18

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  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1973
  • Make: Winnebaggo
  • Model: Brave D18
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 318
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2017, 03:36 PM »
I do plan on some light towing and there is going to be a lot of Mountian driving. I will see how it does for now. I am torn on keeping it original or doing some renos inside. I am definitely installing some new flooring and roof ac.

Offline cosmic

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  • Year: 1975
  • Make: Brave
  • Model: D21
  • Chassis: Dodge M300
  • Engine: 440
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2017, 07:18 PM »
Score!!!!!! My Buddy is restoring the same exact unit. the nice thing about that size is you can get in and out of anywhere... looks great. I hope you got it for a great price. That just makes it even better. The mint condition units are harder and harder to find..
I know one guy who went across 2 counties to find a decent one.. W%
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Offline BrandonMc

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  • Year: 1987 coach / 1988 chassis
  • Make: Winnebago
  • Model: Chieftain
  • Chassis: P30
  • Engine: 454
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2017, 11:30 AM »
Someone has one of those parked next to me and its got a blown out window, going downhill fast. might be good for parts.


yours looks real nice!!

Offline 73braved18

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  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1973
  • Make: Winnebaggo
  • Model: Brave D18
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 318
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2017, 03:08 PM »
I am not sure what if anything (Winnebago parts) I really need so far.
I am very happy with it. I think I got it for a decent price. I would rather pay some money up front and not start with something that needs a complete tear down to repair rot. It is at the point where the work that needs to be done is actually enjoyable. I have delt with water soaked rv's before and unless I have the time and the dry covered space it is not my favourite thing to do.
Going to order a radiator today.

Offline legomybago

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  • Year: 1974
  • Make: FMC
  • Model: 2900R
  • Chassis: FMC
  • Engine: 440
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2017, 03:51 PM »
Do us all a favor.....Keep that baby covered when in storage, keep it dry, and don't paint all the original wood work white, You have a real gem. Sounds like its in good hands. Good find
Never get crap happy with a slap happy pappy

Offline CapnDirk

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  • Model: Suncruiser
  • Chassis: P30
  • Engine: 454
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2017, 04:27 PM »
SWWWWWEEEEEETTTT!!!   :)ThmbUp


That rear door has my imagination in overtime.  Say about a five foot deep hinged light weight deck on the back.  When down, a couple of swing down legs to stabilize in the back.  Walk out the back door when parked to your deck and lawn chair  :)clap
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Offline boohoo222

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  • Year: 1981
  • Make: holiday rambler
  • Model: imperial 33cb
  • Chassis: chevy P30
  • Engine: 454
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2017, 04:29 PM »
love that back door :)ThmbUp
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Offline 73braved18

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  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1973
  • Make: Winnebaggo
  • Model: Brave D18
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 318
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2017, 05:35 PM »
I like the deck idea! Got me thinking now.

Offline CapnDirk

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  • Year: 1988
  • Make: Itasca
  • Model: Suncruiser
  • Chassis: P30
  • Engine: 454
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2017, 05:55 PM »
Heck yea!  Re-mount the spare to the bottom of the deck.  Deck up spare available, deck down spare hidden!  Deck up hitch available for tow.
"Anything given sufficient propulsion will fly!  Rule one!  Maintain propulsion"

"I say we nuke the site from orbit.  It's the only way to be sure"

Offline 73braved18

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  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1973
  • Make: Winnebaggo
  • Model: Brave D18
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 318
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2017, 09:03 PM »
It's getting a deck.

Offline LJ-TJ

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  • Year: 1975
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  • Model: D21
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 440-3
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2017, 09:16 PM »
The one thing you'll love about your rig is the shortness of your it. You could probably go to down town New York and parallel park on the street rather than drive around and around and around looking for a parking spot. My 1979 Lincoln was 22' bumper to bumper. You can pull into any strip mall and find a parking spot. The shortness of your rig is golden. Now having said that you could take the rear deck shown it  picture weld a hing to the bottom of the deck and mount it to the underside of your rear bumper so it would lift or fold up at the back. Mount your spare tire to the under side of the deck so when you folded up deck the spare would be mounted on the back in the center were normal spare tires are mounted on regular Winnebago's. That might work. Hm?

Offline 73braved18

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  • I own: a Motor Home
  • Year: 1973
  • Make: Winnebaggo
  • Model: Brave D18
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 318
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2017, 11:14 PM »
Yeah your right, I won't wreak one of the best things going for it...being stubby.
If I do it it will be on hinges.

Offline CapnDirk

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  • Year: 1988
  • Make: Itasca
  • Model: Suncruiser
  • Chassis: P30
  • Engine: 454
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2017, 02:32 PM »
I like the awning to.  Could stand outside the back door and not get wet.
"Anything given sufficient propulsion will fly!  Rule one!  Maintain propulsion"

"I say we nuke the site from orbit.  It's the only way to be sure"

Offline Gearhead88

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  • Year: 1986
  • Make: Frontier
  • Model: 24' C class
  • Chassis: Ford
  • Engine: 460
Re: Finally got my new Brave home
« Reply #24 on: February 26, 2017, 02:56 PM »
Nice rig !

 

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