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Offline Real1shep

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'78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« on: June 18, 2020, 12:07 PM »
I've been tasked by some friends to help refurbish a Winnebago. What I really need right now are some pics of the whole driver/passenger area.

I know they used that gold colored rug to cover most everything. But I'm looking at the driver's area and it's nothing but wires hanging down. I know they had the carpeting on the floor, but how were all the wires covered? HVAC duct just sitting there with no vent etc. And on the passenger side everything it exposed like the two HVAC fans and the evaporator etc.

I just need some images on the stock set up or maybe how you've changed all that yourself etc.

Many thanks in advance!

Kevin

Offline Froggy1936

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2020, 03:25 PM »
Hi, I dont know if you can access the projects area , or if you have to become a paid member ? But either way visit my project replacing 77 engine and trans w 85 unit I have the dash removed to do wiring repairs You should be able to see what you want !  Frank
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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2020, 07:55 PM »
You don't need to be a paid member but I look through the projects the other day when you mentioned your projects and I couldn't find anything. I will look again and link to it if I find it.

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2020, 08:02 PM »
Looked through all ten pages of the project blogs and I saw your roof repairs but nothing before that. Did you do the engine before or after the roof?

Offline Real1shep

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2020, 08:27 AM »
Thanks guys. Surely someone has interior Winnebago pics of this vintage RV?
 Even original sales literature....something showing the driver/passenger area. Before my friends bought it, it had been used as a 'hunting' rig....so I'm guessing originality was not a concern to the PO. I've got some ideas on how to cover up stuff, but it's silly to reinvent the wheel.

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2020, 10:25 AM »
The dash and wiring pics are in the post Updating 3 speed automatic W 4 speed   On page 3, Then on page 2   The engine project was quite expansive  Frank
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Offline Real1shep

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2020, 07:46 AM »
Found the pics....but.....I also found out that whomever made the engine, trimmed out all the dash parts with proprietary pieces. In this case, Dodge.....so none of Franks dash pics apply.

So I'll troll around the Dodge section and see what I can come up with.

Kevin

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2020, 10:54 AM »
Kevin,

The owner manual should have dash layouts and images.  Click on this link and then on the 1978 models to download it.

http://www.classicwinnebagos.com/forum/index.php?page=page300
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Offline Real1shep

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2020, 05:37 AM »
Thanks, but really looking for pics of the dash-to-the-floor. I'm trying to see how Dodge covered things up on both the driver's side ant the passenger.

I'm sure we have proprietary pieces missing but I need to see how it all goes together.

Kevin

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2020, 09:32 AM »
Do you have a chassis or coach service manual?  I think those would be very helpful.
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Offline Real1shep

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2020, 08:15 AM »
We have no literature whatsoever that might have come with the unit.

Kevin

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2020, 08:31 AM »
I am confused here. Do you have a class A (Flat front) or a class C (van front with a cabover bunk) model? The class C units (Minnie Winnie) have a stock Dodge van cab. The class A units have a cab area that was built by Winnebago. The wiring was always a rat's nest and wasn't covered below the driver's side very well. The passenger side had the heater below the dash and by your description the cover is missing. Some pictures of what you are dealing with would be of enormous help.
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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 02:06 AM »
My friends are trying to get the RV back to CA and live out of it for awhile on some property in the family. Once they get it back there, I doubt it will be driven much.

Kevin

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #14 on: Yesterday at 08:19 PM »
 BELOW the dash to the floor....how they cover up the rawness of what's pictured.
 

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #15 on: Yesterday at 09:43 PM »
I hate to tell yeah but that's pretty much what they look like. Not factory but pretty much what most of us walk into. You pretty much have to sort out what's what and tie rap the wires together and put them back up under out of site.

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #16 on: Yesterday at 10:55 PM »
Please edit your vehicle info in your profile, which shows to the left of your post.  It helps a lot when looking for help.

Yep, no covers down there.  Just like wyoming... wide, open space.
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Offline DaveVA78Chieftain

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 11:32 PM »
My 78 Chieftain had a false panel covered with orange carpet covering the wiring rats nest on drivers side. A lot of the wiring is stock Dodge (see Dodge Class A Service Manual) and a lot is Winnebago installed.  Please note that only the 78-79 Service manual reflects the wiring for the Temperature and Fluid level Indicator Panel in the center of dash above the engine cover.

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #18 on: Yesterday at 11:35 PM »
I used carpet with velcro strips to cover the heater box on the passenger side, simply rolled a section of carpet into a "C" and inserted it between the front of the dog house and lower dash, and wire tied all loose wires under the driver area.


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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #19 on: Today at 05:42 AM »
OK thanks....we'll just fabricate something out of the rubber horse pads. They don't like the carpeting idea and tore most of it out.

We've got a duct on the driver's side that will have to be hooked back up to a vent louver of sorts. No magic bullet that I see....we'll just be inventive and keep moving. Me coming into this cold with all the carpeting already ripped out if it five yrs ago is not helping.

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #20 on: Today at 08:21 AM »
That wiring doesn't look half as bad as my newer 89!!! I have to ask what the pedal is to the left of the steering column? I see it on yours and in Marks picture. If that is a parking brake it is in a really bad spot! Right where a clutch pedal would normally be!

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Re: '78 Winnebago What covers the under dash wiring?
« Reply #21 on: Today at 10:35 AM »
"Adapt, improvise, and overcome. "
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