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Offline flip1ky

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Hiya, I am a real newby 1st time RV purchase last week. Of course the seller proclaimed it is road ready and now I have to think he was a nut. No turn signals, No brake lights, Temp gauge not working.... I am a nut but not to the level of taking this OTR just yet. Already have solar panels and 400 AH of AGM deep cycles ready to install with a plan to change over to Lithium ion once I have the remodel completed (if I ever reach that point).

We practically live OTR already 165 nights in hotels / motels this year so far. This year was much easier than last. I think I was well over 200 nights OTR last year.  I do not plan on staying 100% in the RV but 'most nights'.   
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Re: Hiya yet another new guy... 1st time RV purchase and 1st time here
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2020, 06:26 AM »
Hello and welcome!
"Road worthy" is often a stretch of the seller's imagination, but from your description so far, it's not nearly as bad as most.  Engine runs good?  Starts and stops as it should?  If so, you're already way ahead of the game. 

But with as much time as you plan to spend in it, yep, you need to be.
Hopefully, all the appliances and such work.  That will save you a lot of money and time as well.
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Re: Hiya yet another new guy... 1st time RV purchase and 1st time here
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2020, 09:52 PM »
Welcome.  We all love a good project.  Hell mine is still a project.  Cant drive it at night.  Not running lights.  LOL
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Re: Hiya yet another new guy... 1st time RV purchase and 1st time here
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2020, 02:39 PM »
Well guys n girls I am a new guy from Illinois,  I am in the process  of buying  a 1972 Winnebago  20' brave. The seller  inherited  from father and my youngest  son found it on Facebook.  After a couple  phone  calls Went to look at her.The outside look pretty  good for it's age.  I have want a Winnebago  for some time, I know very little  but company  has been in Business  for many years. I am 67 years old with a few health issues.  I have ben operated for Cancer on my forehead followed  by radiation therapy (That Suck. I seemed to be cleared of my issue. This website  will help me a lot because my new(old) problem is missing a few items. I live in a town called Alton in that screwed up state of Illinois.  I hope that the folks help me and I can help  some of you folks.
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Re: Hiya yet another new guy... 1st time RV purchase and 1st time here
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2020, 08:34 PM »
Glad to hear your treatments went well!  Welcome to the community and we're happy to share with you.
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Re: Hiya yet another new guy... 1st time RV purchase and 1st time here
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2020, 08:38 AM »
72 perfect age for a freshening up. The Winnebago I mean. I'm pretty confidant there's nothing on a 1972 Winnebago repairs or modifications that you won't find here. Plus we got a great bunch of guys here familiar with how to repair them. Pictures, we like lots of pictures. It's a guy thing. We can't read instruction worth a !@#$ but we can fix anything with pictures. :)rotflmao  Welcome aboard and remember. The only dumb question here is the one you don't ask. 
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Re: Hiya yet another new guy... 1st time RV purchase and 1st time here
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2021, 06:49 PM »
The Ok, long run before finding someone that has the same model.
The seeler is letting it go for $600. So far I see small stuff, One big item maybe someone can help with. I have No passenger seat. I will look again for it. It was dark when I looked at it first. I am going to work on it Sunday, I do not know if the motor is OK or Not. Could not reach the crank bolt and the weather  is turning to Crap.If it is not locked up I am in clean up stage so I can find stuff. Give me some  feedback on this, this is Big thing for me. I live in a basement  apartment  and getting tired of the noise from  the landlady.. I live about 30 miles  from this RV, and depending  on a ride to get to it.
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Re: Hiya yet another new guy... 1st time RV purchase and 1st time here
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2021, 03:20 AM »
If you're planning to live in it and drive it as well, you should make sure it starts, runs, drives and stops as it should.
No roof leaks.
All living systems work or can be easily and cheaply repaired.
Furnace, fridge, commode, plumbing, sinks, water heater.

At $600, I am highly skeptical that's the case.
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