I am thinking of buying a 1973 Winnebago Brave ,Can somebody tell me what Class Rv this is and has anyone ever had 1 shipped and if so please tell me where and how?
Well your first question is easy, you have a Class A. As for shipping, I have no clue, sorry. I do know that when RVs are moved from the manufacturer to a dealer they are driven or pulled.
thank you Russ
Most class RV's,, are driven to destinations, especially a winnibago brave because of height. A brokerage transportation company have low boy trailers to haul them. Its NOT cheap,, But they are bonded for insurance causes.
Hi Lakota the RV has a 318 2 barrel good tires supposedly runs good the owner says he has taken it 200 miles but I live 1100 miles would you drive one that far ? I am new to this
I drive about 3500 miles when it goes out, but I know what kind of shape it is in. If I were to drive a newly purchased one, I would have coachnet road side assistance and a wallet full of money just in case of breakdowns. And also a chase vehicle, I would drive out and have someone in the chase vehicle following for small repairs and for getting about when parked. Herding a 30 foot motorhome around for groceries, eating out, etc. takes planning and a certain amount of driving to know what it is like to handle such a rig in tight places. But yes, I personally would check it out very well before leaving and drive it that far. But then I am a risk taker, not much flummoxes me anymore.
Like Russ mentioned,,, Have a chase vehicle, (someone to follow behind you). I would drive it a couple miles and pull off and double check everything,, tires etc,,, making sure your not overheating or leaking/burning oil,, leaking trans fluid etc. On Dual rear tires check to make sure THEY ARE NOT TOUCHING each other,, thats a sure fire way to blow side walls out. Then drive a few more miles,, 50 to 100 miles if everything seems to be working smoothly.. Just remember,, when driving an older rig that you are not familiar with,, drive easy and pay attention to noise,rattles etc, along with all the guages,fluids, braking system. Its like buying a used car,,, You dont know how the previous owner maintained it and what it needs. I would baby it, being extra cautious.And if you have never driven something as big a vehicle as the winnie,, its best to familiar yourself on its size and turning radius, because a bigger vehicle needs wider turns and more stopping distance then a car or pick up truck.
Try taking it to a big parking lot to get used to the size and handling before heading out onto a highway.
With the width, its not going to be easy staying in your lane untill you know exactly where the sides are tracking between the lines, and its not going to stop on a dime like a car,,, Your toting a few extra TONS of weight and it will take a little more distance to come to a stop. I would recommend having a mechanic look it over and give you a thumbs up before takling the roadway with it. Better to be safe then sorry.
Now if you feel comfortable to drive it, and you get a thumbs up from a mechanic letting you know its safe to drive,,, I would defenitly get roadside assistance insurance. Tow fees for a rig that size is NOT CHEAP. (ole billy bob is not the guy ya want comming to tow ya with his half ton chevy with a piece of pipe and a hand winch). Now me,,, I would check how it runs,, staying cool, and not burning/leaking oil etc and makeing sure the brakes work 100% and the tires look roadworthy, and spend a day in a big parking lot, getting the feel of its size and braking abilities etc before I even thought of hitting a highway.
And, making sure the lights,turn signals and brake lights work.
I hate to sound like a buzz kill, But Im a stickler for being safe,,, not just for myself, but other drivers around me, With a large rig,,, when something goes wrong,, its not a little boo boo, but a HUGE boo boo.
And I only wish the best for all my RV friends, and only hope for safe travels.
Hi Jeff, I won a Winnebago on ebay and had it shipped home from Iowa to Ohio.Found the driveaway service on Yesterdays Tractors web site.Thought it was the best way to go because the Winnebago motor home had been sitting in a warehouse for almost 35 years.
Jimco, what did something like that cost I wonder?
Hi Pat, it cost $645 to haul my 1966 Winnebago motor home from Iowa to Ohio.But that was 10 years ago.
Thank you Jimco. Always wondered about that. After all the breakdowns, usually at the back end of nowhere, I sometimes considered just hiring a low boy, load up and just sit in the rv until I got to a campground.
Well not knowing the rig. LJ and I drove to Sublet Kansas from Ontario Canada some 1,100 miles after buying a 1975 21 footer and drove it home. We expected a few problems but she ran like a dream. Do you know anything about this rig. Are you in a position to go and pick it up yourself? Does it run,does it have good tires?
Have you got any pictures of this old girl?