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?
Back about 83 or so I was contracted to repo a 72 Brave that was in Far northern Arizona in the middle of literally no-where. I had a person with me to help and wound up having to tow that thing over a mountain (Sunset Crater) down into Flagstaff with a 1980 Crown Vic. It had no brakes so it was touch and go coasting down a four mile hill. Fortunately we made in ok, got a battery and brake fluid and I forget what all and got it going and I drove it down to Tucson. THEN, the bank in Albuquerque wanted it delivered back to them, which I did. This thing had been sitting in the open for years, but it too was a 318/Auto and it cruised right down the road and made it to each destination. Keep in mind more than any other thing, those old straight axle dodges, along with that high center of gravity are a white knuckle, E-ticket ride if you get into grooved roads and or high winds and getting passed by a semi. Not unsafe, just a whole other animal to hang on to. I wouldn't really worry about it making the trip. The NICE thing is those old motor homes are simple, no electric fuel pumps, etc etc. If it runs good and serviced and the tires aren't rags, go for it.
Ok! I will plead guilty. I am an eternal optimist. Every now and then I will trust what someone say's and take them at their word. That's were you are.You've bought this rig now what to do. He say's the old girl runs fine. Well you really don't have any reason not to believe him. Sooooo Let the adventure begin. Talk to the wife tell her you to are about to embark on a great adventure. See if you can get a few days of vacation, hope in the car and head out to pick up your new prize. Understand right off the top the Winnebago is mechanical. There for it could break. What we don't know is when or what. So when you get there do a few checks. Make sure the battery,batteries are in decent shape. Check the break fluid,water,oil,trans fluid, power steering fluid and windshield washer fluid. First thing change the oil and filter. Check the tires for wear and cracks and check the spare. Check the head lights and break lights wipers to make sure they all work. Check the propane tanks to see if there is any. If you've all ready bought her and some of the interior stuff doesn't work well you own her and you'll just have to fix it down the road. Take her for a run around the block to see how she handles. If she handle good your about as ready to go as you'll ever be. Your out of Dodge. Now your running a 318 so your not going to set the world on fire. 318 is one of the best engine you'll ever buy. It's dependable and bullet proof, you can get parts at any auto parts store. NAPA is your friend. If you have trouble in route and you can make it to a NAPA store I've got nothing but good things to say about NAPA. They will bend over backwards to help you out or that's always been my experience on the road. Take your time and watch the gauges. Stop every 60 miles or so and do a walk around to be sure everything is secure and nothings leaking. Once you do this a few times you'll get a little more comfortable and start going fuel stop to fuel stop. Oh! and your going to get 5 to 10 miles to the gallon,probably more around 8 so don't be shocked. I've missed some stuff. Take a tool kit with you. If you get a chance pick up a spare ballast restore.Well that's about all I can thing of. I'm sure a few of the other folks will jump in here to help out. Hey don't for get to check in each night and let us know how your making out. Good luck, be safe and let the adventure begin.
you're not kidding about it being a white knuckler! my 75 brave is that way!
Awwww It's not that bad once you get the hang of it. You get to learn that when an eighteen wheeler comes roaring up the back of you the old girl is going to want to push or roll a little bit to the right or towards the curb. Once he starts to clear the old girl is going to want to roll a tad to the left. With the 318 your going to learn that if your going to pass somebody you'll hang back a bit and take a run at him when the road is clear. If you no your going to go up hill you'll start to pick up speed to help you get up to the top. You know your pushing a little more weight than your pick up or car so when it comes to stopping you start slowing down a little sooner. This isn't rocket science just take your time, error on the side of caution. Wonder how Jeffs making out.
Hehehehehe yep! I can get 5 to 8 running around 55 to 60. The wife always seems to get 8 to 10. Looks like we're going to get snow Monday so it looks like it's time to put her in the barn for the winter.
Hi Jeff, I was told a company called and at this site www.uship.com can broker a RV shipment. They put it (shipment), out for bid and those that haul what you need hauled quote a cost to you. RVs are frequently hauled on lowboys/semi's. A bunch of brokers are on the net, this one is in Austin.
If you want to have some fun in the mean time check out Shipping Wars on satellite or https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=shipping+wars+full+epi... Fun stuff to watch and I believe it's the same company.