Hi Laurie, welcome to good old RV's. So you have caught the bug, Once you get those pesky e -brakes freed up don t rush to fire it up. Take the time to do a thorough inspection of the engine bay. change the oil before you try to start it; or at the very least make sure it has oil and depending on how long it has set you may still wan't to change it. When changing the oil use one that contains zinc & phosphate or use a good grade of modern oil and add ZDDP. ZDDP is an additive the EPA removed from most oils that makes oil cling to flat tappet cams and valve stems that are in older motors. With out it the cam will be damaged over time. next check the coolant and transmission fluid. Trans fluid should be pinkish in color with no burnt smell. If all is good give it a crank. My philosophy is to spend the money to make it roll and be safe before I spend on any of the fluff. It may as well be a spare bedroom if you can't take it down the road. Make sure you date code those tires as well. They can look brand new and blow the first time you hit 50 on the interstate. Trust me on this one, it isn't a fun time when it happens and even worse when the tire shop tells you we can't help you because your tires are too old. There are many little things like this that can discourage you but if you brake it up in stages it can help to keep that from happening and, when you finally hit the road in an old RV with everything in good shape it is a blast and those old Winnie's have almost a cult following. Just ask Jimco.oo1. he's the resident Winnie guru. You can find him at the Winnie owners group. Good luck Laurie!
Hi Laurie and welcome. What a nice start. It looks fantastic. I too am new to this site and to rving ( 2 months old). I quickly learnered many things about a RV I that I never knew thanks to the internet and this site. I was fortunate enough that the previous owner had all the manuals so my learning curve was greatly helped but u will get there. I can tell u from experience that when it comes to old RVs (any RV for that matter) that looks can be deceiving when your a rookie. Anyways have fun with it and IAM sure more knowledgeable will offer there support. I did find quite abit of useful info on this site once u get the hang of finding your way around. Good luck!
I purchased a 1971 Winnebago D22 Indian. He doesn't run yet and the e-brake is locked, but working on getting him going soon. I'm still in the cleaning out and seeing what it needs stage. I'm so new to this that I don't even know how to start the generator or how and where to add water to the system yet (give me time, hopefully I'll figure it out)! No manuals were included so it's just a big guessing game at this point. :) Any and all comments and advice are welcome! I'll update with pictures soon. Thanks for adding me to your site!
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