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Old 08-22-2011, 08:15 PM   #1
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Hi from CA

I have a 1979 Winnebago Chieftain. I bought it, went camping once and it started cutting out especially going up hills. I was reading through the vintage thread and I think it may be the spark plug wires, so I will be having them checked out. But other than that and the heater not working, eveything else works fine and nothing leaks. Everything inside is original except for a new fridge. I want to do some upgrades, been looking around different places and see a lot of things I want for her. It's been sitting for a bit so it's a bit dusty right now, but as soon as it is up and running again, I'll get some pictures up. It's a good little rv, I'm so happy to have her. Before this, I had a 1977 pop-up tent trailer, so I'm moving in the right direction.

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Old 08-22-2011, 08:23 PM   #2
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Hello svdreamer and
You've come to the right place for info. I think you're on the right track with the plug wires, if they look old I would replace them anyway along with the spark plugs.
Good luck and Happy Camping

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Old 08-22-2011, 10:19 PM   #3
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Thank you for the welcome, John, I'm learning a lot already. I've camped a lot over the years but this is my first mh. Luckily, I have the original manual that came with it and all the service records. Looking forward to getting it sorted and to getting some use out of it.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:07 PM   #4
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In a very dark place watch the wires for awhile you will probably see them arcing. Need to change the fuel filter as well . It is an inline cannister located on the frame rail about mid ship.

. Take a look at your tire manufacturing dates and if tires are older than 5 years especially if they have been sitting bite the bullet and replace them.

Consider joining the Winnebago Itasca Travelers (WIT).

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Old 08-23-2011, 10:33 AM   #5
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Hi, and welcome to the party! Congrats on the Winnie, you're definitely moving in the right direction! Have fun, and God bless!
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