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Old 01-18-2010, 01:52 PM   #1
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Hi All. I already have questions! I just purchased a 1982 Winnebago, S21. It is 21'. It has a Chevy 350 motor. I drove it 90 miles to get it home and it went beautifully but dieseled a little when I parked it.
Here is one the question: I knew it was a bit cold hearted but when I went to start it after a couple of days it wouldn't, no matter what I did until my friend put gas in the carberator. I'm sure it has plenty of gas... So what could be wrong?
It drove smoothly without a hitch here. How could it be the fuel pump and/or filter which I am told is the logical problem?
AND, if it is the fuel pump, is it located IN the fuel tank?
I am not experienced with RV's but know some about them and about older cars.
Thank you ahead of time.

PS, Are there any groups for owners of My type of motorhome?

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Old 01-18-2010, 01:56 PM   #2
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We have a Winnebago forum and your Chevy chassis would come under our Workhorse forum.

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Old 01-18-2010, 07:37 PM   #4
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HI and welcome to iRV 2.

There is nothing unique about the engine and drive train in that size and age of RV, so diagnose the problem just like you would on an 80's vintage truck or van. If the fuel pump did not work at all, the engine wouldn't run. Get a service manual for the Chevy chassis and have at it. Typically coaches that size are built on a bare chassis or perhaps a van cutaway chassis and it won't be much different than the pick-up or van chassis for that year.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:12 PM   #5
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Thanks all of you for your replies. I am so excited to have this RV. The outside looks almost new and the inside is in pretty good shape. I feel very comfortable driving it so far. I'm planning short trips so I can get the hang of it all.

How do I get to the two forums suggested to me: the winnabago-workhorse forum and the vintage forum.I thought I understood how to get around this site but I don't.
Also, is there a forum for older single women like me.

The fuel pump trouble was resolved.

2 more questions.1. Leaks: The 'escape hatch' over the cab is leaking rain. The water doesn't seem to be coming from the seal on the roof around the hatch cover. It gathers on the frame of the screen and drips down. Is this a common problem? Could it be the strip of weatherproofing that connects with the metal frame around the screen.

2. I need to find a hot water heater preferably used so the cost is lower.

Shall I post a photo of this rig?
I hope I can be of help to others as I get more experienced.


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