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Old 11-03-2018, 09:29 AM   #1
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Hi, My girlfriend and I bought our 1985 Itasca in the spring, gutted and remodeled it through the summer and plan to live in it in Baja this winter.

The motorhome is a 23' Winnebago on a Chevy P30 chassis. The 454 motor only has ~50k on it so plenty of miles ahead of us!

We plan to tow a VW Jetta VR6 on our trip south and I'm currently struggling with the electrical for the brake lights/supplemental brake system in the towed.

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Old 11-03-2018, 11:56 AM   #2
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Nice job. Looks great.

Watch craigslist for break system. I like magnet tow truck tailights for towing.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:19 PM   #3
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Looks like you have a great project. Good luck with your plans to go to Baha.

Happy Trails!
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new coach. Good job on the referb.

Lots of good folks here with good info to share.

Enjoy the adventure.
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Looks like you really did some nice work! Enjoy!
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Great job! Looks like a lot of hard work.

Our first RV was a 26' 1986 Allegro and I miss it.

Now have a 2007 Allegro 34' w/3 slides and I am starting to wonder about it. Lots harder to drive and too much work for short trips. All those slides are a pain to put out and retract.

Stick with your rig, it will serve you well.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome,MH looks great !! Lot of work doing a full resto but now you know what you really have ,Congrats.Safe travels.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:53 PM   #9
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You should post this on IRV2's sister site, Winnieowners.com. They have a forum for vintage Winnies:

Vintage Rigs - Retro is cool! - Winnebago Owners Online Community

Your photo of your interior all torn up gave me a sense of deja vu. My 2002 Itasca Suncruiser 35U has been an ongoing project for the last year.

Have fun and think of all the $$$ you're saving.
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Nice job. Looks great.

Watch craigslist for break system. I like magnet tow truck tailights for towing.
I respectfully disagree with this recommendation. I wouldn't trust a brake system from Craig's list. There are too many things that can malfunction. A used one from a friend or other trustworthy seller is probably OK. Tow bars are easier to evaluate and, even then, I'd only buy one that was in new or almost new condition.

My brake system recommendation is either the ReadyBrake or ReadyBrute Elite. The ReadyBrute Elite is a brake system with an integrated tow bar while the ReadyBrake is the brake system alone. Both are relatively simple, mechanical brake systems that don't rely on electricity, electronics or pneumatics. The Ready Brute Elite at about $1,000 for both tow bar and braking system is a relative steal compared to the Brake Buddy and other systems. Both get good reviews from owners.

I have a Blue Ox Alpha tow bar (almost new from CL) and a ReadyBrake. If hadn't already purchased the tow bar, I'd have purchased the ReadyBrute Elite.
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Welcome aboard. Project looks good. There's lots of tow accessories for sale in the classified section of this site. Maybe you'll find something there.
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Thanks everyone for the input and welcomes! We're 10 days away from our departure to Mexico and feeling excited! I've been using Craigslist for many of my purchases, particularly for the tow setup. Being an '85 with the patina look, used fits the motif.

I found a Duncan tow hitch for $100 and an invisibrake I got for $300. I spent a good part of today installing the invisibrake and am hoping its gonna work.

I'm not too worried about used equipment malfunctioning, everything is so over engineered and problems are usually the result of human error anyways so it'll be on me if anything goes wrong.
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