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Old 05-06-2010, 09:11 AM   #1
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1950 Spartanette Tandem or 1971 Winnebago?

I'm considering my first RV remodel and would appreciate some advice.

If you had the opportunity to choose between the following which would you choose and why?

1. 1950 Spartanette Tandem: Available at no charge. Needs significant repair before move-in ready including (probably) re-doing all electrical and plumbing (which means, as I understand it, removing all interior walls). Both interior and exterior look good. Has original appliances. Has been sitting vacant in a relative's backyard since they last used it 20 years ago. Would require a vehicle (which I don't have) to tow.

2. 1971 Winnebago: Move-in ready. Is currently being lived-in full-time. Has a 413(?) engine. Looks rough on the outside but good on the inside. Has working appliances and a generator. Includes a (supposedly) working air conditioner. Guy is asking $2,500 for.

Our goal is to find something we can live in fulltime (mostly boondocking).

My two big concerns:

The Spartanette (although cuter) would require complete overhaul of the plumbing and electrical (and I don't know what I'm doing although I can follow directions).

The Winnebago (although move-in ready and currently being lived in fulltime) might be hard to get into parks/campgrounds and such as it is older (and looks it).

PLUS the Spartanette is free whereas the Winnie is not.

As stated above I appreciate any insight or guidance as I must make a decision soon.


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Old 05-06-2010, 12:17 PM   #2
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Free is most always better!!That said how much you want/can do to fix interior problems can get dicey. There are many knowledgeable people here who would walk you through any problems. Make darn sure you get a large enough tow vehicle. Cost-that's up to you. Ed

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Old 05-06-2010, 03:45 PM   #3
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...1971 Winnebago: Move-in ready.,,, The Winnebago (although move-in ready and currently being lived in fulltime) might be hard to get into parks/campgrounds and such as it is older (and looks it).
And what kind of campgrounds are you planning on staying in? So far, we have not been turned away in our vintage class C (1977). I painted it... with a paint brush using house paint (off white satin). Really made a difference. While I have been turned down (1974 pop-up... sight unseen) twice (same town). I haven't been turned down yet because of the age of our current RV. We don't stay in upscale "resort" type parks. We like public campgrounds. We did stay (long term) in a NM campground (off I-25) and they had no problem with the age of our RV. If you rig is clean and kept up, then you should be okay. The only other "age discrimination" we've run into involves ourselves personally (those 55+ parks don't care for younger folks). I can usually find another place to spend my $$.
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