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Old 01-01-2010, 08:27 PM   #1
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'88 Winnebago range hood info center

We're in need of a replacement clock module for the range hood in our '88 Winnebago MH - it's the 27RQ class "A" model. I'd really like to get/keep this rig in as original condition as possible, and while the clock probably isn't all that important, it IS part of the information center, I'd really like it to look and work as it should.

I've tried the old documents/manuals section of this forum, and sent detailed info direct to the Winnebago guy supposedly responsible for stuff like this, twice, with no reply - so hoping someone here might have an idea or suggestion as to how to proceed. All I really need, is the clock module - it has unlit segments, and is pretty worthless as it is - I'm hoping to find a replacement clock module alone, rather than replace the entire info assembly, since the clock is the only non-functional part.

I'm really not interested in haywiring in some substitute replacement, but rather, an exact working duplicate of what's in there now.

For what it's worth, here's a pic of the whole info panel:



Any suggestions?
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:05 AM   #2
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Hey Gary try this link/company. I have gotten some hard to find parts for my Winnebago:

Winnebago Parts - How to order Motorhome Parts and Contact Winnebagoparts.com

We found the part number from here:

WebCD Web Service Parts Catalog

Hope this helps
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Hey Gary try this link/company. I have gotten some hard to find parts for my Winnebago:

Winnebago Parts - How to order Motorhome Parts and Contact Winnebagoparts.com

We found the part number from here:

WebCD Web Service Parts Catalog

Hope this helps
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Thanks Justin - I've already tried those, but the specific info center, or individual parts thereof are not shown or listed - at least *I* sure didn't see them...
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That stinks. Hope you find it.
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Does the clock module do anything besides tell time? Because if it does, you're going to need to have someone with some electronic experience unsolder the existing numerical LED display and find a replacement, Univac electronics has them so does radio shack, but you have to special order them and know exactly what voltages and what not are needed. It will then need to be soldered back in,
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Does the clock module do anything besides tell time? Because if it does, you're going to need to have someone with some electronic experience unsolder the existing numerical LED display and find a replacement, Univac electronics has them so does radio shack, but you have to special order them and know exactly what voltages and what not are needed. It will then need to be soldered back in,
It has a date and alarm function - and being an active Ham Radio Operator for some 50+ years, I sorta know one end of a soldering iron from another...



The actual display module secures with 2 screws to the vent panel, and simply plugs into the control module behind it - not much going on here today, and weather is not too bad, so might go out and take a closer look at the whole panel assembly to get a better idea as to options.

I checked over on www.mouser.com to see what they had available, but so far, have only seen physically smaller displays - mine measures about 7/8 inches X 3 inches from the outside, with a bit more hidden by the vent opening - actual numerals are just under 3/4 inches tall - all the stuff seen available so far are about 2/3 that size.

But as stated earlier, rather than try to haywire something in, I'd like to Find a direct, exact replacement - Winnebago themselves would SEEM the best source, or at least be able to point me in the right direction, but attempts via Internet so far to get a response from them has failed to produce results...
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OK - first, a reality check.

I fully realize that an issue such as this thread addresses, is of little importance to most - those with less interest in restoring or preserving originality of an older MH - or ANY older RV - would simply ignore a non-functioning, relatively insignificant item or function - and in a case like mine, give up and forget about it - and likely go to Walmart, and buy an Asian-made similar clock for under $5, and call it good...

But, THIS forum is ABOUT restoring, repairing, and otherwise returning this older stuff to as near as possible to original - or at least fully serviceable condition. And yeah, in something like my case, the $5 Taiwan clock MAY well be the only reasonably sensible solution - but I'll at least try a bit longer!

I was slightly mistaken, in that the clock module in our '88 Winnie does NOT have a date function, only an alarm function - and the LED display does NOT simply plug into it's control board. it solders in - and is probably viewed by the maker as a single control/display unit module, rather than 2 separate items.

Here's a pic of the rear side of the whole vent mounted unit:



And here's the clock module closeup:



A paper label on the back of the panel displays the maker as "LVS Industries" of 16782 Burke Lane, Huntington Beach, Ca - but an Internet search didn't turn up anything on the company, so they are undoubtedly long out of business - a T-shirt outfit is now shown at that address...

SO, my remaining (but feeble!) hope is that just perhaps, there IS a viable alternate source, and/or, that Winnebago still has an ancient dusty one still sitting on a shelf somewhere in their parts warehouse - judging by some of the seemingly trivial similar older stuff they still list, it just MIGHT be possible!
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Norvac Electronics

May have something similar to what you're after. I go there because they have vacuum tubes that I need for my organ.
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If it were mine, I would start out by checking to see if any voltage were present at the pins of the LED sections, starting off with the one that appears to be working. Compare the reading of that working cell to the others. Purpose; seeing if it is simply a bad LED display. If so, search for a new one and solder it in.

If voltage were not present at the pins, I would suspect the breadboard. Seeing that there are not many components, assuming that the identifying marks are still visible, I would buy each component and rebuild the board. Couldnt be all that expensive or terribly time consuming!

Best of luck with the repair/replacement!
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Gary, don't give up the search. There must be one or two of them out there. Sorta reminds me of years ago when I was faced with the problem of finding a single mount for my 56 Porsche transmission. I needed the single mount because I was putting it in a 57 VW with a '66 912 engine. Porsche went to a double mount on the front later and discontinued the single. Finally found one in a whse. in San Diago. The guy there said he had 12 on the shelf and was about to throw them out because he had not sold one for several years.
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WELL, pretty well worn out all normal replacement options - direct contact with Winnebago was negative on replacement thru them - and following direct phone calls to numbers they provided - one to the OEM LVS outfit - also were no-go's...

All the aftermarket LED display modules I've located so far have been either way too small, or too big - so will be looking now for either something that WILL fit, either an individual panel to adapt, or else a complete LED clock of the proper dimensions I can adapt from it's case into the range hood - found one so far that's close, and about $15...
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Have you checked the salve dealer...big one in Missouri. Also check with Vintage Trailer Supply?

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Have you checked the salve dealer...big one in Missouri. Also check with Vintage Trailer Supply?

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IF the RV salvage yards are as expensive as the regular auto wreckers - typically charge 50% if a new part - a person would have to be pretty cautious about buying a used 20+ year old electronic device. Too easy (likely!) to get a worse part than what you're replacing. And these displays can be sorta hard to jury-rig up for test after removal from the rig, so very well could end up buying something sight unseen and untested...

BUT, worth a try - might be pleasantly surprised - thanks!
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Winnebago Parts book: http://www.winnebagoind.com/service/...1988common.pdf
PDF Page 17-20 (Range Hood Group)
Clock module P/N appears to be the same for both types like yours.
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