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Old 12-03-2011, 07:43 AM   #1
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Chassis question

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I am thinking about importing a C Class Winnebago into Australia. Over here we are right hand drive. If an imported vehicle is 30 years old or older it can remain left hand drive and legal to use. So the motor home I am thinking about would ideally be 1981 or 1982.
The only hitch with this idea is the authorities here consider anything built on a truck chassis to be a truck and must be right hand drive. So my question is were the early Chev C Class winnebago's built an a truck or van chassis or if not were they purpose built? I hope it was not a truck chassis!
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:58 AM   #2
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Hi
I am thinking about importing a C Class Winnebago into Australia. Over here we are right hand drive. If an imported vehicle is 30 years old or older it can remain left hand drive and legal to use. So the motor home I am thinking about would ideally be 1981 or 1982.
The only hitch with this idea is the authorities here consider anything built on a truck chassis to be a truck and must be right hand drive. So my question is were the early Chev C Class winnebago's built an a truck or van chassis or if not were they purpose built? I hope it was not a truck chassis!
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
John
As far as I am aware all Class C motorhomes are were built on cut away van chassis. Dodge, Ford or Chevrolet are the most popular but there are also some built on VW, Toyota Nissan, and Mercedes chassis.

Any class A motorhomes built on the Ford F53 chassis should qualify since it's built specifically for the motorhome industry.
Detroit Chassis

Also the older GMC front wheel drive motorhomes were built on a non-truck specific chassis.
gmcmotorhome.com - The GMC Motorhome Source

You can look at all the brochures for previous model year Winnebagos back to 1969 here.
http://www.winnebagoind.com/products/previous-models/
Most have a specifications page listing the chassis they are built on.
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I suppose part of the question is do your authorites view a Van or Motorhome chassis as a truck chassis. Here in the states a van chassis would fall into a light truck classification. Make sure you know for sure what chassis any rig you consider is built on. Some of the small Class B/C Winnebago rigs of that era were built on the Chevy P-20 (3/4 ton) chassis. Others on the Chevy or GMC cutaway Van Chassis. You need the chassis VIN to know for sure. The P series chassis is used for both motorhomes and delivery trucks (bread, UPS, etc.).

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