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Old 10-16-2012, 05:38 PM   #1
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"New" 1989 Winnebago Elandan

My wife and I just got a 1989 Winnebago Elandan 37'. Its in really good condition for the age. It just has a couple small things going wrong and a starter going out, but other than that its great. The brakes are a little sluggish and genset doesn't start. But it starts, stops, goes 60mph, and sleeps 4. So for us its perfect. My wife and I are planning on using it fulltime for as long as it will last.
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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Congrats! You'll have a blast.

Maybe a brake job is in order; no stopping is worse than no starting
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Welcome and congrats. I would also change all fluids, belts, hoses, filters, might need a tune up, and check the DOT codes on the tires. Better to be safe than sorry. I did all the above, including brakes, when we bought ours 2 years ago.

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Old 10-17-2012, 05:07 PM   #4
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:12 PM   #5
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pics of Elandan

Sorry for not posting any pics. But here we go. The engine was rebuilt 15000 miles ago and it has brand new tries on it. I may still do an oil change and tuneup just to be sure. Before we even go out somewhere we are definatly going to get the brakes done first. I totally agree that stopping is more important the starting.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:13 PM   #6
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Front brakes are simple same as a car rebuild or replace the calipers change the front rubber brake lines (don't ask how I learned this) rear is like a car but you need to pull the axel not too hard rebuild or replace the wheel cilinders pm me if you need
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Did you add one too many zeros? Hope. 15,000 miles and 150,000
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Don't know if it is the same on the Elandan as it was on my '89 Chieftain but hidden behind the curtain behind the passenger seat is a rocker swith that moves the seat up and down. In order to swivel the seat it was necessary to raise the seat. Information only.

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Floor plan and interior looks very much the same as our '88 Winnie Super Chief, except ours is a 27 footer, and doesn't have the dinette, just the couch and chair - yours looks very nice - keep us posted!
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miles

Nope it was 15,000 miles ago that the engine was rebuilt by the prvious owner. He should have replaced the starter as well. I don't have a rocker switch on the floor, but I do have a small control panel on the left side of the seat near the bottom.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:59 PM   #12
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Work on the Elandan

I wanted to post the work that I will be doing on my Elandan, and try and get suggestions from people about each type of work.

1 Going to have the brakes completely redone.
2 Complete tune up and oil change in main engine and genset.
3 Replace or repair broken battery meter on dash.
4 Have starter repaired or replaced.
5 Caulk a few places on the body where it has come undone.
6 Replace the 2 awnings over the left side windows with 1 long one to better keep the sun and heat out.
7 Replace all interior lights with led lights.
8 Want to eventually replace rear bedroom with an office.
9 I want to remove the two recliners and table upfront and replace with a entertainment center with our 32" tv.

Eventually I will replace the carpet in the front with laminate flooring.
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I always like the Elandans. Great old coaches.

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It looks like a great rig!!

#1, 2 & 4 are good ones to have done, for peace of mind not to mention reliability.
The gen. could be optional, if you go to campgrounds with hookups, you can get by without a gen.

The rest are niceities mainly, that you can do yourself, depending of course on your skillset and/or wallet.
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