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Old 12-02-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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New here. Bought a 85 Chieftain 22' today...

New here, and kind of new to the whole RV world. In the past I have owed a couple Lesharos for a brief time, but they are long gone.

Anyways, I bought a 22' chieftain today. Seems to be in fairly good shape. Has the Chevy 454 and engine was new (autozone crate) and put in in 2004. Owner has had it last 15 years and figures about 10k on the new motor (he's 87).

Has an owan 4.0 gen, that was rebuilt last year. Fired right up and ran smooth. The roof AC was also new last year and has optional heat. Saw receipts of all and they all work.

That said, it has been sitting for about 7-9 months. Tires have tread but showing dry cracking, so I'll have to replace. 85 16R is the size on the unit.

In the test drive, I can tell it's due for shocks. (what kind do I need and where would I buy them?)

He said fridge will only work on electric, and it was cooling down after I turned it on, but it's the A/C D/C Propane unit, I noticed a couple disconnected wires behind it (from the outside access door) So maybe something fixable?

I found the original user manual for it, so that should help. My plans for it are basic.

1. hit it with my pressure washer, then re caulk everything.
2. Loose the shag carpet in favor of wood flooring (maybe the wood looking vinyl).
3. Brighten up the interior (repaint etc.)

The plan is to be able to live in the unit 8-10 days a month during my swing shifts at work and save myself the current 1.5 hour drive each way I have.

Anyways, I'll post up some pictures of it tomorrow afternoon when I get it home but here are a few from the original ad...
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WELCOME to the forum- nice looking rig. I for one like shag carpet
lots of great tips on this site and a friendly bunch.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:10 PM   #3
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All RV refrigerators operate on 12 v to control them, then use 120 v AC for heat or LP. Seldom do they heat on 12 v, it drains a battery too fast.

Look up make, model of your appliances on Google and you will probably find manuals, trouble-shooting guides, etc. for many of them.

Shocks - Bilstein are good.

Your tires have a DOT date stamp on them, near rim, starts with DOT and ends in 4 digits. This is XX (week) XX (year) so 1307 would be 13th week of 2007. Tires should be less than 6 years old for safety. A DOT with only 3 last digits is prior to the year 2000 and the first 2 would be week and the last digit is the year after 1990. Appearance of tire means little, RVers seldom wear them out, they rot out first.
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All RV refrigerators operate on 12 v to control them, then use 120 v AC for heat or LP. Seldom do they heat on 12 v, it drains a battery too fast.

Look up make, model of your appliances on Google and you will probably find manuals, trouble-shooting guides, etc. for many of them.

Shocks - Bilstein are good.

Your tires have a DOT date stamp on them, near rim, starts with DOT and ends in 4 digits. This is XX (week) XX (year) so 1307 would be 13th week of 2007. Tires should be less than 6 years old for safety. A DOT with only 3 last digits is prior to the year 2000 and the first 2 would be week and the last digit is the year after 1990. Appearance of tire means little, RVers seldom wear them out, they rot out first.
The cracking the tires have all the way around its all the information I needed.. Now, to find a reasonable replacement set.
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All RV refrigerators operate on 12 v to control them, then use 120 v AC for heat or LP. Seldom do they heat on 12 v, it drains a battery too fast.

Look up make, model of your appliances on Google and you will probably find manuals, trouble-shooting guides, etc. for many of them.

Shocks - Bilstein are good.

Your tires have a DOT date stamp on them, near rim, starts with DOT and ends in 4 digits. This is XX (week) XX (year) so 1307 would be 13th week of 2007. Tires should be less than 6 years old for safety. A DOT with only 3 last digits is prior to the year 2000 and the first 2 would be week and the last digit is the year after 1990. Appearance of tire means little, RVers seldom wear them out, they rot out first.

When ordering the shocks, what exactly would I be looking for? happen to have a part number?
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You can plug the information about your RV chassis hear and find the matching shocks.

eshocks.com: Shocks and Struts for Motorhomes

Once you find the number, try googling it for best price.
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You can plug the information about your RV chassis hear and find the matching shocks.

eshocks.com: Shocks and Struts for Motorhomes

Once you find the number, try googling it for best price.
Going to sound stupid... but what would my chassis information be?
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It is a P-30 chassis
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It is a P-30 chassis
Thanks! Oh and a correction, the unit's a 1984....
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My 84 Fleetwood Jamboree, 23 foot C, had the 3 way refer. It only ran on 12v when engine was running. Ran on propane when boondocking, 120 when on shore power.
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Congrats on your new rig. We have a 1994 Brave and put Bilsteins on it. Very nice ride.

If you haven't run across these yet they can be fun to look at and useful. Here is the link to the 1986 Chieftain brochure. They didn't have the '85 but they are probably very similar.
http://www.winnebagoind.com/products...eftain-bro.pdf

If you have the 22rc here is the link to the parts catalog.
http://www.winnebagoind.com/service/.../85wcn22rc.pdf
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Nice rig. We had a 27 ft. 1983 Chieftain, and drove it for 115,000 happy miles. Watch where you aim your pressure washer; you may damage or remove the tape stripes. Also, Bilstien shocks are very good, but a front A-arm shock mounting bolt fractured on our Winnie after installing Bilstiens (maybe it was already cracked).
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I recently installed Bilsteins on the front of my '93 P30 chassis Winnebago. It was quite a chore since the Bilsteins came unstrapped. They extend to a length that is too long to install. I had the MH jacked up with a wheel off the ground. It takes quite an effort to compress the shocks and they immediately spring back when released. I ended up taking an old leather belt, cutting the edges down to a narrow width, adding more holes then looping it over the bottom of the shock. I then compressed the shock with my body weight and quickly looped the belt over the top and cinched it up. I used a 8 ton bottle jack to lift the MH up. Once I did that I then carefully adjusted the bottle jack by lowering the MH tiny amounts until the shock's length was the same as what was required. The shock requires a bit of a twist and it's best to install the bottom first, then install the top. Here's a link:

Bilstein - KYB - Rancho - Monroe - Edelbrock Automotive Truck Shocks and Struts - Shockwarehouse.com

I used a P-30 chassis since someone here said that's what you have. The part numbers are the same as mine.
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