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Geetoe 08-10-2011 09:37 AM

Hello From Western South Dakota!
Hello all I am a proud new owner of a 1973 Winnebago MinniWinnie. It's in pretty good shape for its age and considering it cost me $300.00 and made the 40 mile trip home with no issues I'm pretty pleased. That being said I have no idea how anything beyond the basic automotive related (chassis) stuff works. Can anyone recommend a book that explains how the electrical system works, how to check the water system, and such like that? And it would need to be for this vintage too. It appears that the fresh water tank is gone, and it is to be hooked up to a hose. Is this common? The hot water tank is still there but I suspect it may have rust issues. A notice by the electrical plug states it is to be plugged into 110 volt only but the plug is huge. I guess what I am saying is I have never gone Rving so don't know what the plug ins or procedures are when you go to hook up at a campground. I don't have the money to just take it somewhere and have anything done to it and I don't want to do that anyway. I want to learn about it and how it works. Thanks

GOLDWINGER2 08-10-2011 09:53 AM


Originally Posted by Geetoe (Post 927023)
Hello all I am a proud new owner of a 1973 Winnebago MinniWinnie. Thanks

Hi and :welcome:.
Here is the book that bought when I first started RV'ing
twenty+ years ago. RV Repair and Maintenance Manual: Updated and Expanded (RV Repair & Maintenance Manual) (9780934798709): Bob Livingston: Books
It has a lot of info on all that you asked about. The electrical plug needs an adapter, you can get them at Walmart or Camping World. You can also join the Vintage club on this site.

Senior Chief 08-10-2011 05:38 PM

Welcome! Feel free to ask any questions you have; include pictures of any mysteries if you can and someone here will have the answer.

As to your fresh water system; most RVs have both an onboard fresh water tank and a connection for a hose so you can connect directly to city water. The fill for your water tank may not be anywhere near your city water hook-up, which is usually on the driver's side, as is the electrical hook-up and the dump valve or valves for the waste system

Your big electric plug is a standard 30 amp plug; this is a normal size for campground electrical hook-ups. You can get a 30 amp to 15 amp adapter (try Walmart in the RV stuff or Amazon) so you can hook up to an ordinary household outlet at home.

bicklebok 08-10-2011 07:14 PM

Nice find and Im sure your proud! We need pics!

greggholmes 08-10-2011 08:43 PM

Sweet i have a 74 mostly original. If you need pics let me know

Geetoe 08-11-2011 08:36 AM

Good Morning thank you all for the replies! I have ordered the book suggested. I found an adapter and plugged it in. It didn't barbeque itself and the lights came on so that was good. The fridge does not work and that is the only place where it appears someone has been " into" the wiring. It does not have a generator, so I will need suggestions on that. I will get pics soon.

Senior Chief 08-11-2011 11:26 AM

Don't be too sure the fridge does not work.

Gas absorption refrigerators, like the one in your RV take a very, very long time to cool; count on 24 hours for it to get down to working temperature when plugged into AC power. Check the front of fridge to make sure AC and not gas (propane) is selected and that the cord in the back is plugged in.

Meanwhile it is VERY important that your fridge be LEVEL- put a bubble level on the freezer shelf and move the rig up on blocks or whatever it needs until the bubble is no more than 1/4 bubble off level, THEN try turning it on.

You can and will ruin an RV fridge by running it off level when you are parked (not important when driving).

Steve N Sal 08-11-2011 11:45 AM

:welcome: Sounds like quite the find regarding your rig. Take your time and go over it piece by piece and I'm sure you'll have it all up and running in no time. As you already have, ask questions when you run into trouble and if possible post a pic as well for something that may need to be identified. Sure envy you being out in South Dakota, wish we were there. Enjoy the new to you ride and hope you have many funfilled miles down the road. Be safe and Happy Motoring. :dance:

Geetoe 08-11-2011 08:25 PM

Pic of New Toy
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Here's a pic of my 1973 Minnie Winnie. I want to see if it posts and if I did it right.

greggholmes 08-12-2011 03:02 AM


Originally Posted by Geetoe (Post 928398)
Here's a pic of my 1973 Minnie Winnie. I want to see if it posts and if I did it right.

My 74.

bicklebok 08-12-2011 10:46 AM

Very nice!

greggholmes 08-13-2011 02:31 PM

Thanks but its a little rough in places

Geetoe 08-13-2011 03:15 PM

Aren't we all? :)

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