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bm167

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Posted: 12/03/06 11:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Potential new RV guy here.....I'd like to hear the pros and cons between the Fleetwood and Winnabago models of the late 80's. I'm looking at a 1989 Winnebago Chieftan 28RU with the 454 engine and a 1993 Fleetwood with the same engine. There can't be that big of difference...right?
Also, I'd like to pull a 2 horse trailer of @5500 lbs. with the RV and have no idea what the RV's pulling limits are for this type of application.
As for now, I'm still reseaching the internet for answers.
Thank you........new guy

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Posted: 12/03/06 11:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just addressing the engines, (not the FW v/s 'Baggo) based on the years you quoted, I would think the older one may be carbureted and the newer one may be fuel injected. That would make a difference to me.

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Posted: 12/03/06 12:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Haveing has an 86 and a 93 with the Chevy engine. The older MH is a 4 Barrel carb. the 93 is TBI.


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If the Fleetwood has the extended frame they tend to bend behind the rear axle when pulling heavy loads. Do a search on bent frames or sidwall flexing. I've had two friends that had to have their frames reinforced to pull stock cars, both were Pace Arrows.


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Towing limits on gassers are often 5000lbs or less....some as low as 3500lbs. Check it carefully.





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Although I am a Winnebago fan, it may be that the 93 has a four speed tranny VS three for the 80's model. Worth checking.


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Posted: 12/03/06 02:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The 1989 Winnebago Chieftan 28RU would have a 3-speed transmission and I am pretty sure you cannot tow 5,000 lbs with this rig.


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Thanks for the important info..... I never thought about fuel injection models or the frame bending! You guys are life savers!!

The 80's are out.....90's are in......adios bm167

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