1988 WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES FREEWAY
This 1988 Winnebago Freeway is 100% ready to take off for a week’s holiday up the coast or for a longer jaunt around Oz. If you are a timid person who doesn’t like people coming over for a yack as soon as you pull into a rest stop or caravan park then you are buying the wrong motorhome because as soon as you hit the switch to lower the step and open the door you will likely have people heading straight over for a chat. I have pretty much renovated the entire thing and have spared no expense making it reliable and functional while retaining it’s individuality. The rego papers say it is licenced to carry 5 people, and it sleeps 5 comfortably. Being over 30 years old allows it to have Historic Registration, with the annual cost being about $100 (instead of the $2500 we used to pay). When we painted it we were very happy with our choice of colours, and were amazed what a difference all the window tinting made. Freddy (named after our dear old 15 year old Staffy who passed away) cruises easily on 100 k’s with the Fuso 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine which is quite economical on fuel. It has power steering and the leaf springs have been reset, so it corners well, soaks up the bumps effortlessly and the brakes work perfectly, and the professional coach driver pull-down blinds work a treat to block the sun whilst driving. Please note, MR licence is required (unless you want to derate the GVM then you can drive on a Car Licence), and it is manual (not auto). The leather captains chairs are very comfortable, and they swivel around to be a part of the kitchen/dining area. When we did the kitchen reno we replaced the horrible little 1980’s electric stove/oven with a new gas stove/griller (which also has an electric hotplate).....the space we gained from ditching the oven gave us a large cupboard for our big air fryer (which, when you’re on the road is so much more versatile than an oven), and also new microwave.
I also replaced the little 12 volt bar fridge with the very roomy Dometic 3 way fridge/freezer..... this turned out to be a massive job but was well worth it. My wife says the hot water in the shower works perfectly, and the shower cubicle is so roomy that when we’re on the road we store out table and chairs in there. It has a real porcelain toilet with holding tank (not one of those yucky plastic cassette ones which you have to empty all the time), and I fitted new skylights (with exhaust fans and LED lighting) in the toilet, shower and above the main bed, and it also has a separate vanity with cupboard underneath. The main bed is very comfortable and has a proper spring mattress. The stereo is remote controlled Bluetooth, and the sound can be faded from the cockpit to the rear to the outside speaker. We designed the TV mount so it can be viewed from the bed or from the cockpit. On a hot Summers night it is great to have a nice breeze flowing through the motorhome with louvre windows and a real aluminium security door for security, and the blockout blinds on all windows means you don’t have to get up with the sun when you don’t want to. It has a near new Ibis Air Command Reverse cycle air conditioner which is remote controlled....it works great on both hot and cold. It has a generous size wardrobe at the foot of the main bed, and we installed a large safe in the bottom of it to keep our valuables secure. With 15 storage spaces inside and 7 outside, there is space for everything including the kitchen sink. It takes less than a minute to wind out the large Fiamma F45 awning, and the outside BBQ slides out effortlessly.....it is perfect for bacon and eggs in the morning and a full on BBQ for lunch. When free camping the solar panels charge the batteries, the nearly new remote start Yamaha 7kva generator (yes 7!) pumps out enough electricity to power a small caravan park, and it has an inbuilt battery charger and 1000 watt pure sine wave inverter.....oh and it even has an inbuilt outside shower as well as a separate outside water tap.
Tank capacities are:
• 310 litres fresh water
• 121 litres grey water
• 142 litres black water
• 310 litres diesel fuel
• 24 litres petrol for the genny
We have really enjoyed travelling around in this motorhome, and sometimes tow an antique car behind it on a trailer, but a serious leg injury has put an end to our travels (for the time being at least), and it was certainly not built to just sit in the driveway under the carport, so we have decided to sell it