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Old 06-01-2021, 06:47 AM   #1
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New husband/wife resto project

Hi everyone. Just purchased this small single axle sunline camper as a project for 100$! Towed it 25 miles home with no issues. Even with the sketchy tires lol. Its definitely a project but I restore cars and vintage metal stuff for a living, so I believe we can make it good again. Plan on leaving the outside as-is because the stripes are in such good condition. A little patina never hurt anyone lol. And finally a few pics. I want to figure out all I can about this thing so any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!



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Any help? Or should this go in another forum section?
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Welcome to the forum! That's a cute little devil; congrats.

As for help, you didn't really ask any questions. There's a boatload of information already available on the forum in various threads, and quite bit of information in the Files section.

If there's something specific you need to figure out, ask away. It generally works better if you start a new thread for each question, so the discussion is specific to one issue, in the most appropriate section for that subject.

The first thing you might want to ask for is help with identifying what year and model number you have (if you don't know already). Then include that information when asking about things that may be specific to that model. I can't be of much help with that, but we do have a couple of long-time members who are pretty good at ID'ing them just from pictures.
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Old 06-06-2021, 04:33 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply! Thats what I meant to ask in the initial post and just realized that it was more vague than I thought lol.

I would really like to know what year and model this is based off of the vin.

I haven't accessed the files section yet as I haven't been able to locate while using my phone on the forum. I'll need to get on my laptop and investigate.
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Also I measured 13.5 ft from the end of the tongue to the back of the trailer if that helps. Thanks again!
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I'm not a VIN guru by any means, but I believe the year is indicated by the tenth character. Yours is an "A", so I think that means 1980. The VIN doesn't indicate the model number.

Armed with that, take a look at the brochures in the Files section.

On your [Android] phone, the default view is limited. Scroll to the very bottom, and you should see a link entitled "View full site". Tapping that will give the same view as you get on your PC.
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Thanks so much for the year model info! I'll go check out the files now that I know where to start
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Welcome Trav!

Congrats on your new Sunny!

I agree, the 10th digit is the year and A is 1980 model year for Sunline. From the brochures in the file section you can back into a model number by comparing the floor plan and size/specs.

Amazing how good the decal still look. The newer ones are no way in that god a shape after 41 years... They have a hard time getting to 15 years if outside all the time.

If you plan on restoring the camper, great!! Suggest you start a new post on the restore in the Repairs and Maintenance forum. You already have the pics process down, a super good thing! We can help with the how to rebuild, find leak sources etc, but we know the Sunline brand in general. Each model/year has slight tweaks over the years, and methods changed as years went by.

If you are chasing a water leak, suggest asking how to take the camper apart to get to repair the leak before tearing into the inside of the camper, these campers are not but like a house. Most times, water issues are best repaired from the outside working your way in.

Have fun with your new project!

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Nice find. I have the younger sister to yours. Mine is a 1982. it's a 13 1/2 RD
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Awesome! I'll be starting a build thread within the next few months. We will be completely dismantling and rebuilding this one because the floor is soft and interior walls are all trash. Will probably be able to save the cabinets and maybe the stove. I'm assuming the bottom structure of the walls will be compromised too so ill either patch or completely rebuild. I would honestly keep the patina look even though I'm rebuilding the structure but we will see how the wife feels about that lol
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Awesome! I'll be starting a build thread within the next few months. We will be completely dismantling and rebuilding this one because the floor is soft and interior walls are all trash. Will probably be able to save the cabinets and maybe the stove. I'm assuming the bottom structure of the walls will be compromised too so ill either patch or completely rebuild. I would honestly keep the patina look even though I'm rebuilding the structure but we will see how the wife feels about that lol
Hi Trav,

See this post in case you have not by Sunline Fan as he is doing a total restore on his 1979. His vintage is close to yours. https://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/f...-mc-18647.html

Good luck an looking forward to your restore post. We like pics!

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