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Old 06-01-2023, 10:00 AM   #1
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Hi, this is Alex here, new owner of a 1995 Sunline camper. I'm in need of as much information, knowledge, and experiential stories as possible. I need to transport my Sunline to its new home, and it's been over a decade since I've towed a camper, my last being a simple Jayco pop-up. I will be towing my 95 Sunline with either my 82 Suburban (6.2 diesel), or a friend has a Ford F-250 pickup I can borrow.
so... first, all I have is a VIN and the previous registration to go by. It's a 1995 Sunline, it's roughly 24(?) ft long, and the weight is listed as 4151 lbs. Can anyone help with a model name?
Also, I need a spare wheel, and a cover for the propane tanks. This is the bare minimum as I see it... I'm sure there is more I need. The previous owner is helping me mechanically with some of the things necessary for its first voyage in years, but when HE bought it (and did some excellent work on the floor and roof), he and his wife were using it as a temporary home during renovation. He did not investigate very much as to its origins, and did not tow it very far. I will need to travel about 100 miles over mostly flat terrain.
For now, if anyone out there has this Sunline model, I would really like to know as much as possible. no detail is too small... any and all schematics, manuals, repair and original fabrication information would greatly appreciated. Soon, I'm sure I will be reaching out for towing advice, but id like to walk before running anywhere...
thank you, thank you, do anyone who can help,
Alex
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Welcome, Alex. Can you post the VIN? that would help tremendously with identifying just what model you have.

In lieu of that, several pics of the camper from different sides would help with ID'ing just which model you have.
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Welcome Alex,

We are here to help, but we need more info from you to help better.

As Tinstaafl stated, we can help back into a model number using pictures. The VIN does not contain the model number; it does contain the model year. And we do not know if the title used the manufacturing year or the model year. There is a difference between the date of manufacturing and the model year. Dates of manufacturing can be from mid-1994 to mid-year 1995. The 95 models started production in mid-1994 through mid-year 1995, then the 96 models started. Let's make sure your VIN is a 1995 model year to find the right info for it.

Count the VIN digits starting from the left, which starts with 1LC (which is Sunline mfg letters); the 10th digit from the left should be the letter "S" for the 95 model year. If it is some other letter, let us know what it is.

Now with a confirmed model year, we have copies of sales brochures of many Sunlines in our FILES section by year, and we certainly have the 1995 model year. In the next reply, I will show you how to get to the FILES section and post pictures. You can use the brochure to back into the floor plan that lines up with the model. If you post pic, we can help also.

Tires, yes, tires are a big deal with towing an older camper that has not moved in a while. A 100-mile trip can be long if the tires are up for the task.

First is the tire air pressure; the tire must be aired up to the max cold side wall pressure listed on the side of the tire. Trailer tires are sized differently than auto tires that have reduced air pressure in many cases. Does the prior owner have an air compressor, or do you have a portable compressor to bring to pump them up before you start towing? This is a big deal to get done. You do not want to tow many miles to a gas station on low-air-pressure tires that may be old.

Next is the age of the tire. You need to find the tire date codes on the side of the tires. The prior owner can get them for you if you do not have them. Here is how to read the DOT code on the tire sides. This is a link to the Goodyear web site showing how to get and decode the 4 digit date code. https://www.goodyear.com/en_US/learn...ek%20of%202010.)

The DOT code might be on the inside of the tire if you cannot see it on the outside. They only mark one side. Now comes the decision, how old are the tires? Trailer tires age out most times before they wear out. You cannot only use tread depth to tell if the tire is up to the task. The rubber breaks down over time, and being outside exposed to the sun all the time breaks it down even faster. For campers that are towed all the time, five years is a good age time when they need to be changed due to age. I did not create that time frame; this comes from tire experts dealing with trailer tires. Find out the tire age and report back. You may find the tires might be 8 to 10 years old, creating a significant concern if they will make the trip without having a blowout.

The truck to tow the camper back to your place needs to have a working trailer brake controller with a 7-wire cord receptacle on the back of the truck. The camper has electric brakes, and it requires the truck brake controller to make them work.

Tow ball size, the camper will have a 2 5/16" ball coupler on it. Do not use a smaller 2" or 1 7/8" tow ball as it can become unhooked to tow the camper. The drawbar or a weight distribution hitch may be needed pending on which truck you take. Once we know the model of the camper, we can see what hitch parts you may need to handle the tongue weight of the camper. Does the camper have any hitch that comes with it? Sometimes a prior owner sells it with a hitch for the truck, and sometimes they do not. If there is a hitch, take pictures and post them, we can help you understand how to set it up.

Manuals, there are manuals in our FILES section also. You can download a PDF copy.

This should get you started; feel free to ask more questions.

Hope this helps

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Alex,

To get to the FILES section, you have to be logged in. Look up top along the forum for the words "FILES." That is a tab; click it. Then select the area you want to go to and can read on for hours, days, maybe weeks...



There is a section for owners' manuals and a section on sale brochures. Scroll to find your model year and download a PDF copy.

A heads up, RV camper owners' manuals are unlike automobile owners' manual that gives exact instructions on almost everything in your auto. The camper owner's manual generally talks about how things work to help you along the way. For the actual appliances, there are owners manuals with very detailed info on them from the manufacturer of the appliance. We have many of those in the files section too. If your model is not there, if you give us the make and model no. on the appliance, we can help search for it, too, then add it to our files section for future help to others.

For picture posting,

There are 3 ways to add pics.

1. Upload pics to a specific post attaching them at the end of the post.

2. Linking them in from a public viewable web photo hosting service you have.

See here for 1 and 2 https://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/f...html#post86041

3. You can upload pics to the forum in your own personal photo album. Then link them to anywhere in the text of a post. See here for how to create an album. https://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/f...html#post87945

If you still get stuck, let us know. Pic's go a long way in helping show things you are working on, and we like seeing Sunline pics!

Hope this helps

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