Thanks for the info, Rabbit. That was pretty much what I had gathered from a variety of sources, but it's good to have it confirmed first hand. As near as I can find from the fairly complete paperwork that came with my '83, it went through at least 4 owners before it came to me and the last previous owner began a frame-off resto. I got what I assume was the original instruction "booklet" with it... marked up as though it were used as a sort of check list as the original owner did the finish work, so I made up new copies of the marked up pages using the electronic copy on this site.
There is no sign of the metal sticker, but the VIN
is still stamped into the side of the tongue, and it matches the paperwork, so I guess that works wherever I take it... they gave me a VA registration
on that anyway. As soon as I finish reconnecting the wiring and the stove, I plan to just put a carpet strip in along the ridge line as was shown in our original instructions, but since the last PO gave the new HD plywood floor a heavy coating of textured pickup liner spray, so I'm going to put a couple of throw rugs in and call it good. About the only thing I'm still waffling on is what to do about an ice box or fridge
... I camp off the electric grid more often than not, so I either have to go with a three way (which mine originally had) or just use an ice box in the old slot. Right now I'm just using a couple of coolers. I also have to install some sort of fresh water tank as there is nothing at all there now... just the hose from the faucet pump going down to... nothing!
BTW, how did you finish your front seat/bed? I'm thinking of leaving the rear set up as a bed all the time and making the two person mini-dinette in the front as was shown in my instructions as an option. Since I camp alone and never feed a crowd inside (like I could get
a crowd inside a 13' Burro!) that makes more sense to me.