Motorhomes are excellent vehicles for getting away from it all, strolling through the countryside for a quiet moment with most of the daily comfort in tow. Not all Earth machines are growing in popularity today, but that doesn’t deter people from converting them. In a new highlight from the MotorTrend YouTube channel, the Dirt Every Day team takes a 1975 Winnebago Brave and gives it off-road suspension before taking it out.
The team installed Dana 60 axles, a divorced 205 transfer case and beefy tires, doing everything they could to preserve the style of the Winnebago brand. Once they have completed the conversion, the two attempt to pick it up to tackle the dirt on a climb. It’s a sketchy excursion, the already tipsy Winnebago appearing like a filth in a derecho as it attempts to climb up the sand hill. The wayward 440 cubic-inch V8 gives up halfway before the two reboot it. The clip ends before the Winnebago reaches the top, but the restart made the engine sound better.
The second half of the clip has the two removing the old V8 to replace it with a GM LS7, giving the all-terrain Winnebago “like 700 horsepower” (521 kilowatts). They start by removing the generator from the rear of the passenger side, which they will eventually learn was a mistake. Removing the old engine required cutting off parts of the frame, although eventually the team replaced the factory before taking it to the black roof to do some burns. It takes a minute, but the tires come off, sending smoke into the air before the Winnebago rolls over to the driver’s side with a squeal. Judging by the laughter, neither was hurt.
The already high position of the Winnebago Brave 1975 makes it ill-suited to the off-road lifestyle. Adding a high powered LS V8 doesn’t help either, but it’s definitely a fun package, even if the RV ended up on its side.