1972 Winnebago Motor Home Motor Information

by James Nalley

Winnebago Industries, founded in 1958, is one of the top manufacturers of motor homes in the United States. In 1972, it offered 11 models in three series that included the economical Brave-Series, the mid-class Indian-Series and the top-of-the-line Chieftain-Series. Each model was available in several floor plans with a variety of features that included powerful engines.

1972 Mini-Winnie

The Mini-Winnie, also known as the D-18, was an 18-foot motor home introduced in 1972. This Class B motor home included a Dodge V-8 engine with a displacement of 318-cubic-inches that produced 212 horsepower. It was also available with standard features such as automatic three-speed transmission, power brakes and power steering as well as dual 70-amp batteries with a fuel-tank capacity of up to 25 gallons. The interior could sleep up to four people and offered a complete galley with a three-burner stove, a 4-cubic-foot refrigerator, 6-gallon water heater, a single stainless-steel sink and a 36-gallon fresh water system. The rear bathroom was equipped with a push-button phone-head shower, washbasin and vent.

1972 Brave Series

The 1972 Winnebago Brave-Series were 20-foot models that included the D-20 and D-20RD and as well as the C-20 and C-20RD. The D-20 models included a Dodge V-8, 318-cubic-inch engine that produced 212 horsepower with a positive crankcase ventilation system. The C-20 offered a Chevrolet V-8, 350-cubic-inch engine that produced 250 horsepower with Turbo Hydromatic power. Each of the models offered standard three-speed automatic transmission, power brakes power steering and dual 70-amp batteries. Interior features included sleeping accommodations for up to six people -- eight with an optional rear bunk. This RV had a galley with three-burner stove, oven, stainless-steel sink, 4-cubic-foot refrigerator and overhead cabinets. The bathroom included a marine toilet with 30-gallon tank on the D-20RD and C-20RD while the D-20 and C-20 offered a 21-gallon tank. Other bathroom features included a push-button phone-head shower, lavatory and 6-gallon water heater. The floor plan in the RD models included a full-width rear dinette and social area.

1972 Indian Series

The 1972 Winnebago Indian-Series included two models: the 22-foot D-22 and the 24-foot D-24. Both models included a Dodge V-8, 413-cubic-inch engine that produced 265 horsepower. Other standard features included three-speed automatic transmission, a positive crankcase ventilation system, dual 70-amp batteries, power steering and power brakes. The interior could sleep up to eight people and offered a fully equipped galley with a 6-cubic-foot refrigerator, stainless-steel double sink, four-burner stove and oven. The bathroom features included a marine toilet with 30-gallon holding tank, a 36-gallon pressurized-water system with 12-volt pressure pump, lavatory, power roof vent and a push-button phone-head shower. The D-24 model offered a bathtub.

The 1972 Chieftain-Series

The 1972 Winnebago Chieftain Series included six models: the 22-foot D-22C, the 24-foot D-24C and D-24CL, the 27-foot D-27C and D-27CL, and the 28-foot D-28CII. Each model included a Dodge V-8, 413-cubic-inch engine that produced 265 horsepower with an automatic three-speed transmission. Other standard features included cruise control, a positive crankcase ventilation system, power steering and power brakes. The Chieftain models included a fully equipped kitchen with a 7-cubic-foot refrigerator, four-burner stove, eye-level oven and stove vent, double stainless-steel sink and a pressurized water system. The RV could sleep eight people and included Sealy Posturepedic innerspring mattresses. The bathroom included a fiberglass tub and shower combination on the D-24C, D-24CL and D-28CII models. All models included a power roof vent, marine toilet with a 30-gallon holding tank, 6-gallon water heater and a 66-gallon pressurized fresh-water system. The limited edition D-28CII offered a floor plan that divided the rear bedroom suite from the kitchen and forward social area and included water-resistant carpeting in the bathroom.

About the Author

James Nalley is a full-time travel journalist whose work has been published in more than 100 magazines, journals and websites. He is also the Topic Editor and Feature Writer for the Latin America and Caribbean Travel section of a prominent website in Canada. Nalley holds a Doctor of Philosophy in music and literature from the University of Rochester.