That 4x4 looks like it has about the same lift on it that mine will get. Doesn't look too crazy! And good find on the GAWR for the rear axle! Seems like I'm going to be close, but within range. . .Apparently some other people have done some pretty wild things with a LeSharo. Here's one with GM powertrain (V8) and truck axles... even using sections of the truck's frame:
4 X 4 Beach RV Camper
As a bonus, at the very end of the video we see the original Winnebago placard, showing
- GVWR: 6,340 lb / 2,870 kg
- GAWR-front: 3,090 lb / 1,400 kg
- GAWR-rear: 3,250 lb / 1,470 kg
The same search yielded another interesting project:
Gil's LeRiviera V8 GM conversion
The Riviera had a front half-frame design (a GM favourite of the era) shown in the 6th and 15th photos. It was apparently bolted to LeSharo frame, as shown in the 16th photo... although that is not described in the text.
If the Renault part of the LeSharo has a stub frame like this, and the RV part of the LeSharo has a frame under or as part of the floor designed to bolt to it, then the Renault cab may not have any structural role... and may not be suitable to take structural loads.
And mostly for amusement, here's a link to the classic photo from the Winnebago factory of VW Eurovan cabs and half-chassis, bolted back-to-back for shipping. The structure behind the cab is only floor-level frame rails, so they're easy to bolt together (rails overlapping) and are not attached anywhere above the floor.
Some awesome posts! The LeRiviera is my same year too Hillarious on the Winnebago factory!
I am considering doing some visual modifications (probably temporary) to get this thing considered for a Burning Man mutant vehicle. . . trying to think of something hillarious/artistic that I could do with the solar array on it. . . Hmmm Have I mentioned rain catchment from the solar panels filtered and funneled into the water storage tank?