View Full Version : 1980 wilderness 23ft.

08-08-2016, 10:10 PM
Hi my name is Dave, I have been gifted a 1980 23 ft wilderness camping trailer. I will be moving it into my barn in Door County later this week to see if it can be saved. If I decide to proceed with this project it would be great to find a source for owners manuals and spec sheets if that is possible. No experience with camping trailers but do flip houses, rebuild vehicles and sailboats. Am also a wood worker. my wife and I have one simple guideline when considering a new project, if the bones are good it can be done. Any suggestions are welcome.

08-08-2016, 10:34 PM
Hi SonyA7ii,

Welcome to the Heartland Owners Forum. 1980 Wilderness campers were built about 14 years before Heartland came into existence and more recently Heartland apparently purchased rights to use the Wilderness name. So I'm afraid we won't have any 1980 manuals here nor will the Heartland factory.

There's a tiny chance that an owner active on our forum might have owned a 1980 Wilderness and can provide some assistance. If not, you might want to ask your question on forums not specific to one manufacturer.

08-08-2016, 11:30 PM
You might try a google search for a 1980 Wilderness (include model number) to find any paperwork or manuals for it.

If it is in halfways decent shape it might be a fun project.

We had a 1978 Coachman Cadet 24-foot travel trailer that we bought used in 2000 and it was basically beyond any kind of affordable restoration, but we made the best of it for 13 years before we traded it in for $200 less than we paid for it.

It was usually (but not always) the ugliest and most beat up trailer in the campground.

I did resurface the roof as it leaked like a sieve . . . nothing worked in it except for the electric and the furnace.

The black and gray tanks leaked . . . my father-in-law tried to patch them but it proved to be a futile endeavor.

And since we couldn't use the plumbing, the bathtub was the perfect place for our coolers as the refrigerator didn't work (we used it as a pantry instead).

The frame was bent and was even cracked and separated by the entrance door (I always had to jack up the front door side corner a little high just so the entrance door would open) and the trailer brakes only worked going up hill . . . not down hill when needed the most!

Be we sure had a lot of fun with that old beast . . . I miss it sometimes (but DON'T want it back).

We called it our 'tent on wheels' and I was about to name it 'Trailer Trash' and have that painted on the back like boat owners do . . .

That is when we decided to move on and get a brand new travel trailer . . . and now a 5th-wheeler.

Here it is:

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The beauty of it was that I wasn't afraid to take it anywhere since is was already beat to heck.

08-09-2016, 11:03 AM
Keep in mind that HL did not make that year Wilderness. Might have been Fleetwood Rv's.

08-09-2016, 04:34 PM
Thanks everyone that info fits with what I have learned so far. Will try wider google searchs if we proceed.