Hulking Winnebago RV With the Hulking 900 HP Engine is Both Camper’s Heaven and Hell (Video)

The Ringbrothers Winnebago – A Winnegabo like no other

Updated October 31, 2018

Only in America do the recreational vehicles play such an important cultural role, having made their appearance in numerous musical and visual works of art. Only in America can you find so many RV manufacturers too, and Winnebago is first among equals. Then there are the Ringbrothers – Spring Green, Wisconsin-based auto kit and repair shop owned by the Ring brothers, Jim and Mike. Apart from fixing cars, once or twice a year they pull out something out of the ordinary. This time we’re going back to 2014 when they’ve fiddled with the Winnebago RV. And what a mess (in a positive sense) they’ve made! SEMA-bound Winnebago RV Happy Camper is the happiest place on earth. At least as places on wheels go.

Ring brothers RV 1

It all started out as a joke when they bought the RV at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson auction. Jim and Mike planned on doing something special, and even had the foundation laid out for the project, but as it often happens, they’ve forgotten to take a left turn at Albuquerque. The end-result? A creative mess of the best possible kind.

Ring brothers RV 2

For starters, they pulled out the old engine and gave their Happy Camper a new set of organs. Wegner Motorsports LS 408 supercharged V8 pulls out a stunning 900 horsepower. Coupled with a 2005 Ford F-550 rear and GM’s 4L80 automatic transmission, it makes Ringbrothers’ Winnebago RV one hellishly fast house on wheels. Or better yet bar on wheels, and here’s why.

Ring brothers RV 3

Interior is riddled with all kinds of trinkets from six or seven of the last decades. Neon signs, cheesy inscriptions, colored light bulbs, a popcorn machine, a saxophone, a boat engine, and even a bar. You name it, Winnebago RV has it. It only lacks darts, a pool table and a jukebox in one of the corners, although I don’t see how one would be able to enjoy darts and a pool when all 900 ponies kick in. There’s no way you’re sleeping in this mobile pub, although it features a few leather-covered benches. You’re supposed to have fun in it, and what fun is sleeping?

Ring brothers RV 4

Cabin carries over the same mint green demeanor, but slows down with flashy trinkets. Nevertheless, there’s a flat screen TV atop the windshield, and leather-covered spinning seats in there. Moreover, there’s a transparent glass cover where middle tunnel usually goes, so you can see the supercharger doing its thing under it.

Ring brothers RV 4

Contrary to what they’ve done on the inside, Mike and Jim decided to leave the exterior basically intact. They’ve only glued a few sponsors decals to the lower part of the RV, and left the Happy Camper as is otherwise. They did, however, stick a mint green motorcycle to it, and created a sort of a minibar inside the rear trunk. As far as I’m concerned, they’ve managed to hit all the right notes with this custom restoration.

Ring brothers RV 5

Ringbrothers’ Winnebago RV will hopefully cruise the US roads the way it was meant to do. However, I don’t even want to start imagining how much fuel it guzzles. As if an RV wasn’t heavy enough, this Happy Camper has 900 horses whose thirst needs to be quenched. And all 900 of them are very thirsty. Hear what Jim and Mike had to say about the project in the video below.


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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.


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