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Old 02-10-2019, 02:47 PM   #1
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1998 Winnebago Rialta 22RC

I have a friend who is interested in a 1998 Rialta 22RC. It has 91,000 miles and the interior has been remodeled recently. The owner is asking $25,500.

I know nothing about Winnebago and am hoping you can guide us on this. What can you tell me about this model, good, bad, or ugly?

Your help will be appreciated!
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:40 PM   #2
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Is the Rialta that rare that none of you guys know anything about it?
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Is the Rialta that rare that none of you guys know anything about it?
Gas or diesel chassis? That seems awfully steep for a coach that old.

And yes, they are pretty rare. I don't personally know anyone that's ever owned one. I have seen one for sale, once, at Crestview RV down in Buda Texas. It was in the mid-teens just a couple of years ago, and in fair condition.

Has your friend looked at prices for a similar model on a nationwide search through RV Trader?

ETA - Holy Cow, I just did a web search on the Rialta. Dang, those things hold their values like a RoadTrek does. maybe I was looking at a LeSharo instead of a Rialta.

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Hi Joe,

I have seen a few on the road and in parks. I recall reading the toilet was a wet room though.
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This Rialta is a gasser. I did a search on RVTrader.com but only came up with three.
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Too much difference in the year model to get much of a comparison. Thanks anyway!
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I had a 1998 Rialta FD (or perhaps the RD was the lettering) which had twin beds in the back, small 3-way fridge, and was powered by a Volkswagen VR6. Drove well handled well, got good mileage. Never had an issue with the mechanics. Don’t count on your local VW dealer to work on them. Most didn’t service them when they were still being built, can’t imagaine it’s got any better. Have the same issue with my Ford based Newmar.

Back then, may be different now, there was only one manufacturer (Continental) that made tires that could support the weight. (Single rear tires). I had several instances of rivering on the back tires. Like I said, may be better now, or could have just been the one I had.

What I liked: Small size, powered by VW, twin beds, easy to get into any and every where, and the mileage. It did have the feature (Motor Assist) that allowed the water heater to be warmed by the engine coolant which was a plus, although I found that if you go too fast, it would cook the wiring but again could have just been mine.

What I didn’t like can be summed up by rereading the first paragraph AND the bathroom. Absolutely hated it. It had an old style Pullman swing down sink that only emptied when you stored it back, and sometime, it would slosh out. To fully sit down on the toilet you had to extend the bathroom sidewalls lest you be sitting in the “hall”. Taking a shower was another piece of work. You had to hang a shower curtain everytime you wanted to shower, and you had to turn on a pump to pump the water from the shower pan into the holding tank. There were various filtering components that always clogged up and had to be cleaned lest you have a backup. Kind of like haveing your septic tank uphill....

And to pick nits (not with you) most RV dealers call these things a B Class, when in fact they are a C Class. Everything from the front seats back was added by Winnebago. What comes from VW was the cab and engine/tranny, and only the front drive wheels..

IMO that’s too much money for a 20 yo Rialta.
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I had a 1998 Rialta FD (or perhaps the RD was the lettering) which had twin beds in the back, small 3-way fridge, and was powered by a Volkswagen VR6. Drove well handled well, got good mileage. Never had an issue with the mechanics. Donít count on your local VW dealer to work on them. Most didnít service them when they were still being built, canít imagaine itís got any better. Have the same issue with my Ford based Newmar.

Back then, may be different now, there was only one manufacturer (Continental) that made tires that could support the weight. (Single rear tires). I had several instances of rivering on the back tires. Like I said, may be better now, or could have just been the one I had.

What I liked: Small size, powered by VW, twin beds, easy to get into any and every where, and the mileage. It did have the feature (Motor Assist) that allowed the water heater to be warmed by the engine coolant which was a plus, although I found that if you go too fast, it would cook the wiring but again could have just been mine.

What I didnít like can be summed up by rereading the first paragraph AND the bathroom. Absolutely hated it. It had an old style Pullman swing down sink that only emptied when you stored it back, and sometime, it would slosh out. To fully sit down on the toilet you had to extend the bathroom sidewalls lest you be sitting in the ďhallĒ. Taking a shower was another piece of work. You had to hang a shower curtain everytime you wanted to shower, and you had to turn on a pump to pump the water from the shower pan into the holding tank. There were various filtering components that always clogged up and had to be cleaned lest you have a backup. Kind of like haveing your septic tank uphill....

And to pick nits (not with you) most RV dealers call these things a B Class, when in fact they are a C Class. Everything from the front seats back was added by Winnebago. What comes from VW was the cab and engine/tranny, and only the front drive wheels..

IMO thatís too much money for a 20 yo Rialta.
Thanks Tom! I'll pass that info on to my friend!
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Joe - there are always atleast couple of dozen or more of these at the Winnebago GNR every year. They are a true classic. They have their own club within WIT known as the "No-To-Bagos" - for all the smaller vintage coaches. You might want to Google that and perhaps you can get more info for your friend. Many of them have been completely renovated and updated even with new paint jobs. Good luck
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