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Old 03-11-2019, 05:44 PM   #1
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Is the Winnebago a cut above the rest? Mid-entry level TT shopping

Shopping for our first RV. The choices are overwhelming. Right now we are looking at a 2013 Forest River Surveyor Sport 2460bhs at $22k, 2017 Dutchmen Kodiak Ultra Lite 243BHSL at $29k and a 2016 Winnebago Minnie 2451BHS at $28k. These are all CAD prices. Both the Kodiak and Winnebago are new stock.

Is the Winnebago a better built trailer? How well does the manufacturer uphold it's warranty?

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Old 03-11-2019, 06:30 PM   #2
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I'd say that a Minnie Winnie is a cut above anything else, Jayco and Forest River. Likely you would be getting your service issues from the dealer you buy the RV from. They're like the rest. Develop a good working relationship with your dealer and you're set!

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Old 03-12-2019, 06:34 AM   #3
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We owned a Winnebago Micro Minnie trailer for 2.5 years and it was solid as a rock. Very few problems. Having said that, you are better off fixing the small problems yourself than taking the RV in for warranty work. Most dealerships are swamped and you can easily end up waiting for extended periods to get work done. You currently have to schedule 3 months in advance at our local dealer just to get routine maintenance done. We have since sold the trailer and moved on to a Winnebago motorhome so I guess we drank the cool-aide. :-)
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:06 AM   #4
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Winnabego has been at it for a long time. Have seen many negitive posts about Thor and Forest River. I have a Class A Diesel and was looking at Newmar and Tiffin. Ended up buying an Itasca, made by Winnabego. It has its monuments just like any other RV but is right in the neighborhood with Tiffin and Newmar for quality for less money. Buy the one you like best, they all will have a few minor problems. Also the internal parts will all come from the same manufacturer. Shurflow water pump, Atwood or Suburbin heater, Dometic or Norcold Refer etc. each with their own warranty.
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:33 AM   #5
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Unlike most RV manufacturers who buy the cheapest parts from whomever, Winnebago fabricates most of their own parts on site. Winnie's in house manufacturing and design processes have been perfected over many years. But don't take my word on it. Schedule a visit to their manufacturing site in Forest City, IA, and compare it to your other top choices (if they will even let you into their factory).
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Old 03-12-2019, 03:07 PM   #6
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Well, I put a deposit on a new 2016 Minnie 2451BHS today. I was disappointed with the many broken and peeling trim pieces on the Surveyor. The Minnie's fit and finish was much better. Didn't even look at the Kodiak
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Winnebage like all mfgs are run of the mill. Quality is not a term the RV industry is not familiar with. Probably the best towable RVs built today are from Lance and Northwood/OutdoorRV. If you want a small towable you can pull with a medium size truck then Lance makes several that could fit your needs.

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