Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Out there, somewhere
We've had our present coach, an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT and full body paint now for, just over 4 years. We purchased it with 40K on the clock and it now has 62K on it. As has been stated, the Itasca model Horizon, in that era, is virtually a sister ship to the one you're looking at. While I have had to do some repairs, mods, changes, etc., it's been an outstanding coach.
You're going to have repairs, possible alterations, changes etc. to just about any coach that you purchase used. You're going to make it YOURS. We got a chance to take the factory 8 person guided tour of the Winnebago factory last year at the Grand National Rally for WIT and, it was incredibly interesting to see up close, how things are done, built, assembled and, designed.
Without a doubt, you'll find possible issues when you take your first look at this coach, as you did. It's inevitable. About 99.99999% of those issues are easily remedied. Both my wife and I are not fond of, and will never own, a "carpeted" ceiling coach. We anticipate too many potential issues with that style ceiling. That's more or less, a preference thing.
For the most part, the fit and finish of a Winne is pretty darn good. Winne has had some issues with the "glued on" body components. As in, the generator cover, the rear grill, the headlight buckets, and a few other things. Winne and Itasca use a form of a glue or resin to bond those components to the steel mounting brackets so that there's no visible fasteners for any of those above mentioned items.
Those fixes, while some can be a pain, are not all that hard to deal with. There's lots of documented data on what folks have done here, with those situations. Not really a concern. If it happens, you fix it, period. As has been mentioned, your Vectra most likely will have a Freightliner Chassis and, quite possible the "Evolution" version chassis at that.
It's a newly designed chassis that has more than proven itself. It's a strong yet, flexible enough chassis that it provides with great stability yet, allows for a great ride. You'll find more than likely, HWH systems for both extending and retracting the slides and, extending and retracting the levelers (jacks). So far, I've been totally happy with HWH and, it's mechanisms for those operations.
That coach, unless it's been changed, should also come with what's called the "Dimensions 2000 Watt, Inverter/Charger" too. That unit, while it has had some bad wraps on here, is a pretty good, mostly dependable unit. It will supply about 95% of the outlets in the coach with 120VAC power if and when needed.
There's more but, I'll quit for now. I'll bet you find that's a great coach. If you have any questions, you can either PM me or, just post it and, many experienced Winne and Itasca Pilots will jump in and help you. Good luck and Happy RVing.
2004 ITASCA HORIZON 36GD, 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Toad '08 GL 1800 Gold Wing
Retired-29.5 yrs, SDFD, Ham - KI6OND
Me, Karla and the Sophie character, (mini Schnauzer)