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Old 06-26-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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Looking at Winnebago and Fleetwood...help

Hello everyone...I am looking at my first class A purchase after owning a couple of 5th wheels over the years. After doing much reading, I am looking at a couple of Winnebago products (Adventurer, Itasca Suncruiser or Sunrise) and a Bounder. All of these are 2001 to 2003 models with a Workhorse and the 5 speed Allison. The budget is in the mid 30's. We also have been told of a 2000 Winnebago Journey with a 275 Cummins that is in our price range that we may go look at tomorrow. I know I am not being very specific, but any suggestions about any of these units would be appreciated. I am trying to make a good decision on this purchase, any help would be greatly appreciated...
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:01 AM   #2
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We just purchased our first after 2 years of study. The Winnebago was our 1st choice (we got a creampuff 1995 Adventurer) for the following reasons: 1. Coach safety- look into cabin construction- entire coach is a steel frame on Winnie. This makes a more rigid structure with less twist-torque resulting in better stability and handling as well as crash safety. Bumpers are steel reinforced to frame also. 2. Replacement parts- almost every piece of the cabin down to smallest part is made by Winnebago, has a serial number and can be ordered from Winnebago, any year coach. 3. Fiberglass roof. Huge deal for us. I don't recall if Fleetwood has rubber. We looked at one in our hunt. Fiberglass is much better in my opinion. 4. Fit of doors. When Winnebago cuts door holes out during manufacture they mark the cut-out piece with coach serial number and use that piece to make the door for that coach Ever notice how nice the doors shut and fit on Winnebago?

Check recall history on each model. Ours had 1 for a spare tire mount issue. Very rare to have only 1.

One item that does give some people problems is the workhorse autopark system on the P30 chasis There is an electrical engineer in Wisconsin who makes an after-market control module that gives you manual control of autopark system. Check to see if the coaches you are looking at have the Autopark P30 chasis and then read up on what to keep with you (spare relay switches available from Amazon).

AutoParkFix website: http://autoparkfix.com/

There are pros/cons to every coach as you have read. One negative on ours was wheelbase ratio. Winnebago built a wheelbase that was too short back in 90's. When we move up in a few years to our 2nd Winnebago we will be able to get a longer wheelbase. The way to figure it out is to convert the total length to inches and divide the wheel base (listed in coach specs) by the length. It is best to have a ratio of at least 50% or higher.

We love our Winnie. It was the best choice for us.
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Welcome to iRV2

There will be many options in the years and makes that you have listed.
We looked at both manufactures and more.. Then narrowed it down between two being Fleetwood and Winnebago..

Some of the next steps were length, floorplan, chassis, milage, maintenance records.

I personally like the amount of drawings, schematics and information that Winnebago has on their website, not to mention the population here that owns a Winnebago / Workhorse product and their knowledge is priceless.

But who knows, maybe you find a Bounder that is the one.. That will be up to you to research and decide. I do not think one product is more superior over another, they all have their issues.

Best of luck and make sure to ask questions as they arise.
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Welcome to the forum.. We were owners of a 2003 Bounder 35E. Before the Bounder we owned a 1998 Chieftain. We loved the floor plan on the Bounder and the W22 Workhorse..My vote is for the Bounder One thing you'll need to consider is an extended warranty... IMO unless you are a great mechanic, with the tools and garage to do the work yourself I think you have to have one. Now, I believe the MH cannot be over 10 years old. So your looking at a 2001 or newer to get an extended warranty...But floorplan tops all... Good Luck...D
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had 3 Winnebagos and 1 Fleetwood. No comparrision; go Winnie.
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All things considered, I'd be strongly considering the diesel. I can live with many floor plans. Having good power, handling, and stopping power will make the whole trip better.
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Our current motorhome is a 2007 Winnebago Voyage 35L. Our previous motorhome was a 1998 Fleetwood Southwind Storm 31W. Both are class A motorhomes and both were purchased new. The Storm had to go back to Fleetwood in Riverside CA three times for side wall replacement due to a delaminating problem. The Storm had roof leaks, a soft spot in the floor, not to mention several other less minor issues during the ten years we owned it. Now to be fair the Storm was a entry level Class A and the Voyage is a substantially higher level coach. The Storm was really a decent coach but there is no contest. Winnebago's build quality, insulation, and just about everything else is far better. In addition Winnebago is still in business and parts are available going way back, on most of their products. Fleetwood filed for Bankruptcy a couple of years ago.
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Hello everyone...I am looking at my first class A purchase after owning a couple of 5th wheels over the years. After doing much reading, I am looking at a couple of Winnebago products (Adventurer, Itasca Suncruiser or Sunrise) and a Bounder. All of these are 2001 to 2003 models with a Workhorse and the 5 speed Allison. The budget is in the mid 30's. We also have been told of a 2000 Winnebago Journey with a 275 Cummins that is in our price range that we may go look at tomorrow. I know I am not being very specific, but any suggestions about any of these units would be appreciated. I am trying to make a good decision on this purchase, any help would be greatly appreciated...
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Quick word on diesel- higher repair costs and built to be driven not stored. Our full time rv will be diesel. Gas for part time now.
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I have had 3 Gas coaches and two diesels. Two of the gassers were Winnebagos and the last was a Gulfstream. My diesels have been a Winnebago Journey (2000 - the same model that you're looking at) and a Fleetwood Discovery, also a 2000 model.
I would recommend the diesel without any hesitation. Yes, the cost of maintenance is a little higher but you get so much more. The moment I got behind the wheel of my Journey, I knew that I was never going back to Gasoline. My recommendation: drive all of them...you can then make the choice.
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Thank all of you for your responses, we have looked at several of both types. The diesel journey we looked at was a descent price but it had a LP generator instead of a diesel powered one, we would prefer a gas or diesel generator. Looked at a very nice Bounder (2002 34D) with Workhorse/Allison. Excellent condition in and out. It appears that the Winnebagos are priced a little higher, but they are certainly an exceptional product. Will keep you posted, thanks again for all of the help....Clint
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having had both Winnebago and Fleetwood motorhomes, I would pick winnebago over a Fleetwood product any day. Quality is better and from what I experienced, Fleetwood does not believe in customer service.

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We have had 8 motorhomes; 3 winnebagos 1 Fleetwood. (pace arrow)' I can see why the fleetwood has been in and out of Bankrupcy At least several times... There Large eagle/dream size was a front end disaster for them. Winnebago is growing and has added a 5th wheel trailer to there line up, This is the first trailer in 40 years;;; From what The papers and stock prices are . Go with a winner;;;; That would be Winnebago; Diehards may dissagree; Thats ok; This is our experiance;;. Oh we own a 10 year old Ultimate advantege; That has been good to us;
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I'm not a Bounder fan, but there are many of them out there camping happily. I've seen good old Winnies and bad old Winnies as well lots of other brands. Condition and care is what you look for on oldies.
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I bought a new 2001 Itasca Sunrise 32T on the F53 chassis in 2002. 67000 miles later and I still love it. It's quality built. Systems are logically laid out and schematics for everything are online.
I will eventually replace it with another Itasca. No time soon though.
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