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Old 11-19-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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i will be looking at a 2000 Winnebago adventurer 38 ft sometime this week, it has 40,000 miles and a ford power train, my question is what should I look for ,( I know about the tires ), does this model have a rubber roof, and if so what would I look for. I was a service manager at a new car dealership (Dodge) for 23 years, so I do have a good idea of the basics but have never owned a motorhome. any info would be helpful.

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i will be looking at a 2000 Winnebago adventurer 38 ft sometime this week, it has 40,000 miles and a ford power train, my question is what should I look for ,( I know about the tires ), does this model have a rubber roof, and if so what would I look for....ed:
Delamination. Very carefully.

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Old 11-19-2013, 07:55 PM   #4
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The only thing that I can think about is a possible windshield leak. The roof should be fiberglass and should have the basement air conditioner. You will love the Ford F53 powertrain, however, the dipstick may be wrong. The engine only takes 6 quarts of oil with oil and filter change. The dipstick may show a quart low but that is ok. There is a posting on this forum for the correct oil dipstick. Just do a search. 40,000 miles is not bad. I am near that now. I really enjoy driving my Chieftain which is almost identical to the Adventurer. The difference is mostly interior options.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:46 PM   #5
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check tire age. check exhaust manifolds for cracks. look at slide seals. look at ceiling for leak damage. be sure fridge works on gas and elec. camp in it for a day or 2 and try out every moving thing!
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Make sure u turn on gene and run the ac for awhile to let compressor warm up. Make sure the heat and fridge work.
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I would say pay someone to check it for you. You couldn't possibly cover all of the bases yourself if you are truely new to it. My personal experience was as good as it could have been, yet wasn't great. You can be duped so easily even if your careful and have cofidense in the seller. In fact there may be issues on the horizon that the seller him/herself are not even aware of that a techinician could advise of. Furnace, A/C, refridgerator, generator, hot water heater, roof, plumbing, rear facing camera, lighting inside and out, windows, walls, cockpit, and really it goes on and on. Like I said, I got lucky and still got duped in a couple area's.
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Winnebago generally makes good stuff. Problems you might want to look for are evidence of leaks around the windshield on both sides. Lack of proper sealing has resulted in rusting of the supporting frame, cracking of the glass etc. Roof is probably fiberglass and good for a long time but check for sealing where the roof tucks into the channel at the side.

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