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Old 06-27-2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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Newbie here few ?'s

well I sold my toy hauler and we want to get a class A. we are looking at a 94 bounder, 96 southwind, and a 91 Winnebago. just looking for some feedback ok these. ford chassis Winnebago is chevy. thanks!
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:20 AM   #2
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First off, welcome to the forum! Be sure to browse through all of the areas as there is a ALOT of information available here. Though I am not familiar with the three that you are looking at, I am sure that you can compare them by reading through the Owner's sections here at the forum.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:57 AM   #3
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welcome to the forum.
I have a 97 fw southwind storm 18k miles, one slide. the Ford chassis just took us 3k mile on our first long trip out to Colorado and back last August. Never missed a beat thru New Mexico HEAT and continental divide climbs. This is our first camping anything and we love it. Well..the son, dog and I love it. The wife "likes" it.
Make sure to get at least one slide. We never dry camp and have never used our gen set. Our floor plan beats everything else I've seen. I like the gasser chassis. Easy to get under for mods and maints. Its just a big truck on the inside. An air-conditioned box on the inside.
Oh! Tint your windows and put in air-bags & a rear trac-bar for your suspension if lacking. All are well worth the low $$ and/or sweat.
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I'd say choose which floor plan you like best as the first thing to do.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:26 AM   #5
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ok great! only thing I have found is the ford chassis have 16.5 wheels vs the 19.5, but the chevy brake issue scares me. are the 16.5" wheels that bad?

thanks for the replies! most of the floor plans are the same, and none have slides... haven't found one with a slide in my $$ range.
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Are you sure they are 16.5 and not 16
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:16 PM   #7
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I though the 90-98 chassis ford was 16.5?
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mine are 16.5. I have no experience with the other sizes. the taller side wall should help suspension, i think. I know most car places can sell, dismount, balance, and remount the 16.5 so that's a plus if you are in a bind or on a budget. they are classed as Light Truck (LT) tires. Prices start around $150. The larger wheel sizes can easily go above twice that.
As for the higher price of the slide-equipped RV's; you really will enjoy your purchase more with a slide (the slide does away with the "bowling-alley" effect with seated folks having to pull their feet in or standing people squeezing against the counter), and I think you will recoup most of that extra cost when you sell it.
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My '94 Bounder is a DP, no slides. I'd say it's typical in repairs required. I do most of them myself to keep costs down. Over 8 years and 84,000 miles of driving all over the country, up to Alaska, and down around Mexico, I am averaging $200/month in repairs, optional equipment, and maintenance. Note, that amount would be in the $170/mo range if I'd not had it painted in Mexico, and if one of the valves hadn't broken and dropped into a cylinder.
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