I have a 1999 Winnebago Chieftain 36L which is the same chassis, a slightly different floor plan, but effectively the same systems.
In the year we have had it we have put about 7000 miles on it and will be doing a 4500 mile summer tour for 9 weeks. Everything has been remarkably reliable.
I broke the awning and that was the biggest caught but totally my fault. The control board on the side step needed replacing, I think due to a low voltage campsite. Other than that there haven't been anything else except some minor wear and tear items.
I am VERY happy with my Winnebago Chieftain and don't regret a thing about buying it. I had the Ford dealer do another full inspection two months ago and other than a leaking shock couldn't find a single thing to report. I can offer a totally positive and enthusiastic recommendation of it.
Joseph and Sandy
(Snowbirds in Reverse)
Winnebago Chieftain / Ford Hybrid Toad