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Old 01-05-2013, 02:07 PM   #1
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Hi, we are looking at Winnebago Adventure Rv's. Our budget will restrict us to a 1999 thur 2004 low to highest amount. Are there any particular years to avoid? Or any advantage to one particular model? Also a question about a Winnebago Brave, is it a higher trim level than the adventure. Thanks Love this forum. Entertaining as well as informative. Doug

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Old 01-05-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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I have an 03 Adventurer which I bought used. I've had no major issues with it yet and have driven to Yellowstone and back. The Adventurer is the High Line of Gas MH for this year of Winnies. The biggest thing I can offer is have the basement air thoroughly checked out in both cooling and heating mode.

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:39 PM   #3
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Had a 2002 Brave, Ford Chassis and sometimes wish I had it back. Drove all over the us and never had a problem. Any questions, just ask and I will answer if I can.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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We are now on our second Winnebago gas product, both purchased used. In 2001 we bought a '98 Brave with no slides. Great coach, on a GM chassis. Ran it with absolutely no problems until we traded it in the spring of '12. We now have our current rig, on a workhorse platform and love it. Winnebago makes a good solid coach in most all of it's lines. If reasonably cared for should last a good long time.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:08 PM   #5
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We have a 2005 Winnebago Adventurer 38G and are very happy with our unit. We went to this years RV show in Pomona with the intent of perhaps getting newer but we found what we have does everything we need and does it well.
Previous responder is correct is suggesting you check the basement air as it is no longer supported by Winnebago or Coleman. However my tech assures me that repair will not be a problem should it ever be required. Ours is on the Workhorse chassie, and there was a recall on the brakes, and everyone knows about the recall on the Norcold. There was also a recall on a fuel connection. None of these were a problem to us however you should make sure the previous owner followed through on all.
It's a good motorhome and we are looking forward to a trip to the FMCA Rally in Indio this week.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:08 PM   #6
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Hi Doug,
The Adventurer is a higher trim line than the Brave. While your looking you may find it useful to be able to view the original brochures to compare models and changes from year to year. Here is a link:

Previous Model Year Product Information

Winnebago has all sorts of information available for older models.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:59 PM   #7
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You asked if there are any years to avoid. Not specific years, but be aware that the late 90's Chevy chassis and early Workhorse used what is called an "autopark" brake system. Those have been know to cause problems for some. Our Brave had that system and we never had a problem. I regularly checked for leaks and made sure the fluid was full (regular maintenance). Like any brand, if you are buying used ask for any service records. If it has been regularly maintained and the owner took the time to save the records you'll be a step ahead.
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Hi Doug, I have a 2005 Adventurer 38j. It has an 8.1 engine with Allison Trans. and the Workhorse chassis. A great combination. It is the higher end model campared to the Brave. I think it replaced the Winnie Chiefton model. We love traveling in it and has all the conforts of home as we spend about 7 month a year in it. The floor plan in the 38j is different from most of the plans in that it has an entertainment center w/tv on the floor opposite the seating so you don't end up with a kink in your neck watching tv. The only con on the Adventurer is the basement air. It's under the master bed and mine is noisy. Also runs much better on 50 amps vs. 30amps. Look for the things that make you comfortable because you will enjoy traveling much more.

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