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Old 04-23-2006, 04:36 AM   #1
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What are the differences in the Winniebagos and Itascas?
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Old 04-23-2006, 04:36 AM   #2
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What are the differences in the Winniebagos and Itascas?
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Old 04-23-2006, 06:12 AM   #3
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Easiest way to tell is to get the brochures, and go check some out. Both are made by the same company of course and both are very good in their own way. Generally speaking both brands are the same structurally and the differences are in the cosmetics. The Itascas will have more decorative effects, like more mirrors, fancier lights, etc. We bought an Itasca because we liked the looks and more importantly the dealership ( it was smaller and more personal ) than the Winnebago dealer. The Itasca dealer was actually a little further away from us than the Winnie- by about 30 miles - but close enough to not sway our decision. I've heard that some things come standard on the Itasca that are optional on the Winnie, I never checked to find out and also was told the base price on the Itasca is slightly higher than the Winnie, again I never checked since when we got down to actually pricing out an RV we had already decided we wanted an Itasca, so we were pricing different Itasca dealers against each other and not different brands. The biggest deciding factor for us was the dealership.
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Old 04-23-2006, 07:58 AM   #4
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Easyrider is correct. They are the same couch with different options. There will be a different front and rear cap on them. The higher the level in Winnebagos lineup the more differences.
We bought the Winnie because my wife liked the interor colors better than those of the Itasca, even though at the time I was selling Itascas.
Our first motorhome in 1984 was an 26' class C Itasca.
The other difference is that everyone can pronounce Winnebago.
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Old 04-23-2006, 09:36 AM   #5
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HERE is a link to several other topic forums where this has been discussed....I own a 2006 Vectra 40KD and have discussed at great length the differences between the Itasca Horizon and the Winnebago Vectra,with Tracey Walcott....Big Trace on this forum.

I've also just returned from the Winnebago factory where we discussed this as well...

Ther are distinct "trim differences" that I could not get on my Vectra that exist on the Horizon....

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For the fun of it, in 2001 we obtained a dealer order sheet for both a Winnie and Itasca.

As has been stated, the Itasca had things 'standard' that were 'options' on the Winnie. We priced them out to be exactaly the same. MSRP was less then $1,000.00 difference or 0.5%.

So again as stated, the difference is cosmetic.

As IRV2 forums continue to point out, dealer support is the most critical issue!!!
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Old 04-25-2006, 02:27 PM   #7
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Auntsis, Would you mind providing any comments on your Sightseer. We are beginning our search for a class A, want to stay with Winnebago and are seriously considering the 30ft sightseer or sunova.

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