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Old 07-17-2004, 04:36 PM   #1
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Purchased this beauty in Forest City, Iowa on Jun 17th. It is a 33V with a Vortec 8.1 liter Vortec and 5 speed Allison Transmission. We Had a few problems with it but dealer took care of all the problems and it was a pleasure dealing with him, Lichtsinn Motors. When we picked up the unit it had 35 miles on it and now has 1420 miles on it. We drove it home and it handles great and the engine and transmission work great. You don't even know it is shifting. The ammenties that came with it are part of the Z Package and are super. It is a good coach and we hope to have many years use out of it. It is our third Winebago, '87 Minnie Winnie 24', a '96 Minnie Winnie 31' and now the 04 Adventurer. I can't wait to take it out again.
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Old 07-17-2004, 04:36 PM   #2
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Purchased this beauty in Forest City, Iowa on Jun 17th. It is a 33V with a Vortec 8.1 liter Vortec and 5 speed Allison Transmission. We Had a few problems with it but dealer took care of all the problems and it was a pleasure dealing with him, Lichtsinn Motors. When we picked up the unit it had 35 miles on it and now has 1420 miles on it. We drove it home and it handles great and the engine and transmission work great. You don't even know it is shifting. The ammenties that came with it are part of the Z Package and are super. It is a good coach and we hope to have many years use out of it. It is our third Winebago, '87 Minnie Winnie 24', a '96 Minnie Winnie 31' and now the 04 Adventurer. I can't wait to take it out again.
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Old 07-18-2004, 04:51 AM   #3
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Hello Tom,

Congratulations on the new rig, we're are looking forward to reading your posts about your experiences and adventures in that new Winnie. Take a look at the thread on the Appalachian Campers' fall rally (see link in red below), you might want to sign up to attend and drive it down to South Carolina to show it off to us, we'd love to have you.
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Congrats on the new rig. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. We just traded our 33V Suncruiser on a diesel pusher (Itasca version of the Adventurer - same thing but more mirrors and trim) but enjoyed it very much and thought it was a great class A for a gasser. That 8.1 Vortec and Allison 5 speed makes for a nice power combo. We took it up to 11,000' over the Beartooth Highway without any problems. The only thing we added to the chassis to help it along was a Henderson's Super Steer rear track bar. That kept the back end from pushing the front around when in high winds and passing 18 wheelers. Enjoy the ride - the 33V on a Workhorse is the sports car of motorhomes.
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Tom was hoping to park next to you in Maine, but it wasn't to be. Enjoy your new unit.
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Old 09-11-2004, 04:36 PM   #6
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Congrats TomfromNC,

We have just ordered our new 2005 Adventurer 33V and expect it to arrive in late October.

We understand that the Chassis has had some changes back in July. Shocks, transmission tow/haul switch and speed control.

Anyone have any info on these changes?

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by cboh:
We have just ordered our new 2005 Adventurer
We understand that the Chassis has had some changes back in July. Shocks, transmission tow/haul switch and speed control. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>We have plenty of info on the new features of the 2004-2005 Workhorse Chassis. A lot of this information is posted in the RV Industry News Forum. Stop by there and check it out. In the meantime if you have any questions about your new Workhorse, well ... you came to the right place.

About that tow/haul switch, I'm sure you'll see one of these switches on Chevrolet/GMC pickups however this is not something we see on a motorhome chassis.

Speed control has been a standard option since 2001 and the other features that you will no doubt appreciate are the 50? steering, Bilstein Premium Gas shocks and a stiffer anti roll bar on the front axle. The T1000 remains the standard transmission for the W20-22 series so there will be no disappointment there.

Your new 33V has been taunted to be the race car of gas-powered chassis, I'm sure that you will love it.

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Driver,

Thank you for the information. We currently have a Sightseer 04 with a Ford.

Are the 50? steering, Bilstein Premium Gas shocks and a stiffer anti roll bar on the front axle new for 2005?

We looked at a 05 33V built in June of 2004 and workhorse said the frames built after July had some improvements to the speed control, transmission brake similar to a Jake brake and different shocks.

I really like our Winnebago Sightseer but as an entry level coach we thought it would be a good idea to trade up before to much depreciation set in.
All that you can tell us would be appreciated. Oh and the one we ordered has full body paint and front 3m mask.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by cboh:
Are the 50? steering, Bilstein Premium Gas shocks and a stiffer anti roll bar on the front axle new for 2005? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>Yes these features are "new" standard features throughout the W Series line.
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Congrats on the Winnebago...We bought a new 03 33V in Sept of 03--We have had some problems with the unit, but the dealer has taken care of them...Hope you enjoy the coach...
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In August I bought a 2004 Adventurer 38R. My wife said I just kept saying "holly cow this thing is big". Well, it is. I will say I am starting to get used to the fact that it touches the lines on both sides of the road. When a tractor trailer goes by I don't hug the guardrail until he passes anymore. I really enjoy my unit but it's a slug. It down shifts very easily which surprised me. Everything I read on the 8.1 said it would keep up with the diesels. I guess mine is so heavy it uses all the power up climbing the hills. I, also, had some A/C problems which caused Workhorse and Winnebago to point fingers at eachother. In the 2004s the condensor is under sized and Workhorse has a fix at almost $600. This would show up on hot days when the dash A/C would only put out 68 degrees, at best. When I complained , I was told to run my generator and the house A/C. When you buy your new unit pay particular attention to the A/C. Make sure it works to your satisfaction. Everything else is pretty good. I am getting used to the rattles that show up when you stock it and the 5-8 mpg. I know this is the sacrifice you make when you take a small apartment to the woods. Inever realized how hard it is to get reservations to some campsites. You have to reservations, well in advance, to get in to these places. I hope you enjoy your motorhome, I have no regrets.
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holycowitsbig, Congradulations on your purchase of a 2004 Adventurer, there not all that big, once you settle in and get comfortable with the coach, enjoy!
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Update,

We reordered our new 2005 Adventurere 33V when we found out they had indeed added a downhill brake switch to the Trans.

Well we hope to see this unit by the first week of December...Got a killer deal, even beter than the first one, and more for our trade.
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cboh, I'm intrigued...
How did you get a better deal & even more for your trade? Was this from another dealer? If so, how'd you back out of the first deal (deposit lost?)
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