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Old 12-04-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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Hi everyone!

I just bought my first RV. A 2003 Winnebago Adventurer 33V. I did a lot of reading on the forums before purchasing. By doing so, I was able to save myself at least $6K in repairs. When we first looked at the RV we noticed the windshield was cracked. Our consultant agreed that this would be replaced if we bought the RV. I mentioned that I had read on this forum about Winnebago's having a rust problem in the window frame that had cost some owners a lot of money. When we started the engine, my SO noticed immediately that the idler bearings were noisy (he was a mechanic before retiring).

The dealer does a 3-day comprehensive inspection prior to closing. When they removed the window to replace it, they found extensive rust. They immediately removed the other windshield and found they had to totally replace the frame, which they did. They then painted the frame and re-installed the windows.

When the unit went through the mechanical inspection, some minor problems were found and corrected, and the idler bearings were replaced. The engine now purrs like a bit cat. The water pump was found to be seeping, and it was replaced.

Luckily for us, the rig came complete with a Blue OX tow bar, so all we have to do is attach a base plate to a car (once we find the one we want). It also came with a brand new cover, a screen room, mat, 8 ton jack, and everything else we could possibly think of needing to start our new adventure. These 'bonus' items have also saved us a ton of money.

The previous owner kept every brochure and manual, and exhaustive records. We have no doubt the rig was meticulously maintained and cared for. We think we are very lucky to have found such a jewel. The exterior looks brand new, no delam or fading whatsoever.

We drove the unit from CT (where we bought it) home to Indiana with no problems other than typical newbie not-knowing-what-we-were-doing stuff. It got down to 13 degrees the first night and we nearly froze because we couldn't get the furnace to stay on. So we got up and drove to stay warm until we could call the dealer. Once we got that straightened out, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel and took a nice nap before continuing our journey. The furnace worked fine once we knew what we were doing!

We will be continuing our adventure in late December when we head for sunny Florida!

Happy Trails to you all!

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Old 12-04-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:47 AM   #3
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Welcome and glad to read your 1st war story about the RV experience. You will enjoy many,many more.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:13 AM   #4
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Sounds like your off to a good start.
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Welcome and glad to meet you!
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2 and the wonderful world of RV'ing!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches! Enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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welcome to irv2 forum keep the stories coming congrats on the new to you rig
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Congrats and Happy Trails...
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Welcome folks, we had a gas Winny in the past, and it was a great coach from day one . Enjoy.

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