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Old 01-16-2022, 07:53 AM   #1
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Looking at Itasca Ellipse

Can someone tell me if these coaches are quality built, unfamiliar with Winnebago products. Looking at Tiffin, Newmar diesel units as well. Thanks
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Old 01-16-2022, 10:42 AM   #2
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Yes, the Ellipse rivals the Newmar and Tiffin quality of both build and chassis.
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Old 01-17-2022, 09:05 AM   #3
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Is the Ellipse their lower level diesel entry?
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Old 01-17-2022, 09:44 AM   #4
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No that would be the Meridian
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Old 01-17-2022, 10:58 AM   #5
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We love our Itasca Ellipse. You might start a thread on the Winnebago owners forum to obtain more details.
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Old 01-25-2022, 04:34 PM   #6
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Hi Bevo, I would be happy to offer whatever I can to help. It is a bit difficult to suggest "equivalents", but I would think generally in regards to fit/features the Ellipse would be similar to Tiffin Phaeton and in Newmar line somewhere between a Ventana and a Dutchstar.

The Itasca Ellipse and Winnebago Tour are similar products and good quality well built coaches, 2nd from the top of their respective product lines.

We went from an Entegra Anthem to a Winnebago Grand Tour and have no regrets.
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Old 01-25-2022, 05:04 PM   #7
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We are second owners of a 2015, Itasca Ellipse 42QD. We've had it 2.5 years and 30k+ miles (our second Itasca) and absolutely love it. Great floorplan and no significant problems. Only wish it had a gas cooktop.
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Old 01-25-2022, 06:28 PM   #8
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FWIW we have a 2011 Ellipse 42QD. Bought it new in 2011. 110K miles on it, just got back from 3K mile, 3 month trip to the PNW. Still keeping it, not planning on replacing it.

Some of the smaller interior wood trim has come untacked/unstapled, easy enough to fix. Had one annoying issue with the interior doors. Winnie makes all their own furniture. The interior wood doors on ours were glued together. The doors started sagging (rectangular doors became a parallelogram) and would not close properly. Had to disassemble, reglue, add some bracing. But main coach chassis, slides, the ie expensive stuff has been solid. Oh ya and after 10 years just had to replace the slide toppers.
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Old 01-25-2022, 06:38 PM   #9
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The 2014-2017 Grand Tour and Ellipse Ultra are RVs last of an great Winnebago era.
The Ellipse /Tour from 2011-2017 are basically the same.
The best thing is the Maxum tag axle Chassis, nothing in its price range compare.
The 2018-2020 Horizon 42Q was put on that same chassis too.
They will never manufacturer a chassis like than in the original price range of those units.
It would be too expensive today.
It’s the last of Winnebago's great large RVs.

I just can’t explain the ride, but I can drive this chassis all day and never get tired and I have. 28,000 miles since April 2020
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Old 01-26-2022, 07:07 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by CaptainYARRR View Post
No that would be the Meridian
Please don't be so rough on us poor Meridian owners. This coach of mine is a nice home. Not Thor low end. I would say high entry with the Ellipse/Tour being high entry to low mid. Love the QD layout. Many of the features in my 40U are similar. The QD was too much coach for our needs (and pocket).

One side note here. Steering stability on many Freightliner rigs is a bit of a challenge. I installed the Blue Ox TruCenter steering stabilizer and Airtabs ( to my coach. The TruCenter really takes the right pull out of the wheel and the Airtabs reduce the rear drag and wind effect greatly.
Back to the topic. The Ellipse is a great coach.
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Old 01-31-2022, 02:25 PM   #11
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We have a 2015 Ellipse 42HD and love the floor plan. Some issues early on but I believe it was due to external factors more than anything else. Things like being out in the hot Texas sun all closed up for extended periods and also taken to RV shows where as we all know the rigs take a considerable beating. I can't imagine having anything smaller even though it sometimes prohibits us from getting into certain spots. However it is comfortable and drives well and extremely livable. The 60 degree wheel cut makes it very maneuverable. Just hope we will be able to afford the diesel fuel prices in the near future. :-(
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