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Old 01-25-2017, 04:44 AM   #15
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Roadrunner, I've never had a problem with getting any parts for my chassis. If it is workhorse specific, I use Precision Sales and Service in Birmingham, Al. They are a Workhorse Dealer and have shipped me anything I needed.

Winnebago also has been helpful in the past, though it has been a few years since I talked to them, so I don't know if that has changed or not. But any Winnebago dealer can order you just about any replacement part. Some things won't be available due to age, but normally a replacement of that part with a newer one works fine.

I have found that a RV Service Center or mobile tech is usually faster, better and cheaper than a dealer service center. You can literally be hung up in the dealership for months.

When I purchased mine 4 years ago, I treated the chassis like a used car. All fluids, brake, transmission, radiator, rear end were changed. All filters replaced. New serpentine belt and idler pulley. New chassis battery. New tires were part of the deal when I bought it.

As time moved on we did UltraPower upgrade, iridium plugs, magnum wires, flat screen TV's, etc.

We've put about 30,000 miles on her over the last 4 years and except for a few minor hicups, she has been problem free. I understand the anxiety of making that large of a purchase, but would encourage you to give it a shot. We have no regrets. BTW, we do not fulltime, we are snow birds and use the coach to see family and friends in the mid and southwest.
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Old 01-25-2017, 05:35 AM   #16
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I am another happy owner of a Winnebago product other the 8.1. So far, a couple shops have done work on mine and both were confident they could get any needed parts.

Something thing I did not know when I bought mine: on a Winnebago, the adhesive sealant ("caulk) joint between the roof cove and the sidewall is important to the integrity of the roof. So, be sure to check that joint (get up on a ladder and push in on fiberglass cove). If ipart or all of it needs to be redone, have that completed before traveling. Then check that joint every six months thereafter. Another prepurchase inspection point, if it has basement AC, check the duct work running inside the rear wall. On some the ductwork separates,and evidently it is quite a repair (difficult to access). I am not trying to scare you away; each rv has points that need special attention. Best to know as many as possible as early as possible.
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04 Adventurer (W20 chassis with 8.1) here and very happy, we are the second owner for the past six years.

Along with the tires a service of the engine coolant, I believe that DexCool needs to be replaced every five years.

Are there any service records? If not a full check / change of fluids and filters might be necessary of the chassis and generator.

No issues with parts or service, last year we did a complete brake service, rotors, pads, wheel seals.. zero issues with parts.

Costly? well it's more for sure since you are headed to heavy duty truck parts.

Best thing is to budget some money aside for maintenance items.

Good luck and keep us posted...
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Ultra RV is another good source for Workhorse parts.
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