Hello, all. Lots of good information can be found in these forums!
We have had a Class A since about 1990, when we got a 28' Southwind. It was old and creaky when we got it; its price fell precipitously when I hit the horn to make sure it worked, and it wouldn't turn off! (The owner had no clue what to do. I pulled the fuse to stop the noise.) The Southwind served us well, but leaked like a sieve from the start. My wife's clothes always saved us, though. No matter where she moved them, a new leak would start.
Eventually, we got it sealed up, replaced the bathroom ceiling, and used it for a few more years.
We replaced it with a 1996 Winnebago Adventurer 34WK, selling the Southwind to someone who wanted to move it twice a year--to and from the campground they used. I gave him a lower price without the genset and he went for it. (That 5KW Onan still backs up our house today with about 2100 hours on the clock.)
Time is not terribly kind to vehicles of any kind, and the Winnie was no exception. Age-related stuff kept happening. Sway bar bushings just vanished. Air spring tubing cracked from age. Veneers started to peel as the glue failed, brake lines got blocked internally (ever seen a bright red-hot disk brake? yikes!), and then there's the dreaded P3 Auto Park system.
I got tired of working on the Winnie. Its replacement should be ready to pick up in a week or two. It's a 2006 Tiffin Allegro Bus 40QDP with a Cummins ISL400 engine and an Allison 3000 transmission.
The difference between driving the Winnie and the Tiffin is amazing. Even with the genset running, the noise level in the cabin permits normal conversation. The handling is far better. The Tiffin also comes with some very nice toys, so we're looking forward to it!
I started reading i2RV a few weeks ago. The systems on the Winnie are all pretty simple. Not so the Tiffin! Gas to diesel, propane heat and hot water to AquaHot, no slideouts to slideouts, simple and quick winterization to something more involved, and so on.
The best modification I ever made was adding a small fresh water pressure tank to the Winnie. A 5-gallon one with a bladder, like in a household well system, but smaller, lets the pump run only when the tank is depleted. This gets you through the night without running the noisy pump, which is conveniently located right under the bed...
Anyway, I will likely have plenty of questions. I'll do my best to answer any I can in turn.
1976 Southwind 28', '96 Winnie 34WK,
2006 Tiffin Allegro Bus 40QDP