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Old 11-24-2002, 03:07 PM   #1
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I picked up my new 2003 Winnebage 35U on the W22 Chassis. The dealer changed out all the tires(still vibrates), had the Workhorse repair center look it over (couldn't find anything wrong) and it was sent to a truck driveline specialty shop who balanced the entire driveshaft. I took it on a 100 mile run, it has not been fixed. Vibrates right at 55-65 mph, feels just like a standard transmission vehicle when you stat to lug the engine and need to downshift. Below 55 and above 65 the vibration is gone and it runs smoothly. It does it with the O/D on or off, but goes away when you let off the gas. The dealer has assured me he will get it fixed. Any ideas would be appreciated. Does anyone have contacts at Workhorse that I could speak to directly? This is beautiful rig, this problem really tarnishes the joy of owning it.
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Old 11-24-2002, 03:07 PM   #2
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I picked up my new 2003 Winnebage 35U on the W22 Chassis. The dealer changed out all the tires(still vibrates), had the Workhorse repair center look it over (couldn't find anything wrong) and it was sent to a truck driveline specialty shop who balanced the entire driveshaft. I took it on a 100 mile run, it has not been fixed. Vibrates right at 55-65 mph, feels just like a standard transmission vehicle when you stat to lug the engine and need to downshift. Below 55 and above 65 the vibration is gone and it runs smoothly. It does it with the O/D on or off, but goes away when you let off the gas. The dealer has assured me he will get it fixed. Any ideas would be appreciated. Does anyone have contacts at Workhorse that I could speak to directly? This is beautiful rig, this problem really tarnishes the joy of owning it.
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Old 11-25-2002, 08:58 AM   #3
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Paul, I experienced the same problem with my 02 Adventurer 32V. It satrted at 61 MPH and ended about 65 MPH. Mine is a vibration in the floor, steering wheel etc. It also produced a low humming/grinding noise.

Took it in the shop the first time, said everything OK. Not to me. Took it back and someone from WCC came out to look at it. Bear with me I am not mechanical. WCC said the pins or something in the rear differential were not properly aligned. I am assuming with the drive shaft. Had to order new parts although I don't know exectly what yet. It's getting repaired as I write this along with a few other items.

I should get it back tomorrow. I will get specifics for you about cause and parts ordered etc.

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Old 11-25-2002, 03:15 PM   #4
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Ken,
Thanks for your reply, it sounds exaclty like my rig's problem. I know, like you, when something is not right. Glad you didn't take "No" for an answer. I'd appreciate you letting me know exacltly what they did to correct your vibration so I can request they check for the same condition on mine. The Adventurer is a beautiful rig, but they cost too much money to be annoyed by a vibration.
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Old 11-25-2002, 04:25 PM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Old Snipe:
Does anyone have contacts at Workhorse that I could speak to directly?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

We have plenty of resources for WCC information and problem resolution. I believe that you are on track right now and are pursuing the right course of action.

Workhorse is all about customer satisfaction and they will resolve this issue for you. It's unfortunate that this problem had to occur to your coach interrupting your new owner experience. I'm sure that all will be well that ends well. Please keep us informed of your progress as you work through this problem

Workhorse factory representatives will not ever give you a "No" when it comes to resolving your problem. It may feel that it takes time to resolve an issue but they will get it right.

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Old 11-26-2002, 08:19 AM   #6
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Thanks DriVer for your support! The good things that I read about Workhorse that you and others posted convinced me to hold out for a Workhorse. I'm confident they will find the problem and clear it up. That'll give me an even bigger grin driving down the long, lonesome highway.
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Old 12-03-2002, 06:35 AM   #7
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Paul, sorry I haven't got back to you. I don't get the coach back until Friday. They are also replacing the brake pump booster because of a high pitched squeal. It seems WCC is very slow on parts delivery. Oh well, it gives them a chance to do the repairs where the technician ran it into a wall. But thats another story.

I promise an answer as soon as I have one, hopefully by the weekend.

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Old 12-05-2002, 10:45 AM   #8
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Ken,
Thanks. I, too have the high pitched squel from my brake system as well. I did take deleivery of my Adventurer and drove about 1k miles over the Thanksgiving Holiday. The vibration is still there, no better, no worse. Have an appointment with the dealer for the 17th to fix a couple of minor things and re-address the vibration. I could live with it if it wasn't right at 55-65 mph. I did play around and can say with certainty that it is not rpm or gear related, ie, not an engine problem. I appreciate your help. I'm wondering what the build date on your Workhorse chassis is compared to mine.
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Old 12-08-2002, 08:05 AM   #9
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Paul, just got my coach back Friday. Re the vibration. They put in a new rear differential consisting of the carrier ring and pinion gears (said mine were'nt properly aligned). I only drove it home from the shop (28 miles). It's much much better but not perfect. I must keep reminding my self its a motorhome and not my wife's Cadillac.

PS> I get accused of being out of line quite frequently. LOL

Also regarding the squeel in the brake pedal. It's some sort of vacuum leak. When I am parked I can change the pitch and tone by changing my foot pressure on the brake pedal. This I found to be really annoying. They are going to replace the Hydro Booster as soon as WCC sends the part.

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Old 12-11-2002, 11:01 AM   #10
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I sure am glad I can't afford a new motor home, all I hear is the problems everyone has the first couple of years. Sure is not like most new cars, you buy a car and most of the time you never see the dealer again. I really think it takes about two years and about 30,000 mile to get the bugs out of most motor homes and then they go for a long time if you take care of them.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Uncle Sam:
I really think it takes about two years and about 30,000 mile to get the bugs out of most motor homes and then they go for a long time if you take care of them.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes sir I see it exactly the way you posted it.

No sooner that I got my fifth wheel in perfect operating condition - we traded it. My current motorhome is still in need of tweaking so I know it's not time to get rid of it just yet.

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Old 12-12-2002, 09:26 PM   #12
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Paul,
It's probably of little consolation to you, but the workhorse 22 will be GREAT once they get the problem located and fixed. Linda and I just returned from taking ours out to Nevada and back to Florida last week, about a 4,500 mile trip. It drove and performed flawlessly. We are both very pleased with our choice, as the ADventurer is a great coach.

I'm sorry that you're having problems with yours, but it is worth the hassle of getting it fixed. I wouldn't trade ours for the world. I hope this is some small encouragement for you, that you made a good decision.

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Old 12-15-2002, 04:56 AM   #13
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Ken,
Sorry I ddn't get back to you sooner, spent the last week in Moscow freezing to death! (Business) Your differential repair is exactly what I think is wrong with mine. I have an appointement to take in back in on Tuesday, 17 December and I am going to insist they examine the differential. I appreciate your help, I'll let you know how it turns out. And yes, I know it is not a Caddy, but it has to work better than it does now.

Vern,
I know I made the right choice, other than the driveline problem, the rig is terrific. We looked at the Adventurer/Workhorse for a long time, compared it to many others and decided it was the best unit for us. Thanks for your words of encouragement.

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From what you say, it sounds like you could be experiencing a differential problem. A good competent mechanic should be able to remove the gears and start from scratch, and re-align them in a day. Sometimes there is some scoring or bad spots on the pinion or the ring gears, and they might need to be replaced. Might also be a pinion bearing problem, but most likely you would hear that all of the time, not just 55-60 mph. Good luck, no doubt in my mind that the Workhorse is the best chassis on the market.

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