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Old 05-09-2017, 06:44 PM   #1
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Seems I am having a change of heart re Adventurer

Sort of planned more of getting a B+ or C, but I seem to love the Adventurers. I am finding many nice looking low mileage ones for sale and could buy one for the price a fairly newer used Class B+ would cost. Am looking in the $55-70k range, with size no problem, smaller 32' are nice, but nothing wrong with going bigger in same price range. Years 2007-2011 seems to be the years for that price point.

My question is, not going older and staying in that price range and lower mileage MHs, what do you feel would be the best competition for me to compare these to? I am feeling most comfortable staying away from the diesels and keeping it as simple as I can, is why I think the Chevy or Ford chassis/engine is best for me. With Winnebagos most common and Chevy/Ford service everywhere, I feel the cost and ease of repairing something would give me the most peace of mind. A newer one would relieve me of the most worry and care, no matter where I roam.

But, what did you Winnebago owners see out there that you liked or thought were a good substitute or competition for the Adventurer in price, quality, comfort, and ease?
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:31 PM   #2
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Look at Fleetwood Bounders or Southwinds
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If you can, look up a 2005 to 2008 38J floor plan. We love ours, and I scoured the continent for 2 years until I found one for a great price 4200 km. away! I'm still grinning ear to ear!!!!
The W24 chassis with 8.1 Chevy, Allison 6 speed and the great brakes are just icing on the cake after the fantastic floor plan!!
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If you can, look up a 2005 to 2008 38J floor plan. We love ours, and I scoured the continent for 2 years until I found one for a great price 4200 km. away! I'm still grinning ear to ear!!!!
The W24 chassis with 8.1 Chevy, Allison 6 speed and the great brakes are just icing on the cake after the fantastic floor plan!!
Funny you mention that floor plan. That is the one I like most too. Why aren't there more using this floor plan? About time some manufacturer wised up.
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Seems I am having a change of heart re Adventurer

The only thing I would compare an Adventurer to is a Newmar Canyonstar. IMHO, they are both a notch above the Allegro Open Road or Fleetwood Bounder.
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Our Adventurer is Great....

But! Think "Pre-2013" and stay away from the Schwintek drives on the slideouts.
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Old 05-09-2017, 11:00 PM   #7
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Funny you mention that floor plan. That is the one I like most too. Why aren't there more using this floor plan? About time some manufacturer wised up.
I'm still shaking my head in disbelief that Winny stopped making that floor plan. It is THE GREATEST IMHO (well, maybe not so humble )
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Keep in mind that WBGO also built the same coach branded as the Itasca Suncruiser. ONLY differences are colors and fabrics. IMO, the Workhorse W-24 chassis is the best front-engine gasser ever built, and WBGO used plenty of them under their Adventurers and Suncruisers
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Just looked at PPL and they have 2 '08 38j's.

and 2 '05 38J's!
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Im going to third the opinion of the 38J and the W24 chassis. I was sold on a quad slide diesel pusher in the 2008-2012 range. The more research I did the more i realize the expense of owning a bug DP. My wife showed me a 38j back in November. I put it at the top of the list and began my search. I found one in March and closed the deal on March 10th.

Its 7000 miles from home. We head down May 17 to pick it up. We are super excited to be in a great used Winnebago Adventurer.
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http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/classa/...urer-35343.htm
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I put it at the top of the list and began my search. I found one in March and closed the deal on March 10th.

Its 7000 miles from home. We head down May 17 to pick it up. We are super excited to be in a great used Winnebago Adventurer.
You are going to absolutely love the floor plan! The first time you put both slides out you will not be able to stop smiling!
If you regularly "Glamp" with others, your place will be the number 1 gathering spot. That's the only down side we have discovered!
Occasionally we will have 4 or 5 over to watch a movie (RV being the fav), and there is plenty of room to sit for all.
The chairs at the table are just like visiting around the table at home.
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Like others here, we love the 38J floor plan. BUT---check out the kitchen slide and the windshield leaks!!!!!!!! They seem almost all have problems with both. That said, they both can be fixed but you need to be aware.
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Like others here, we love the 38J floor plan. BUT---check out the kitchen slide and the windshield leaks!!!!!!!! They seem almost all have problems with both. That said, they both can be fixed but you need to be aware.
I'm pretty up to speed on the windshield leak issue but haven't heard about a kitchen slide issue on the 38J. Can you elaborate some of even better, provide a link or two to help me understand the problem better.

Another thing I am going to like about the 38J is the water heater is almost directly under kitchen sink and very close to the shower and bathroom sink. There will be very little water wasted down the drains waiting for warm water to show up at these fixtures. This is an important feature when dry camping and a nice feature even when hooked up to utilities.

Counting down the days now. We've owned the motorhome for 2 months and haven't even laid eyes on it yet. One more week.
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