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Old 01-06-2006, 04:48 PM   #1
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Any particular year,model,chassis,powertrain to bypass?
I see a lot of mid-90's with fairly low milage on a lot of different forums between $30K and $50K.
I even saw a 98 Vectra with 12,000 miles on a diesel for $47K last night.
I understand that Vectra is the Cadillac, followed by the Tour unit and then the Journey, Adventurer,Voyager and finally the Sightseer.
I am looking to do some "seeing the USA" and yet not full time. No pets and just the two of us. Don't need a 40 footer. I do like the diesels but gas is so much cheaper.
Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.
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Any particular year,model,chassis,powertrain to bypass?
I see a lot of mid-90's with fairly low milage on a lot of different forums between $30K and $50K.
I even saw a 98 Vectra with 12,000 miles on a diesel for $47K last night.
I understand that Vectra is the Cadillac, followed by the Tour unit and then the Journey, Adventurer,Voyager and finally the Sightseer.
I am looking to do some "seeing the USA" and yet not full time. No pets and just the two of us. Don't need a 40 footer. I do like the diesels but gas is so much cheaper.
Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.
Chet
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Old 01-06-2006, 05:14 PM   #3
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I am not 100 percent sure but in 1998 the line up was Vectra, Cheiftain, Adventurer, Brave and so on. They also had both the Journey & Journey DL and Ultimate Advantage in the diesel lines.
I am sure someone more knowlegible can give you the complete line up.
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Old 01-06-2006, 05:16 PM   #4
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I was in a similar situation 1 1/2 years ago...had a '97 Adventurer gasser after looking at many late '90's gas coaches and one diesel. My suggestions based on the one I owned and several that we considered:

1. avoid the Chevy P-30 chassis (narrow front end).
2. Winne has a roof edge seam that is problematic (leaks) if not carefully checked and maintained. Check for any evidence of leaks (side wall delamination, water stains along the upper outside edge of the basement storage compartments) Every mid to late 90's Winnebago gasser we checked had evidence of leaks and minimal-to-moderate side wall delamination.
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Kind of a neat find,not only discusses and show pictures of what was becoming available in '99,but what was also available in '98.

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Old 01-06-2006, 05:23 PM   #6
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Yes, Gas is cheaper, but there is NO comparison to the diesels towing power. If you EVER plan on towing a toad, I suggest a diesel. Also, you're going to need slides for resale value. Coaches without slides are dropping in value like hot rocks. Dealers I've talked with are skeptical about even taking them in on a trade!!. At least 1 slide is advisable. I know it would be more money, but there are fantastic deals out there if you do your research and wait..
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Old 01-07-2006, 04:57 AM   #7
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I currently own a 1999 Adventurer 37G on a Ford chassis. The only problem I have with the Ford part is the AC compressor has to be replaced. The only Winnebago problem I have is the decals on the passenger side are fading. I used eternabond tape to end having to check the roof seam every 6 months. I have fixed some small problems, slow fueling, vacuum breakers, fuses etc. In other words I am extremely happy with my unit.
My suggestion is buy the floorplan you like and your pocketbook can afford.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by CyberVet65:
I understand that Vectra is the Cadillac, followed by the Tour unit and then the Journey, Adventurer,Voyager and finally the Sightseer.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>Chet - The Vectra/Horizon pre-2004 is completely different from 2004 and newer. 2004 and newer is a different chassis with Independant Front Suspension.

Of the Winnebago line the Vectra is the top of the food chain, at least 2004 and up - I know very little about pre-2004 models.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by John_Canfield:
Of the Winnebago line the Vectra is the top of the food chain, at least 2004 and up - I know very little about pre-2004 models. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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Thanks, for the input folks.
I am studying...getting knowledge. I expect to buy next year sometime. So I do keep an eye out for super deals.
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:18 PM   #11
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In 1998 both the Adventurer and Chieftain came in both Gasoline and Diesel "flavors"
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Old 01-07-2006, 08:52 PM   #12
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From all the posts on the forums concerning various MHs I would concentrate on Newmars or Tiffins. Lots less complaints. You won't get any service from majority of Winnebago dealers.
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We're all entitled to our opinions.....

It's funny when I "lurk" in the other manafacturer forums around the net, I see very much the same things going on....

Personally,the service department at my local dealer couldn't be nicer and easier to deal with.

Yes, I happen to live in the same town as the dealership, but that was a choice I made when I was brand searching.
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