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Old 01-11-2017, 10:02 PM   #1
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Twice the money twice the quality?

I bought a new Winnebago Solei for $170,000. I have found they used many cost cutting poorly installed shortcuts and seemed to skip the quality control department. They have another similar model but 5 feet longer, the Ellipse, which costs almost twice as much. I wonder if for twice the money would I just be getting more square footage or if I would also be getting a much higher quality product. What do you think
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From all the threads I've read recently about a large lack of quality in new Winnies? I'd say you'll just be getting 5 more feet but not any better quality.
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Same production line, same people building them, = same quality
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I think, no matter whom the mfr is, twice the money won't get you any better quality, especially if you buy new.

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Old 01-12-2017, 09:17 AM   #5
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Yikes, that makes me nervous as we will be purchasing a 2017 Vista LX 35B soon. Has the Winnebago quality declined in the newer units?
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:32 AM   #6
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Now what would make you think that just because they double the price they do not use the same "Low Quality Cost Cutting Measures" like for example Quick-box Electrical outlets instead of a proper bend the wire around the screw type?

If I were a betting man. I'd bet on the same construction.
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:48 AM   #7
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Go look at other coaches. We looked at them all, including a Winnebago Tour. It only took us 15 seconds to walk out of the Winnebago to realize they are not even close to the others for the same cost.
We found our 2 year old coach, still brand new on a dealers lot and paid Winnebago Journey money for it. The deals are out there.
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Yikes, that makes me nervous as we will be purchasing a 2017 Vista LX 35B soon. Has the Winnebago quality declined in the newer units?
As long as you go in with eyes open, knowing you will have bugs to work out & accept your coach will spend time at either the dealer or factory for warranty work that 1st year, you'll be ok.

If you can, do a shakedown weekend at a campground near where you'll be picking up your coach so you can go over everything in detail, test all systems, push every button, turn every knob, open every latch...etc. It'll go a long way towards correcting items missed in a PDI. Things may still go wrong later. Just don't be discouraged.

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After my vi.sit to the factory, it probably will be five more feet of problems.
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Old 01-12-2017, 01:08 PM   #10
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Yikes, that makes me nervous as we will be purchasing a 2017 Vista LX 35B soon. Has the Winnebago quality declined in the newer units?
I think except for some really high end brands, Winnebago is typical of competition, trying to keep their price down by cutting corners.
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I bought a new Winnebago Solei for $170,000. I have found they used many cost cutting poorly installed shortcuts and seemed to skip the quality control department. They have another similar model but 5 feet longer, the Ellipse, which costs almost twice as much. I wonder if for twice the money would I just be getting more square footage or if I would also be getting a much higher quality product. What do you think
We bought a '98 Santara Type A MH. Had so many problems with it we started looking for a different one. The club we belonged to had 12 MH's, one was a Prevost, one was a Foretravel (my parents) and six were Newmars, the rest were other brands. That gave us a head start on what company to go with. Ordered a 2000 DSDP, then I wanted a bigger engine and the late DW wanted more room (slides) so we ordered the '02 DSDP. Kept it for 13 years and it was the best MH we ever owned. Had I listened to the DW at the time I'd still have it even though I like the present Magna. Should probably have gotten a King Aire.
Sometimes more money buys a better rig, sometimes not, just more space and electronics that can go bad.
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If you buy knew, it would be worth checking out the reputation of your dealer. You can plan on taking it back at least 3 or 4 times in the first year. My dealer has a good representation for fixing things, but has a 2 or 3 month lead time for appointments. This can be a real pain.
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Yikes, that makes me nervous as we will be purchasing a 2017 Vista LX 35B soon. Has the Winnebago quality declined in the newer units?
For the price of the new one your looking at I'd look used. You should be able to find a much better built top of the line MH a couple of years old.
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I have a 2014 Ellipse, now, I can't speak for 2015 to 2017, but mine is built really well. There's a couple spots where fit isn't totally micrometer accurate, but only I can see it. Other words, pretty darn good. I have been a builder, and I have a good eye. Bad fit, crooked lines etc drives me mad..... (obsessive).....ha! That goes for cheap junk materials too. I would have never given the coach a second look if I saw that in the 1st couple minutes.

I think my coach is big bang for the buck really.

It is very possible that the further up the line, the better materials are used on some things. I owned a Canyon Star which I loved....but although materials used were good, it didn't have the same materials on some parts as the Mountain Aire for example. Which makes sense to me, quite a spread in model lines there.

Again, I can't speak past 2014 model year, and haven't been looking around the new WBGO models lately. Therefore I'm a little surprised if your finding cheaper stuff in your coach Jerry. It's not that distant a sister to the Ellipse. But it could be possible a few things changed in that regard since the 2014's were built?

You have a fine coach there Jerry nonetheless. It's a good bang for buck unit in it's class also.

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