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Old 12-30-2005, 07:08 AM   #1
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What is the difference between Winnebago and Itasca? Comparing some of the models of class C's the Itascas are a little higher MSRP.
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What is the difference between Winnebago and Itasca? Comparing some of the models of class C's the Itascas are a little higher MSRP.
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Old 12-30-2005, 08:01 AM   #3
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Not a thing...They are built side by side in the assembly line. Itasca will include standard items that are options in Winnebago, but the final MSRP is the same.....

I have been told the reason for the branding, is that you can have a Itasca dealer in the same territory as a Winnebago dealer.
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FrontRanger is correct. There are some small things that are Itasca unique in some models. The interiors are decorated differently frequently.
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Old 12-30-2005, 08:32 AM   #5
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When we bought our 2003 Suncruiser we also looked at the Winnebago version, the Adventurer. 99% of the coach is identical but the Itasca had a few more features as standard that were options on the Winnebago. If you added in these options on the Winnebago, it got pretty close to the Itasca pricing.

Also, the Suncruiser had a more upscale interior than the Adventurer. However, the upscale was not a better "quality" interior, it was just a bit more "decorated". Naturally, decor ideas vary from one person to the next so "upscale" is highly subjective and you may prefer the Winnebago decor. Qualitywise, they're both the same.

What made the difference for us was the dealers. Our nearby Winnebago dealer was pretty much a joke while the Itasca dealer was a grade A dealer. Seeing as how the coaches were so very similar, the difference in dealerships made it a no brainer. I'd keep that in mind when you search because a dealer who can give you great service is worth their weight in gold.
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Old 12-30-2005, 08:35 AM   #6
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A good simple way to think of Winnebago and Itasca is to think Ford and Mercury.
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:47 AM   #7
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There are small trim differences. The Itasca Horizon has hidden cabinet hinges and pull-out shades for the Fantastic vents. Several things are standard on the Horizon that are optional on the Vectra, the shower seat is one that comes to mind. There might be different color and decorating schemes but I haven't compared them.

That's pretty much it as far as I know.

When we were at the factory this March I asked Mark about the origin of the Itasca sub-brand. He said it was a corporate reaction years ago to wanting to use a different chassis other than Dodge with whom they had a contractual obligation for all Winnebago motorhomes. So problem solved - create another brand and pick your chassis.
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Old 12-30-2005, 01:37 PM   #8
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Sort of like the difference between a Chevy and a Buick. Trim and stand features are the differences. So pick what you like the best.
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I personally heard Don Hertzke (who was president or CEO at that time )state that the Itasca line was more upscale and innovative, meaning that Winnebago tested many of the new features and colors, etc., in this line prior to sometimes introducing it into the Winnebago products.( Itasca has fewer units and dealerships) The other members of this forum who have commented are correct, especially in that the pricing is somewhat higher as more options are standard equipment.

As a side, some of the Winnebago dealers have expressed some slight dissatisfaction that many times Itasca gets the "goodies" first.
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Old 12-30-2005, 03:24 PM   #10
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Not a thing...They are built side by side in the assembly line. Itasca will include standard items that are options in Winnebago, but the final MSRP is the same.....
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Not ture. The Itasca line comes with many features that are not available on the Winnebagos at any price. Such as the Shurflo 5.7 variable speed water pump.
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Old 12-30-2005, 03:31 PM   #11
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In '05 the Winnebago's were using the dated gold toned fixtures. Itasca was using the more stylish nickle silver toned.
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Old 12-30-2005, 05:11 PM   #12
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My Vectra came standard with the nickel-silver faucets and also the 5.7 pump.
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(These differences were provided by Itasca/Horizon.)

2004 Vectra/Horizon Differences

FRONT

HORIZON - Bright brushed stainless steel trim on lower fiberglass
VECTRA - N/A

BACK

HORIZON - Std. polished stainless steel mud guard w/Itasca decal
VECTRA - Optional brushed metal w/Winnebago

PASENGER'S SIDE

HORIZON - Lighted acrylic entrance handle w/logo
VECTRA - Lighted acrylic

HORIZON - logo screen door kick plate
VECTRA - N/A

BEDROOM/BATH

HORIZON - Standard SleepSlumber Bed by Select Comfort
VECTRA - Optional

HORIZON - Cedar lining in wardrobe
VECTRA - Decorative paneling

HORIZON - Standard 12v digital alarm clock
VECTRA - N/A

HORIZON - Hardwood chair rail in bedroom
VECTRA - N/A

HORIZON - Chrome/satin nickel hardware and light fixtures
VECTRA - Brass

HORIZON - Rain-like textured glass shower door
VECTRA - Textured glass

HORIZON - Flexible shower head
VECTRA - Fixed

HORIZON - Standard hand-held showerhead and show seat
VECTRA - Optional package

HORIZON - Dual-control Moen faucet
VECTRA - Phoenix single control

HORIZON - Soap dispenser
VECTRA - N/A

HORIZON - Rain sensor w/powered roof vent
VECTRA - Rain sensor N/A

HORIZON - Roof vent shades
VECTRA - N/A

HORIZON - 12" x 12" ceramic tile with 8" tile (45 degree)
VECTRA - 12" x 12" ceramic tile (parallel)

HORIZON - Sealand Concerto w/residential flush and sprayer (N/A 34TD)
VECTRA - Sealand 510 w/foot flush and sprayer

KITCHEN

HORIZON - Stainless steel refridgerator door
VECTRA - Wood-raised panel door insert

HORIZON - Moen stainless steel sink
VECTRA - Solid surface sink

HORIZON - Stainless steel range top/oven door trim
VECTRA - Black

HORIZON - Stainless steel trim on microwave/convection oven
VECTRA - Black

HORIZON - Rain sensor w/powered roof vent
VECTRA - Rain sensor N/A

HORIZON - Oval dining table
VECTRA - Rectangular

HORIZON - Wood sconce frames
VECTRA - Wood frame N/A

LOUNGE

HORIZON - Arched panel overhead cabinet doors
VECTRA - N/A

HORIZON - "Fluted" edge
VECTRA - "Ogee" edge

HORIZON - Available Washed Maple cabinetry
VECTRA - N/A

HORIZON - Hidden hinged throughout
VECTRA - N/A

HORIZON - Round satin nickel clock
VECTRA - Brass clock

HORIZON - Dual-reclining Rest Easy w/heat
VECTRA - Heat N/A

HORIZON - Satin nickel cabinet pulls
VECTRA - Brass cabinet pulls

HORIZON - Available UltraLeather furniture
VECTRA - Leather

CAB

HORIZON - CD storage in front overhead
VECTRA - N/A

HORIZON - Standard UltraLeather seating in cab w/logo
VECTRA - Optional leather (N/A w/logo)

HORIZON - Standard 6-way power assist driver/passenger
VECTRA - Optional on driver only or driver/passenger
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Old 12-31-2005, 08:18 AM   #14
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> My Vectra came standard with the nickel-silver faucets and also the 5.7 pump </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I was referring to the Adventurer/Suncruiser line.

When my 5.7 froze I stopped at Bill Waits RV. They had to order a 5.7 beacuse they only sold the Winnebago line. After waiting fot 3 days they asked me if it would be OK to remove a pump from a new Winnebago and install it in my coach. I said fine. They checked the Winnebago's they had in stock including the '05 Vectras and none came with the 5.7. Possibly they were lieing to me.
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Old 12-31-2005, 09:14 AM   #15
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Tom N: All things are possible. All I can tell you is that I rdered my coach built with the options I specified. Maybe they had one on the line with some of those items that were considered "optional".
Have a good day and keep the shinny sidee up...Best regards
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Old 01-02-2006, 01:50 PM   #16
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Hey TOM N,

Would you know where to find this information out for the 2006 Vectra/Horizon?. I'm curious to see all the differences in my Horizon on Order.

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Old 01-05-2006, 10:28 AM   #17
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Made a call to Winnie and found out they do not have a direct item for item comparison for their Itasca to Winnebago Line of MH's. I cannot believe this to be true or why would they have the Itasca line anyways? Tom N brought a good line item comparision for the 04 Vectra/Horizon, maybe someone can find one for an 06 Vectra/Horizon.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Made a call to Winnie and found out they do not have a direct item for item comparison for their Itasca to Winnebago Line of MH's. I cannot believe this to be true or why would they have the Itasca line anyways? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The Vectra/Horizon comparison for 2004 came from a printed sheet that Winnebago gave me at the 2003 Harrisburg RV Show. So, at least, for the 2004 indroductory year they had a comparison.
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Thanks Tom, It would be nice if someone could come through. I'm not sure who to call, but I guarantee this info is somewhere.

Thanks Again..
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I would say speak to an Itasca dealer or rep. They will want to show up their product over the Winnebago line.
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