Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-03-2005, 07:23 AM   #43
Winnebago Owner
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 134
Now that I have gone thru the trails and tribulations of a new 2005 Winnebago Vectra and saw that to get any of the warranty work done correctly it was necessary for us to travel 1900 miles to the factory...I think I would consider a coach that was manufactured closer to where I live..Apparently all new r/v owners of all manufactures are having warranty work issues and getting the work done properly by their selling dealers
__________________
http://www.irv2.com/photopost/data/500/kenbtsigpic.jpg

2005 Winnebago Vectra 36RD
kenbt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2005, 02:03 PM   #44
Winnie-Wise
 
The Shadow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Southern Ontario/Palmetto FL
Posts: 354
Ken, unfortunately what you have said is a lot more realistic than many may be prepared to admit - and dealers will rarely if ever admit. I think you are correct to sweep in all manufacturers as well. I'm not sure which manufacturer, if any, has not had such problems.

We just switched to an HR product (primarily because the floor plan gave us something we could really use and could not come close to with a Winnie DP) and while it is too early to form an opinion, some of the things we have found in our first 2 days are annoying. Fortunately only one has an impact on use (connecting toad lights - can't determine the problem yet so "fault" is still undetermined [this may be related to the different wiring for the Winnie with the orange turn signals - but I don't know for sure]). We found very few problems ourselves, but to our surprise a senior dealer service staff member (we bought the Journey there so he "knows me") went through it with us even though it was not his job to do this (he said he knew that if he didn't, I'd find any problems over the next few months anyway [unstated was probably that I'd then drive him nuts to fix them]) and he filled half a page with items that need attention. For example, he identified 4 speakers that have to be replaced because when they were installed the screws were over tightened (we didn't see the hairline cracks until he pointed them out). Also a faux wood panel on the dash was over tightned and had a small crack at a corner next to the screw. Some of these things might never cause problems but we might as well get them fixed because we only have a year to do so.

I'm hoping we don't find anything that warrants a visit to the factory, but if we do, at least it is much closer to our home (382 miles vs 860 miles if we had to go to Winnie - in addition HR has a facility at Wildwood, 112 miles from our lot in Florida [something Winnie might want to look at doing]).

IMO all manufacturers should have regional factory operated service facilities (in fact, the manufacturers could really SHARE such facilities [novel idea but they are too stubborn to ever do this]) with highly skilled service techs. When I suggested this to Winnie the answer was simple - they want customers to see their current product line when they take their Winnie for service. What they seem to be missing is that owners get so aggrevated with poor service that the current situation could be a negative to customer retention rather than a positive seeing new products.

So, I'll keep sending them ideas and they can continue to ignore them.

I hope your Vectra problems have all been fixed and don't have to go back again.

Don



<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by kenbt:
Now that I have gone thru the trails and tribulations of a new 2005 Winnebago Vectra and saw that to get any of the warranty work done correctly it was necessary for us to travel 1900 miles to the factory...I think I would consider a coach that was manufactured closer to where I live..Apparently all new r/v owners of all manufactures are having warranty work issues and getting the work done properly by their selling dealers </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
__________________
2011 Itasca Impulse 26QP Silver, 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited V6 Active Drive II
The Shadow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2005, 03:24 PM   #45
Winnie-Wise
 
rvten's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Crossville, TN USA
Posts: 397
One thing I never replace my Winnebago with. Is anything made by Fleetwood. Had two FW's that is why I am a Winnebago owner.
__________________
Tom & Bonnie
2008 Winnebago Aspect 29H
A Class C Not a B+
2010 Ford Flex
rvten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2005, 03:38 PM   #46
Winnie-Wise
 
The Shadow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Southern Ontario/Palmetto FL
Posts: 354
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by rvten:
One thing I never replace my Winnebago with. Is anything made by Fleetwood. Had two FW's that is why I am a Winnebago owner. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I agree Tom. We looked at some Expeditions when we bought our 39W. Quality was awful, just awful. On the other hand, one does hear positive comments from owners of American Eagles - but given their price, one would certainly hope they would be acceptable.
__________________
2011 Itasca Impulse 26QP Silver, 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited V6 Active Drive II
The Shadow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2005, 04:45 PM   #47
Winnebago Watcher
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Millsboro, De, USA
Posts: 1
I suppose that we have our last motorhome for it meets all of our needs and is almost new (we bought it new). We have had no problems with it and it is just what we expected. It is not a $200k-400k diesel pusher but it shouldn't be....we paid only $59,000 for it. It takes us where we want to go and its systems are are easy to understand. It has the creature comforts we wanted including a super slide, dualpane windows, entertainment center, satellite, etc. Based on our experience with this unit we would definately go to Winnebago first should we decide to get get a larger or smaller motorhome.

Art
2004 Minnie 31C
__________________
Art Cathell
2004 Minnie 31C
Art Cathell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2005, 06:48 AM   #48
Winnebago Owner
 
resqguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Anderson, SC USA
Posts: 116
This is a tough one to answer. We MUST have the TV at eye level (while sitting) and I need a counter for my computer stuff. This leaves us with the 40AD or 39F floorplans. Since I bought the last new 40AD in my area and that floor plan is cancelled for 2006, I don't know how I would replace my existing unit. I like Monaco and Tiffin, but my neck can only handle the over cab TV position for a short period of time.
__________________
Winnebago Coach Forum Member
2004 Winnebago Vectra 40AD
resqguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Don't trust my new Tour... what next FloridaNative49 Winnebago Class A Motorhomes 15 07-22-2007 12:37 PM
Next Dumb Journey Issue, External Satellite Hookup Old Snipe Winnebago Class A Motorhomes 21 07-18-2007 04:40 PM
Counter Extension Next to Sink on 2005 Adventurer 38j LR Winnebago Class A Motorhomes 9 12-22-2006 12:53 AM
We now have the dishes, but no coach yet John_Canfield Winnebago General Discussions 7 02-28-2005 12:11 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Winnebago Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.