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Old 08-14-2011, 05:05 PM   #533
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Hi, This is 37f, AKA Mike S.
I'm looking to go full time next year and was considering an Adventurer 37f for me and the wife. Would appreciate hearing from 37f owners as to their experience and whether or not this would be a good full time rig. How does it handle? I love the rockies.

Worried about pulling power, ( want to tow a trailer ), and wardrobe capacity. Other thoughts?
Thanks very much.
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As you can see from my sig. I'm "qualified" to answer your questions and I'll be glad to share my opinions. Regarding your "performance" questions... please clarify if you are buying a New 37F built on one of the Ford chassis choices, or a used one possibly on the Workhorse W24 chassis. Also, what is the weight of the trailer you hope to tow?

We bought ours specifically to get another bath & a half floorplan, which we would not want to be without. The King bed and three slide floorplan are quite spacious when set up, and we've not found wardrobe space to be a problem. The 4 door fridge and ice maker, plus large pantry are also improvements over our previous coach. I think it make a pretty good choice for full-timing, and it may be the best gasser for that purpose, but larger DP coaches will obviously have greater space and CCC, so expect plenty of advice from other members for you to go that route.....if you can afford it!

Let me know if you have specific questions about the 37F floorplan.
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Old 08-14-2011, 05:26 PM   #534
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Hello Ed, Thanks for the response. The plan is to pull about 5K lbs. Loved the floorplan also.
Would consider either platform. Was leaning toward the 37f because we can buy a newer coach. DP coach would have to be 5 years old to fit the budget and I assume more to maintenance. We also like the smaller footprint, 38 feet vs. 40+ feet.
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Old 08-14-2011, 05:27 PM   #535
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Hi Again Ed,

I certainly would also be open to either platform for the 37f.
Thanks again,
Mike
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:07 PM   #536
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37f: unless you find a leftover 2010, you will find only Ford chassis under a new coach. Winnebago used the last of the big WCC chassis during their 2010 model year. The biggest dirrerence is that the WCC powered coaches will have a GM V-8 and ALLISON 6 speed tranny, while the Ford chassis will be a V-10 and 5 speed Ford "torqueshift" tranny. Obviously, I prefer the WCC power and that is "why" we pulled the trigger when we could still get the 37F on one of the last of the WCC W-24.

As long as you don't overload the chassis GVWR (24,000 lbs) you will be "legal" towing 5,000 pounds because both brands offer a 30,000 GCVWR. IMO, neither is going to be a rocket ship towing in "the rockies", but both can do it satisfactorily if you drive with reasonable expectations. Keeping the RPMs in the optimal power range thru downshifting will take you up most any highway grade.

The 2011 37F has a larger rectangular shower, which I think is an improvement over the slightly smaller curved door shower in ours. And our basement A/C was replaced with 2 roof mounted units in the 2011 models. I think other than those two "major" differences, the two model years appear to be the same , except for the chassis and color choices, which are also different between Adventurer and Sun Cruiser.

Good luck in your search!
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:24 PM   #537
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I don't know that I've piped in on this thread so I had to pull the trigger. We've RV'd in some form for several years off-and-on. Started with a pop-up and TT. Then a couple of years ago we went for a Class A gasser.

I'd always wanted a MH and couldn't resist the 1999 National Dolphin 36' we found that was in fantastic condition. Long story short, we bought it and enjoyed it a little over a year. Then I got a temp contract assignment in San Francisco for this year (2011). I hated to see the RV just sit back in TN so we put it up for sale....of course I wanted a little newer unit also! hehehe Ended up selling it in a couple months and started looking for a Winnebago that was a little shorter and had two slides. I got sold on the Winnebago when I saw the solid roof, support online, and so many other features that show that Winnebago has put thought into their RVs over the years.

We looked for months and finally found a 2002 32V, double slide, Winnebago Adventurer. Only problem was it was in Texas. So, after a lot of emails and calls I flew to Texas to look it over. Ended up buying it b/c it was as advertised. By the way, great dealer .... Best Preowned RV . Even got new hardwood floors in the RV and a warranty!

We're going off on our first 'run' with the RV over the next few weeks. Actually were going to a local state park that is closer to our daughter's house since the first grandchild is coming this week!!!!!!! So, keep us in mind with the new addition to the family and the new-to-use RV addition.
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:39 PM   #538
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I we're new to the forum and fairly new to motor homes. We started last year with a 26' Coachmen Class C and traded up this year to a Winnebago Vista 35F.
So far we are loving it. We are members of WIT, FMCA and Good Sam so we have a lot of campouts to attend before we say goodbye to work and head out on the road.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:01 PM   #539
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Welcome to the forum and Winnebago. We are in your boat...next year we get to travel finally.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:47 PM   #540
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I'm on my third Winnebago

Good Evening , I was told years ago that Winnebago had the best engineering , and made a coach to last a long time . Well I lived in Pa. for a long time and had to have a inspection once a year , and even the inspectors said they were the best for the money .
Keep up the good work Winnebago.. Tommy Tucer
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:22 AM   #541
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Hi; thanks for the good wishes, just got back from the August outing with the OTT group and a good time was had by all.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:54 PM   #542
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Thumbs up New to Winnebago

We are new owners of a 2009 Winnebago Chalet, 25 ft on a Ford chassis. Traded from a 32 ft class A 1996 Pursuit that was too big for my DW. Love it so far and will shake it down next week on a trip to Michigan to finish our map of the 50 states for our 50th anniversary.
Have just found IRV2 this week and can't leave. Still looking for other Chalet owners. Have gotten lots of good info. Thanks to all who have posted before.
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:34 AM   #543
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Good Evening , I was told years ago that Winnebago had the best engineering , and made a coach to last a long time . Well I lived in Pa. for a long time and had to have a inspection once a year , and even the inspectors said they were the best for the money .
Keep up the good work Winnebago.. Tommy Tucer

Welcome neighbor....we'll have to get together and talk Winnie's over dinner. Let me know when you are ready. We don't mind driving to Lakeland on a weekend.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:44 PM   #544
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We just traded in our 04 33v adventurer 8.1 for an 04 horizon kd 350 cummins. We had good luck with our adventurer and hoping for the same with the new to us horizon. We had 30,000 miles on the adventurer and the horizon has 12,000 miles.
We are hoping to retire in 3 years.
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We just traded in our 04 33v adventurer 8.1 for an 04 horizon kd 350 cummins. We had good luck with our adventurer and hoping for the same with the new to us horizon. We had 30,000 miles on the adventurer and the horizon has 12,000 miles.
We are hoping to retire in 3 years.
Congratulations on your trade and I am sure you will enjoy driving it. We just traded our 03 Chieftain for a 05 Horizon 40KD and so far my DW loves the interior. I am trying to get used to the diesel. They are sure a different animal. My DW drove the last one but I have not as yet been able to get her behind the steering wheel.

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Don, Thanks for the response, I have not gotten my wife to drive this one either, but working on it. The deisel is a lot diferent, I do like the low noise level up front. i am also enjoying the air ride. We did have a problem dumping the air when we first got it. We had ro replace the hwh contr4ol box. I also had to pin the pantry under the sink and the closet door from sliding out while driving.Let me know if you have any tips.
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