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Old 08-21-2009, 08:54 AM   #1
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We Bought an Ultimate Advantage

After 10 years fulltiming, months of RV shopping, and weeks of reading this forum, yesterday we took delivery of a 2002 40 foot Ultimate Advantage, and we love it! 33K miles, 350 Cummins, two slides, and more whistles & bells than we can figure out.

I'm sure I'll be back with lots of questions, but right now I just want to
go sit in it and grin!

Here is my blog post about it.

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http://gypsyjournal.net/blog/2009/08/21/the-search-is-over/
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:03 AM   #2
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Nick:

I just checked your blog and that is one beautiful rig. The UA's do have a classy look and it sounds like you found a nice one. We have some UA owners on the Winnebago forum so I am sure you will hear from them.
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:54 PM   #3
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nice looking ... DOT

nice looking rig ... looks like you found a cream puff ..

what is the DOT date stamp on your tires?
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:25 PM   #4
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Skigramp,
The tires are original and are the first thing we'll be replacing. (Actually, the only thing, the rest of it is like new.) Lots of tread, and it was always stored in a heated garage, but I still don't like tires that old.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:28 PM   #5
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Great looking coach. In the picture it looks like a 40J........is it? Our's is even the same color.
Holler if you have a question I can help with.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:42 PM   #6
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It's a 40E. I'm sure I'll have a LOT of questions once we start moving in.
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:33 PM   #7
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Great looking coach. We have had our 2002 40J Ultimate Advantage 6 yrs and still looks like new after 63,000 miles.
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Old 08-23-2009, 05:29 PM   #8
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Whoo hoo Good luck to you. I bet you are ON TOP OF THE WORLD right now.
I know the feeling.
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:35 PM   #9
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Oh yeah, we are pumped up! Can't wait to get moved into it.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:47 PM   #10
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Congrats Nick, its one great looking coach. Enjoy
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:59 PM   #11
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Nick & Terry -- at least ya'll know yours has enough miles on it that it should have all the kinks worked out. I just saw the following on the Winnebago Owners Group on Yahoo... "03 UA 3 slides many extras 7200 miles, garage kept, need to sell $125 K Oklahoma City". There's an Ultimate that is virtually "new and unused!" ...real shame to have such a nich coach and not use it. Our's had been on the dealer show circuit, and had around 5,500 miles when we bought it in summer 2003. As I indicated on the Escapes forum, we have really liked our UA.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:04 AM   #12
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Congrats on your new ride. When we got ours, we too thought it had more bells and whistles than we would ever need, you'll be surprised how quickly you get used to them. It has been a trouble free coach for the 2 1/2 years we've had it.

We are going thru withdrawals at the moment, it's in the shop. :( A lightning strike/surge took out our a/c units over the 4th. Plus a busted windshield from the previous trip, and some body damage from a tree a year ago. We are looking at ~month before we get her back.
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:35 PM   #13
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Looks like you got a winner. We've really enjoyed our 03 40K. It now has 94,000 miles on it. Then only real problem we've had is paint problems, which Paul has also experienced. The 03s were some of the first full paint coaches and I think we were the start of the learing curve as far as clear coat goes. I know you'll enjoy the coach. The Spartan chassis we have is a great chassis.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:35 PM   #14
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I know you will love the UA. We bought ours in 2006 in anticipation of our retirement this next year. It had all of the options and upgrades on it except for the GPS --- I mean the man who ordered it "got everything he could." In the time since we have bought it, we have upgraded the TV's to LCDs, put the Onan autostart on it, hard wired surge guard, etc, etc. I know you will love the unit -- we have enjoyed ours a lot already and are looking forward to this next year when we are both retired and can finally make some of those US tours we have been looking forward to.
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Purchasing our 2002 Ultimate Advantage 40J 7 years ago finished a year of research and RV show attending. We couldn't find a better designed coach with the same quality for our price level. We knew it would have to last because we were planning on full timing. Since then, we still go to RV shows and we've seen a lot of 'whiz bang'....but haven't found anything in our price range to cause us to regret buying this coach or to upgrade to a different one.

I still believe that bang for the buck, the Ultimates were one of the best line of coaches. And now with the depressed RV market, finding one like yours is a great opportunity.

Congratulations on your coach. You don't see many on the highway, but if you do, wave....it's probably one of the folks on this forum.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:06 AM   #16
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Couldn't be happier for yall! Congratulations and enjoy - keep us posted on the adveuntures!
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