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Old 05-15-2012, 08:51 AM   #1
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First time buying an A, badley need opinion's , Winnebago Brave 2000 WPF33V, W/GM powertrain, 35000mi, very very clean in & out any, good or bad info on this year & model would be very appreciated
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:25 AM   #2
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We purchased a winnebago product 18 months ago and have been very happy with it we owned another product for 16years it was also good but there is no comparison with the winnebago quality and parts availablity.good luck with your search.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:50 PM   #3
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After several motor homes, I recently purchased my first Winnebago; an 06 Adventurer. My opinion is very high of Winnebago in general. I have had several Fleetwoods and even a Country Coach diesel with all the whistles. The advantage of Winnebago is the availability of parts/service. Any motor home is not without it's maintenance and upkeep problems, but you will find above average quality and no real surprises.

I made the mistake of buying a (brand name withheld) price leader brand; entry level, econo-box, as an alternative to the big expensive to maintain older diesel.

Alas, the quality was so woefully poor that the front windshield would come out of it's opening when the jacks were down too far. Wind whistled through the cheap windows and the rain came in, in several places. That was just for starters. Also, the mfg. would not allow direct contact for parts/service information, requiring you to go through the Dealer. Unfortunately, they continue to make and promote "price-leader" units. Buyer beware!

I mention this to confirm that Winnebago has a track record of customer satisfaction despite some who try to make a Federal Case out of rust issues, etc, that are incumbent with motor homes in general. Good luck.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:05 PM   #4
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How much are they asking?
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:46 AM   #5
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:35 AM   #6
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can you send your EM address, i will send you the ad & pic, like to know what you think, my EM [email protected]
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:23 AM   #7
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I have a 1999 Winnebago Brave 35C and a 2003 Winnebago Adventurer 38G. We keep both because the Brave is handicap equipped for our quadriplegic son. I like both coaches. I am very happy with the Brave and find the quality the same on the 1999 and 2003. Friends have 2004 models and they are also very high quality. Friends with 2005 and newer don't seem to have the same quality in the Adventurer models. So I think a low mileage 2000 model is a good buy. I think that $30,000 is a little high.I think closer to $22,000 might be about right for that size and year, especially if it doesn't have new tires and batteries. Other additions that might increase the value are new TVs and automatic satellite dish and large inverter.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:25 AM   #8
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First time buying an A, badley need opinion's , Winnebago Brave 2000 WPF33V, W/GM powertrain, 35000mi, very very clean in & out any, good or bad info on this year & model would be very appreciated
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I am ASSUMING that means it is built on a Workhorse P32 chassis. That means you will have the infamous J71 AAPB and IFS with air bags.

You should check the chassis maint. records because 35K is not much use for a 12 YO coach. That can be good and bad. Thousands of P32s are still out there running every day, and parts and expertise is available, so I would not let the chassis deter you, but IMO, that price is way too high. As John posted, closer to $20K is realistic.

If you buy it, and want chassis specs, send me the last 8 digits of the vin# via PM.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:24 AM   #9
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Thank you guys, No buy, found a big problem !!
Now looking at 04 33v adventurer 20k mi, what ya think
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:59 AM   #10
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What did you find on the 2000 Brave? The Adventurer sounds like a good one. What are they asking for it and what chassis?
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I am ASSUMING that means it is built on a Workhorse P32 chassis. That means you will have the infamous J71 AAPB and IFS with air bags.

You should check the chassis maint. records because 35K is not much use for a 12 YO coach. That can be good and bad. Thousands of P32s are still out there running every day, and parts and expertise is available, so I would not let the chassis deter you, but IMO, that price is way too high. As John posted, closer to $20K is realistic.

If you buy it, and want chassis specs, send me the last 8 digits of the vin# via PM.
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Sent him the info tuesday 5-14, it is on the P32 chassis according to the VIN.
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:32 PM   #12
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The Brave --slide will not work, keeps clicking, sealant all along the roof both sides looks bad, just a bad feeling overall get my drift,
the 04 looks real nice Ford V10 VIN 1FCNF53S830A04977, 45k, what ya think
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Sounds pretty good. I wouldn't want to get a 2004 with much more than the 45,000mi. I wouldn't be leery of it because of the mileage, but because once it's yours it becomes a high mileage vehicle. My 99 Brave has 103,000mi and is doing fine. There are 2003/2004 out there with around 25,000mi on them. If it has original tires and older batteries take that into consideration. Tires could cost $3,000 to $3,500 and batteries around $400. Probably have to flush the cooling system, brakes and transmission for another $500. Also if it has dual pane windows, check for seal leak. Just had my driver and passenger front side done for $650. Check basement air conditioning for cooling, had to have my condenser cleaned and thermostat replaced for $550. This was on the 2003 Adventurer 38G that I bought last February with 26,000mi for $42,000.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:40 PM   #14
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IT HAS 19,500 mi on the od, the price is 45K, the tires & Batt are org, everything seems to work OK, ca you get any info on the VIN
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I like the Adventurer floor plan and everything about it but the rusted out windshield. If I had known to check that before I bought it, I wouldn't have made the purchase, but would have probably found another like it. If it was sound, then it would be the perfect motor home for me.

I put the 5star tune on mine and it has all of the power I need and the ride is good.
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IT HAS 19,500 mi on the od, the price is 45K, the tires & Batt are org, everything seems to work OK, ca you get any info on the VIN
PM the VIN to me and I will get the report. Price is good. I would try to get it for $40,000 to $42,000, but if he won't go down I would pay$45,000.
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Considering that you will need to replace the tires almost immediately, add another $3,000.00 to the price, not to mention the cost of other "maintanence items" that may have been overlooked because of such low milage. Less than 20K miles on an 8 YO coach is not ENOUGH usage, IMO, and I would not pay $48,000.00 for ANY 2004 gasser...but that's just my opinion.

OBTW, that vin says the chassis is a 2003. Check the dot code for when the tires were born.
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A lot of our friends never get out of the region going on 6 to 10 trips over the summer within a radius of 350 mi. They take meticulous care of their motor homes and most are garaged over the winter. Any one of them would be a good buy. One friend even changes the oil in the fall when he puts it away and then again in the spring when he takes it out of storage. On top of that he uses synthetic oil. A mechanic told him that oil deteriorates and should be changed every 6 months regardless of the mileage. Can't convince him otherwise.
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I like the Adventurer floor plan and everything about it but the rusted out windshield. If I had known to check that before I bought it, I wouldn't have made the purchase, but would have probably found another like it. If it was sound, then it would be the perfect motor home for me.

I put the 5star tune on mine and it has all of the power I need and the ride is good.
I just bought a 2005 Adventurer 33V...havent had a chance to check on the windshield rust...how did you deal with that issue? Thanks, Erik.
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We had a 2000 Adventurer 38G and enjoyed it ,very few problems, we traded for a 2007 Adventurer 38T, and now enjoying , we love the Winnebago service. Good Luck
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