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Old 06-06-2009, 11:20 PM   #1
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We own a 2007 Winnebago Voyage with a hitch made by Valley. We are on an extended trip traveling from Florida to Vancouver BC and back, and are now in California.
We have damaged the trailer hitch and would like to replace it. We are near San Francisco and find that Valley is about an hour away and think our problem is solved. We find a very knowledgeable and helpful trailer/RV dealer who tries to solve the problem but cannot.
The problem is as follows. The hitch is custom made by Valley for Winnebago, and Valley refers us to Winnebago. We call Winnebago and are told that they do not stock it, but would have to order it from Valley. They do not know when it will be delivered, and it could be between 1 and 4 weeks. They also say that we cannot buy it from them, but have to order it from a Winnebago dealer. I explain that we are traveling and ask how we can order it through a dealer when we donít even know when it will be delivered or where we will be when that is. Their answer is that there is no other way to get the hitch other than order from a Winnebago dealer.
Winnebagoís customer support is certainly terrible in this case. They sell motorhomes; motorhomes are built and bought to travel. Winnebagoís customer support should support traveling motorhomes.
Any suggestions???


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Old 06-07-2009, 06:48 AM   #2
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I would suggest you contact Byran Funke at Winnebago. He is the Service Administration supervisor. It would seem that if Valley is the manufacturer of the hitch, Winnebago could arrange for you to get a replacement directly from the manufacturer. You can contact Bryan at [email protected].

Another option would be to find a hitch dealer...one that does welding and perhaps custom hitch work. Perhaps your hitch can be repaired or a custom hitch can be made.
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:55 AM   #3
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We own a 2007 Winnebago Voyage with a hitch made by Valley. We are on an extended trip traveling from Florida to Vancouver BC and back, and are now in California.
We have damaged the trailer hitch and would like to replace it. We are near San Francisco and find that Valley is about an hour away and think our problem is solved. We find a very knowledgeable and helpful trailer/RV dealer who tries to solve the problem but cannot.
The problem is as follows. The hitch is custom made by Valley for Winnebago, and Valley refers us to Winnebago. We call Winnebago and are told that they do not stock it, but would have to order it from Valley. They do not know when it will be delivered, and it could be between 1 and 4 weeks. They also say that we cannot buy it from them, but have to order it from a Winnebago dealer. I explain that we are traveling and ask how we can order it through a dealer when we donít even know when it will be delivered or where we will be when that is. Their answer is that there is no other way to get the hitch other than order from a Winnebago dealer.
Winnebagoís customer support is certainly terrible in this case. They sell motorhomes; motorhomes are built and bought to travel. Winnebagoís customer support should support traveling motorhomes.
Any suggestions???

While I can sympathise with you on this and understand your frustration, if you don't know where you will be how can you tell them where to send it even if Winnebago did sell direct?

While Winnebago does not sell direct and cut out or compete with their dealers they will work with you to get the parts to a dealer in your area.

Valley probably makes the hitches in batch for Winnebago and does not stock them so delivery time to Winnebago may depend on how long it will take for Valley to ramp up, produce and ship a new batch.

I would call Winnebago back and ask if any dealer on your route has the hitch in stock and if that does not work then verify how long it would take to get the hitch to a dealer and then ask for dealers in locations approximate to where you will be at that time. If it is still 1 to 4 weeks then go with a dealer that you will be near to in 4 weeks.

Another option would be to ask the campground you are at if they can recomend a local hitch installer/fabricator who can repair the damage to your existing hitch.

By the way, how did you damage the hitch and how bad is the damage? The way the one on my Adventurer is made and attached it looks like there would be frame damage to the vehicle from any force strong enough to require total replacement of the hitch.
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:53 PM   #4
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I've run into the same problem with Winnebago while traveling, "see your local dealer". You might try calling Lichtsinn Motors in Forest City, they are the Winny dealer there and might have your hitch in stock or be able to get one quick and ship it to you in a future location.
However, I did call them about a sink cover replacement, was told approximately 6 weeks delivery time for over $200. Called the manufacturer, got it in 5 days for $83. Never know who to contact in the RV industry. As you stated, since RVs are for traveling our problems don't usually occur in our back yards and the manufacturers should work just a little bit to help us on the road.

Good luck.

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Damage was caused by bottoming out when going thru a dip at bottom of sloped driveway.
Receiver and cross bar on hitch are substantial but side plates used to go up and connect to frame are 3/16 plates. They seem to handle straight up OK, but in this case bottoming was turning a turn. Result was side plates were bent about 3 inches to the side and also up. A real mess.
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Thanks.
I e-mailed Bryan, who was away this week (of course).
Did get another phone call from Winnebago but no change in solution.
Don't know why they won't use e-mail.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:43 AM   #7
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Damage was caused by bottoming out when going thru a dip at bottom of sloped driveway.
Receiver and cross bar on hitch are substantial but side plates used to go up and connect to frame are 3/16 plates. They seem to handle straight up OK, but in this case bottoming was turning a turn. Result was side plates were bent about 3 inches to the side and also up. A real mess.
That sounds like something any welding shop could handle and probably make it better than new.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:43 AM   #8
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Gordon, we have two sponsors here that are relatively close to your apparent path.
Redlands RV in Redlands CA 1-888-249-0124 or

Brazels in Centralia WA 1-877-786-1576

They should be able to help you cut through the BS (blue smoke).
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Old 06-13-2009, 06:45 AM   #9
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That sounds like something any welding shop could handle and probably make it better than new.

Sounds about right. Any good hitch or welding shop should be able to hanle this. The two shops DonavonP reccomended would probably so you good also.
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