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Old 12-06-2021, 10:35 PM   #1
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Hi,

My wife and I just purchased a 2007 Winnebago Itasca Sunrise 33v. We have been sailors for 20 years and have decided in retirement to try our hand at cruising a land yacht.

Because of our boating experience we are familiar and comfortable with most of the systems onboard our new to us RV. There are things like slide outs, leveling system, roof seals and general chassis maintenance that we are learning about.

We look forward to learning from other members and passing on the knowledge we already have that may be useful to others.

Mike Reid
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Old 12-06-2021, 10:41 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Yes, lots of similarities to sailing, and many things different. Iíve watched Gone with the Wynnís on YouTube for many years. They started as RVers, and then purchased a catamaran. Wishing you the best as you go from sailing to RVing!
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Old 12-07-2021, 05:54 AM   #3
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Welcome, you're not alone. We were sailors for 20+ years in the California Delta area before buying a travel trailer in 2005. We did both for several years until RVing took over and we sold our Catalina 30. Several of our sailing friends are now RVers. You may have heard the old adage that Catalinas are the Winnebagos of the sailing world and it's an apt description.

Your sailing background puts you in good stead for RVing. Your best bet to find yourself a good commercial truck shop that also repairs RVs along with a good, independent RV repair shop for slides, etc. For the most part, RV dealers and large shops like Camping World should be last on your list for service.

Your 33V will have either a Ford or Workhorse chassis. Winnieowners' sister site, IRV2.com has "Chassis Club" forums for different chassis types:

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f15/

As with boats, leaks are the first things to be taken care of. You should learn all you can about Winnebago's roof construction and windshield leaks. The best way to find things on Winnieowners is via the Google search block at the top of the page. It works better than the Forum Search tab.

Lichtsinn RV has good info on Winnebago roofs:

https://www.lichtsinn.com/blog/roof-...e-for-your-rv/

Also, AZ Expert's Youtube channel has some informative videos on Winnebago roofs and other topics: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs6...apU4bUNbLfTEDA

If you want to learn about slideouts, check out some of azpete's posts here on Winnieowners. Azpete is a Winnieowner who is also an HWH employee. HWH is the manufacturer of your hydraulic slides and jacks:

https://www.winnieowners.com/forums/...archid=2912175

Here's a link to a Winnieowner's website that has a lot of good information:

https://chaos.goblinbox.com/rv-repai...go-journey-dl/

Also, boats don't have tires. Here's a great resource from Roger Marble, a retired tire engineer and also a Winnieowner (Tireman9):

https://www.rvtiresafety.net/2011/03...and-roger.html

Winnebago makes a wealth of information available here:

https://www.winnebago.com/owners/owner-resources

And there are more helpful links here under "Stickies":

https://www.winnieowners.com/forums/f259/

If you let us know where you live, some of us might be able to point you towards some good service locations. You can include this information in your profile so it's always visible. You can be as general or specific as you like.

You might also want to set up a signature block similar to mine and macnut's via the User CP in the tool bar that gives the basic info on your MH so it's there every time you post.

Bob
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Hi,

My wife and I just purchased a 2007 Winnebago Itasca Sunrise 33v. We have been sailors for 20 years and have decided in retirement to try our hand at cruising a land yacht.

Because of our boating experience we are familiar and comfortable with most of the systems onboard our new to us RV. There are things like slide outs, leveling system, roof seals and general chassis maintenance that we are learning about.

We look forward to learning from other members and passing on the knowledge we already have that may be useful to others.

Mike Reid
Years of sailing has no doubt trained you to be ready to fix anything! You'll find that training comes in handy for RVing!

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