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Old 03-09-2006, 03:06 AM   #21
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Congratulations to you and the wife Gary and Welcome to the forum!!

Sounds like you've already had some "experience" with Mother Nature, we're anxious to hear more!!
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Old 03-13-2006, 02:36 PM   #22
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Hey gang,as sort of the "newest" Winnebago Owners Forum moderator on the block,I've been wondering just how many of our readers are purely in the silent lurking phase.
Many times throughout the day,the "guest" list to this site far exceeds the number of members here....It made me curious,so I'm asking specifically those of you that are gueststo participate.
You might possibly be a current Winnebago owner, or even someone contemplating the future purchase of a Winnebago product.

I would like to ask anyone who has never posted in the Winnebago forum to consider making one post.The purpose for this post would sort of be an online roll call...

Your post could introduce yourself,or maybe the type of rig you own or are interested in. PLEASE FEEL FREE to make a one-time post and then lurk again if desired.

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Old 03-13-2006, 02:51 PM   #23
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WELCOME to "SightseerOne"....the newest member of iRV2!!

Thanks for "checking in" and we hope to hear more of your experiences,whether you're a "seasoned veteran" camper or just looking for a first rig!

Post when you will.....Make yourself at home!

As you've probably read already, we're all just trying to have fun and share some information with each other.

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Old 03-13-2006, 03:22 PM   #24
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Thanks for the offer to reply. This is my first-ever posting.

I own a 2002 Sightseer (30B floorplan) and it is the perfect MH for my wife and I - - not too big, not too small - - just right! We don't do much traveling in hilly areas but do make an occassional trip to the Poconos in PA and the TritonV10 barely breaks a sweat even when towing our Honda. So I don't see us buying a diesel pusher any time soon.

We've done some nice upgrades: added LCD flat screen tv's in lounge and bedroom),installed a PS2 game station, upgraded to Bilsteins all around, added computer workstation for front passenger seat, replaced OEM stereo speakers w/Infinity speakers and added subwoofer/surround sound system, added an iPod dock unit, installed a few sliding trays to basement storage compartments and just upgraded the deep cycle batteries from Class 24 to Class 27 Trojans and added a 1000 watt Xantrex inverter.

Coach has only had one problem that left me stranded at a 7-Eleven parking lot over the weekend (Friday -Monday) as it was not towable b/c I had it up on its jacks at an Indy show car event. The "house" electric was fine but the entire chassis was DEAD. Batteries had juice and the so-called "experts" who were deployed from Winnebago (local dealer and Ford service center) were CLUELESS as to the problem. Thank goodness a customer going into the store stopped and told me he had the EXACT same unit and wanted to know why I was sitting in the lot for two days in a row. I explained I was stranded and told him the "experts" gave up for the weekend and would try again on Monday to fix the problem. (They said they would be able to fix it in a snap if I could get it into the shop where they could run diagnostics on it - but being up on the jacks made that impossible because we couldn't get them down to drive it! I know, someone is going to say something like, "you should have overridden the jacks someway!" which is exactly what Winnebago techs and on-site techs tried to do to no avail. We had four W-bago engineers on the phone providing "live support" to the onsite guys and still no cure.

Well, long story short (too late!), the guy who had the same MH came back after church and tried to troubleshoot the coach. It should be noted that this gentleman is the Electrical Engineer of a major city in PA and he spent five hours crawling around and tweaking/testing and at times, almost cursing every electrical component he could find. He was MUCH more thorough than any of the support team that was being paid to fix the coach - not saying they didn't try - they seemed to do everything possible. Well, this good samaritan finally gave up after hours in the hot sun and wished me luck on Monday with the "experts" and said goodbye.

The next morning, as promised, a team was back at it trying to get the coach down so it could be towed to a service center. The local Ford Truck dealer even sent in their "Ultimate Weapon" - a 30-year veteran of all things Ford Truck! An hour later he slinked away in defeat!

Knowing that I had the store dumpster blocked and the franchisee getting angrier by the hour for taking up so much of his lot for the weekend, I started to think I would NEVER get my MH to a service center! Suddenly, the good samaritan with the same coach re-appeared and told me he was so flustered by not being able to get to the bottom of my problem that he tore his coach apart to see if he could figure out what was going wrong with mine (for fear he'd have the same problem!)

Well, he went right to my main fuse block/power distribution center, ripped off the plastic shield, grabbed a set of jumper cables out of the hands of one of the "experts" ground one end and hooked the other to a heavy cable attached to the fuse block - hooked the other end to a truck battery, ran into the coach and hit the ignition key - - Vroooom! All 10 pistons fired! He immediately brought the coach down off it's jacks and told me to drive it straight to the dealer. I followed the so called "experts" to the Ford Truck Center in Allentown, PA where they traced the problem to a cracked grounding block (the weld failed) deep inside the bowels of the undercarriage of the coach - total time 25 minutes! Go figure!

In all fairness, W-bago and all the "experts" gave it their best shot in the field. They made sure I was okay every step of the way, called me every few hours - even throughout the night to make sure I was okay. (I didn't want to leave the unit alone in the parking lot for the weekend so I opted to sleep in it b/c I had all of the amenities of the "house" side of the coach. Even the generator worked fine. Just couldnt get the coach side to work). Well, it would be an understatement to say I had enough trouble for one trip - but I've been pretty lucky ever since!

I wish I could tell everyone the exact problem but I'm not very mechanical - I only know that whatever it was that failed was at the end of the big heavy cable that runs from the main power distribution hub (in the engine compartment) back to a grounding stud (which broke off leaving the coach with no ground). But everything acted like it was grounded which through everyone off. Once they got it on the lift they found the bad weld.

Whew, I guess I saved a lot up for my first posting1 Sorry!

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Old 03-13-2006, 03:59 PM   #25
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Sightseer,you had a lifetime's worth of experience in one weekend!

You might post your "experience" with the grounding block over in the "Ford Chassis" forum as well....

Thanks!!
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Old 03-16-2006, 05:49 PM   #26
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Hey gang,as sort of the "newest" Winnebago Owners Forum moderator on the block,I've been wondering just how many of our readers are purely in the silent lurking phase.
Many times throughout the day,the "guest" list to this site far exceeds the number of members here....It made me curious,so I'm asking specifically those of you that are gueststo participate.
You might possibly be a current Winnebago owner, or even someone contemplating the future purchase of a Winnebago product.

I would like to ask anyone who has never posted in the Winnebago forum to consider making one post.The purpose for this post would sort of be an online roll call...

Your post could introduce yourself,or maybe the type of rig you own or are interested in. PLEASE FEEL FREE to make a one-time post and then lurk again if desired.

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Old 03-23-2006, 03:23 AM   #27
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Good morning everyone. I just found this Forum by doing a search. I did not know that Winnebago had a Forum. Good deal. I am a member of the RV.Net Forum

So, I only lurk for a moment or two.
My Mom and I have a 2006 29F Outlook/Winnebago. We have used the rig for a couple of trips AKA "the maiden voyages". Found some minor needs to be fixed. I am picking up the rig today from the shop.

So far we really like it. We have owned other RV's -- from pop-ups to motorhomes to 5th wheels/TT and back to MH; we have been RV'ing for many years.

I am learning so much more about this particular MH, perhaps because we are using it more; and I have taken a more active interest.

Look forward to learning more from all of you.
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Old 03-23-2006, 04:05 AM   #28
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Welcome to the forum!!

We're glad you found us and invite you to participate whenever you will!!

The "Winnebago Owners Forum" here on iRV2 is "sponsored" by Winnebago Industries,just as other forums here are sponsored by other vendor/manafacturers.

While I can assure you that Winnebago "reads" these forums, your views both pro and con are welcomed.

Should you have any questions of your Winnebago product that you can't find an answer for on the forums, you might try:

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Old 04-06-2006, 03:57 PM   #29
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Hi, I just purchased a 2006 Itasca Meridian 36G
this past week. And we are very pleased with this unit.

Been Rv'n since 1976. By sometime next year we hope to be full Timing. Time will tell.
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Old 04-06-2006, 05:01 PM   #30
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Congratulations on the purchase of your Meridian. Great Coach.

We've also got a 36G floorplan and really like it.

Just noticed your from Ohio. Keep an eye on the Great Lakes posting. We often have group campouts in the Western PA/Eastern Ohio area. It'd be great if you could join sometime.
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Hey Larry...Congrats on the new coach!!

Welcome to the Owner's Forum officially as well!!
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Well, I guess I'll add my 2 cents.
My wife and I owned a Safari Trek 30 footer before deciding to get our retirement coach early, so after looking at over 50 RV's in 2 weeks, there it was, without a doubt, the most beautiful thing we had ever walked into.
It took a whole day of discussions, dealing, figuring, more dealing, a long lunch, and finally, we decided this is going to be ours. We bought it!!
2002 Winnebago Chieftan 39T!!!!!
After being in a no slide RV and going to the 39T, this thing is a palace!!! We just love it. Had it out twice already and now, on Sunday my wifes comments are, do we have to go home now?? LOL
So there ya have it, WE are happy campers!!

Hope ta see ya on the road sometime!!

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Old 04-11-2006, 07:07 AM   #33
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Congrats on the new Winnebago Chieftan!!

As you've already discovered,there are many good folks here on these forums.

You might also check out the Workhorse Chassis Owner's Forum here on irv2 as well for "chassis specific" issues regarding your Workhorse chassis.
Most anything to do with the "house" portioj of your coach can be searched here in the Winnebago Owner's Forum, but usually you'll do better with chassis issues over there.
While there are many knowledgeable folks over there, "DriVer" is one of our site administrators and a very knowledgeable guy in the Workhorse arena...

Happy camping!
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Old 05-01-2006, 03:55 PM   #34
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Hey gang,as sort of the "newest" Winnebago Owners Forum moderator on the block,I've been wondering just how many of our readers are purely in the silent lurking phase.
Many times throughout the day,the "guest" list to this site far exceeds the number of members here....It made me curious,so I'm asking specifically those of you that are gueststo participate.
You might possibly be a current Winnebago owner, or even someone contemplating the future purchase of a Winnebago product.

I would like to ask anyone who has never posted in the Winnebago forum to consider making one post.The purpose for this post would sort of be an online roll call...

Your post could introduce yourself,or maybe the type of rig you own or are interested in. PLEASE FEEL FREE to make a one-time post and then lurk again if desired.

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Been a few weeks,thought I'd throw the invite out again....
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Old 05-04-2006, 05:44 PM   #35
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I read these postings to my husband as he repairs and engineers new improvements to our motorhome. We live on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and like so many of our neighbors are fighting back after Hurricane Katrina. We leave to get away from the scenery of destruction although this spring has been glorious. Pretty soon you all can come back to our beautiful coast and enjoy our wonderful campgrounds.
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Paulette, Welcome to the forum!

It's good to hear you and Ken are getting things with your coach in order.

My heart goes out to each and every one of you good folks in the Gulf with what you've endured through the past months....
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Well Bob... I am here to. I have been quite active on RV.Net and discovered this forum last weekend. Looking forward to contribute and learn a lot from you guys.
We have a 2005 Journey 36G and moved from sailing after 30+ years on the water. We now do dry sailing on our LND YAT (actual license plate).
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WOW!!! Another converted sailor.....John Canfield (and his wife Jane are convertees as well!!)

WELCOME Rose and Newton to iRV2!!

Glad to have you ALL over here....

We're trying to promote not only the exchange of questions and answers,which is great mind you, but we want to promote HAVING FUN on the website...

Hook that toad up, or hook that trailer up, GO CAMPING and come back and tell us about it!!

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Old 05-12-2006, 09:18 AM   #39
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Hello rebelsbeach

I do not know where to begin, except to ask how and who do I contact at Winnebago about the "bugs that have to be worked out" in a new motorhome, that has cause me a great deal of inconvenience and irritation?

I purchase a new 2006 29 foot Outlook January 25, 2006. I have returned it to the dealer 2 times in the three (3)months (picking it today -- again)of ownership. I believe it is more than just "bugs that have to be worked out."

The toilet leaked, seals had to be replace, the entertainment center was not working, it was miswired in some areas, and just not hooked up properly in others, the outside entertainment center ate my CD - it was not working right - some aspect of it was too tight, the roof leaked, with an area of seeping water line on the ceiling and dripping) the trim around the windshield had to be glued down,(although the windshield was sealed) the vent over the bathroom keeps breaking in the same place (they had to replace it the time of the walk-through), although it was not broken during the time of purchase, and now it broke again... like it is not fitting properly. It seems to break with the movement of the MH. The wallpaper strips, keep coming down. The Fresh water tank would not empty properly, they said the sensors were dirty. How, I just picked up the crazy thing, and the water the dealer put it was the water I could not empy out. How could the sensors be dirty?

And no fluid in the windshield washers - cab part, -- this was minor. However it all adds up to poor quality control and extremely irriating. These rigs cost way too much for these "bugs."

We bought the Winnebago because they are suppose to be well constructed. Well, "these bugs that have be worked out" are wearing a bit thin on me.

The dealership is 1-2hours down the road with a lot of crazy Austin city driving. Plus the inconvience of trying to find someone to pick me after I leave the MH and then have someone take me to pick up the MH.

The Dealership has been exceptional with their assistance, and all they say, "this should not be happening." They are right. It shouldn't. As I said, these repairs are more than "Bugs that have to be worked out." They are not rattles, they are items if not caught could and would cause serious harm/injury and costly repair to the MH.

I would appreciate any suggestions of whom I can contact. Like I said, after 3 months of ownership, I have had some serious repairs completed.

I am sorry if I have offened anyone with my rambling. Hopefully people at Winnebago reads this submissions, and they can give me an answer. Because the "bugs" have to stop, I think they have exercised enough cause I am leaving for a three week trip soon. It seems after every trip I take there are more "bugs" that infestate.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions you can offer.
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I have sent you some contact information in an email to your rr.com account.

I am sorry you are having issues and hope that with some contact help you can get some assistance in solving them.
You need be in contact with Owner Relations and I will send you that information...

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