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RE: First trip- 2013 Winnebago Vista 35B 18,500 miles

Hi, glad your trip went well! Some thoughts: 1. Yes, the V-10 engine will rev to 4200 RPM at the first sight of a hill. I used a 3rd part up-chip programmer (5-Star Tuning) and engage Tow/Haul to control RPM surge. 2. Good suggestions above. Keep in mind that storage volume does not equal limitless carrying capacity. My assorted stuff in the basement adds up weight in a hurry. 4. I carry two 6X6 blocks about 2 feet long. Relatively light and strong enough to handle the pressure of the leveling jacks on uneven sites. 5. A lot goes into towing: a) toad must be approved for 4-down flat towing and weigh in under 5000#; b) tow plate for the vehicle; c) tow bar; d) brake assist; e) safety cables or chains; f) put carabines on the hitch to facilitate hooking up the safety cables; g) tire pressure monitoring system for all ten tires. 6. Blue gunk sold by WalMart or CW...the watery stuff isn't useful. 7. Turn off A/C while shift power, otherwise it's hard on the ATS and compressors. 8. check to see whether the tires have been changed, as OEM tires are over-age. When we bought our rig, the Denver mattress torture device hit the dumpster, and we bought a 12" hybrid RV queen mattress from Mayfair. HTH, Jack Thanks again!!! I’m going to check out the mattress!
jlrmfc21 03/21/22 06:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: First trip- 2013 Winnebago Vista 35B 18,500 miles

As far as the performance. Don’t hold back! Let it rev, 4500rpm isnt out of the question. Going up I70 out of Denver has me at 45 mph in 2nd gear at 4500rpm towing an Explorer with 2 bikes on the back. This was before the 5 star tune, and yes the 5 star time makes a huge difference in towing performance. As for leveling, as long as the ground is somewhat level just level the coach manually with the leveling system. If it needs to lift a tire off the ground, then raise it past that point and put whatever amount of boards are needed under the tire. Then retract all jacks and relelvel. On the storage, don’t worry. Eventually you wil fill everything and you’ll be trying to figure out what isn’t needed. On the generator and having it running when disconnecting oe connecting. I’ve heard it’s bad to do it under load. Supposedly it’s bad for the contacts in the auto transfer switch. At the very least make sure any heavy loads are turned off. That’s what I thought about the 6.8! And thanks for the advice on leveling! Never even thought about just lifting up higher and putting a board under the tire! Thanks!
jlrmfc21 03/21/22 06:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: First trip- 2013 Winnebago Vista 35B 18,500 miles

Reading your subject line, I thought your first trip was 18,500 miles long! Ha ha! Then I was surprised that from Midlothian VA to Park City UT was only 50 miles :) 1. I dread the day when I may purchase a newer motorhome with a Ford engine. Our Chevy 8.1 purrs like a kitten. But still slows down alot going up an incline. I don't worry about it. Just watch the RPMs and change gears as needed. 2. Sewer hose...You mean another one for additional length? Or a better one? Get the Rhino. It's a better one and they make extension lengths that just hook on to the main hose. 3. Wish I had tons of unused storage! Hoses and extra hoses (garden, fresh-water, sewer), chairs, small stepladder, wood blocks, tools, various bottles (antifreeze, oil, ant spray, WD-40, sometimes gallons of drinking water). Plus some things mentioned above. This is stuff in the outside storage compartments. 4. If the ground is too unlevel for the automatic leveling to work, first I put wood blocks under front or rear tires for support. Then use the auto leveling. If I can't make it work, I just won't park there. 6. If you use enough flush water, you don't need any treatments (as long as seals and vents are working properly). Sometimes I use Happy Camper or Unique Digest-It. Both are natural enzymes. 7. In theory I think that should work. But once I got a burnt surge protector when I turned on the generator while being plugged in. So I'll leave it to others to comment. Excellent recommendations!
jlrmfc21 03/21/22 06:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: First trip- 2013 Winnebago Vista 35B 18,500 miles

Things we take along in storage: air pump for the tires, misc tools accumulated over the years, spare parts and fluids, leveling blocks, step to reach first step when needed, wash tub rags and towels for cleaning grill, BBQ grill and misc cooking tools, small outside table, four camp chairs, supplies for our two dogs, four foot step ladder, 2-25' and 5-10' water hoses and misc connectors including pressure regulators, at least 50' of different length sewer hoses and connectors, one 50' and 2-20' 30 amp electric cables and misc dog bone connectors (haven't gotten around to getting a 50 amp cable for our new coach, brooms for outside, brush for washing front of the coach on the road, and finally a bug brush for the windshield. This is just the outside stuff most accumulated over 46 years of RVing. Great advice and recommendations! Thanks!
jlrmfc21 03/21/22 06:17pm Class A Motorhomes
First trip- 2013 Winnebago Vista 35B 18,500 miles

Just got back from our first trip with our 2013 Vista 35b. No issues! Best news of al!:) Went only 50 miles from the house to Park City Utah to be close and get familiar with the coach. A few thoughts: 1. Drove well, but the V10 likes to rev. Normal from what I’ve read! ran great on flat highway, but was pushing 3500 rpms and 45 mph going up I80 from SLC to Park city! I’ve had a suburban with an 8.1 and it doesn’t rev near as much. I do plan on flat towing a 2018 jeep rubicon 4 door. Didn’t on this trip. Has me a little concerned but seems that the Vista will do it fine on flat roads, but just slow up steep inclines. Yes??? 2. Love the bath and a half. But I think I need another sewer hose. Will make it easier when emptying. 3. Tons of storage! Any recommendations on what folks carry because we still have so many empty cabinets and storage areas. 4. Leveling a motor home. Any tricks or suggestions ? A little different than a travel trailer as I don’t have an easy front end jack to level it. Get it as level as possible then auto level? I just worry about not being level enough then the auto level system lifts the tires off the ground. 5. Towing a jeep? What exactly do I need? I have a decent idea. But anyone that does it, if you have a recommendations, please share! 6. What gray/black tank treatments do you use? 7. Generator? Was curious about turning it on in order to go ahead and unhook from shore power, but not have a lapse in power. 8. Any other tricks of the class A life?!? I’d love to hear! Thanks again for all the advice and we are looking forward to many more trips!
jlrmfc21 03/20/22 02:27pm Class A Motorhomes
New to us 2013 Winnebago Vista 35B

After 10 months of looking, we have purchased a 2013 Winnebago Vista 35b. Very well maintained, nearly new, and only 18,500 miles. Garage kept for first 7 years and it shows! I don’t remember who exactly, but someone on here had mentioned the bath and a half and us having two girls, and we agree that this will be great. The build of the Winnebagos just seems to be a notch above without going to a Newmar or Tiffin. We are very excited for more adventures!
jlrmfc21 03/03/22 09:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2013 Winnebago Vista 35b

Vista is Winnie's entry level line. I see you looked at Tiffins previously. The Vista will not have nearly the fit and finish the Tiffin does. But Winnie does make a good coach. You are looking at a MH that's 10 years old so I'd be less concerned with who the manufacturer was and more about how it was maintained and it's condition. So the Tiffin we looked at was a 2011, and this 2013 Winnebago was nicer and had more features. We were very surprised at how nice it was. Very well kept and had everything we wanted. Thank you all for the help and advice as I’m not sure I ever would have thought about Winnebagos!
jlrmfc21 02/21/22 06:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2013 Winnebago Vista 35b

We are purchasing the motor home! $83k. Super clean unit! We are excited!
jlrmfc21 02/21/22 05:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2013 Winnebago Vista 35b

We had a 2014 Vista 35b for five years. Bought it new. I was very pleased with the build quality. Had no real need for warranty work. The fiberglass roof is good to have but definitely check the seams that run the full length both sides where roof attaches to sidewall channel to make sure sealed properly. Winnie spells out in manual the required maintenance there and you’ll want to ensure previous owner hasn’t ignored that. If the coach has been maintained properly, and tires have been replaced as noted by previous poster since originals would be approaching 10 years, these are really nice units imo. They also handle well for a gasser. My previous mh was a 2007 Winnie gasser with 19.5” tires and the 35b with the 22s handled infinitely better. Thank you! They are asking $85k. Seems to be in great condition. Did a full walk through and drove it around as well.
jlrmfc21 02/20/22 05:26pm Class A Motorhomes
2013 Winnebago Vista 35b

Hi all, Going to look at this 2013 Winnebago Vista 35b today. Has 18k miles. We are having a hard time finding a unit for our family. They all seem to be bad workmanship and quality. Would love some reviews of folks on the Winnebago vista as I don’t know much about them. Thank you!
jlrmfc21 02/20/22 10:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor coach with bunks recommendations for family

I think we are going to put an offer in. :-)
jlrmfc21 09/11/21 03:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor coach with bunks recommendations for family

Taking the family to look at the allegro RED 38QBA tomorrow. It has 54k miles, two owners, and they are asking $125k. I looked at it a week ago and seems like a nice coach. We aren’t in the position to full time yet as I’m a couple years, 4, out from retirement abs my two girls are 12 and 9. We love the floor plan and think this would be a great coach. Would it make sense to buy a diesel pusher like this when we will only be using it for long weekends and maybe a week or two a year? I’m more concerned about it sitting a lot not being used and the maintenenace? When I retire in 4 years, we plan on doing 2-3 month roads trips with our girls so I’m weighing if it makes sense to go ahead and buy a nice coach or by a smaller decent class C now and then trade up in 4 years.?.?.?.? Any other input is greatly appreciated!
jlrmfc21 09/10/21 09:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor coach with bunks recommendations for family

Tiffin Allegro Open Road 35QBA & 36UA. Yes we have been looking at those too. Is it worth it to buy the 38qba with the diesel if I can get a used one for almost the same price???
jlrmfc21 09/07/21 09:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Quality in a class C

Thank you all for the info. I’ll def look at the itasca now too. What about the Forrest river foresters?
jlrmfc21 09/07/21 07:50pm Class C Motorhomes
Quality in a class C

Looking for a quality used class C for a family of 4. We’ve had two travel trailers in the past and one had issues - and it was the one we bought brand new in 2018 after tons of research. Decided we want a class C now and we don’t want it in the shop al the time. What brands do we need to look at and what do we need to absolutely stay away from? Looking at 31 ft and larger. Thank you!!!
jlrmfc21 09/06/21 09:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: looking to buying a new class A we have questions ???

Hi, with that budget I’d look at Newmar or tiffin
jlrmfc21 09/05/21 10:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor coach with bunks recommendations for family

So after more and more research, we are still torn. Are the Winnebago class C Minnie winnies decent quality? We are looking at the 31K. Seems to be a nice setup.
jlrmfc21 09/05/21 09:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor coach with bunks recommendations for family

We are really looking at the tiffin allegro red open road 38 qbh. Has bunks. We are looking at years 2011-2016 and they are very nice and seem very well built. May be making an offer on a 2011 allegro red 38qbh that I went and looked it. They are asking $125k. Has 54k miles.
jlrmfc21 09/02/21 04:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor coach with bunks recommendations for family

Thank you all for the info! I did notice that the THOR AcE reviews were not good at all. The last thing I want is for it to be in the shop all the time! So it seems that the general consensus is that the Winnebagos are the best quality for the money? Any other brands you recommend? I would say Winnebago and perhaps Georgetown only because Tiffin and Newmar don't seem to offer much in the way of bunk floorplans. Thor owns Tiffin now and Winnie owns Newmar anyway. Like Thor, I would probably pass over Coachmen and Jayco, but that's just my opinion. Winnie makes a pretty decent coach in terms of quality and fit and finish. Thor does have many other offerings besides the ACE. However even moving up the ladder to their mid tier offerings, I still find the quality sub-par to Winnie. But as with most things, you get what you pay for. The ACE and most other Thors are cheaper than other brands, so it goes back to how much and what you will use it for. Maybe you want to save some coin and get a cheaper RV. That's why there is a market for them. After all of the comments, I'm leaning towards winnebagos or even the georgetown; and am even looking at higher end models now like Newmars. From what it sounds liek though, I'd be better off even buying a 10 year old NEWMAR than brand new cheaper/lower build quality models. Is that a true statement? Seems like I could always upgrade different items on the interior to make it feel newer? THANKS AGAIN for all the input!
jlrmfc21 09/02/21 10:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor coach with bunks recommendations for family

Thank you all for the info! I did notice that the THOR AcE reviews were not good at all. The last thing I want is for it to be in the shop all the time! So it seems that the general consensus is that the Winnebagos are the best quality for the money? Any other brands you recommend?
jlrmfc21 09/01/21 12:09pm Class A Motorhomes
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