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starsea

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Posted: 08/11/11 09:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any opinions or experiences on the affordability of owning Winnebago's Rialta and View.





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the only RV that is affordable is a tent.
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LOL bumpy has a point.

Last year I talked to a lady at Glacier who was travelling in a Rialta. She said she got around 20 mpg in it. She hadn't had it very long so had no comment on its long-term cost. But she bought it used and was happy with it.


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The Rialta, with VW chassis, has not been made since 1994. Many parts were specific to the model and can no longer be purchased. It's a crap-shoot whether you could find parts for it at any price.


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My Dad has a rialta and loves it. The mileage is great and he has never had problems getting parts. It rides low, so I have seen him replacing his black water valve. It seems well equipped for the size, although the shower seems like it would be a pain for me. But I am a big boy.


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MNtundraRet wrote:

The Rialta, with VW chassis, has not been made since 1994. Many parts were specific to the model and can no longer be purchased. It's a crap-shoot whether you could find parts for it at any price.


Not accurate. They made Rialta's with the VW engine until the mid 2000's. I for one had a 1999 Rialta.

The Rialta is a nice size, gets great gas mileage, fun to drive. The issues I had with the Rialta were a) Tires - Very hard to find b) most VW dealers won't touch them and I had to find a local general service center to work on it, and c) The bathroom/shower combo was/is a sick joke(Pull out the cabinet, hang a shower curtain, pump the water out of the shower basin if it doesn't clog, and so on).


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Posted: 08/12/11 08:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Handbasket wrote:

There's a model specific Rialta group on Yahoo Groups. Not sure that the same is true for the View, but there is one for the Sprinter. But no doubt some of the members of each will have 'drunk the kool-aid' and will insist that the vehicle has _no_ faults.

I've read of service issues with the Rialta (finding a VW shop that can fit it in) and the Sprinter (Some Dodge dealers do it, some M-B dealers don't, not all Freightliner shops will). Some Sprinter parts may be costy because they're not available except as part of a larger assembly.

Most Sprinters have an LP generator, which could be a cost & convenience issue
if you use it a lot.


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however fewer issues ( i didn't say none) with propane generator.

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Posted: 08/12/11 09:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is a very large, very active, and extremely knowledgeable and helpful Yahoo Group for the View/Navion:

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/View-Navion/

I would join both groups to research this topic. I would tend to choose the View/Navion over Rialta because of the bathroom issue alone.


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Sorry for the typo. I meant 2004. I was looking at them at the time. The problem is getting parts specifically designed for the Rialta. The VW dealer near home used to sell them, but other than the engine or tranny, they do not work on them.

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Comparing the Rialta to the View/Navion seems like comparing apples and nuclear submarines.


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