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Old 09-04-2017, 10:49 PM   #11
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Aha! I may be able to make the Pomona show in Oct. We'll see. Thanks!
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Old 09-20-2017, 03:22 AM   #12
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I will offer my input regarding the choice of a Rialta. Made from 1995 to 2005. Try to go 1997 or newer as the first year or two had the 5 cylinder VW. The ride, quality, and versatility are fantastic. I have a 1999 HD. This is probably the most useful floor plan if it is just 2 people. It has seating for 7 people (w/seat belts!) but sleeps 2. It is the only floor plan that has the fridge/freezer combo and optional propane oven. I have had other and bigger RV's but this can go anywhere and park most anywhere. I can drive it all day and not be tired. The engine is so quiet, that at speeds above 45 mph you really can't hear it. Some people claim that it is a bit under-powered. I learned the best tip from this forum; USE THE CRUISE CONTROL on all hill climbs. The computer does things I could never do regarding the up and down shifting and usually keeps me at full speed. Better for your transmission to. I was always afraid of Cruise during hill climbs because the older cars would floor the gas pedal and scare everyone. The Rialta doesn't do this. If the strain is too much it simply cuts off. Hope you have a great find.
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Old 09-25-2017, 04:26 AM   #14
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My husband and I are both in our early 60's and retired. We have been talking about the RV life for years and we're ready to take the plunge.

He's got his heart set on a Rialta. He likes the thoughts of being able to park in a regular space and the gas engine.

Me, I'm not so sure about the small van size, but I'm willing to go along. I have several questions, foremost being about the Rialta beds. I'm looking at the FD twin due to the full size twin beds it features. We are both larger size people. Are we going to be comfortable on the twin beds? I think we need those beds in order to be able to get in and out of bed easily. We can't be climbing out over each other like we did in our younger days.

Also, can we pull the cabinets out of the back of the Rialta FD twin? We think we want the view more than the cabinet space.

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Old 09-25-2017, 12:13 PM   #15
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My husband and I are both in our early 60's and retired. We have been talking about the RV life for years and we're ready to take the plunge.

He's got his heart set on a Rialta. He likes the thoughts of being able to park in a regular space and the gas engine.

Me, I'm not so sure about the small van size, but I'm willing to go along. I have several questions, foremost being about the Rialta beds. I'm looking at the FD twin due to the full size twin beds it features. We are both larger size people. Are we going to be comfortable on the twin beds? I think we need those beds in order to be able to get in and out of bed easily. We can't be climbing out over each other like we did in our younger days.

Also, can we pull the cabinets out of the back of the Rialta FD twin? We think we want the view more than the cabinet space.

Thanks!

Have you ever owned a VW car?

Do you know how old are the Rialtas?
How many years since WGO stopped making them?

Do you know how difficult/easy it is to get VW mechanical services?
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In reply to BBQ re: being newbies to the forum.

We've owned a Volkswagen Van. My husband loved it. He's a mechanic and only wants a Volkswagen engine. He's convinced he can do the repairs on a Rialta, or have it done. Me, I'm not so sure about finding help. I know he's good with engines but sometimes everyone needs help and I'm reading it's difficult to find help with Rialtas.

We understand they are an older van and no longer made. Again, this thought does not deter my husband.

He's got his heart set on a Rialta. He's willing to go for the sleeping arrangements I want. We are both older, large people. We need to get up and down at night to use the restroom. We can't be climbing over each to get in and out of bed at night. I figure we are going to need the Rialta FD with twin beds or the Rialta QD with the extra twin bed upfront. The problem with the QD, on all the ones I've seen, is if you are standing at the sink cooking, you are blocking the front door. Therefore, my choice is the Rialta FD with the twin beds.

I know a Rialta FD twin is going to be difficult to find. But that's what I'm looking for and I have a couple of questions. #1 How comfortable are those twin bed mattresses? #2 Can a topper be put on the mattresses to increase the comfort? #3 We are wanting to pull the large cabinets at the foot out to improve the view. I'd imagine you'd almost have to pull those cabinets out, if you've got a high mattress topper. How easy is it to pull the cabinets out?

I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks
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Have you looked at the Travato 59K? Not an old VW so probably less headache.
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In reply to BBQ re: being newbies to the forum.

We've owned a Volkswagen Van. My husband loved it. He's a mechanic and only wants a Volkswagen engine. He's convinced he can do the repairs on a Rialta, or have it done. Me, I'm not so sure about finding help. I know he's good with engines but sometimes everyone needs help and I'm reading it's difficult to find help with Rialtas.

We understand they are an older van and no longer made. Again, this thought does not deter my husband.

He's got his heart set on a Rialta. He's willing to go for the sleeping arrangements I want. We are both older, large people. We need to get up and down at night to use the restroom. We can't be climbing over each to get in and out of bed at night. I figure we are going to need the Rialta FD with twin beds or the Rialta QD with the extra twin bed upfront. The problem with the QD, on all the ones I've seen, is if you are standing at the sink cooking, you are blocking the front door. Therefore, my choice is the Rialta FD with the twin beds.

I know a Rialta FD twin is going to be difficult to find. But that's what I'm looking for and I have a couple of questions. #1 How comfortable are those twin bed mattresses? #2 Can a topper be put on the mattresses to increase the comfort? #3 We are wanting to pull the large cabinets at the foot out to improve the view. I'd imagine you'd almost have to pull those cabinets out, if you've got a high mattress topper. How easy is it to pull the cabinets out?

I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks

Your hubby is a mechanic? THen you are in good hands. You should be ok.
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I think you will be very happy with the FD Rialta. You may want to try the rig first before taking the cabinets out. Being that storage is at such a minimum they may be more desirable than the view. The beds should be very comfortable and the topper should still allow for the clearance. The telescopic bathroom is so well made that, at night if you are stealthy, you can open and close it silently if you hold the buttons in until it latches (like sneaky kids). Though small, it will grow on you. It feels very spacious when you are sitting in the captain's chairs (turned around) and looking at the full length of the room!
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