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Old 02-16-2017, 01:16 PM   #1
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I'm interested in purchasing a Rialta and would like any and all suggestions about what I should look for and any engine or other updates that I should do or make sure I have. My wife and I have been camping for 45 years and full time for the past four years in a 2006 Itaska Suncruiser, Model 38J. It's been a wonderful experience but do to health problems I'm going to sell it and move back into a house on my son's property. We still want to camp and travel but not as much. We've had about every type camper you could think of but we are truely interested in the Rialta and need as much help as we can get from the people that know and are using them. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks!!
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I like them but in the end went for a newer RV on a chev- I can fix it or get serviced, parts anywhere, from anybody and cheap.

there are 2 motor versions, the later made more power ( these things don;t fly up the mountains- but on the flatlands they do quite well.

it seems that finding tires can be a challenge/ $$$

there are 4 floorplans each of which has attributes depending on what you need.

headroom is slight for 6 footers

the bathroom is genius, but right in the way of everything if 1 person is using

poptop heaven in yucaipa always has a few in stock- I drive past there once in a while
gowesty carries some shared parts
it seems from posts that owners have trouble finding interior plastic trim pieces from VW easily

Youtube has some great owner videos on use and fixes

I am sure that you will soon get better info

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Thanks a lot Mike. I appreciate your rapid reply and will keep your information.
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Old 02-17-2017, 04:45 AM   #4
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Also check out this site:
Winnebago Rialta Motor Home

And also this IO Group as well:
https://groups.io/g/Rialta
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Thank a lot. Looks like a lot of helpful info here. Appreciate it
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Good Luck in your search!
Every RV has Pros and Cons. You just need to decide which outweighs the other for your situation. We are lucky to have found ours close by and it great condition. Luckily we are not overly tall and can move through the RV comfortably. The Rialta gets good mileage and I'm lucky to have a couple of VW shops that I know who will work on it.

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Old 02-17-2017, 01:35 PM   #7
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Unless there is a special reason for wanting a Rialta,
I would suggest newbies to stay away from it.


If you know what you are doing, fine, go ahead and enjoy.

Do not buy it because of the price.
Well, most of the units are not cheap, comparatively speaking.
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Thanks a lot Robert. My wife and I are small too so height is not a problem. I'll be looking closer for one after I sell my 2006 Itaska Suncruiser, 38J We've been Full Timing in it for almost four years but due to some health issues we need to move back into a permanent house but I don't want to give up camping and fishing.
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I think it will work out for us. I've been camping for over 45 years in about every type so I'm not afraid of change. I know all of them have there pros and cons which is the reason I posted here to obtain any hints or recommendations that will help me. I've learned a lot already in the past two days because of the information I've received here. Looks like a Transmission Cooler will be the first upgrade I do. Thanks for your reply!!
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Found this 2004 on Nashville Craigslist but the unit is in Ark.
https://nashville.craigslist.org/rvs/6006555937.html

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