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1996 Winnebago Rialta 22FD

Posted Mar 12, 2024 | Hits
Country: USA
Region: OR
City: Portland
Make: Winnebago
Zip: 97216
Model: Rialta 22FD
Year: 1996
Fuel: Gasoline
Condition: Used
1996 Winnebago Rialta 22FD – Mechanically Refurbished and Ready to Travel!
Quick Summary (long version below): 1996 Winnebago Rialta 22FD Class B Motorhome in great condition. Low-mileage used engine with many new parts and seals and a freshly-rebuilt transmission. Upgraded stereo, new tires, new brakes, and all RV systems in great working condition. This RV is ready to travel anywhere and make its new owner(s) happy for many years to come.
Winnebago Rialta Description: For those not familiar with the Rialta, this is a VW Eurovan (T4 Transporter in Europe) van chassis with RV integration by Winnebago. This is a very popular van chassis in Europe (mildly popular in the US) with thousands on the road and parts readily available. The inline 5-cylinder in-use in 1996 is a very robust engine and preferred by many Eurovan enthusiasts due to its relative simplicity and ease of maintenance compared with the later VR6 models. The Rialta motorhome, designed by Winnebago, is a very clever and high-quality coach, with the features of much larger motorhomes and coveted by those who desire full amenities combined with high fuel economy, car-like handling, and ease of use in cities (maneuvering, parking, etc.). This RV will fit in many garages, any parking space, and can be taken through any drive-through window, yet is fully equipped for off-grid self-contained camping. The FD layout is perfect for a single person or a couple, with a fixed double bed (no need to set-up camp after you park, etc.).
Engine: The engine is a low-mileage (81,294 miles) used 2.5L 5-cylinder Volkswagen engine from a different Eurovan. The engine has all new primary seals (rear main, front main, camshaft), new spark plugs, new air filter, new oil filter, new water pump, new timing belt, new timing belt tensioner, new serpentine accessory belt. In my personal opinion, a factory-built, freshly-sealed, low-mileage used engine is a much more robust option than a rebuilt engine of unknown quality (too many details to get wrong by those unfamiliar) and represents the next best thing to a brand-new engine. These engines are known to go multiple hundreds of thousands of miles if maintained properly and this one is running great, with excellent and matching compression on all cylinders. It starts quickly, idles smoothly, and pulls the RV great down the road with no noises, leaks, or smoke. The only unresolved “mechanical” issue is a nuisance engine light that I’ve not been able to resolve. The code says “low manifold vacuum,” but I have verified the vacuum to be correct. Efforts to repair the engine computer have not been successful.
Transmission: The transmission is freshly rebuilt by a local transmission specialist (Greenville Transmission Clinic), is a 4-speed automatic, and has less than 200 miles on it. I purchased the RV non-running and replaced the engine. While the engine was out (which is removed together with the transmission), I had the transmission fully rebuilt since its condition was unknown and I didn’t want to reinstall it only to learn that it wasn’t in perfect working condition. The transmission shop has been rebuilding VW transmissions since the 90’s and the local Volkswagen dealership actually brings all of their transmissions to this shop. The transmission is now in perfect working condition and shifts great, with no issues. The transmission fluid and gear case fluid is, of course, new as well. The rebuild included replacing all weak links common to these transmissions with upgraded parts (typical process for transmission rebuilds), and this one should be good for many years to come.
Van Chassis, brakes, tires, and remainder of van mechanical: The Rear brakes have been completely replaced with new parts (drums, wheel cylinders, and shoes). The front brakes and remainder of the chassis components are in good working order and ready to travel. The tires are new and 6-ply (rated for RV use) with less than 200 miles on them. The dash AC is in good working order (Compressor engages smoothly, etc.) and blows cool. The chassis shows 174,XXX miles on the odometer (see other sections regarding engine miles and transmission miles). No known issues with the van mechanicals.
RV Systems: The RV mechanical systems are all in great working order. The roof A/C (air conditioner) is reversible (A/C or Heat) and works great both ways. The refrigerator runs on propane, AC, or DC and is good working order. The stove is a 2-burner and runs great on propane. The furnace runs on propane and works great. The water system works on shore-pressure or onboard DC water pump (all work great). The water heater works on engine heat or AC power, both work great. The bathroom pulls-out for use and stows-away for space-savings (common to all Rialtas) and uses a floor drain pump to discharge water to the grey-water tank (working great). The toilet is in good working order, as is the shower. The RV deep-cycle battery is new. The generator has a freshly-rebuilt carburetor and starts/runs/charges great. Side-note: you can actually use this (or any RV generator) to back-feed your home in the event of a power-outage (just plug the RV into the wall and start the generator).
Interior: The interior is in good shape (carpet, seats, interior panels, etc.), with only some minor discoloration on the ceiling in the RV section (could be spray-painted or roller-painted, but it hasn’t bothered me enough for that). The bed set is brand new and has never been slept on (pillows, pillow cases, sheets, comforter). The stereo is a brand new pioneer with 50-watts/channel, remote control, adjustable color, Bluetooth connectivity (can play music or talk hands-free from a cell phone), and usb-charging. The speakers are all brand new and sound great. The power windows, power locks, gauges, etc. are all in good working order.
Exterior: The exterior is in great shape, with no dents, etc.

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