« Last post by Ron Dittmer on Today at 08:20:34 am »
The Winnebago H body coach design was really innovative. It was actually a separate chassis with a tube axle, grafted onto a front wheel drive Renault or VW T4 cab . The body was lightweight aluminum. Because there was no drive shaft the floor and overall height was low, so it was aerodynamic and immune to side drafts even without dual rear wheels.Yes I know that the VW chassis supplied ended at the back of the cab, delivered to Winnebago as Siamese twins. That was the one thing about the Rialta that bothered me. I was not comfortable with Winnebago supplying the back bone of the chassis and rear axle with brakes and such. I wondered where to get rear brake parts, a rear wheel bearing, a parking brake cable, a fuel filler tube or a fuel tank, things like that. Still it was something I was willing to accept at the time.
As you know, every Phoenix Cruiser has every chassis part readily available, regardless of where travelled.