This website lets you not choose the right RV. This is for a 2001 Four Winds Five Thousand with floorplan 23A, so basically the same as the 23J.
I own this RV, had it for several years now.
Sold as a 2001, but built on a 2000 Ford chassis.
25 feet long with the Ford V10 engine (6.8 liter).
The only thing I dislike the most and have (had) to deal with is quality, the 2 major problems known are:
- Four Winds used glue which did not last, every Four Winds seen out there had/has delamination starting withing a few years after built, and it is getting worse.
- The Ford V10 engine (2 valve in these years) popped out spark plug(s) because of improper treat seatings in the head.
Other than that, it has been a reliable RV so far. It has all the features truly needed and is not to expensive to maintain (depending on what the service facility charges. The only repairs I had so far were age related wear and tear, like parts in the furnace, ball joints, etc.
The RV is basic, e.g. the electric system for the chassis and house are separated from each other. This means that the engine wont charge the house battery, and the generator wont charge the chassis battery.
The same goes for the black and grey water systems. If the black tank is being flushed, water has to be added through either the toilet or the bathroom sink. There is no interconnection to run the grey water into the black tank.
The floor layout I found inconvenient. The kitchen sinks (2) in the angled countertop cuts into the walkway, and splits the little space on the countertop in half, making it even less usable, especially since one space is not behind the sink.
The 'cramped in' dinette is way to small, I took it out, along with the 'cheap' chair across and added 2 recliners. The furnace box is next to the refrigerator and causes an intrusion into the now much larger living space.
It is hard to find spare parts (e.g. trims, door seals etc.). Many items which are worn or broken (windows, entrance door) are patched up because no replacement parts would fit, the RV industry appears to use no standard sizes.
Again, overall I am satisfied, as it turned out to be a reliable RV. I prefer this versus a fancy one with problems.
Would I buy one again? No. But this is mainly because I like my items clean and neat, and I can not get it there because of no available parts.