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4.3 (33 reviews)
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4.5
Overall quality
4.6
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4.5
Driving/towing
4.6
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3.5

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Bill Entwistle

Reviewed on October 19, 2023

RV reviewed 2002 Winnebago Rialta HD view listing

5.0
The Rialta is a spectacular small RV, great to travel with, easy to drive and gets unbelievable mileage. As a fully contained RV it’s great for that long weekend watching the stars in the mountains. The RV is only 21 feet long, small enough to park on city streets and big enough inside for a road trip.... read more
The Rialta is a spectacular small RV, great to travel with, easy to drive and gets unbelievable mileage. As a fully contained RV it’s great for that long weekend watching the stars in the mountains. The RV is only 21 feet long, small enough to park on city streets and big enough inside for a road trip. If owned one for a few years and the quality of the Volkswagen engine and the Winnebago coach are perfect.
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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T.W. Day

Reviewed on June 19, 2023

RV reviewed 2001 Winnebago Rialta 22HD view listing

3.0
Thanks to VW,'s terrible service network and support, we lived in our Rialta for almost 6 months. That was not the original plan, but Volkswagen's incompetent electronics (the transmission controller) failed about a month into what was planned on being a half year trip and we were stranded in New Mexico for a... read more
Thanks to VW,'s terrible service network and support, we lived in our Rialta for almost 6 months. That was not the original plan, but Volkswagen's incompetent electronics (the transmission controller) failed about a month into what was planned on being a half year trip and we were stranded in New Mexico for all of the winter 2013 to 2014. I spent most of that winter troubleshooting and repairing the electronics Volkswagen had abandoned. We were quite relieved when we sold our Rialta. However, the Winnebago portion of the camper was terrific. Two senior adults, a mid-sized dog, and a cat lived comfortably in that small space through a winter. While the factory floor carpet is a dumb idea (which I replaced with a hardwood floor), the rest of the layout of that camper is terrific.
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3.0
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3.0
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4.0
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4.0
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1.0
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Jon cates

Kentucky

Reviewed on February 2, 2022

RV reviewed 1998 Winnebago Rialta Rd view listing

5.0
Rialta is one of a kind w front wheel drive. Dri ves like a big suv at 22 feet. Pull out shower n toilet also Unique. 16 to 18 mpg is incredible. Great window n back. For dining n sleeping views.... read more
Rialta is one of a kind w front wheel drive. Dri ves like a big suv at 22 feet. Pull out shower n toilet also Unique. 16 to 18 mpg is incredible. Great window n back. For dining n sleeping views.
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Holly

Tennessee

Reviewed on August 9, 2021

RV reviewed 1997 Winnebago Rialta 21HD view listing

4.2
This camper van is the coolest thing you can drive! Travel with a bed and a bath! Stove fridge and microwave. Fits in a parking space too! We went to 26 states one year! Saw glaciers, mountains and the fall colors of Vermont!... read more
This camper van is the coolest thing you can drive! Travel with a bed and a bath! Stove fridge and microwave. Fits in a parking space too! We went to 26 states one year! Saw glaciers, mountains and the fall colors of Vermont!
Livability
5.0
Overall quality
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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1.0
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Donald Hanes

California

Reviewed on August 4, 2021

RV reviewed 1995 Winnebago Rialta HD view listing

4.8
Terrific to drive, handles like a van. Can be parked with ease in just above any standard parking space. Spacious interior with all the amenities anyone could wish for. Restroom, Shower, On Board Generator, Large Capacity RV Batteries, Vibrating Massage Chair in Living Area, New Driver and Passenger Chairs, R... read more
Terrific to drive, handles like a van. Can be parked with ease in just above any standard parking space. Spacious interior with all the amenities anyone could wish for. Restroom, Shower, On Board Generator, Large Capacity RV Batteries, Vibrating Massage Chair in Living Area, New Driver and Passenger Chairs, Refrigerator (AC and DC operation) Stovetop, Microwave etc, ect
Livability
5.0
Overall quality
4.0
Floorplan
5.0
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5.0
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Donald Hanes

California

Reviewed on August 3, 2021

RV reviewed 1995 Winnebago Rialta FD view listing

4.8
Great to drive handles like a passenger car. Terrific gas mileage and parks in conventional spaces. Winnebago has done a great job creating an RV for 2 people that has all the features of the larger RV’s and gets good gas mileage.... read more
Great to drive handles like a passenger car. Terrific gas mileage and parks in conventional spaces. Winnebago has done a great job creating an RV for 2 people that has all the features of the larger RV’s and gets good gas mileage.
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Driving/towing
5.0
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D. G. H.

California

Reviewed on August 2, 2021

RV reviewed 1995 Winnebago Rialta FD view listing

4.8
Terrific small RV, Winnebago kept the Rialta on line for many years due to consumer demand, only replaced the Rialta when later model chasses became more competitive. Great gas mileage, able to park in most normal spaces, drives like a passenger car.... read more
Terrific small RV, Winnebago kept the Rialta on line for many years due to consumer demand, only replaced the Rialta when later model chasses became more competitive. Great gas mileage, able to park in most normal spaces, drives like a passenger car.
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5.0
Overall quality
4.0
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5.0
Driving/towing
5.0
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Steve

Arizona

Reviewed on July 20, 2021

RV reviewed 1995 Winnebago Rialta 21D view listing

5.0
Awesome Class B RV with great gas mileage and unique telescopic bathroom. It lacks a little bit power when driving in the mountains but you can’t have both: a nimble engine won’t make a truck fly. It handles like a dream, tight turning radius, good brakes and the large rear window makes a backup... read more
Awesome Class B RV with great gas mileage and unique telescopic bathroom. It lacks a little bit power when driving in the mountains but you can’t have both: a nimble engine won’t make a truck fly. It handles like a dream, tight turning radius, good brakes and the large rear window makes a backup camera unnecessary.
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5.0
Overall quality
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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T W Day

Minnesota

Reviewed on April 6, 2021

RV reviewed 1999 Winnebago Rialta 22HD view listing

3.6
The Winnebago portion of the Rialta is brilliant. After we sold ours, we replaced it with a Forest River R-Pod that just did not seem livable after a year in the Rialta. However, VW's "support" is non-existent to outright hostile to the Eurovan and like many of the ex-Rialta owners we met on the roa... read more
The Winnebago portion of the Rialta is brilliant. After we sold ours, we replaced it with a Forest River R-Pod that just did not seem livable after a year in the Rialta. However, VW's "support" is non-existent to outright hostile to the Eurovan and like many of the ex-Rialta owners we met on the road and through social media help groups, "the two best days of my life where when I bought the Rialta snd when a buyer drove it out of my life (a year later)," We were both lucky and committed excessive resources to keeping our Rialta rolling, especially my sweat-equity. If it had been up to the national VW service manager, we'd have abandoned our Rialta in New Mexico for parts and taken the train or rental car back home. The problems you are likely to have will be excessively expensive, especially transmission and engine failures. VW does not supply ANY of the 3-4 electronic control boxes for the Eurovan and their service centers are incapable of troubleshooting any failure that isn't accurately and precisely diagnosed by their service computer. The light in the Rialta interior is exceptional, as is the seating arrangement, kitchen, bed, and storage. Head and shoulders better than our 22' R-Pod 179. We were trapped in our vehicle, in TorC, NM for 5 months and other than the stress of wondering if it would ever move again, we were incredibly comfortable. The bathroom is small and marginally useful, but we mostly camped in campgrounds with shower and toilet facilities, so that was never a serious drawback.
Livability
5.0
Overall quality
4.0
Floorplan
5.0
Driving/towing
3.0
Factory warranty/support
1.0
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Todd

South Carolina

Reviewed on January 17, 2021

RV reviewed 1996 Winnebago Rialta 22RD view listing

4.2
One of the best riding and driving Rvs on the market very user friendly easy to park great gas mileage would definitely recommend weak spot transmission needs a cooler. Good for 4 people. You keep them service they will last .... read more
One of the best riding and driving Rvs on the market very user friendly easy to park great gas mileage would definitely recommend weak spot transmission needs a cooler. Good for 4 people. You keep them service they will last .
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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3.0
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3.0
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