Winnebago Forza Review

The Winnebago Forza is considered by many one of the best entry-level diesel pushers in the RV industry. It’s an elegant motor coach with modern features and amenities. In this post we are going to review the Winnebago Forza and give you our take on this motor coach.

Winnebago Forza
Winnebago Forza – Photo Credit Winnebago Industries

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Introduction to the Winnebago Forza

The Forza is a diesel-powered motor home manufactured by Winnebago Industries. It has been manufactured since 2016. The 2021 Forza was designed to have a more versatile sleeping and seating space allowing you to create an interior that best suits your needs and taste. The Forza is available in 4 different floor plans which we’ll dig into later in the article.

Construction

The Forza is built on a Freightliner XC Series chassis. The XC chassis has been around and is one of the best supported and best performing chassis for motor coaches. According to Freightliner more than 80% of diesel motorhomes ride on the XC.

The diesel engine on the Winnebago Forza is the Cummins ISB 6.7L 340HP “Clean Air Diesel”. The is engine delivers 700-lbs of torque which comes in handy when riding up hills. A 6-speed automatic Allison transmission is mated to this engine. The transmission model used depends on the floor plans and are as follows:

  • Allison 2100MH on the 34T floor plan
  • Allison 2500MH on the 36H, 38D, 38F and 38W floor plans

Another construction features is the Winnebago SuperStructure which is integrated into the XC series chassis which provide for a smoother more controlled ride. Here is a partial list of some of the other construction features:

  • NewWay air suspension with V-Ride
  • Optiview Dash, and digital instrument panel cluster
  • DriveTech driving system
  • 160-amp alternator
  • Air brakes with ABS
  • Engine exhaust brake
  • Automatic hydraulic leveling
  • 10,000 lbs trailer hitch

Exterior Features

The Winnebago Forza is a great looking motorhome with an exterior color and graphics design that is sure to turn heads. The Forza is available in 5 different exterior color. They all share the same graphics outline. The exterior colors available are:

  • Autumnfest is a beige, black and orange color scheme.
  • Hot Anvil has a color palette consisting of black, gray and deep red.
  • Mojave Dusk features a palette of beige, gray, black and tan.
  • Nightshade features gray, off-white, light black and royal blue.
  • Sunflower features gray, white, shades of green and yellow.

When it comes to outside storage, the Forza is no slouch. The Freightliner XCS Chassis give you close to 228 sq ft. of exterior storage. That’s plenty of storage room for most folks.

The Forza also features a powered patio awning with LED lighting, KeyOne lock system, and LED porch light that has a switch inside to turn it on and off. The storage compartments in the Winnebago Forza are lighted which is nice to have, as well as the undercarriage.

You’ll find automatic entrance steps and assist handle are within easy reach.

You can optionally purchase an exterior entertainment center that includes a 32-inch HDTV.

Winnebago Forza Interior Design and Features

The interior of the Winnebago Forza is beautiful, and the layout is both spacious and comfortable. The available slideouts give you a lot more space for family and friends to gather. You’ll find dozens of high-quality interior features which give the Forza a high-end luxury look and feel.

Winnebago Forza Review

This motorhome is satellite system ready and goes well with the included 5-inch HDTV, digital TV amplified antenna system and the home theater sound bar system. It included a Blu-ray disc player that might come in have when you don’t have a good Wi-Fi connection for streaming video.

As far seating is concerned there is plenty available. The 34T has a ReastEasy love seat, whereas the 36H, 38D, 38F and 38W have a TrueComfort+ and sofa sleeper.

The BenchMark dinette sits 4 comfortable and is nice and sturdy. The 36H has a pull-out table and the 38D has a workstation that conveniently converts into a bed.

  • 50″ High Definition TV
  • Sofa Sleeper (36H, 38D, 38F, 38W)
  • BenchMark Dinette with seating for 4
  • Electric fireplace on some floorplans
  • LED ceiling lights
  • Washer and dryer prep

The above features are just the tip of the iceberg as the Forza is loaded with quality features and amenities in all the rooms

For a complete list of specification and features you can visit the Forza website.

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What Floorplans are Available on the Winnebago Forza?

For 2021 the Winnebago Forza is available in 5 different floor plans. They are as follows:

  • 34T – Dual slideouts with Queen bed
  • 36H – Features triple slideouts, King or Queen bed, lots of interior space
  • 38D – Features a triple slideouts with a Queen bed, optional studio loft bed
  • 38F – Triple slideouts, King or Queen bed and several seating options
  • 38W – Newest Forza floor plan, triple slideouts, Queen bed, and bunks

Here are some quick specifications on the Forza.

34T36H38D38F38W
Exterior Length35’6″37’9″39’10”39’10”39’10”
Exterior Height12′12′12′12′12′
Exterior Width8’5.5″8’5.5″8’5.5″8’5.5″8’5.5″
Awning Length17’2″11’9″20′18′20′
Freshwater Tank Capacity (gal.)8484100100100
Water Heater Capacity (gal)1010101010
GVWR (lbs.)26,00027,91029,41029,41029,410
Sleeps56768

What is the Winnebago Forza Warranty?

In my article on RV warranties you can see the majority of travel trailers have a one-year warranty whereas RV manufactures that build coached has a 3-year warranty. That is the case with the Winnebago Forza.

The warranty on the Winnebago Forza is 36-month/100,000-mile basis warranty, and a 10-yearlimited parts and labor warranty on fiberglass roof skin. You can check with your Winnebago dealer for complete warranty information.

Winnebago Forza Review

My review of the Forza is based on research conducted on review website and forums. The opinions posted are of people who have identified themselves as owners.

When it comes to researching reviews there are two resources I visit. The first is RVinsider and the second is Pissed Consumer.

On RVinsider you’ll find 17 owner review as of the writing of this article of various Forza models and year. The average rating is 3.6 stars out of 5.

The Forza get good marks for the floor plan layout and driveability. Owners comment that the Forza is easy to drive and comfortable and the cab has good visibility all around.

One interesting comment was from an owner who noticed the 38F model seems to be of better quality than the entry level 34T. This could be on purpose since there is a huge price gap between the two.

On his Forza 38F everything worked as it should. The few times that he had questions, Winnebago customer support provided the answers he needed.

On the negative side, it appears Winnebago is suffering from quality issues on this model. One owner in particular had issues that included the kitchen faucet not attached, loose refrigerator door, generator would not start, storage doors popping open and much more. This was a 2019 model and according to the owner was poorly designed and constructed.

On Pissed Consumer, the Forza owners have not been as kind. Again the issues appear to be quality issues with many stating that over the years the Winnebago brand’s quality has deteriorated.

One complaint we noticed that came up a few times was premature deterioration of the upholstery on the driver and passenger seats. The ultra leather which is what is used on the upholstery doesn’t hold up well. At least one owner was able to get replacement seat cover from Winnebago directly, but he did have to install them himself.

After reviewing comments from owner of the Winnebago Forza this is what I consider the pros and cons.

ProsCons
Desirable floor plansBuild quality is questionable on some models
Nice and roomy interior designDriver and passenger seat upholstery doesn’t seem to hold up well
Very good drivabilityDealer responses to owners not always the best or prompt.
Good visibility in the cabGetting replacement parts can be an issue for some models.
Comfortable ride
Good value for the money according to some buyer

How much does a Winnebago Forza cost?

The price for a Winnebago Forza varies based on model year, floor plan and features. The range we have seen based on our research has been $114,000 for a 2104 Forza 34T to $324,605 for 2021 Forza 38F

Who makes the Forza motorhome?

The Forza is manufactured by Winnebago Industries using a Freightliner chassis.

What is the Winnebago SuperStructure?

The Winnebago Superstructure is a construction design Winnebago uses in their Class and Class C motorhomes. It consists of 4 component that make it super strong. The 4 components of Winnebago’s SuperStructure are Interlocking Joints, Laser Cut Tubing, Thermo-Panel Sidewalls and E-Coating

Winnebago Forza Review Summary

Considered one of the best entry-level diesel pusher, the Winnebago Forza is a popular Class A RV for many. It has very well-design floor plans, lots of interior room and plenty of exterior storage. It is comfortable to drive and tows a vehicle very well.

On the flip-side some owners has reported quality issues and according to them response from the dealer has been less than idea. Winnebago Customer Support does however seem to be responsive in most cases.

Overall the Winnebago Forza is a very good value for the money assuming you get one that is not peppered with quality issues.

Ray Roman is the co-owner/author of Go Travel Trailers. He is the main contributor of content and an avid researcher of travel trailers and the RV lifestyle. He loves fly fishing, vacationing in Red River, NM, and spending time with family and friends.