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Old 09-03-2007, 01:14 PM   #29
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Ted III,

You aren't entirely alone on wanting new front caps. When we were at Guaranty shopping (Rich and Linsay, the Alpine guys, were at the Newport Pre-Rally), the salesman (while showing us Country Coaches) listed "improvements" WRV should make. On the "list" was different front end caps. Perhaps he read your posts, or perhaps it was his opinion. For me, I vote with the majority--if you have a good thing going, don't mess with it much. BUT, that comes from a woman who bought a new BMW in 1984; ten years and 300,000 miles later bought another of the same green color (some people never knew I had changed cars); twelve years and 270,000 miles later wanted to buy another green one, but the price had gotten too rich for my blood. Bought a three yr. old. grey (as it was the color of my hair, I thought it had my name on it). For sure, if WRV changes the endcaps, I hope they don't make them look like a toad frog or big bad bug coming down the road like some coaches.

The new coaches are very nice, though. The fit on the cabinets is better than that on mine. While we don't need the added height, WRV has done a tasteful job. I like the slant. It doesn't make the coaches look out of balance. Buddy likes the one-piece windsheild (I think of the replacement cost) and is pretty favorable on the SmartBeds. We both really like the larger door on the 36' FDDS--the other models had that anyway. Some of these improvements were on the '07's, but over all, I think the '08's are a cut above the '06's and '07's;, so I believe WRV really is improving the quality.

I have two negative things to say--I do not like the composite (or whatever) "decorative strips" on the interior of the coach. I think it is a bit of "glitz" and takes away from the classic look. (But, then, I don't like artificial anything, and they aren't "hand carved," that's for sure). If I were getting an '08, I would ask for them to be removed (or not be put on if I were ordering).

Also, I don't care for the slight change in color of the Tuscan Maple cabinets. I think they have a "cold, distant" feel to them. I like the warmth that the "touch of honey" on the previous models has. Most people prefer natural cherry, anyway.

Ted and Carol, you will be glad you waited to consider them if you are in the market.

Beverly and Buddy

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