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Old 10-26-2017, 02:36 PM   #1
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Greetings, group. Yesterday I traded in my older Dutch Star on a 2018 Allegro RED 33AA. I look forward to sharing our upgrades and experiences.
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Looks good, Hope you enjoy it for a long time. Dave
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Greetings, group. Yesterday I traded in my older Dutch Star on a 2018 Allegro RED 33AA. I look forward to sharing our upgrades and experiences.

Welcome Brad,

I read a lot of your great threads about your upgrades on your Dutch Star.

If you don't mind me asking what was your reason for trading for a new RV. Oh by the way, love that color, it goes great with your TJ
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:14 PM   #4
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Congrats on the new Tiffin. It's gorgeous. I love the color scheme.

Best of luck with it.

Happy Trails!!!
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Old 10-27-2017, 08:25 AM   #5
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Welcome Brad,

I read a lot of your great threads about your upgrades on your Dutch Star.

If you don't mind me asking what was your reason for trading for a new RV. Oh by the way, love that color, it goes great with your TJ
Thanks!

There were a number of factors.
  • I was running through a lot of money and time trying to get 1998 up to 2018 in terms of mechanical refresh, upgrades, etc.
  • 2 decades of RV evolution has yielded amazing advances in space management, storage maximization, and so forth.
  • We like state and national parks. The age of the facilities usually means that there are more sites that a shorter coach can utilize. Going shorter also helps the driving and makes it easier for me to cajole DW into learning to drive it.
  • Slides > length for interior space.
  • We went from a Norcold to a residential refrigerator. Much happiness abounds with DW.
  • The restroom not being astride the hallway. Closing the door on the DS caused a bisection of the coach. This one has the ability for someone to use the facilities without impacting the ability of the other to move about.

The DS was/is a great unit, but we were ready for an upgrade. We had friends with a Tiffin 37PA (which is similar to the 33AA), and we liked it a lot. DW just liked Tiffins in general to begin with.
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More batteries

Beautiful!! If you would like more battery reserve you can add 2 more batteries to your coach as the slide out compartment in the Red is the same as the Phaeton. You can get the extra connecting wires & 6 battery schematic from Tiffin. Just need to change the absorption time from 2hrs to 3 hrs on your control panel. Easy project once you get the 2 batteries(make sure batteries are identical to yours) and connectors. About 1/2 hour. I added the 2 batteries to my 37PA

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Beautiful!! If you would like more battery reserve you can add 2 more batteries to your coach as the slide out compartment in the Red is the same as the Phaeton. You can get the extra connecting wires & 6 battery schematic from Tiffin. Just need to change the absorption time from 2hrs to 3 hrs on your control panel. Easy project once you get the 2 batteries(make sure batteries are identical to yours) and connectors. About 1/2 hour. I added the 2 batteries to my 37PA

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Now THAT's what I'm talking about! Great info - thank you!
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Actually there's a key piece of info you need. In order to add the two batteries, you turn the batteries 90 degrees from how they are currently installed.

Congrat's on the new purchase.
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Thanks!

There were a number of factors.
  • I was running through a lot of money and time trying to get 1998 up to 2018 in terms of mechanical refresh, upgrades, etc.
  • 2 decades of RV evolution has yielded amazing advances in space management, storage maximization, and so forth.
  • We like state and national parks. The age of the facilities usually means that there are more sites that a shorter coach can utilize. Going shorter also helps the driving and makes it easier for me to cajole DW into learning to drive it.
  • Slides > length for interior space.
  • We went from a Norcold to a residential refrigerator. Much happiness abounds with DW.
  • The restroom not being astride the hallway. Closing the door on the DS caused a bisection of the coach. This one has the ability for someone to use the facilities without impacting the ability of the other to move about.

The DS was/is a great unit, but we were ready for an upgrade. We had friends with a Tiffin 37PA (which is similar to the 33AA), and we liked it a lot. DW just liked Tiffins in general to begin with.
Your welcome.

Now ill be waiting for your upgrades to your Tiffin, if your like me, you can never leave anything alone.

Glad you found an RV that you and your wife can enjoy, have fun traveling.
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We have been looking for a late-model 33AA for some time. It would be a dream to get a brand new one so kudos to you and happy RV'g. Put exterior shades on all the windows. They are easy to deploy and do well in the wind when the big awnings have to come in. And they are more effective than sunscreens.
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Also looking to purchase a new 33aa. May I ask what percentage off retail you were able to negotiate. Also, do you find the amount of basement cargo space to be limited as compared to other coaches? Looking at some videos, it seems many of the cargo bays are used for the rigs components and not for storage.
Please provide any suggestions regarding options to consider, etc.
Thanks in advance.
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Also looking to purchase a new 33aa. May I ask what percentage off retail you were able to negotiate. Also, do you find the amount of basement cargo space to be limited as compared to other coaches? Looking at some videos, it seems many of the cargo bays are used for the rigs components and not for storage.
Please provide any suggestions regarding options to consider, etc.
Thanks in advance.

From a 'buyers' perspective, this is not a good time to be wanting to buy any RV. Because of the recent home damages in the Gulf states, and the RV flooding at LazyDays, there is a high demand for both new and used RV's and prices reflect that. Good time to 'sell' however, if you are willing to go coachless for a year.
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From a 'buyers' perspective, this is not a good time to be wanting to buy any RV. Because of the recent home damages in the Gulf states, and the RV flooding at LazyDays, there is a high demand for both new and used RV's and prices reflect that. Good time to 'sell' however, if you are willing to go coachless for a year.
I disagree, people that lost homes aren’t looking for 250k coaches to live in, wintertime is the best time to buy, RV dealers are wanting to move stock so it doesn’t sit until spring.
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