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Old 09-29-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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I am planning to join to the motor home community in the near future. I have had plenty of full time experience in large 5th wheels for 35 years. I also have a history with driving big trucks and diesel engines. I am looking for around a 2007 tandem axle, 4 slides, 45 foot coach with plenty of power, quality, ride, handling, dependability, and creature comforts. I am trying to keep it within my budget hence the used models. I have been drawn to Country Coach's. Anyone have comments, advice, experience with a 44 foot 07 Magna Galileo they could share with me? How about comparison to an Essex? Thanks for any input. This is a great forum.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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Check out Glens performance recreation Orilla Ontario. He has nice Essex for sale, low milage, tag axle
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:14 AM   #3
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MTT,

Don't have any personal experience with the Magna, but I do have an Affinity. Little older than you are looking at, but it is a real quality coach. I am certain that the Magna you are looking at will be of equal quality.
You might find more input over at the Yahoo group, Country-Coach-Owners : Country Coach Owners Association
of Country Coach Owners.
The Essex is a fine coach, but, I believe currently you will find more coach for your dollar with a Country Coach.
Country Coach re opened a couple years ago and you will not have any trouble with service or repair if required. Country Coach intends to begin building new coaches in the near future.
Any way, what ever happens, get out and RV.
See ya down the road,

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:11 AM   #4
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I own a 42 Foot Magna 2004 Bob Lee Eadition. A C15 515/600 has lots of power and while it is not a 45 foot. I find it a fine coach. Couldn't be happier.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:17 PM   #5
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MTT, here a virtual clearing house of year-by-year changes within all models of Country Coach, compiled by one of their former sales people Model History | Damon Rapozo

2007 was a particularly stellar year, as the Magna line upgraded the slide hardware and other significant upgrades. Of all the 45' Magnas, the Galileo are my least favorite -- while liking the option of a desk, it comes at a high cost of elminination most/all pantry area. The chair apparently sits on two uneven surfaces at a 45 degree angle, making it rock side to side. I think the Rembrandt model is a more spacious (bigger slides, biggest galley) IMHO.

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Old 10-03-2012, 04:51 PM   #6
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I have heard from a few people that the Galileo model with the desk area in the floor plan isn't that great. I am looking for a floor plan with a desk/work area which I will be using quite a bit in the coach. Also how about a model list of Country Coach's, top of the line on down? I'm still a little confused. Thanks
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The Country Coach Heirarchy is:
Prevost Conversion by Country Coach
Concept
Rhapsody
Lexa
Affinity
Magna
Intrigue
Allure
Inspire
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:38 PM   #8
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Bob- You left out the "Veranda"
Just sayin....
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MTT, with your exact needs this may be a dream coach for you. They took a very late model bath and a half Magna, and substituted the 1/2 bath for a work station. Major benefits include window on the "view" side, no loss of galley space, and it was built the last year of CC's production (better front axial capacity, plus all the previous upgrades).

Louie would be the one you want to speak with at Primier

Here's a link 2009 Magna 45′ Premier RV
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Mike,
The rest of the world left the Veranda out as well.
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I have heard from a few people that the Galileo model with the desk area in the floor plan isn't that great. I am looking for a floor plan with a desk/work area which I will be using quite a bit in the coach. Also how about a model list of Country Coach's, top of the line on down? I'm still a little confused. Thanks
I have found very few models from any manufacturer that have a dedicated work area. You might get the most value from picking a floorplan/mpdel you love, then have a custom desk/dining cabinet built. You won't lose any space, and you get to double-task an area that is often under-used.

I know Newmar offers many versions of the dining/work combo in their new models. You might be able to get an excellent deal on a used DutchStar, MountainAire or Essex, then have Newmar remove the dining unit and replace it with a combo.

Or any brand/model do the same at any good RV remodel shop. That leaves the field wide open to shop for the best deal.

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Bob- You left out the "Veranda"
Just sayin....
I have actually researched that unit ... The Veranda was available on several different models and floorplans, so the luxury level varied. The Veranda 300 Red Cloud Peak was on an Inspire; the 400 Mt. Ranier was on an Allure; the 500 Mt. McKinley was on an Intrigue; the 600 Pike's Peak on a Magna; and the 700 Mt. Whitney was on an Affinity.

More info - http://media.rvusa.com/library/2009_...a_brochure.pdf
and http://www.nadaguides.com/RVs/2010/C...ach/Motorhomes

I think they misjudged the market and priced themselves out of the running, with the MSRP for the v300 starting at about $500K and the v700 topping a cool $1 million.

I will say the several owners I have spoken to absolutely LOVE their verandas! ... and that's what it's all about!

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I have seen one Veranda "in the wild". The owners loved it plus they got a really good deal on it. The mechanism was designed by HWH and is bullet proof. It works for some people but not my cup of tea.

Also left out in the food chain was the Mystique, a short lived concoction built by National which were to have the CC badge on it. 40 were built but due to some government regulations only a few were labeled as a CC. The others were sent back to National and they came out as a Founder's Edition. They were built on a Freightliner frame, not the DynoMax chassis.
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I have a 2007 CC Intrigue 530 with the Jubilee 45 floor plan. I personnally love my CC. I have traveled from FL to AZ, MI, and ME with few minor problems.
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