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Old 06-21-2015, 10:32 PM   #1
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Question Advice for purchasing

Hello - thank you all in advance for any help you can provide - this site is full of information!!! We are looking to purchase our first motorhome and have narrowed it down to the Itasca Sunstar 35B and the Forest River Georgetown 364TS, as we definitely want the bunks, the longer kitchen with more counter space, and the two bathrooms seem like a plus for sharing with the kids.

I haven't driven the Georgetown yet, but the Itasca seemed smooth - a bit rattle, but I think that might be due to being empty. I'm guessing the Greogretown will have a similar drive, but any experience sharing is welcome

I found the Itasca passenger side foot room limited, but I'm thinking that the one piece of finishing wood is probably easily removed and modified, as would be adding cup holders to the left hand side for the driver. I'm also undersure of the carpet - does it hold up as well as the single layer flooring long term?

I liked the air mattress couch bed in the Itasca and think it might be more comfortable than the sofa bed in the Georgetown. Both dinettes seemed comparable.

Any advice you could share would be most appreciated! Thank you in advance
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Good luck in your search and choice.
If you haven't found it already, in the " Files " drop box, blue bar under your welcome message, download the " Buyers Check List " download and print out a copy. The list is for diesel pushers but can be used on any coach.
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:53 AM   #3
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For me I would stay away from the 460 and V10 engines V10's have a problem with blowing rear spark plugs and the 460 from being there and done that is under powered in my book. 454 or new GM vortect big block is best in my view in non DP units. My view from my chair anyway.
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For me I would stay away from the 460 and V10 engines V10's have a problem with blowing rear spark plugs and the 460 from being there and done that is under powered in my book. 454 or new GM vortect big block is best in my view in non DP units. My view from my chair anyway.
earlier model V10's. Not anymore... however the GM is an excellent motor.

Both rigs you're looking at are very good. Squeaks/rattles should be minimal on new(er) coaches. Mine has a pretty good squeak because one of the slideouts. I put a slideout locking bar in there.. no more squeak. Good thing to have anyway. Best thing is to look at the check list mentioned, and hang out in both rigs.. but make sure you sit in there 'extended' and 'retracted'. Some really don't give you much room to walk through when retracted and that may be important to you. Mine is a 'turn sideways' to walk down the hall when it's retracted. My wife and I aren't 'big' people so it doesn't matter to us.
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Thank you all for your thoughts! I found the checklist also and will be taking it with me later this week for the next round of reviews Looking forward to getting on the road soon!
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Old 06-26-2015, 02:16 PM   #6
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We purchased the 364 in early May. We were down to the 364, the 35B, and the 37TB by Thor. We were not impressed by the workmanship in the 35B and 37TB from Winnebago and Thor. I was worried (initially) about the quality on the 364 as we traded a Forest River Wildwood trailer on a used Winnebago Adventurer motorhome 2 years ago. I have seen nothing but good things on the 364 and would recommend it highly.....the 2 showers is a huge luxury that we never thought we would need but could not do without it now.

If you compare the Winnie 35B and FR 364 categories, you will find that the FR has better specs than the 35B by about a 3:1 ratio. Both have about the same floor plan so the difference is in the specs.
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We purchased the 364 in early May. We were down to the 364, the 35B, and the 37TB by Thor. We were not impressed by the workmanship in the 35B and 37TB from Winnebago and Thor. I was worried (initially) about the quality on the 364 as we traded a Forest River Wildwood trailer on a used Winnebago Adventurer motorhome 2 years ago. I have seen nothing but good things on the 364 and would recommend it highly.....the 2 showers is a huge luxury that we never thought we would need but could not do without it now.

If you compare the Winnie 35B and FR 364 categories, you will find that the FR has better specs than the 35B by about a 3:1 ratio. Both have about the same floor plan so the difference is in the specs.

What do you mean by specs? What exactly are you referring to?
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