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Old 06-05-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
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Ok, after many months of reading and asking questions here, I am now only a few months from purchasing my first motorhome and going fulltime. I have narrowed my choices to 36' diesels. I don't want bigger because of limiting rv park spaces and I can't find a floorplan I like smaller. Narrowed down to the following: Late 90's Foretravel U295, Early 2000's Country Coach Intrigue, Early 2000's Beaver Monterey, Early 2000's Winnebago Journey or Itasca Horizon. I also include Monaco and Newmar in my searches, but haven't found a floorplan I like. I have a max $70,000 budget and I would like to spend less so I can add solar.

So, first of all, feel free to make any comments pro or con about any of the above models. Second, I have a question about leveling. I gather some diesel's level with airbags only. Others seem to dump the air bags and then level with jacks. Which of the above models do which? Any comments about the pros and cons of either type of system? Thanks to all of you for your help.

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:38 AM   #2
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Your budget will fit most any of your requirements. Now it's time to shop and shop and shop. Just shopping will educate you on the "what have's" and the "have not's". Mostly, look for the model that has the floor plan that you really like. Then you have to investigate the mechanics and tire wear. You may have to pay for an expert to investigate the mechanics for you. A history of the coach would be invaluable. Most diesels that size will have air suspensions and most will have jacks. There are going to be those that drop jacks before dumping air and vice versa. I dump air first. Good luck on your shopping....you'll learn lot.

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We like air leveling. There are no worries about what your jacks are sitting on or in, with air leveling. We also tend to drop all the suspension air to lower our steps nearer the ground.

But, I believe there is more range of adjustment when using jacks.

Floor plan and condition would trump leveling system in my search.

A solar system would be very low on my list unless one is doing extended dry camping in cool areas. The system likely would not provide any short term cost savings vs recharging with the generator. Solar certainly will not run your Air Conditioning units.

You have targeted some well built rigs. Condition and floor plan should be the determining factor.
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