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Old 03-28-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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Berkshire 390BH review

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Old 03-28-2013, 07:10 PM   #2
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It looks nice, but as the article states, the list price of over $258k "may seem relatively high." Also, it's a bunk model which targets a small group of RVers.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:15 PM   #3
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It looks nice, but as the article states, the list price of over $258k "may seem relatively high." Also, it's a bunk model which targets a small group of RVers.

We have a Berkshire 390 bh. It has been a very good rig for us. We've had few problems and basically no real issues to speak of. My guess is that the relatively high list may be taking a page out of some other motor homes practice of taking the list high to allow for a higher discount on the sale.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:29 PM   #4
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Check MHSRV in Texas and you will find these rigs for less then $200,000. They carry a lot of Berkshires. They have a lot of options included in price and on the surface look like great RV's. What do folks think?
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I just got my magazine today and the only way that I would consider this plan would be if the bunk area could be used as a flex space. There are bunk plans that convert the bunks to a 2 seat dinette, full closet, etc. Personally, there are tons of floorplans that I feel are more functional, unless you need the bunks, but I would never pay a DP price. MHSRV does have great deals, some as much as 35% off.
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We have a 2013 390 BH that we purchased last August. To date I have put over 9,000 miles on it with only a few minor problems. We paid way less than the MSRP listed in the article.

As for the bunks most manufactures have the option. We have three kids under the age of ten and it works great for us.
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We have a 2011 390BH with the upgraded Cummins ISB-XT 360hp we bought last week, and we've been staying in it since, and have been very impressed with the capabilities and features it has, especially for the price point - really quite amazing. All the amenities are nice, the dinette is huge (a plus with bouncy kids), and it has a few really thoughtful touches like that the stove top is recessed with Corian covers so you end up with very nice large flat surface. We also have the tile floor, which is great with kids too. The one thing I really don't like is that the couch and loveseat are much too narrow and upright, and not very comfortable - almost for looks only. We're thinking about replacing with something else when we get the chance.

As far as the bunks, we also have three young children and we bought it for that reason - we wish it had one more! We also really like the sliding doors between the master and the bunk area as well as between the bunk area and the main living area, which helps to calm the kids down at bed time.

I travel a lot for work, so this is our plan to stay together more. In the 2011 model, the entire side of the back bedroom is essentially a narrow desk, so I can sit there working at my computer and making phone calls. Even with only one of the sliding doors shut, it's surprisingly quiet, and if I shut both doors, I don't really hear anything going on in the front of the coach. Even better, they conveniently wired the outlet at this "desk" to the inverter, so even when boon-docking, I can keep the laptop going without hassle.

We are currently in Cottonwood, AZ, (parked at Grandma's house) where the temps have been down into 40's/50's at night, and the heat pump seems to keep up pretty well for heat up front but doesn't seem to have the "oomph" to really push the air through to the back of the coach though - good excuse to stay close to the DW!

We had to laugh the other night Grandma had some friends over, and as one of the guys was walking into the house, he kept looking over at our coach, then take another couple steps and surveyed it again several times.....I got to talking to him later and he causally speculated inquisitively whether it cost, what "about 3/4 of million?"....wow, I knew it was a nice looking rig, but that was quite a compliment!

Since this thread has a few owners - perhaps I'm missing something, as I know the reading lights by the front seats worked during our walkthrough, but I haven't been able to get them to work since - is there some trick or are they just finicky?
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If you check out the Berkshire section in the Forest River Owners Forum you'll see that Super Chief modificed the hide-a-bed couch to allow it to have more of an angle and to become much more comfortable. We took out the loveseat and replaced it with another counter and a desk. We don't really use it as a desk, but the open area provides a handy place for the laptops (of course all four of us have to bring ours) and other things that don't really fit into a drawer. We put drawers on the desk add on and it really helps with storage.

We are kind of at the end of the bunk stages as our twins are 16 now and Mom and Dad aren't their traveling companions of choice.
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