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Old 08-22-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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Berkshire or ?

I NEED HELP!

We are new to motorhomes. We currently own a 30ft trailer and have been looking for 2 years on what to get next? we are in the trailer a lot! We have 2 kids and one on the way. I work on the road at times and love to take my wife and kids. The kids love it too! We are looking for a bunkhouse model where we dont need to always make the beds up.

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Old 08-22-2013, 09:51 PM   #2
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nalabear,

We looked at the Berkshire 390BH. I liked it a lot, but went for the Discovery 40G. There is also the Tiffin Red 38BQH, and Fleetwood also does an Expedition 38B that is in the same price point as the Berkshire. We went into each and came away with the Discovery. A little more money, but the amenities are worth it.

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Old 08-23-2013, 09:04 AM   #3
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Hi nalabear,
Check out the Newmar for bunk beds at
Bay Star Sport 3306 at Bay Star Sport Floorplans | Newmar
CanyonStar 3910 at Canyon Star Floorplans | Newmar

Newmar for the imagination room (make it what you want) at:
Canyon Star 3920, 3921 at Canyon Star Floorplans | Newmar
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:07 AM   #4
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Also the Thor Palazzo 33.3 model has bunk beds. For a younger family, its price point may be a bit better than bigger/longer units.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:24 AM   #5
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Hi Nalabear and welcome to the forum. We went through the same situation as you a few years ago. We had a gas bunk model which was adequate for the most part, but the din of having a 454 Chevy between the driver and the passenger and hydraulic brakes on a unit that was too heavy became more than we could handle so we started looking at diesel pushers.

We looked at Tiffin, Thor (formerly Damon), Newmar, and the Berkshire. Tiffins are very glitzy but have a ton of design and quality control issues. Changes to their repair system has resulted in some spending seven weeks waiting for service at their factory. Also the Tiffin was very narrow in the hallway leading to the bathroom with the slides in and the dinette was also very narrow. Luckily we did not go with the Tiffin.

The Damon that we looked at was seemed to be built on the cheap. Everything was carpet and we just didn't get those warm fuzzy feelings about the unit. The Newmar was substantially more money and even Newmar's reputation for quality was not enough to put us into that unit.

We found the Berkshire to be the best bang for the buck by far. The unit has been solid in every regard. The issues have been very few and those that we did have were quickly resolved by our dealer, Buffalo RV, or the manufacturer. We have even had some items repaired for free that were out of warranty.

If you want more info on the Berkshire, you might want to check out the Forest River Owner's Forum. There you will see the good, the bad, and the ugly. The same is true for the Tiffin with the Tiffin Forum.

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There are many bunk models to choose from. Winnebago makes them , as well as those noted above. Just take your time looking, and find the floor plan you like at your price point. Good luck.
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nalabear,

We looked at the Berkshire 390BH. I liked it a lot, but went for the Discovery 40G. There is also the Tiffin Red 38BQH, and Fleetwood also does an Expedition 38B that is in the same price point as the Berkshire. We went into each and came away with the Discovery. A little more money, but the amenities are worth it.

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Thumbs up on the Discovery. Looked at the Berkshire but felt it was underpowered. Other than that we liked it but went with the Discovery 40G. We are all biased by what we like/have and there are many great choices out there.
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If you are buying new, pretty much every manufacturer makes at least one or more floorplans with bunks. If you are looking for used, it's a bit hard to find bunk models (particularly with diesel engine if that's what you are looking for) although one fairly popular option is to find a floorplan you can modify to add bunks (we added bunks to an 03 Phaeton which has a large (wall-to-wall ) closet at the back.
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We have a 2013 Berkshire 390 BH and just turned 23,000 miles and have pretty good luck. Forest River has been great to date addressing any issues we have had. Best bang for the buck. We were able to purchase the 360 hp model for the same price as the 340 hp from Lazydays.
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