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Old 09-11-2014, 06:29 AM   #1
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Best 3 Motorhomes Manufacturers

We are thinking of buying a Class A motorhome and was wondering what the top 3 manufacturers are.
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If you're talking about affordable for the average income family. Tiffin, Newmar, Winnebago in no particular order.
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More information is needed such as gas or diesel, price range, etc. You will get many different views on this.


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Most folks will tell you what they own.

Recommend an independent assessment based on your budget.

There is a website, I can't remember, that does testing.

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Prevost conversions (Liberty Coach for example)
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You didn't specify a budget or feature other than Class A so there's your answer. If you find the new prices more than you were expecting you can always revise your question. If you have the budget for one of the above you've done something right in life. Well done.
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Most folks will tell you what they own.

Recommend an independent assessment based on your budget.

There is a website, I can't remember, that does testing.

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Does that exist??

And are we talking new or used, cause over the years there have been bad designs and good designs.

But generally speaking, sticking with the big names is safest.

See Winnebago used to be pretty king like, until they introduced a new slide system a few years back that's very finicky.

Entegra looks nice, but is new at it with a few issues here and there.

Fleetwood always makes a solid RV.

Monaco in the 00 - 08 range where solid with their dynasty - then strayed off to make the beaver (same coach, solid as a rock) Then bought Holiday Rambler (same coach, solid as a rock) then hit a money bump in the road, and has now been purchased by Fleetwood, so nothing for 15 yet, or 14 really, but leaves question about the quality + warranty of the 11 through 14 years.

Country Coach is a SOLID coach, will only find used.

Tiffin makes a great machine - simple and elegant, well thought out throughout the range.

Newmar kicks butt as far as i'm concerned.

Thor I wouldn't touch. Forest River is not on my hit list. Although I would go FR over Thor in a heart beat with the Berkshire shining nicely.

If I were buying a brand new DP - it would be down to Fleetwood / American Coach, Newmar, Entegra, Tiffin - in that order. And the only reason tiffin is at the end is floorplan preferences.

You've just stepped into the twilight zone my friend. (melting clock floats by) You cannot possibly do enough research to prepare you for this. Research plus experience is what it takes. There are just TOO many ins, and outs, and opinions, and arm chairs.

Feel free to PM me, and I will give you my phone number and we can chat about it if you want.

But the big starter questions are this.

How much money are you willing to spend?
How much money will that leave you to fix stuff and what's your anticipated spend there?
Are you stuck on new (or used)?
How are you going to use the machine? Why do you want one in the first place?

My wife and I move around a lot. So far we've gone coast to coast in under 12 months. We bought high quality used / old. Invested some fixerup money, but overall reliability has been great.

Some people though are weekend warriors, only going a few hundred miles for a quick trip to the woods 4 times a year.

Some people LIVE in their RV's full time!

Some people have large families plus tuck granny in the back.

Some people are solo.

Some people take 25 cats with them

Some people are old, and ease of access to certain features matter.

Some people like to go down dirt roads and camp in the middle of no where.

Some people would never dream of ever in a million years allowing 1 speck of dust to settle on their paint job, concrete only please.

So for each mindset and budget, there is a solution... but get a lemon.... oh boy! Very much in this business you get what you pay for.

recent climate has seen the entrance of many a less expensive "entry level" bus, and uhmm.... well, there's a lot of problems there.

So you have a choice... newer vs older.... and at what level of money and / or payment tricky tricky

We asked your exact question a little over a year ago... 20,000 miles later + tons of research, I'm happy to help

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You didn't specify a budget or feature other than Class A so there's your answer. If you find the new prices more than you were expecting you can always revise your question. If you have the budget for one of the above you've done something right in life. Well done.
Totally agree, these things are bullet proof workhorses... in a class of their own.

These are "bus conversions" over Class A Motorhomes. But man are they solid, albeit, expensive high dollar machines. Worth it though. The Prevost chassis is among the most sold, most used long haul passenger bus rigs around.
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If you're talking about affordable for the average income family. Tiffin, Newmar, Winnebago in no particular order.

I agree. +1
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Thanks you so much for your replies. I feel that a used diesel motorhome will be good for our first one. We'll be going on trips from a few days to 4 weeks at a time. Budget is $150,000 or less
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I like highend used and well kept
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In your price range, you'll probably get the best coach and RIDE if you look at 2000 to 2006 Monaco Dynastys, Executives or Signatures. Just get the one you like and make sure you get the maintenance records, it has less than 3 year old tires and most importantly, you like the floor plan.
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