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Old 05-12-2012, 11:21 PM   #1
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Buying a dp, which gets the best bang for the buck

in the market for a 36-40' dp. so far having been looking at 98-00 country coach intrigue. it's pricey. wondering should i look at other makes to get the best value out of bucks... any recommendations?
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I went into it with that same logic late last summer, ended up with an Endeavor, which is a twin to a Diplomat. 10,000 miles later, no regrets.
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Prices being equal or not a factor, buy the one you like and that the floorplan fits you, otherwise you will always wish you had.

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thanks both... my floorplan in mind is one super slide, separate toilet, kitchen at street side (so no plumbing moving) but not required. nowadays almost all dps are with cummins/cat with alisson so power train are really no difference. believe my floorplan is pretty common on almost all makes... oh, other than country coach, what other makes are having chassis with front independent suspension? thought it will make turn radius smaller.

i'll check endeavor out.
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Best Bang for the Buck, is buyer dependent.

I like higher end units in a manufacturer's line because you will likely get better woodwork and premium flooring and a beefier chassis. Air leveling, side radiater, aqua hot heating, electric drapes, are things you will find in these units.

At the lower end one will sacrifice some or all of the above, but probably get more slides and the same engine for the money.

Each buyer knows what they will value most.
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I am new to the DP world but a lot of what I have read says to look at the 40' as it will ride better than shorter coaches. I also agree with going with the higher end coach to get the better amenities.
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...my floorplan in mind is one super slide, separate toilet, kitchen at street side (so no plumbing moving) but not required. nowadays almost all dps are with cummins/cat with alisson so power train are really no difference. believe my floorplan is pretty common on almost all makes... oh, other than country coach, what other makes are having chassis with front independent suspension? thought it will make turn radius smaller.
Well, I can speak from experience since we have the Superslide, curb side kitchen, so no moving plumbing... superslide is on the street side. Ours has the Cummins ISC, Allison MD3060 transmission, and Spartan IFS chassis. Ours is the Newmar Dutch Star, 38'. I felt the same about minimizing the moving plumbing.

When we upgrade (which I am currently working on) I will stay with Newmar, since they are still in business and provide great support, and build a quality product. I will also stay with Cummins and Spartan, since I have not had any complaints with either and have found that Cummins and Spartan are regarded, by many, as the best.

If I can answer any other questions regarding Newmar products, let me know.

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Check out Newmar for good quality. We've had two Dutch Stars, both with the kitchen on the slide and have never had a problem with any of the pipes, hoses, etc, Our present DSDP is almost 10 years old and no problems. If the coach is built right you won't have troubles with a galley slide.
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If we were looking today I'd give serious thought to a Foretravel.

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I'm with Deandec on this one. Went with an older but higher end unit for all the reasons he mentioned and have not been disappointed. I have a street-side superslide with kitchen in it, so I have the "moving plumbing" but haven't experienced even one ounce of trouble with it and that's on a 13 year old coach.
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You kmow, all of us with great coaches will be partial to our brand. There are many good quality coaches from many quality brands out there to choose from. I just want to give you an update on your wish for curbside kitchen with no moving plumbing. Our coach is nw 9 years old and has never had a problem with moving plumbing. In fact, in all of the rallys clubs we are associated with, only one had a very minor leak in the kitchen drain caused by a loose clamp. You may want to reconsider, 2 front slides provide so much more room and IMHO comfort.
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thank you all for your inputs... i stand corrected that
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kitchen at street side (so no plumbing moving)
should be kitchen at curb side and dinette at street side. however it's not a deal breaker...

as my search scope up to now is limited i will consider all of your thoughts and open up to those makes/models mentioned above and continue shopping. it appears that rv prices in west coast are generally higher than that in fl and tx, but traveling to those places from work is luxury for now (still have 17 months left to full retirement). i am thinking if a good one is coming on my way i'll grab it and go beaches or short trips during weekends until totally free. sounds right?
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Most folks will simply say whatever they have is the best. I've owned both Cummins/Spartan & CAT/Freightliner. In reality, neither is superior, both are fine. I suggest looking at a number of coaches, and look beneath the surface a bit. Our current coach has all wiring well marked & bundled. Our previous coach had a nightmare of random wiring (from the factory). I like things like double pane glass, fiberglass roof, basement air conditioners, well thought out systems. Things like one central electrical /AC-Heat/ generator control, etc panel versus systems scattered all around. I also vastly prefer a manufacturer that has stayed in business through the years, and I can call for coach information.

Above all, best bang for the buck is used. Let someone else suffer the huge initial depreciation & getting it all sorted out. But beware of a very low mileage coach. Especially if it shows wear. You don't want a snowbird unit where someone has lived in it for months on end. Those are probably the worst coaches as they haven't been driven enough, but lots of wear on the interior. And remember, there are tons of used coaches available. You don't need to pay more than low wholesale, and likely even less.
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