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Old 05-06-2015, 03:31 PM   #1
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Class A DP or Gas Bunkhouse with 2 pocket doors?

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Sorry for the lengthy intro thread. We need some help in shortlisting some Class A Bunkhouse motorhomes and have done a lot of online research and also made a trip to MHSRV in TX.
We are US based Australians currently living in NJ who are planning a 6-12 month Motorhome tour of USA and Canada sometime in the next 1-3 years then flip it before moving overseas. We are looking to buy a Class A Gas or DP Bunkhouse with 2 Bunkhouse pocket doors in the next 1-2 months.It will be just me, my wife and 4 year old daughter on tour at this stage.If Baby #2 comes along then it also needs to work for them. We have hired lots of smaller motorhomes in Europe but this will be our first purchase, and given the $$ involved we want to do our research and choose wisely.
Our top 15 requirements in prioritized order for a new or as new Class A Gas (upto 2 years old and about $100-110K budget) or Used Class A DP (upto 5 years old and upto $100-$125K budget) are as follows:
1. Bunkhouse
2. 2 pocket doors on either side of the bunks (or actual closed off bunk room)
3. Good seating arrangement for our 4 year old child whilst driving (e.g separate seat next to the passenger seat or the dinette seating right next to the drivers cab)
4. Large Residential Refrigerator
5. Large standard oven
6. Large convection microwave
7. Large kitchen bench space
8. Extra Large living area
9. Over cab fold away bunk
10. 7 foot headroom
11. Lots of good storage inside and underneath
12. Watchable TV when seating at lounge
13. Washer/dryer
14. King Bed
15. Watchable TV for 4 year old child whilst we are driving

We are likely to refine our requirements a little more after viewing a few more models in the flesh.
For me, bigger and more spacious is better given full-timing for upto a year and towing a car, hence desire for a mid to large size DP. The reality of our somewhat limited budget and pros of a new or as new Gas model is keep the Gas ones in the mix (we quite like the Forest River Georgetown XL 350TS and 352QS models)
Most of the bunkhouses floorplans we have looked at are being ruled out because they donít have the pocket doors on either side of the bunks so that is the first deal breaker in our short listing exercise. We need the bunkhouse pocket doors to be able to put our 4 year old daughter to bed in the bunk room and close it off from the living area and be able to enter our bedroom through the bathroom without disturbing her. My wife hates the cupboard style doors on some bunkhouse models (e.g Palazzo 33.3) so that rules out a lot of them too.
We also cook a LOT so a superb kitchen and large living area are essentials, hence the need for 3 to 4 slides.Given that we only have one child and no other family members in USA, a second toilet is not overly important to us.
We have not yet found a Class A close to our budget that delivers on all 15 requirements, hence the need for some help for you.

Shortlist of Class A Bunkhouse with 2 pocket doors that we have found so far
Diesel:
Fleetwood Discovery 40Ghttp://www.fleetwoodrv.com/discoveryLooks very good
Fleetwood Discovery 38B http://www.fleetwoodrv.com/expedition
Fleetwood Discovery 42A (has 2 bedrooms with bunk in rear bedroom but read mixed reviews about kitchen space)
Fleetwood Expedition 38B http://www.generalrv.com/product-fleetwood-rv/expedition-motor-home-class-a-diesel

Gas:
Forest River Georgetown XL 350TS (3 slides) http://www.forestriverinc.com/product-details.aspx?LineID=196&Image=5051
Forest River Georgetown XL 352QS (4 slides)
Winnebago Vista LX 35B (3 slides) Has 1 Ĺ bathrooms
Itasca Sunstar LX 35B (Same floorplan as Winnebago Vista LX 35B) http://winnebagoind.com/products/class-a-gas/2016/sunstar-lx/specifications
Thor Tuscany XTE 40BX Looks awesome but too expensive (cheapest new is $197K, MSRP is over $300K).Has the Perfect layout for us but really needs a normal oven and an over cab bunk to hit ALL of the top 15 requirements and be a lot cheaper.Looks like the model only started being made in 2015 though so there wonít be a used one in budget. Floor Plans | 2015 Tuscany XTE Luxury Diesel Pushers Bunkhouse
Tiffin Allegro 35QBA

So we need some help. I suspect that there are several DPs that we havenít considered yet.
What other Class A DP or Gas Bunkhouse motorhomes with 2 bunkhouse pocket doors should we add into our shortlist above?Any help greatly appreciated
Pete
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I would suggest you take your 15 requirements and decide what you Must Have and then your Would Like items. Since bunk style is #1, you may need to have pocket doors added. And maybe be open to cupboard doors on the bunks. I would hate for you to pass on a great floor plan that has everything except bunk doors. I would recommend shopping all bunkhouse floor plans to find ones that might work and not say no just because of no doors or style of doors. Keep in mind, you probably are not going to get everything on your list. Good luck on your search.
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I think the Discovery 42A seems to fit your needs well. There is privacy between the bunks and the master bedroom. With both main slides open, the space in the kitchen is huge. I have owned mine for almost a year and have been very happy with it. However, your budget does not probably get you into a 42A.
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IMO your budget is unrealistic for all your wants. Best hone in on your Must Haves vs Wants. Also IMO with a convection oven, there is no need for a regular oven.
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Child Safety: Also make sure seat belts are in the additional seating for your 4 year old. They would probably only be lap belts and not shoulder belts.
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Grativatating towards Fleetwood Discovery 40G or 42A

Hi

Thanks to everyone for your valuable feedback on this post. After doing lots more research (this site is wonderful) and reviewing and re-prioritizing our 'must have' vs 'nice to have' requirements we are gravitating towards a Fleetwood Discovery 40G or preferably a Fleetwood Discovery 42A if we can find one. We just love the floorplan of the 42A with the rear bedroom for our 4 year old daughter.

Does anyone know of any other used DPs out there with a similar floorplan to the Fleetwood Discovery 42A?

Does anyone (mod edit) know of one for sale? We will travel anywhere in USA to find one.

Thanks

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Take a look at the Sportscoach Crosscountry. They have two bunkhouse models and the 385 DS has a door at each end of the bunk hall to separate it from the living area and rear bed. It may not have all the items on your list but it's a DP that has a reasonable price and a good buy for the money.
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Class A DP or Gas Bunkhouse with 2 pocket doors?

I like the Newmar Dutch Star 4312. Separate bunks in the back.
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IMO your budget is unrealistic for all your wants. Best hone in on your Must Haves vs Wants. Also IMO with a convection oven, there is no need for a regular oven.
Absolutely agree about dual ovens. Our gas oven has NEVER been used and my DW cooks big meals every day. Convection oven, grill and stove top is all she has ever used.
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Hi everyone. We took the plunge and bought a 2011 Fleetwood Discovery 42A and just completed a 1400 mile maiden voyage from Florida home to NJ. We LOVE it and couldn't be happier with our purchase
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