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Old 05-02-2015, 10:51 AM   #1
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Class A with back window and large passenger side window

We want to full time RV when we retire sometime next year and are looking to buy a class A starting anytime. Our budget would most likely support an RV in the 2007-2010 range.

There are so many models that it's hard to find the ones with our livability criteria of a back window and a large passenger side window (where there is a chair or couch or dining on the passenger side). And the final show stopper for us is it must be 30-35 ft (ideally around 32).

Can you reply with manufacturers and models that meet that criteria to help us focus on those? Several Newmar Bay Star models are ideal but they are too new to be in our price range.

Thanks everyone!

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Sorry I can't help with your search, just wanted to say hello.
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With your first post,


These requirements are very specific and rare or unseen in the Class A segment.
A big window in the rear? That's a 5th wheel trait where the living room is in the back. It's very unusual for the rear master suite to have big windows
A passenger side dinette? More available, but still rare.

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Old 05-02-2015, 12:08 PM   #4
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I know you said a 32' would be ideal but we have a georgetown 378 triple slide and love it. We have had no issues with our 2013. Much easier to drive than I first thought. 2007 - 2010 would be reasonable to buy. You didn't mention if you wanted a diesel or gas.
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I know you said a 32' would be ideal but we have a georgetown 378 triple slide and love it. We have had no issues with our 2013. Much easier to drive than I first thought. 2007 - 2010 would be reasonable to buy. You didn't mention if you wanted a diesel or gas.
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You didn't mention one way or the other....does your Georgetown meet the OP's requirements???

Personally, I don't ever remembering seeing a Class A with a rear window. Seems to me I do remember seeing a post about an older Safari that had the rear living room and two entry doors. Maybe it had a rear window.

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Class A's with a large rear window are rare, but were made:
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Sorry I can't recall the model but a few months back I saw a diesel class A with a rear window.. aft of the bedroom was an area raised over the engine and the rear was large glass and two smaller side windows.. had a small table and two chairs. I was really impressed.
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You didn't mention one way or the other....does your Georgetown meet the OP's requirements???

Personally, I don't ever remembering seeing a Class A with a rear window. Seems to me I do remember seeing a post about an older Safari that had the rear living room and two entry doors. Maybe it had a rear window.

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They are rare, however we had a 2008 Georgie Boy Pursuit 3540 DS (made by Coachmen) that had a large rear window. It had a passenger side kitchen with the dinette on the driver's side with the TV on the wall beside the dinette. It had a lounge chair on the passenger's side with a window behind it. It also had bunks which we found very useful for storage even when the granddaughter was with us.

The Coachman Mirada was nearly identical to the Pursuit.
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Class A with back window and large passenger side window

The only thing that didn't meet your requirement was the length. If 37 is too long then you won't like it. We were looking for a 36' but saw this 37 and fell in love with the floor plan. It is mainly a couple's RV but with a sleeper sofa for 2 extra people. As for the rear window it is a 4' x 3' and 2 large windows on the passenger side for a free standing table that seats 4. Opposing front slides and 1 bedroom slide. I've seen 2007 models going for about 45K.
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Wrapperman, we did see the Georgetown XL 378 and also LOVE the floor plan. But yes, 37 is just getting to be more than we really want. There are quite a few others with a back window but no windows ( or really small) on the passenger living room area. We just can't decide what to compromise on since we're not sure we can have all three except in the Newmar Bay Star. We currently have an'87 Pace Arrow and those are the things we appreciate the most that we don't want to lose.

Everyone, thanks for the welcome and the suggestions. We've been lurkers for quite a while and really appreciate the community. Keep the suggestions coming and we'll let you know as we progress! It's a tough decision on what to compromise on first...price, length??! Back window? Such a big expense, we don't want to regret it later!
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Have you gone to the manufacturers sites and browsed the archived brochures that some have available for download as a pdf. file?

We also are looking to replace our old mh and have very similar criteria as you have stated. Prefer windows on both sides of the living area and a back window. Older mhs than what you are looking for commonly had rear windows. Fortunately some manufacturers have been offering them as options for a few years now.
Remember the model numbers are only close to the actual length, usually a little longer.

The 2010 Newmar Bay Star 2902 is an example which somewhat meets your criteria. The back window was available as an option.
Also the Bay Star 3102 would be another choice and the 3302.

2010 Bay Star 2902
http://www.independencerv.com/Galler...or_Dining_Room

http://www.independencerv.com/Galler..._Front_to_Back

2011 Bay Star 2902 from a very trusted dealer in the opinion of Newmar owners
http://www.tomlindstromrv.com/new_ve...0-%20Class%20A

2011 Bay Star 3102


With the criteria we share at least it drastically cuts down on the acceptable mhs, which in some way makes shopping less complicated.

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I forgot to add you would be well served to look at used National brand mhs. This manufacturer went out of business like many others during the big economic slump, but that would not deter me from purchasing one of their models. In my opinion they are very good rvs and looked at many of them on dealers lots. If we were in the market for an rv at the time, they would have been our first choice.
I bring this brand up because they really believed in rear windows on all their gas models. Too long to meet your needs, but they also made a Dolphin 5376/6376 that had a rear solarium lounge with two chairs and two additional large side windows for this area. Today the mfgs put additional bathrooms in this area beyond the bedroom.

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I realize this one is sold but it gives you another model year that might meet your needs. A 2008 Newmar Bay Star 3102.

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We were next to a Thor-Miramar 34.2 last week that had a back window, and a full wall slide in the DS. If you check out thier web site the 32.1 seems to meet your criteria of a back window, and chair with windows on the PS.

Not sure the years they have been made if you are looking used, nor do I know anything else about them. I just happened to look them up the other day since it was a good looking coach........
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