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Old 04-18-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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Down to the wire

Finally found 3 Class A's that fit my needs. Also fit my family needs. Coach would be used for about 5 - 6k miles a year. We must have or add a W/D (this is not an option) and all three have this as an option. If we toe anything it will be in the 2000 - 2500lbs range. Split bath is also a must. Price needs to be in the 40 - 52k range.

The first coach is from a dealer. It is a 2005 Tiffin Alegro Bay 34xb. In good shape. No records so to speak other than it is used. Clean...

The second coach is from a dealer as well. It is a 2003 Holiday Rambler Neptune 34PDD. In good shape for its age. Big difference is Diesel. On the inside the layout is good. Has the lowest miles of the 3 we are looking at. Style is a little dated but overall I liked it.

The third coach is 2004 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 36b from a private seller. Clean clean clean. It is just huge inside with 3 slides. CCC is good enough for us.

Both have about 37,000 miles. The Tiffin & Rambler are about $5000 more in price.

I am unable to find a RV specialist to review the private RV but based on my review all looks to be in working order.

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Old 04-18-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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Where is the third one, from the private seller? Maybe somebody from here can help?
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:27 PM   #3
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Long island

The private seller is out of east islip on long island. Of all the coaches I like the pace arrow the best on the inside. The ride of the rambler is the best. The look and style of the tiffin is the best...

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The private seller is out of east islip on long island. Of all the coaches I like the pace arrow the best on the inside. The ride of the rambler is the best. The look and style of the tiffin is the best...

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Sounds like you have all your ducks in a row , and are paying attention to the details. CCC in particular. B-in-Law had a Tiffin 35/on Workhorse/w8.1l V8 and with all the options and stuff on board, ran at MAX GVW 22,000 all the time no cushion. He did find the power and economy acceptable, even towing an econo box Pontiac. I on the other hand couldn't live that close to the edge on weight so went DP, 2X the CCC and I don't notice the towed at all, even with only 300hp/ 860ft.lbs. Check out the diesel, if the coach has only the 5.9 cummins the power will be marginal (JMHO).
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Something else I noticed was that the Fleetwood only has 30 amp service the 2 others have 50 amp. Any idea's?
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I'm not sure but the Neptune may have trailing arm problems it's a road master chassis thing. What I've read it was a recall but really did not fix the problem. You can google roadmaster recalls.
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Something else I noticed was that the Fleetwood only has 30 amp service the 2 others have 50 amp. Any idea's?
I had a 2003 Pace arrow. When I asked, Fleetwood told me that they were trying to be an every man's coach and 50 amps would make them upper crust (my terms). I think it was another two years before they realized that they needed to get with the program. We lived with the having to flip switches for the hot water heater, microwave, and washer/dryer, as well as the a/c shedding all the time. We just bought a DP with 50 amp service and it is great not having to mess with that stuff.
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The 30 amp service would stop me for sure.

We live and travel in 100 degree temps a lot and 30 amps would crimp us way too much.
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I Googled "Mobile RV Repair, Long Island, NY" and got all kinds of hits.

If it were ME, I would certainly have a technician go over any rig I would be considering laying out big bucks for.
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30 amp - not in this lifetime....

Holiday Rambler - if it's a 4 bag RoadMaster chassis and the "trailing arms" have not been replaced - not in this lifetime. As we say in the airplane biz, the trailing arm problem is a "killer item".
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Those are all quality manufacturers, IMO. I agree with the others that 30 AMP service is a deal-breaker...but then we live in hot, humid Houston. Make sure the coach you choose has a good comfortable floor plan that you can see yourselves spending time in. Good luck with your choice.
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30 AMP would kill any deal for me for sure. Also keep in mind that maintenance on a Diesel coach is a lot more expensive than gas. I have had both- gas on a workhorse and diesel on a freightliner.
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...Check out the diesel, if the coach has only the 5.9 cummins the power will be marginal (JMHO)...
Good Luck,and Safe Travels
Agree. We have friends that had a Neptune, way under powered...sold it.
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We have a 2003 Pace Arrow. While it is a pain not having a 50 amp service, all is not lost. If you are handy, you can tie into the 20 amp circuit off the generator which runs directly to the front AC. Then you plug into a regular 15 amp receptical on the campground post and run both ACs without them shedding. I've done this on 2 motorhomes so far. There was an outfit called Power Solutions that offered a kit for this. I agree that this may be a pain but other than that, we've had no problems with the motorhome and think it is a good coach with excellent factory backup.
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