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Old 02-04-2016, 04:09 PM   #15
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Think you would be surprised if you looked at a Charleston today from where they used to be. Forest River has beefed up the Berkshire and the Charleston quite a bit over the last several years. They're not your father's Charleston anymore to paraphrase the old expression.
I looked at a few at the last show we went to. I'd still take an Entegra, but the Forest Rivers did look nice.
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Old 02-04-2016, 05:39 PM   #16
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I looked at a few at the last show we went to. I'd still take an Entegra, but the Forest Rivers did look nice.
My point was that the Forest River brand has come a long way since Warren Buffett bought them. They were close to being gone in 2008 when the entire industry tanked, but now they have come back stronger than ever.

I think it would come down to what the difference in dollars was. If both units were the same price then the Entegra wins hands down if for no other reason than the two year warranty.
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Old 02-06-2016, 02:49 AM   #17
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Now I'm partial to the Spartan Chassis and that is the main reason I'd pick the Entegra over the Forrest River but I go to the big Pomona RV show every year and Dollar for Dollar I'd buy the Entegra. Since Daimler-Benz purchased Freightliner it's better but they always tend to over engineer things (for starters look at the cooling fan setup on the side radiator, now that's really over engineered) and not in a good way. But that's just my opinion. Just for grins look at the Newmar lineup.
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Thanks everyone... Can't get past the 2 year warranty from Entegra... To me that is strong. I am looking at the Newmar now... Hard to tell which use the Spartan Chassis vs Freightliner.
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Thanks everyone... Can't get past the 2 year warranty from Entegra... To me that is strong. I am looking at the Newmar now... Hard to tell which use the Spartan Chassis vs Freightliner.
Entregra uses only Spartan and Newmar, for some reason, only builds their very high end coaches on the the Spartan K2. They nolonger build on the Mountain Master and MM GT. I've heard that a lot of the people over at Entegra used to work at Newmar hence the similarities. Freightliner has been trying to put Spartan out of the Motorhome chassis business and the Manufactures are ponying up to it and that's not a good thing. I like competition. It keeps companies honest.
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So has anyone found the Entegra half bath to be too small? Any issues with getting to it or the fridge with slides in?
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No question here. ASPIRE ALL THE WAY
Between those two I would agree although I'd take a look at Newmars too.
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I've heard that a lot of the people over at Entegra used to work at Newmar hence the similarities.
True, that happened back when Travel Supreme started up. A lot of Newmar employees jumped ship, then were laid off when TS went under and were rehired when Entegra started. I'm sure there is a constant trade of workers between the two manufacturers.
As to the chassis. Newmar is now reworking the FL chassis and adding bracing to it. Looks a lot like the DynoMax chassis we have.
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It's quite interesting really, when you get down to studying it. It seems that all the manufacturers are sort of related to each other one way or another. Like what was just previously stated, and like Mahlon Miller came from Holiday Rambler to Newmar etc.

Anyway, if you want a solid unit but budget keeps you in the Forrest River range, take a look at the Winnebago Tour, or even a year older Grand Tour. Otherwise a Newmar Ventana or couple year older Dutch Star, or three year older Mountain Aire would be recommended, all I've mentioned are solid rigs IMHO.

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It's quite interesting really, when you get down to studying it. It seems that all the manufacturers are sort of related to each other one way or another. Like what was just previously stated, and like Mahlon Miller came from Holiday Rambler to Newmar etc.

Anyway, if you want a solid unit but budget keeps you in the Forrest River range, take a look at the Winnebago Tour, or even a year older Grand Tour. Otherwise a Newmar Ventana or couple year older Dutch Star, or three year older Mountain Aire would be recommended, all I've mentioned are solid rigs IMHO.

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Before our 2015 Ventana, we owned a 2010 Journey. Loved it. I think Winnebago makes an excellent product. Obviously the Journey is a step below our Ventana but there are certain things that were done better on the Winni. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Newmar or Winnebago to anyone.

Other units that always looked good at shows were Tiffin and Entegra. They both didn't have floor plans that fit our needs/desires.

Forest River, not so much. Never owned one but have looked at them every year at the Hershey show. There are obvious workmanship and material issues with everyone I've checked out that Newmar, Winnebago, Tiffin and Entegra beat hands down.
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If you were at the fire in the camp here and asked the question I could only say that I have heard from guys that work on my RV that they do not like the Forest River. They have said to me that they have not been impressed with the workmanship. That is all I could pass on to you so take it for what it is or isn't worth. mark
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We love our Aspire. We have had a Mountain Aire and London Aire in the past.
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So has anyone found the Entegra half bath to be too small? Any issues with getting to it or the fridge with slides in?
I had a Cornerstone and not an Aspire, but assuming the floorplans are similar, I thought the half bath was a decent size, and with slides in there were no problems reaching the fridge or the half bath. Hope this helps!
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