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Old 08-24-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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Entrey level vs High End Coach

Very good information on this site and lot's of it.We read about entry level coaches and high end's having the same problems.And people ask if this one is good or that one.So let's get real.This is only my opinion.Let's do gas models for instances.Ford chassis entry & high end $$$$. same motor,transmission,frame,fiberglass sides with the exception of full( body paint) same carpet,tile.hydraulic system.appliances windows,same cloth or leather.You get the massage with a few dollars different here or there.I would not diss encourage any one from buying ether.I think both are good and can be bad so buy what you like and ENJOY.If I am over looking something share your thoughts.I have a 06 Hurricane with 3 slides and want to get a full body paint and will be very very happy.
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You're endorsing the purchase of the less expensive coach (on a Ford chassis) based on the fact that all of the (Ford) drivetrains are the same (high end vs. entry level)?

Where are you getting that all fiberglass sides are the same, high end vs. entry level? Have you considered how some types of materials/construction might have more or less resistance to delaminating? There's way more to this than the fact most now have some type of fiberglass skin.

You're thinking the roof and floor construction/materials are all the same as well? An EPDM roof is worth what a one piece fiberglass might be?

Cabinets and counter tops? Corain vs. Formica?

Insulation?

The list goes on, is pretty extensive. I think there might be a LOT more to this than what you're considering in your note.

You have a Hurricane and you're happy with it. That's great! Not going to knock that decision for an instant.
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I'm sorry but it's my opinion but ford chassis don't have a high end coach but there is nothing wrong with them. To me what makes the difference on the same chassis is quality of cabinets and how they are fastened,roof,paint and generally overall construction. If people are happy with what they have who gives a !!!! what others think.
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I don't consider anything on a gas chassis as a "high end" coach.
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Our camper (That's what we call it) was billed as an entry level luxury coach. That said there are some 38' diesel pushers on a FL chassis with air ride that are pretty nice and costs quite a bit less than ours. Every step up generally means more amenities and options, higher grade floors, cabinets, fixtures, and sometimes better quality build. Had I had 20-20 forward vision I would have bought a 43' bus on a spartan chassis when the market was trying to eat our $$$ in 08. We'll keep what we have because we've modified and upgraded our coach and got a great price on it because no one was buying except me. I've been told always try to buy your last coach first that way you won't have to trade up in a couple of years.
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Our camper (That's what we call it) was billed as an entry level luxury coach. That said there are some 38' diesel pushers on a FL chassis with air ride that are pretty nice and costs quite a bit less than ours. Every step up generally means more amenities and options, higher grade floors, cabinets, fixtures, and sometimes better quality build. Had I had 20-20 forward vision I would have bought a 43' bus on a spartan chassis when the market was trying to eat our $$$ in 08. We'll keep what we have because we've modified and upgraded our coach and got a great price on it because no one was buying except me. I've been told always try to buy your last coach first that way you won't have to trade up in a couple of years.
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I've been told always try to buy your last coach first that way you won't have to trade up in a couple of years.
Very good advice that I wish I had followed. I have had my Fred for four years and love it, But I am sure when I retire ( 5 years ) I will buy my last coach. If I had bought the Phaeton that my dealer had I probably would have kept it for life. Live and learn.
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I don't consider anything on a gas chassis as a "high end" coach.

I don't know about that comment.
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I believe that the main difference between the two is ego (vanity).

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I don't consider anything on a gas chassis as a "high end" coach.
UM...

I think the OP was talking "high end" in a relative sense. Just as in diesels there are top of the line (high end?) model lines the same goes for gas. It doesn't do any good to toss out an unqualified statement into a "qualified discussion". All that being said, there are certainly differences in model design, layout and finnish as one moves up the model lines...mostly. There are some manufacturers that have higher ratings by customers than others. There are chassis manufacturers that have better reviews than others. Not all coaches on a W24 in the same price range are equal.

Besides, abuse of the term "high end" in such absolute terms is a bit snarky. Lots of folks are absolutely satisfied with there "low end" gassers.

One last thought...I don't think I would typically take a "high end" 45' monster on a dirt, mountain rode. OTOH, as one other thread has shown, a nice 30-40' gas rig can find some great places...dare I say "high end" camping spots that such a high end rig can't even dream of. I also think a well equipped 30ish foot
RV makes the perfect tail gate platform and for some would be high end compared to another person's pick up truck.
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Low end = $ 100,000 high end = $ 300,000
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