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Old 03-11-2014, 02:26 PM   #1
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Family looking to purchase first RV

So we are looking for our first RV and are a family of 6. kids are 15,7,5, and newborn. Price point is 50k and want bunk beds. We have been looking on RV trader for a while and have come up with a few we like ranging from 2007 to 2011. Any input on these models would be great and also if anyone is selling their coach or knows of one for sale that would be great too! models we are looking at are.......

2008 Forest River Georgetown 350
2010 Fleetwood encounter 32bh
2007-2011 Hurricane 34b
2011 Hurricane 31g
2006 Damon daybreak
2007 National surfside 34e
Fleetwood terra
coachmen Mirada

Are any of these significantly better or worse then others? Anything to look for or avoid?

Thanks for your help
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We had a 2009 Thor 4winds on a Ford F53 chassis. It was pretty nice, for a gasser. No real troubles except it had the "Hurricane whistle" that was caused by the grill. Easy fix.
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:03 PM   #3
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Have you considered Newmar? I was trying to find a Winnebago DP with your desires but didn't. I know Newmar is known as a good coach. Look at the one: 2008 Newmar Ventana 3942 Class A Diesel East Greenwich, RI Arlington RV

It is more money but the utility of a diesel pusher is great.
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One thing to look for is the length of the bunks. Some are very short.
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Sounds like you and the family are going to have a lot of fun. If your plans are to use the RV for 2-3 week vacation and some weekends every year I would go with a gas model such as the ones you indicated. Diesels are great and if you can afford one great but they need to be exercised regularly.

What ever you buy, make sure there is enough storage space underneath as well as inside the MH. With a family of six you will need it. You probably will want a bunk bed model and a couch that folds out to a bed and a separate bedroom for you and your spouse.

Good luck on your purchase and most important enjoy your time with your family. Keep us updated and be sure to return to the forum when you have questions about your new purchase.
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Sounds like you and the family are going to have a lot of fun. If your plans are to use the RV for 2-3 week vacation and some weekends every year I would go with a gas model such as the ones you indicated. Diesels are great and if you can afford one great but they need to be exercised regularly.

What ever you buy, make sure there is enough storage space underneath as well as inside the MH. With a family of six you will need it. You probably will want a bunk bed model and a couch that folds out to a bed and a separate bedroom for you and your spouse.

Good luck on your purchase and most important enjoy your time with your family. Keep us updated and be sure to return to the forum when you have questions about your new purchase.
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Basement is very important for your gang. The coaches with basement on the slides is not ideal in your case. Also, in good weather consider tents for the older kids. I have seen big families in little class C's with tents for the kids. Great until it rains. Ah, the joys of camping.

Hope you find what will fit the need and that your joy will be 10 fold with the family.

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Had a 2008 Damon daybreak with the bunks. On a regular basis we would take all 4 grandkids. We had that daybreak in 48 states. Never had it back to dealer for anything other yearly normal service. The bunks had plenty of room. Ours actually folded up the top bunk and the bottom bunk made into a two seat dinette or work table.

Whatever you decide to buy I'm sure you will enjoy your travels in this beautiful USA.

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