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Old 01-30-2014, 08:14 PM   #1
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Question Finding the Right RV

Coming from a boating background, I've learned some lessons the hard way. Most RV salespeople hardly know the front from the back - I am trying to locate a Class A diesel pusher that meets a few "deal breaker" criteria and would appreciate any help in this regard.
1) A true queen sized bed - some are as short as 74" but still call them queens - at 6', I'd prefer not to have my feet hanging off the end.
2) Side radiator. From a practical standpoint, I don't see why RVs went to a rear radiator design making easy access to the engine compartment a thing of the past. With the radiator on the side, when you open the back there is the whole engine - a belt change for example would be easy - and I'm the type of operator that likes to keep an eye on things in general.
3) Passthrough basement storage with 15" or more of vertical clearance - I've seen them with as little as 7" - what good is vehicle wide pass through storage when there is that little clearance?
4) Still working on this one -
Anyway, if there was a way to eliminate the thousands of models that don't have a full queen bed or larger, have easy engine access, and a tall basement pass through I think I could manage the task of finding my RV much better. Thanks to anyone who responds. Peter (Jacksonville FL)

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Old 01-30-2014, 10:19 PM   #2
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We have a Country Coach and it has everything you have stated. I would never have a rear radiator because all you see is the radiator plus I changed the serpentine belt in about one minute.
There are others out there with side radiators like (Beavers-Tiffins-Monacos-Newmar) just to name a few.
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Be sure to check out the Entegra line. Go to the Entegra owners forum under the Jayco owners site.
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NEWMAR! I'm sure you would find a coach in their lineup that will fit your bill. Good luck and hope you find what works best for you.
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I just fell in love with Entegra, but I have no real experience, I am a noob!
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Newmar King Aire has curbside storage openings of 35", 28" from the top of the slide out tray, However the frame rails reduce that by a few inches in the center of the coach. That's probably as tall as you're going to get in a line built coach. I would guess that Entegra Cornerstone and Possibly American Heritage would be the same or very close as they're all built on a modified to their specs, Spartan K3 chassis.
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