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Old 09-13-2011, 11:11 PM   #1
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First Class A purchase

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New to the site. I just sold my Weekend Warrior CR3905 and we are moving into a class A and need some help if you could spare some time. I'm a family man, married with a 7 and 8 year old. Use the coach approx. 15 times a year about 10 days the longest stay. Looking at staying in the 32-35 ft. range. Gas motor, prefer the Workhorse but not crucial. I would like 2 slides again not crucial though. Looking to spend 40-48K at the most. I really like the Fleetwood Southwind, Storm, and Flair. Also like the National RV Dolphin LX. I need some feedback on any of these or any other suggestions on type/brand anyone would recommend or ones to definitely stay away from. Any and all suggestions welcome. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:46 PM   #2
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My best advice is to just look at everything you can in your price range and your first priority should be floor plan. In the end, the chassis and manufacturer don't matter if the floor plan is not perfect for your family. Once you find the best floor plan for your needs, then worry about which chassis / engine is available in that floor plan.
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My best advice is to just look at everything you can in your price range and your first priority should be floor plan. In the end, the chassis and manufacturer don't matter if the floor plan is not perfect for your family. Once you find the best floor plan for your needs, then worry about which chassis / engine is available in that floor plan.
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:08 AM   #4
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My best advice is to just look at everything you can in your price range and your first priority should be floor plan. In the end, the chassis and manufacturer don't matter if the floor plan is not perfect for your family. Once you find the best floor plan for your needs, then worry about which chassis / engine is available in that floor plan.

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In your price range you are going to have a virtual feast of MH's to choose from and a real buyers market so you can make that 40 to 48 K sing for you.

I think you can begin looking at price ranges say 25% higher planning to make a deal. If not then you can back off---but I would begin there and see how it goes. Should be fun.
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Well, I drive a Damon Intruder 377W (2005, workhorse chassis) and have nothing really bad to say about it. other than watch the windshield (mines likes to come out)

The fact is there are many RV manufactures, Every one has both fans who are 100% happy with their RV's and think the company can do no wrong, and ... Non-fans who are ticked off over what they bought and think the company can do no right. EVERY ONE.

Ratios do vary but to be honest only slightly.

My advice is find a floor plan you like.. The selling point on this house is contained in the following phrase "2 holes, no waiting" it's a bath and a half floor plan, both a "main" bath and a "Half Bath" Thus, if Wife and I both need "The room" at the same time. No conflict. I can not tell you how nice that is after 30 years in a one hole house!!!!
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My advice is find a floor plan you like.. The selling point on this house is contained in the following phrase "2 holes, no waiting" it's a bath and a half floor plan, both a "main" bath and a "Half Bath" Thus, if Wife and I both need "The room" at the same time. No conflict. I can not tell you how nice that is after 30 years in a one hole house!!!!
wa8yxm: FWIW, I agree with you on the bath & 1/2 FP, because we are on our second coach with that feature.

However, to the OP's question I would suggest you look at the various builders who offer FP with BUNK BEDS because of the ages of your kids. Happy hunting!
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I'd also say to look at bunk bed models. We also have 2 children at 6 & 8. We have a 34' Itasca Suncruiser and have to make both the couch and the dinette up when it's their bedtime as they don't want to sleep together (one tosses and turns alot). Our next motorhome will have bunks.
Also stay with manufactures that are still in business.
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I would look for class A's with bunks or go to a class C. It's a pain to make down the dinette and coach for beds each night. JMHO
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I would look for class A's with bunks or go to a class C. It's a pain to make down the dinette and coach for beds each night. JMHO Arnold
I 2nd that... on your 10 day trip, that's 20 times you will have to change the dinette and sofa.

You can also do what we did, and find a floor plan that allows you to build bunk beds yourself - we had to do this because we needed triple bunks, which are only offered in trailers right now.
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Along with the bed issues I would ask who gets up first? Not having a seat since they are a bed is a pain.
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Class A with bunks exist but you'll have to really look-be prepared to invest some time in finding the right rig-don't be over concerned about mileage-worry more about condition and how it was taken care of once you find the floor plan you like...
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To add my .02. When we bought our first RV, the salesman gave me the soundest advice I could have had. That was, you have to buy one to know what you really want. After 3 more, I can honestly say we now have the right one! If you love motor homes. if I'd bought this one first, I wouldn't have had to bought the other 3.
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Thanks for all the replies. I'm really liking the Fiesta 34N by Fleetwood. It has the bunks too. Going to go look at them tomorrow. Thanks again.
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We upgraded our MH this year. We insisted that we needed bunks(2 kids..3 and 5) After looking at several BH's, we decided on the Damon Challenger 376. Very unique FP. We both liked the 2 couches up front. We each have our own coach if/when we watch tv or just to relax. It seems though they were tough to come across. But with a little bit of patients anything can be accomplished. Good luck on your search!
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