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Old 11-22-2010, 08:24 PM   #1
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About to buy a 2007 Excursion 39A this week. Former 5th wheel owner, tired of towing. The Excursion has no pantry and no pass through in basement. It has so many other things we like, floor plan, color outside and inside, all leather, spare tire, tracking sat, outside TV. It also has a washer dryer combo, how well do the work? We plan on living in coach 3 to 4 months a year.


Would like pantry, do we need pass through in basement? Should we keep looking?
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If the pantry & pass-thru storage are deal breakers, then, yes, keep looking. There are many motorhomes out there with those items.

We went from a 5-r (with pass-thru & pantry) to a coach with no pass-thru & a bigger pantry. The 5-r's pass-thru didn't have a tray, so we found it difficult to get to things in the middle. With the coach, we can get to all stored items easily, so we don't miss the pass-thru.

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Old 11-23-2010, 07:52 AM   #3
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About to buy a 2007 Excursion 39A this week. Former 5th wheel owner, tired of towing. The Excursion has no pantry and no pass through in basement. It has so many other things we like, floor plan, color outside and inside, all leather, spare tire, tracking sat, outside TV. It also has a washer dryer combo, how well do the work? We plan on living in coach 3 to 4 months a year.


Would like pantry, do we need pass through in basement? Should we keep looking?
I have a 2007 Excursion 39S and we love it after 25,000 miles. Very happy with the storage. I'm surprised you have a spare tire. IMHO it is a waste of space as I would not be able to change a tire by myself. I use a tire pressure monitoring system so I'm not concerned about flats. I use the freed up space for our fishing equipment.
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How about the washer dryer combo, I was told they will only wash a very very small load, and use lots of water and energy.
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Which combo are you looking at? We have a Splendide 2100 and I would not be able to get it away from my wife. It is vented to the outside which is a must.

She does a king size sheet and several pillow cases in one load. I don't know about the electricty draw, but don't think it is excessive. Water usage is not great either don't know how much per load, I would guess 6-7 gallons per load.

As a combo it takes a couple of hours per load including the dry cycle. Understand it would be longer if not vented to the outside.

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Which combo are you looking at? We have a Splendide 2100 and I would not be able to get it away from my wife. It is vented to the outside which is a must.

She does a king size sheet and several pillow cases in one load. I don't know about the electricty draw, but don't think it is excessive. Water usage is not great either don't know how much per load, I would guess 6-7 gallons per load.

As a combo it takes a couple of hours per load including the dry cycle. Understand it would be longer if not vented to the outside.

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Ditto everything Al says. Not only my DW but I wouldn't be without one after seeing some of the laundrys in camp grounds. There will be some who complain about wrinkles but we own an iron and use it when needed.
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Hi Rgpollard,
Welcome to iRV2. Floor plan sells the coach. Everything else is a compromise. As to the combo washer/dryer, get one. I've had one for years. Sure the loads a smaller, it is a smaller unit. I would not have a coach without a W/D.

To work with the W/D the best, consider there are two kinds of clothes you will wash.
1. those that do not need to look pressed
2. those that need to look pressed

What I do is on days when I will be touring the area, I run a load of clothes that to not need to look pressed. On "rest" days when I hang around the coach, I'll wash the clothes that need to be removed from the dryer as soon as it stops.

Lastly, I do a load a day. This keeps me current and the loads fit the W/D perfectly.
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Our coach came equipped with a Splendide combo W/D. I debated whether or not to have it removed & use that space as more storage. I'm SO glad I decided to keep the W/D. I use it all the time. Being weekend & occasional 10-14 vacation RV'rs, it means I can pack way less clothing for trips because I know I can always do a load when needed.

If boondocking or at a CG without sewer hook ups, I severely curb my use of the washer (usually only underwear/socks & just 1 load), if I use it at all, & then do the shortest wash cycle possible. That way I conserve my fresh water tank usage for other, more important things (i.e. showers) while keeping my grey tank from filling too fast.

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We've traveled with friends that had their w/d removed for more storage and on the days they are spending two hours+ at the laundromat, we're out having fun. I always ask Maggie wonder who washed what in the machine you just used. I know, ugly.

We have two pass thru's and yeah its nice if you need to carry oars or fly rods that don't come apart.

Check out this link.

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Sample loads:
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I always ask Maggie wonder who washed what in the machine you just used. I know, ugly.
We were at a campground laundry before we got our Splendide. A woman who obviously had one or a dozen too many came in with a load to do. It was a dog bed, a dog's rug and several dog hair covered blankets smelling like you know what. All were stuffed into one washer.
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...A woman who obviously had one or a dozen too many came in with a load to do. It was a dog bed, a dog's rug and several dog hair covered blankets smelling like you know what. All were stuffed into one washer.
Ewwww . Another very good reason for having your own W/D.

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The only Splendides that use a lot of water are the unvented models, which are fortunately rare. The unvented models use additional fresh water as a coolant to condense moisture out in the drying phase, so that wastes a lot of water. The Excursion uses a vented W/D, so no problem.

A pass through bay is handy for long objects (like a ladder) or if you want to carry a lot of gear (we do). We've had one coach with no pass through, one with a small pass-through area and one with all pass-through bays. Like the pass through the best, but had no problems with the others. Total volume of space and bay size vs your gear shape/size is the important consideration.
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We passed on the Excursion, wife says no pantry is a deal breaker.
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