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Old 04-17-2014, 05:39 PM   #15
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Recommend significant quantities of the best scotch you can afford, and a check book with very large numbers in the balance column.

Not trying to dissuade you from this act of folly - we are absolutely happy with our choice. But you have to enter this relationship with your eyes wide open. It will be the quickest way to turn $100,000 into $1,000 that you may have ever experienced. Don't do it as an investment; don't do it because it "looks cool"; do it because all the parts and pieces add up to make you really happy.
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:53 PM   #16
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I know this thread is a couple of months old but we have finished our vacation and the rental returned.

Verdict: The DW actually had a great time and loved the experience. I now have her excited about getting one. We quickly learned what we liked and disliked about the layout and what we would want in a floor plan and amenities. The rental was well worth the money on many fronts.

Having done reading, reading and more reading, the mantra buy your 3rd RV first is really sticking with us and oddly enough, what I thought I wanted, I now want something a bit different and by a different manufacturer. I had my mind made up before, and it's changed multiple times in the last week.

Driving was much easier than I thought and it was great that when I got tired, we just pulled into a big parking lot and took a nap...Love that.

Thanks for all the suggestions, helped a lot.

Jay
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:57 PM   #17
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Glad you had a great time. You never did mention what state you were in and what type of drivers license may be needed in that state for that MH. May want to check out that also.
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:29 PM   #18
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So, rex-racer, what did you first think you wanted and now what are you considering? Just curious as you mentioned the change...

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Old 07-05-2014, 12:19 AM   #19
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I'm in Texas and the MH we rented was under 26,000 lbs so I didn't need a Class B to drive it. The one I want to get is over 26,000 so I will need to get the class B, plus I want to tow a trailer behind it so I'll need to take the second test for that as well.

I had originally wanted an Entegra Anthem. However, we are about to close on a house that has a completely enclosed RV garage. However, that garage was built with about 41 feet of space. The RV space has a one car garage in front of that but the roof is too low for me to utilized the extra space completely. The ceiling on the single car in front of the RV space is just under 9 feet. Since the front of the coach slopes back some, I may be able to get a foot or two into the single car space...I won't know until I actually pull a coach into the RV space.

Having rented a 37 foot Newmar Canyon Star, we realized we didn't really need 45 feet of coach so started looking at 40 footers that would allow me to completely pull the coach in without difficulty. Since I will be pulling a trailer with a race car, I wanted a Tag Axle for that and the many other reasons folks seem to prefer Tags.

Given all of those needs, the only company that currently makes a 40 foot Tag is Newmar, specifically the Dutch Star (for 2015). It looks like they did make the Mountain Aire in the 40 foot length for 2014 but are making all their luxury coaches 45 feet for 2015. The only thing the Dutch Star doesn't have I would like is a 150 gallon tank (since I'll be boon docking a lot at the race track), would like the extra fuel to not have to worry about consumption.

So that's what I've decided on this week. I would like to get a 42-43 footer and pull it into the RV space once we have taken possession of the house to see if it would fit or not. Those couple of extra feet would be nice.

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Jay, you need to start frequenting the Newmar Owners section of this forum. Tons and tons of info there about ordering from Newmar, and the company's unbelievable willingness to customize just about anything. I say this to point out that even though a 150 gal fuel tank may not be listed as standard anywhere, I'd be shocked if you couldn't get one. My '02 Dutchstar has a 150 gal fuel tank.
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I have been reading in the Newmar owners forum quite a bit. I did run across one thread about someone wanting a 150 tank and Newmar said they would not modify the chassis and a call to Freightliner and they said no as well. That was a couple of years ago. When it comes down to brass tacks and I want to go the 40 foot route, I'll do some hard inquiries at that point.

Also seeing that Newmar would do custom stuff and having read that Entegra won't is also a big factor.

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Have you looked at the Tuscany 40RX

This is available with 150 Gallon Tank


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I'm in Texas and the MH we rented was under 26,000 lbs so I didn't need a Class B to drive it. The one I want to get is over 26,000 so I will need to get the class B, plus I want to tow a trailer behind it so I'll need to take the second test for that as well.

I had originally wanted an Entegra Anthem. However, we are about to close on a house that has a completely enclosed RV garage. However, that garage was built with about 41 feet of space. The RV space has a one car garage in front of that but the roof is too low for me to utilized the extra space completely. The ceiling on the single car in front of the RV space is just under 9 feet. Since the front of the coach slopes back some, I may be able to get a foot or two into the single car space...I won't know until I actually pull a coach into the RV space.

Having rented a 37 foot Newmar Canyon Star, we realized we didn't really need 45 feet of coach so started looking at 40 footers that would allow me to completely pull the coach in without difficulty. Since I will be pulling a trailer with a race car, I wanted a Tag Axle for that and the many other reasons folks seem to prefer Tags.

Given all of those needs, the only company that currently makes a 40 foot Tag is Newmar, specifically the Dutch Star (for 2015). It looks like they did make the Mountain Aire in the 40 foot length for 2014 but are making all their luxury coaches 45 feet for 2015. The only thing the Dutch Star doesn't have I would like is a 150 gallon tank (since I'll be boon docking a lot at the race track), would like the extra fuel to not have to worry about consumption.

So that's what I've decided on this week. I would like to get a 42-43 footer and pull it into the RV space once we have taken possession of the house to see if it would fit or not. Those couple of extra feet would be nice.

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