I am sorry, PHXMTNGIRL is correct. I never did update all of you on what our family decided to do....
First of all let me say, it was a journey. A long journey where things just kept falling into place either by process of elimination, or in some cases by luck.
We first fell in love with the Discovery 40G Bunk model (while vacationing in TX) and thought that was the model we were going to purchase. Then, after receiving so much feedback regarding customer service, quality and resale value, we did a 180 and were decided on the Phaeton QKH bunk model that we saw in the catalog. By luck we were able to view one in person a couple weeks later and totally decided we did not like the floor plan. After that, we decided to pass on the bunks and go with a Phaeton QBH bath and half. We flew down to Tampa to make a final selection on colors and interiors etc on the QBH. That is the only place you can see so many colors, interiors etc all in one place.
We just happened to step inside a Fleetwood 40G while we were there and fell in love all over again and did another 180. That's a full 360 for ya all who took the short bus to school
Yes, we ended up right where we started many months ago and we are very happy.
I came to the conclusion that I did not want to own a particular brand of coach just based on resale value and the fact that the Pres gets involved to resolve customer issues. Do not get me wrong- those are great qualities IF the floor plan works for your family. For now, we took the advice of many of you and went with the floor plan that works best for our young family.
By the way, I was surprised at the level with which Fleetwood worked with us to customize our order. Doug Miller is the midwest rep for Fleetwood and he was extremely helpful. We did not like any of the exterior color schemes for the 2011 Discovery. He emailed me all of the colors that they have used on previous Fleetwoods and American Tradition coaches and allowed us to put together a scheme based on the different colors we liked. There were several other tweaks that were made for us. Maybe this is standard practice, but I wasn't expecting this from Fleetwood.
I solicited bids from 6 Midwest dealerships via fax and General RV came in with the best price plus goodies that they threw in. We should be taking delivery in middle April. Next week we are going to the factory for a tour while the kids are on spring break. We're excited. We ordered a 2011 Taurus in matching color to Tow with a Blue Ox Towbar and Air Force One braking system for the Toad.
Thanks to all of you. This is an awesome forum and we have met some very kind and helpful people. This is our very 1st RV so I am sure you'll be hearing a lot more from us. YIKES- What do we do when this Bus shows up !!