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Old 04-26-2015, 05:50 PM   #43
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You are not too far from Nacogdoches, take a drive down and look around. Motorhomes of Texas
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Old 04-26-2015, 06:12 PM   #44
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We were fortunate that my brother and his wife have been Class A owners for 15 years. I think the only thing we did not realize was the initial expense. We had a really nice luxury pull along and traded up to a Class A. Then came the reality that out of 3 vehicles, none were flat towable without a conversion kit. We traded for a towable car and purchased a blue ox tow kit and Patriot braking system. Then purchased the TST tire monitoring system. It's all initial expenses, but just took me by surprise. It's all behind us now, no pun intended and we are loving every minute of it.
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Old 04-26-2015, 06:22 PM   #45
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We have been out looking at Motorhomes a few new but mostly used.

Your comments mentioned "stackers" So I have to ask, what is a stacker?
A stacker is a trailer, one that has two levels. Generally 13' tall and weigh around 10,000 lbs.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:51 AM   #46
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We have been out looking at Motorhomes a few new but mostly used.

Your comments mentioned "stackers" So I have to ask, what is a stacker?

2nd. What are your thoughts on a Damon Tuscany? Only has a 350 hp.

The brands you mentioned are ones we have been trying to find, including the Beaver. One that really stands out is Tiffin. Like the Allegro Bus and had a line on one and it got sold. Really like the family company and how they stand behind their product. Tiffin Owners we spoke to could not say enough about how well the service at the factory is also. Back to the Tuscany, waiting to hear your comments....
A stacker is a trailer with a deck that lifts inside. Many race teams have them for transporting their race cars. We have a 20' stacker that has a curb weight of 6350 lb.

Many folks will tell you there is no substitute for displacement. More horsepower means less issues about climbing hills and in the case of engine brakes, better braking.

It depends upon attitude in many instances. How patient are you when travelling? We are able to travel very handily at 60 - 65 a speed that we like to travel at. Climbing hills will be a bit slower but you will always make it to the top and get down the other side. Different technique as you will not be able to overcome gravity by putting your foot in.
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Still looking..... still educating ourselves

It is a lot of work to educate and find the coach to invest in.

I would say if we were to buy today our top pick with quality, features, floor plans and so on would be the Entegra Aspire 44B.

Still looking but that one is one we really like the most so far.
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All of these posts are just personal opinions of individuals. If you search enough you will find very good and very poor reviews of the same coach. Someone said make a list of what you want and expect in your first motorhome. That is a very good place to start. Attend some RV shows and find the one that gives you most of what you want. To me the most important thing in your search is to find the dealer that you feel most comfortable with. The dealer can make the MH experience a joy or a disappointment. It took awhile for us, but we have found "Our Coach" and a dealer that is quick to respond to our needs. I can and have talked to the president of the manufacturer anytime I wish and he listens. So we have found everything we want and expect out of our motorhome.

With patience, you will too. Good luck
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:48 PM   #49
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Don't forget Holiday Rambler(04-08) Monaco(04-08) Great years!
We are looking for a new unit and it seems the 99-04 Navigators have what I am looking for in must haves...
Cummins
IFS and air suspension
Aqua-hot
Tag
HWH
Toilet with more than 18" shoulder room
& the two trickiest..
Stacked W/D
Gas oven/stove unit
Under $80k

Your thoughts...
Thanks

We have driven a few new ones and the freightliners rode like a lumber truck in comparison so they're out.
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We will probably purchase from a Private Seller vs a Dealership on a used coach. Seems the dealerships inflate the prices quite a bit and of the couple talked prices with seem pretty firm very little room to negotiate. They tell me that it's because they have so much invested in them they have to make a couple hundred bucks in profit to pay the bills.

The wife of course is really picky with the cosmetic aspect. For instance, the kitchen island slide outs. She does not like to see the metal glides on it. We looked at a unit with one and she immediately told me "that's out". I look more on the construction, mechanics and of course we both want the floor plan.

Some of the MUST haves that we want:
Stack-able W/D.
Aqua Hot ( so everybody tells us. Never had one so would not know but take your word on it )
Dishwasher (just because we are lazy I guess)
Recliner/s with good view of TV area.
Double pane windows / frame-less
At least 2 AC units with heat pumps. ( Or will the Aqua Hot take care of cold days enough to get along without the heat pumps? )
R/L & Rear Camera system (most everyone has that on the coaches we look at)
Basement storage and slide out

HIGH on our list is Outside TV, Refer.
Full Wall Slide (nice and roomy but not a must have)
Tag Axle. (Never driven a big rig without one so not sure what to expect if we
don't get it. We are not planning on going over 200 miles a day and
if the wx is really bad we will stay off the road. I don't know.... for
those of you that have had both is it really a must have?)

Bath 1/2 We really like that bath and a half. If not then a Coach that has the Bath that is as large. Nice shower and so on.

Thanks for the feedback!
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