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Old 03-07-2011, 05:38 PM   #1
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If you were going to buy...

A 40-43 ft class A what would you buy? We are looking for a reliable good quality new motorhome. While I realize anything rolling will have some maintenance issues we have more than our share of issues with slides, air leveling system, wiring harness etc, So if we trade, what would you buy? Want 3-4 slides, all electric, and king select comfort bed, aqua hot, and at least a Cummins 450 or higher engine. Thoughts?
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:09 PM   #2
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Save a boat load of money and buy a great coach. Look at the Beavers. There's some late model Beaver's out there with few miles and in great shape. I'll be a bit bold and suggest their quality was top of the line. I'd suggest a 2007 so you can get a pre 2007-EPA engine.
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We just ordered a new Entegra Coach Anthem. It has 4 slides and all the features you listed. All my research has been very positive and dealers tell me that for the features they carry they can't be beat. Have a look at their website and also do a lot of research. The model we ordered is the 42RBQ rear bath. It is a 43ft coach. Anthem is the mid range coach. There is also an Aspire line a bit lower and with a Freightliner Chassis brather than a Spartan. They also carry the Cornerstone a little higher end. If we hadn't gone with Entegra Coach it would have been Tiffin but all in all we liked the Entegra Coach. Can't tell you how it turns out because we don't have it yet. Picking up in June.

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Old 03-07-2011, 11:24 PM   #4
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JaFundy,

It's real simple.

Go to a companies website or visit their factory. If they don't bolt/weld a steel cage directly to the frame to which the outside fiberglass is attached to and the inside cabinets/appliances/walls,etc are bolted to run in the opposite direction like a scared cat. You would be amazed at the number of "premium" coach builders(not talking about Prevost) that have their inside walls/appliances/cabinets bolted to wood walls.

Buyer beware. Cost doesn't not always equal quality.

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Foretravel or Newell.

But, in reality I would not buy new.
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My choice would be Tiffin or Entegra.
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Hi Jafundy,
Consider Newmar. Go to Welcome to Newmar Motorhomes & RV | Newmar Corporation and take a look. Newmar mass produces in quantities of 1. You can get a lot of customizing when purchasing a Newmar coach.
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Depends on how much money you want to spend. With big budget look at Newell or one of the Prevost conversions. Under that a Foretravel or New Country Coach. We have a 42' Country Coach with most of your wish list on it that we really like a lot. Ron Lee will build you a new one if you want. Next step below that is Monaco and American Coach. A lot of people are saying good things about Entegra. We looked at them last summer at the FMCA rally and they seem to fit in with the Newmar, Tiffin, Wennebago group. But these are all just my personal opinions. To get a more authoritative view check in the the RVCG group. They (again my opinion) do a very accurate job of ranking build quality of motor homes. Some people dispute their evaluations but in my personal experience I found their disks to be invaluable when I was looking.
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The Tour 42QD has an excellent floor plan. I don't know of any others that are comparable. Too many coaches have the couches on each side of the living room, with the TV over there somewhere as an afterthought.
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Jafundy,
We just ordered a new Entegra Coach Anthem. It has 4 slides and all the features you listed. All my research has been very positive and dealers tell me that for the features they carry they can't be beat. Have a look at their website and also do a lot of research. The model we ordered is the 42RBQ rear bath. It is a 43ft coach. Anthem is the mid range coach. There is also an Aspire line a bit lower and with a Freightliner Chassis brather than a Spartan. They also carry the Cornerstone a little higher end. If we hadn't gone with Entegra Coach it would have been Tiffin but all in all we liked the Entegra Coach. Can't tell you how it turns out because we don't have it yet. Picking up in June.

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Lots of very nice rigs mentioned...add American Coach, Fleetwood's luxury line.
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Your profile is a little 'not there yet' so advise like mine may not be helpful. If, however, you live in an area where they have RV shows, GO. Pictures on the internet really don't do as much as actually sitting in some of the nicest coaches made. Money isn't everything. If you have a million to spend on a Prevost or Newell or high end Tiffin, go for it. And if you can spend that kind of money, go to the factory and have it built. Some places will even let you watch. Everyone likes their coach, so only you can decide and do it with your butt in the drivers seat.


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