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Old 06-11-2007, 06:26 PM   #1
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We will be retiring next year, and are starting to search for the best full-time 40 foot DP. We've narrowed the seach down to these coaches, and are seeking input from all of you very knowledgeable people. These rigs are about the same in price and amenity, so we are lookin for feed back about reliability, service, factory support, and overall quality. We hope to keep the coach for many years. Thanks for your help.

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Old 06-11-2007, 06:26 PM   #2
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We will be retiring next year, and are starting to search for the best full-time 40 foot DP. We've narrowed the seach down to these coaches, and are seeking input from all of you very knowledgeable people. These rigs are about the same in price and amenity, so we are lookin for feed back about reliability, service, factory support, and overall quality. We hope to keep the coach for many years. Thanks for your help.

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Old 06-12-2007, 03:15 AM   #3
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John,

I did a ton of research before buying my coach. Similar situation but, I wanted a 43' so Vectra was off the list and so was Country Coach.

You have the right list in my very humble opinion. Newmar, Tiffin and Winnebago have great service and loyal customers. It seems to me that Country Coach gets a premium for the name more so than the others, i.e. less content for the price.

Also, I believe you can do more customization/special ordering w/Newmar and Tiffin.

One advantage Newmar has right now is Comfort Drive. All Newmar DPs have it standard now. Please check out the Newmar portion of this forum for a ton of information from very enthusiastic customers. I know I almost dumped my 2007 just to get it. I officially have Comfort Drive envy.

All that aside, I don't see how you can go wrong with any of the brands you selected.
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Old 06-13-2007, 08:12 AM   #4
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Well as you can tell by my signature, you can probably guess what my choice would be. Actually, we've made this choice twice - this is our second Allegro Bus and we were very happy with each of them.

We started with an Itasca Suncruiser and when we began our search for a diesel it eventually narrowed down to Newmar or Tiffin. They both had great build quality but in the end the Allegro Bus just seemed to fit our needs better and offered the most bang for the buck.

We also looked at Country Coach for a bit. They too were of good quality but I wasn't overly impressed with the entry level Intrigue. I felt our Allegro Bus was equipped much better, and at the same price. When looking at the Allure I felt they were similar but the Allure was $100,000 more than the Bus so we ruled it out. My opinion of the Country Coach line is that it is a good product but you are paying heavily for the name.
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Unless you've already checked and excluded them from your short list, you might want to toss Travel Supreme into the mix. From what I've seen very good quality coach and from what I've heard, very good factory support.

Good luck with your search, Jim
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I would take the Vectra off the list. I do not like their build quality. If you keep an eye on QUALITY and not features you will see a difference. Open the cabinets, look at the cabinetry work and you will see what I mean.

When buying anything (a coach, car, house, etc) I have a strong feeling of NOT buying the "top of the line" for the manufacturer unless that manufacturer is at the pinnacle of its industry. Winnebago makes OK motorhomes, but they are not in the high end market. They sell a lot of $80k stuff. The Vectra is their attempt to capture the $200k MH market .. and it is one of their most expensive products.

I would strongly favor the Intrigue. Country Coach makes and sells $1mm motorhomes. The Intrigue is at the bottom of their line and that IS GOOD. I would rather own a bottom of the line BMW or Mercedes than a top of the line Hyundai. The same people that work on the Intrigue are getting the same training and support as the ones that work on the $800k coaches. That is where you want to be. The best buy for the money, in my opinion. You are paying for quality and that is what you will get. Quality. Dutch Star and Allegro Bus are fantastic, you cant go wrong with them either. But take Vectra off the list for sure.
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Have you checked out the Foretravel? They have always been in a class by themselves in terms of quality, now near the same price point as the others. I am looking at them now, nothing seems to compare.
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