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Old 03-08-2015, 06:20 AM   #1
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Jayco Seneca vs Newmar Ventana LE

After much debate, we have narrowed our choices down to a Jayco Seneca and a Newmar Ventana LE. While both are diesels and meet layout requirements, they are truly different RV's.....Does anyone have any knowledge/experience with these units in terms of quality, fit and finish, problems, after sale care, value and long term use, etc? I would appreciate any valuable and insightful input.....thanks

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Old 03-08-2015, 06:27 AM   #2
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No comparison, Newmar would be your best choice all around. But I'm biased, see my signature.

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Old 03-08-2015, 06:40 AM   #3
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I am partial to Newmar as well. I seem to recall the Seneca foot wells were smaller than the Newmar and my wife and I felt we might not be comfortable on a long ride with that arrangement.
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:13 AM   #4
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Hi Marinaboy,
Both companies have been in business for quite some time. Consider getting the specs on each coach. Understand what you can not see and if it is of value to you. The Ventana LE brochure is at http://www.newmarcorp.com/wp-content...a_Brochure.pdf

Newmar coach longevity, dealer/factory service, customization, owners Klub, etc. are outstanding. There is something one might not appreciate until you own a Newmar coach. Once an owner, you are part of the Newmar family. This is from the Miller's right down to the lowest level employee and other owners.
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:17 AM   #5
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I'm biased toward Newmar too. The quality & workmanship in a Newmar at any level is top notch. We toured an LE which is what really got us thinking about a Newmar about this time last year. We wound up with a Ventana instead of the LE primarily because the Ventana had Comfort Drive. The LE did not include Comfort Drive prior to 2014 and, yes, it is well worth having.

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Thanks for that input........Also considering a Nexus Super C or their new DP......any thoughts there?
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You're comparing a SuperC to a Class A DP ... two totally different environments. I came from a Super C to a Class A DP. While the Seneca was a really nice machine, it doesn't compare to the cab of a Class A DP. A Class A DP is quieter up front, much more comfortable and roomier in the cab area for both driver and passenger. Living length of a DP is greater than a similarly sized Class C. You have to determine which class best suits your needs and narrow your search down from there.
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Thank you Carl.........have you heard anything about the Nexus product line?
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Old 03-08-2015, 08:12 AM   #9
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Personally I'd go with the class A floor plan. Secondly Newmar=quality. Third, never buy a new to the market product till it's been on the market place for a couple of years. Been there done that, live and learn. Summary, Newmar period.
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Spend some time in both forums reading a lot of threads. I don't think you can get an accurate answer to your question from any one forum. Then go to a dealer and test ride the specific model you are looking at. Look at some used models. Spend some time studying the specifications and in particular the weight ratings. How you use the rig is important. If you are using it to pull toys on vacations, you may not want to choose based on a full time usage point of view.
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:21 AM   #11
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Two thoughts. Drive each one. Some people love that big wide view out the windshield of an A and some get scared to death because there is nothing in front of them.

Think about why you want the unit. There are differences in how one relates to the unit in terms of living and image.
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:44 PM   #12
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First is the Newmar on a fl chassis if not pass.
Drive them both I love the way the Seneca drives but 2 different animals

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