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Old 01-28-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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Let's say I need a "starter coach"

We can afford what we want but it doesn't fit our lifestyle now. (entegra anthem, no bunks)

We need bunks and can't find anything we love. What we do find we love doesn't have the best rep. or it doesn't have the best build quality when we look in person (flimsy doors and walls).

Being that we can't find the perfect fit (high style, quality, and bunks) we are going to need to compromise for now and trade up later.

Do we still go after a diesel pusher or go for gas and save money since this will be stationary most of the time? (around 12K miles a year)

And I prefer used because I hate paying depreciation
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:26 PM   #2
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We can afford what we want but it doesn't fit our lifestyle now. (entegra anthem, no bunks)

We need bunks and can't find anything we love. What we do find we love doesn't have the best rep. or it doesn't have the best build quality when we look in person (flimsy doors and walls).

Being that we can't find the perfect fit (high style, quality, and bunks) we are going to need to compromise for now and trade up later.

Do we still go after a diesel pusher or go for gas and save money since this will be stationary most of the time? (around 12K miles a year)

And I prefer used because I hate paying depreciation
Simple solution........Have Newmar custom build you a Coach that suits your needs.......if money is not a condition
This is what Newmar has over top of all the other Coach manufactures(Other than the big dogs) is that they will customizee anything you want to do.....anything.
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Do we still go after a diesel pusher or go for gas and save money since this will be stationary most of the time? (around 12K miles a year)

And I prefer used because I hate paying depreciation
The above question is strictly a personal decision. Some folks refuse to go down the road in anything but a diesel pusher. Others are happy with a gasser, knowing it to will get you there. There is no right or wrong answer to your question. It reads as if you are conservative with your spending ( I surely am). That alone will influence your decision on a coach that is sitting still most of the time. (I suggest using the search feature of the forum, as this has been discussed many times before) All the best with whatever route you take!
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patience you will find what you want just give it time. If that doesn't work I think it would be hard to get the perfect R.V the first time you learn as you go. Good luck
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Based on my short two years experience with a 5th wheel, and my research looking for a used Class A, I wouldn't consider 12K/yr low mileage. I would consider it above average mileage. It seems like there are more 5 year old units for sale with less than 60K than over.
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We are very conservative spenders, we aren't even upside down in our cars! I like quality but I love to get a great deal. Money is not unlimited. We could borrow way more than we ever want to spend.
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We were in a similar situation. We really wanted the Mack Daddy DP with all the bells and whistles. That will come once the kids are off to college...priorities first for us. The oldest is 6 and the youngest almost 2...we have a way to go. We wanted something that will last us all until then. When we saw the GT 351DS with bunks we knew that was it. The price was right for a brand new coach with everything we needed to last us for a while.
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The Winnebago Forza/Itasca Solei seem like interesting DP with bunks. We took a tour of the 38R at the Tampa show.

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As stated above just read on this forum, look at everything, and dream. You will know when it is right.
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Not sure how old your kids are but mine loved sleeping in the cab-over of a class C. There are Super-C's that are pretty spiffy and the good thing about them is that you can usually get the used ones at some bargain prices.
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Went to the RV show in Charlotte and went through the new Forest River Legacy 300 was very impressed not only with the lay out but also with the price, (loaded at a price of $154,000) I know that it is a entry level coach but it is a good start.
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See the discussion above about the Thor ACE. It is a nice introductory coach with all of the features of a higher cost one. The 30.1 in particular has bunks, a master suite and an overhead and yet can be bought new in the $100K range. It is based on the proven Ford V10 and has good mpg as well as torque.

And of course, there is the Winnebago competitor (and the list goes on and on)...
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Some people don't realize that they are just going to end up trading up later on. It is good that you are aware of that and thinking of planning accordingly. My advice on a couple of your questions would be to buy a used gas coach.

As far as new (I can't believe I am going to say this) I would actually recommend looking at the Thor ACE 30.2 since you did mention fit and finish aren't a priority. For a few $ more, the Winnebago 35b is quite nice and you get the 2 toilets. I wish I had more knowledge on older (3-5) year old coaches with bunks as that is what I would most recommend in your situation.
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Some people don't realize that they are just going to end up trading up later on. It is good that you are aware of that and thinking of planning accordingly. My advice on a couple of your questions would be to buy a used gas coach.

As far as new (I can't believe I am going to say this) I would actually recommend looking at the Thor ACE 30.2 since you did mention fit and finish aren't a priority. For a few $ more, the Winnebago 35b is quite nice and you get the 2 toilets. I wish I had more knowledge on older (3-5) year old coaches with bunks as that is what I would most recommend in your situation.
Agree, it isn't like there is an archive!
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