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Old 10-02-2014, 09:44 AM   #1
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List Entry Level to High End

Will someone please provide, or tell me where I can find, lists of quality RV brands with the models listed in order from entry level to the most high end model? Iíve looked at the brochures. The models are listed alphabetically. Iím looking for a mid level to higher end Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Newmar, Country Coach, Winnebago, etc. Thanks so much for your help.
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:37 AM   #3
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Gas vs DP - would help! I will assume DP. All subjective, and for sure not inclusive. These would be Mid to High End that I would consider:

Mid Level
-Monaco Diplomat (and equivalent Holiday Rambler)
-Rexhall (Good bang for the buck, with above average safety.)
-Trippel E
-Newmar Dutch Star
-Alpine (closer to bottom end of the higher line of coaches)
-Travel Supreme (closer to the bottom end of the higher line of coaches, depending upon model, as the TS Select is in the higher end)
-Country Coach Tribute and Inspire
-Tiffen
-Winnebago
-Fleetwood Discovery/Providence and non Spartan chassis Revolution
-Beaver, including the Monaco era, Monterey
-Others

Higher End
-Newell
-Foretravel (all, but U320 and up gets you more goodies)
-Bluebird/Wanderlodge
-Monaco Dynasty, Executive
-Newmar Mountain Aire, King Aire, Essex
-Travel Supreme Select
-Entegra (two models, with one being probably closer to the top of the mid level)
-Country Coach Allure, Intrigue, Magna, Affinity (in that order, with Allure being what I consider the entry level of the upper end of the CC food chain)
-Bus conversions - too many to list
-Fleetwood American Line, including the LE line of the Revolution with Spartan chassis. These are made on the American line, but sold as Fleetwood's.)
-Beaver Patriot and Marquis

For sure not a complete list, and for sure very subjective.

When you go to Nada, you can get a feel by picking the same year, and looking at values. Usually the higher priced units, are the higher end units.

Now, also IMO, don't get concerned on the manufacturer or the model or mid vs high end. Come up with a list of what is 'Must Have's' and 'Nice to Have's' on the items that matter to you. (Mechanical: Tag or non tag? Side or Rear Radiator? Air Level or Hydraulic Level? CCC capacity? Length? Independent Front End or Beam? Engine size Medium size or Large? Etc. Interior: Slides, and how many? Dinette or table eating? Two couches or one plus chairs? TV placement? Kitchen Storage? Oven of non oven? Electric fridge or LP function? Private toilet room or open into bath area? Bath and a half or not? Etc.

Come up with a budget range, narrow the search down to a few specific brands and models based upon the budget range and how they match what you want.

Finally, IMO, buy as highest quality coach as you can. Drop years to retain the higher quality level, while staying within budget. Quality lasts.

Happy hunting,
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Look at NADA.com values. The original cost of each unit will allow you to create a list by manufacturer.
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Nice list Smitty! Nailed it!
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great list, and great advice.
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Good list Smitty!
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VERY helpful. Thanks.

Drove a 2007 Tiffin Phaeton 40’ DP. May be "The One".
Appears meticulously maintained. Drove nicely.
It had what was on the list and more
solid surface countertops which create one large level counter
micro/convection w/o standard oven
four door fridge
free standing dinette
zero or limited carpet (tile!)
private toilet, private shower
washer/dryer connections
fiberglass roof
All maintenance records which the PO has filed nicely in a well organized accordion file system. (What a guy!)

Close to the high end of my budget. It’s a keeper.

Thanks again for all of the good advice.

PPL in New Braunfels TX. Very good service so far.
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I have read about people post that have an electric fridge with invertor system, most do not seem happy...the propane fridge is very cheap to use and does not effect your electric consumption. If you go from RV park to Rv park it may not be an issue, camp a couple days in a state or national park then it becomes a big issue.
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I have read about people post that have an electric fridge with invertor system, most do not seem happy...the propane fridge is very cheap to use and does not effect your electric consumption. If you go from RV park to Rv park it may not be an issue, camp a couple days in a state or national park then it becomes a big issue.
I changed from the old technology propane/electric to an all electric residential refer and would never go back. I also do a fair amount of boondock and have not experienced any problems.
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I changed from the old technology propane/electric to an all electric residential refer and would never go back. I also do a fair amount of boondock and have not experienced any problems.
I'll second that summary. Having had both "Nevercold" and now residential there is absolutely, positively, no way I would go back. My DW is a happy wife that says and speaks volumes, if you know what I mean.

Caryl, as a footnote Tiffin is a good coach, however in many years models, which I believe the phaeton your looking at had crown issues with the fiberglass roof and wet bay issues. I would practice due diligence to insure these problems do not exist or have been repaired at Red Bay.
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I believe no one nailed it. You inserted your likes not what he asked for. He listed five brand names and wanted their list of low end to high end models. Don't have these lists with me as I am noble. Someone can get them or do a model list search on each brand.

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All Electric coach is the only way to go for us. an we do a lot of boondocking.
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No one mentioned Thor Tuscany XTE, the unit we have is 2014 DP at 9.5 MPG with a 3500lb trailer, has many of the features of the high end without all the posh. It has great components, tile floors, all electric, lots of power, and priced under 200k. Thor has been responsive to our issues and I don't care how much you pay there will be issues. Just my two cents worth.

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