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Old 02-23-2013, 06:04 AM   #1
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My wife and I are considering full time rving. Started looked at Class A DPs. Looking new or one 2 years old. I like Tiffin and Newmar but think they may be out of our price range. Looked at a Berkshire 39RB and Fleetwood Discovery 40E both of which are new. Looking for comments and suggestions. We like the rear bath and the 1/2 bath as well.

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Welcome to IRV2. I'm sure you'll get some opinions on those two choices of yours. Good luck and let us know you decision and of course post pics when you can.


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Old 02-23-2013, 08:13 PM   #3
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If you do not have to have new, think about buying a high end coach 2-3 years old. Best bang for the buck.
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I wouldn't be reluctant to look at coach's older than 2yrs. You can really get a lot of bang for the buck with one that's even 5 to 10 yrs. old. In our case in the later part of 2009 we bought a 2000 Newmar diesel and went fulltime. Since then we've been from Maine to Florida...Maryland to Colorado, up to Idaho, over to Wash., down to San Diego, then to Alaska last summer, and now we're in Fl. for this winter. Wouldn't change a thing. My suggestion to you would be not to be in a big hurry and look at many coach's. Keeping in mind that floor plans are very important, I mean you'll be in it 24/7. By looking at a little older coach you can really move up to a quality unit...that is if it's been well taken care of. Be sure and find a reputable RV Tech to check it out for you. In our case we were in Md. and the coach was in Tenn. I did a google seach and found an RV guy who checked out our coach and gave it a thumbs up. So they can be found by looking at many web sites that are available to you. I almost pulled the trigger a couple times on other Rv's but I just kept looking til I found our current home. Good luck in whatever you decide.
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The bath and 1/2 make the coach. Especially for FT. DW and I spend six or seven months in our coach. Our last coach was a 2003 Fleetwood 39P. Great coach! However the technical features offered on new or late model coaches certainly improve living as well as handling ease. You will be living almost 24/7, so the roomier the floor plan the more comfort. We have had new coach issues but DW and I have nothing but praise for the quality of Customer Service provided by Fleetwood MH's. IMO the dealer is an extremely important asset. Get testimonials from past customers, wish we had!
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Originally Posted by ravens2012 View Post
My wife and I are considering full time rving. Started looked at Class A DPs. Looking new or one 2 years old. I like Tiffin and Newmar but think they may be out of our price range. Looked at a Berkshire 39RB and Fleetwood Discovery 40E both of which are new. Looking for comments and suggestions. We like the rear bath and the 1/2 bath as well.
Congrats I can't wait to get to that Point.

I am new to RVing part time and the 37 ft Floor Plans are Nice for 2 and will accommodate up to 6.

Just My Opinion which is worth the paper it is printed on Zero.

I have been studying floor plans and to me a 1/2 bath is a waste of valuable space, and just more crap to carry around and clean LOL

I think you can use that space more efficiently like a laundry room.

Seems like when you jump form a 35-37 ft to 40-45 ft the only thing you gain is another bathroom

Just an Idea I would like to share.

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In Sept 2010 I purchased a 1998 Holiday Rambler Endevor from the original ower wit 65,000 miles on it. The original owner kept impeckable maint. records documenting all service performed, who performed it, he kept the receipts. When I bought the MH I put the maint history / receipts into plastic sleeves in a three ring binder in date order, oldest to newest. I continue using the log sheet and have referred to it when having service performed. Don't be afraid to buy 1998 or newer. Just ensure your buying from someone who can prove with documents all the maint that has been performed.
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We have had a Motorhome since 1983, in 2007 we were facing the same situation. We looked for a late model diesel but were unable to find anything we wanted. We ended up bying a new Sportscoach Crosscountry. The coach is well built and we have had few problems. I don't regret bying new but I would have purchase used.
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Just my $.02 but I would look at older well cared for coaches. If new the depreciation is a killer for me. If you are just starting out you really don't know what you like and don't like. I would suggest you purchase a less expensive coach and try it out. I have heard of people that buy new and don't really like rv'ing and sell their rig after 1 or 2 years and loose as much as $50,000.

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