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Old 03-08-2012, 01:57 AM   #1
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Rv purchase - considerations

Background: I'm looking to purchase a used Class A Pusher within the next year to live in during my next assignment and keep for a period thereafter. With that being said, I'm looking at the following pushers:

Monaco 99-04 Executive/Dynasty/Windsor
Country Coach 99-04 Magna/Intrigue/Allure
Foretravel 99-04 U320/U295

Given the amount of experience and expertise here, I was hoping to hear your thoughts/considerations on:

Brand/model type
Year group
Major recalls
Coach reliability
Service/Tech support after their individual restructuring
Etc...

Basically, is there any particular Brand/Model/Yr group that you'd avoid or highly recommend and why? I grew up in/around RV's so I have a decent knowledge/background associated with the industry if that assists in your assumptions.

Thanks in advance!
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Good morning and welcome to the forum. I have experience with American Coach(4). These have given us great service with little problems. Factory support is very good. I can't give first hand opinions on the coach's you listed.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:08 PM   #3
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We've had Alfa's, Country Coach and Newmar. We'd recommend either Country Coach or Newmar. All will have issues, but both of those companies make good RV's.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:07 AM   #4
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Owned a 2008 Tiffin Phaeton and am now in a 2000 U320 Foretravel.
Loved the Phaeton for full timing and love our Foretravel... because we part time now.
My 2:
For living in a RV I'd get one with 3 or 4 slides for the extra room.
A full size washer & dryer would be a must have for us.
Reliability is luck of the draw. Some people have a lot of problems, we've had very little.
Tiffin is famous for their customer service. Foretravel is not bad either, but expensive to work on as parts become harder to find.

A 2008 or later RV will have flat screen TV's and not so much wear & tear. The older Foretravels (under $200K) may require updating.
Have fun shopping!
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Check out rv.org. This is the place I went to do my research for what rv to get. Best money I ever spent. Once you figure out which coaches you want to look at go to
oodle.com plug in what you're looking for and they will send you daily updates from sites all over the web. I followed this formula and found a 2002 36' Country Coach Intrigue evening star and we have been living in it for 2 yrs full time and it's perfect for us. Some folks might like a larger coach that's personal choice. We can get ours in to some places the 40 footers can't fit. Which ever coach you decide to go with plan on going to where ever it's located and spend some time going through all the systems and driving it. Also see if they have the service records. Things we've had to replace in our 10 yr old coach Tires (they were OEM) radiator old ones will start to wear out, inverter, up graded that to a 2500 watt. Check all the hoses and belts many of them may need to be replaced.
I would recommend sticking with the Foretravel or Country Coach.
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Check out rv.org. This is the place I went to do my research for what rv to get. Best money I ever spent. Once you figure out which coaches you want to look at go to
oodle.com plug in what you're looking for and they will send you daily updates from sites all over the web. I followed this formula and found a 2002 36' Country Coach Intrigue evening star and we have been living in it for 2 yrs full time and it's perfect for us. Some folks might like a larger coach that's personal choice. We can get ours in to some places the 40 footers can't fit. Which ever coach you decide to go with plan on going to where ever it's located and spend some time going through all the systems and driving it. Also see if they have the service records. Things we've had to replace in our 10 yr old coach Tires (they were OEM) radiator old ones will start to wear out, inverter, up graded that to a 2500 watt. Check all the hoses and belts many of them may need to be replaced.
I would recommend sticking with the Foretravel or Country Coach.
Great advice! That's what I did when buying mine as well.
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Hi and welcome to the forum!

All three coaches you list have great reputations and are fine machines. I'll leave specific comments to those with direct experience with them however.

Best of luck.

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