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Old 01-25-2014, 12:07 AM   #15
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fiberglass vs rubber roofs...ok, will add that to the list! thank you for taking the time to reply, not just to me but all the other newbies on the forum
we will be looking more and going to more dealers, shows, etc. It's also comforting to know that modifications are made all the time...don't like the couch? rip it out and put in recliners! hate the dinette? It's gone!
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:51 AM   #16
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For the record, Coachmen is very much alive and well, and has been around since the mid-60s. They are a small manufacturer and build a very competitive, albeit value brand, of coach. Their parent company changed hands a few years ago to Berkshire Hathaway (and they're considered a division of Forrest River), but they still operate as "Coachmen".

We are coming up on 2 years with ours bought new, and have not had the "issues" that so many others describe all over the 'net (although I'm afraid of jinxing myself now by saying that out loud, LOL! ).

Ours has a ton of upgrades, rides very well and we are very happy with our purchase. We did look at Winnies too as part of our search, but ended up with our particular model Encounter, which has one of the best closed-for-travel floorplans I've come across. It has, and is, serving us well.

One thing that worked for me is that we did buy off the lot so that I could go over every nook and cranny myself of the actual unit we bought. One thing that stood out among brands while we were searching various rigs is the quality control among the very same units. Some were put together well; others not so well (same year, same manufacturer). Shouldn't be that way, but we encountered that in several different rigs built by the same manufacturer.

You can't go wrong with either brand, so find the one that fits you best! They both have their own pluses and minuses, so it truly is a subjective decision!

Best of luck to you -
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We were at the RV show yesterday and saw the new coachmen pursuit 27KB. It's a knock off the ACE but much better in our eyes. They just started making them in December. It has the king bed and drop down bed over the seats. Also has the TPO roof. Would like to hear from more Pursuit owners on how is the quality. By the way asking price 74,999.
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:00 AM   #18
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In your price range I would go for a nice used unit all the way. Just do your homework and be patient!

This has worked well for me, anyway.

Good luck!
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:56 PM   #19
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Our observation of La Mesa outlet in Davis several years ago was that it is a very hard sell operation that made us wary. So we discontinued our search there and at their RV "shows".

You might want to do some research on the web on La Mesa before you commit your money to them. Check the BBB and other web sites with reviews.
Then make your decision.

BTW, having owned neither of the brands you are targeting, I would pick Winnebago due to their successful history if the floor plans were equal.
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I currently own a 2013 Winnebago Diesel pusher, I traded in a 2004 Coachman Aurora gas Ford chassis. In comparison there is no comparison. However they are not in the same class, even the 2004 Journey versus the 2004 Coachman.

Our Coachman was a very good mid class gas unit, we had it for 4 years & used it full time. We had no major problems that I would not expect to have with any coach. With age some things just wear out or come to the end of their lifespan. As for fit, comfort, & ease of operation, the Winnebago gets my vote. Also from what I have seen in our search for a replacement for the Coachman, the Parent company Forest River has not provided the Coachman product with the same quality as the former Coachman management.
My vote is for the Winnebago.
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