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Old 04-01-2015, 10:52 AM   #1
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Sightseer 35J or Vista 35B...Need expert opinions

Hi all. Been a long time lurker on the forum. The insight yall provide is awesome. Had a question I was hoping to get some opinions on...

Has anyone compared the quality/features of a 2011/2012 Sightseer 35 vs the 2013+ Vista 35B? I have a 2011 35J in great shape that I could jump on, but I do like the 35B Floor plan slightly more. I know the Vista is considered the "Entry" level while the Sightseer is one step up, yet when I compare the brochures they seem to come with almost identical features.

What am I missing? Is the newer Vista equivalent quality wise to the slightly older Sightseer? Is there some big feature/weight rating/spec that the Sightseer has that I'm missing?

I know everyone recommends buying a slightly older higher quality rig vs a newer lower end one. Would I be going against that by pursuing a newer Vista vs the older Sightseer? The price difference to upgrade to the 35B would be about $5-7k.

Thanks in advance for any insight.
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Hi all. Been a long time lurker on the forum. The insight yall provide is awesome. Had a question I was hoping to get some opinions on...

Has anyone compared the quality/features of a 2011/2012 Sightseer 35 vs the 2013+ Vista 35B? I have a 2011 35J in great shape that I could jump on, but I do like the 35B Floor plan slightly more. I know the Vista is considered the "Entry" level while the Sightseer is one step up, yet when I compare the brochures they seem to come with almost identical features.

What am I missing? Is the newer Vista equivalent quality wise to the slightly older Sightseer? Is there some big feature/weight rating/spec that the Sightseer has that I'm missing?

I know everyone recommends buying a slightly older higher quality rig vs a newer lower end one. Would I be going against that by pursuing a newer Vista vs the older Sightseer? The price difference to upgrade to the 35B would be about $5-7k.

Thanks in advance for any insight.
I think it depends on what you like best and what you want out of the coach. Do they both have full body paint or does the one have stickers? That is a feature that would help me make a decision. You also need to look at all the features available and compare them to each other. Quality of cabinets and upholstery is something else to compare. Good luck, tell us what you decide to do.
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.... the Vista is considered the "Entry" level while the Sightseer is one step up, ....
The Adventurer is the new "entry level", then the Vista, and one step above that in the lineup is the Sightseer.
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the differences between one 'level' and the next are usually quite subtle and downplayed on the lower end coach for obvious reasons.

Look at things like:
Day/Night shades; roller vs pleated
What are the sinks made of; plastic, fiberglass, solid surface, stainless...
Basement storage; slam latches, full opening behind doors, struts
Cooktop placement; above of below counter level with matching covers
Inverter; pure vs mod sine, size
Generator; size full type
Furnishings Quality; leather, fake leather, cloth
Mattress Quality; on all surfaces, not just master

Hope that helps.
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I traded in my 2007 sightseer 35j for a new vista 35b. The 2nd bathroom was the main reason for me. We have 4 kids. Even though going from a sightseer to a vista is a step down, I see it as a step up....the vista has more than the sightseer did. It has a 1000 watt inverter, large refrigerator, auto awning, the 2nd bathroom, and a nicer classier feel. It also has a beefier suspension and sits on 22.5 tires oposed to the 19s.
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