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Old 07-19-2015, 11:34 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by johnnya View Post
Thanks for all your reponses. Even if I'm only in my mid forties and uses the coach only for weekends and summer vacation, I think I will be pulling the trigger for the 2016 400BH . A word of advise, would be to try out the coach you are planing to buy on the road first. I've chosen my Georgetown based on floorplan, colors and equipment and never even thought about asking my dealer to take it for a spin. I've assume a class A was the summum in drivability and the only difference would have been on MPG. So I will take the Berkshire for a spin and see the difference, if I can see a noticeable difference we will then talk numbers. Thanks again for for your comments.

Yes, you should take a long test drive. The biggest negative to the Berkshire is, it's a fairly heavy coach for the Cummins ISB. It weighs about 9k more than your current coach with a fairly modest increase in power. You might be better served to find a coach a couple of years old with a Cummins ISC or ISL. you mentioned "drivability" in your OP and this would go a long way in that department.

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Old 07-19-2015, 03:13 PM   #16
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I believe the 40BH is in the XL designation.
It should have the Cummins 360HP (versus the 340hp).
The 360HP comes with a lot more than just 20 more HP
The Allison trans is the 3000 for more torque handling.
Upgraded suspension and larger tires.
GVWR of 31,000.
10,000 LB tow hitch.
Aluminum wheels.
And probably more that I haven't thought of.

Stop on over at the
Forest River Berkshire Forum
You'll find that most owners love them.

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Old 07-19-2015, 04:09 PM   #17
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Check out Fleetwood's Discovery line too. Lotta bang for the buck there.
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Do the math on the GVW and GCVW to get an idea of actual ratings in the real world. Sometimes that 10K hitch turns out to be something much less.

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