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Old 06-06-2016, 10:30 PM   #1
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Upgrading from Class C to Class A

We have had our Class C now for a little over 2 years and are thinking of upgrading to a Class A. We currently have a Thor Class C with bunks for our kids. I really enjoy them having their own space so I am thinking about keeping that feature if we go to a Class A. Obviously the cost difference is substantial when going to a Diesel Pusher but I am thinking about ripping the band aid off and doing it now. I would like some opinions from some of you that have done the same as well as some ideas of certain brands to look at as well as stay away from. I definitely do not want a "Entry" level camper as I do not want to fix every little thing from day one.
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Old 06-06-2016, 10:50 PM   #2
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We moved from a Class C Winnebago 32' Access to a Class A Newmar 34' BayStar. We decided to stay with a gasser, but Newmar makes fabulous diesels.
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I love your description of ripping the band-aid off!

We started with a gas Class A. I refer to it as the Yugo of the RV world. We knew in a very short time that we loved the RV life, but not our RV. So we looked around a bit, but weren't really serious about upgrading as we knew we would take a huge financial loss if we decided to upgrade.

Then we saw a diesel pusher with a great floor plan. My DH wanted a drop down bunk and I wanted a decent amount of space to work in the kitchen and to be able to watch TV (which we have not done yet in 16 months) from anywhere in the coach. And I wanted a bedroom door! The residential fridge and ice maker were bonuses.

We talked about it and decided that we would take a loss regardless of when we unloaded the gas coach, so we pulled the trigger, and we love our DP. It's a Winnebago Forza 34t in case you are wondering. And they do make a 38 with bunks.

So I say go for it.
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We moved from a Class C Winnebago 32' Access to a Class A Newmar 34' BayStar. We decided to stay with a gasser, but Newmar makes fabulous diesels.
Having had two Dutch Stars we'd have to agree!
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We moved from a Class C Winnebago 32' Access to a Class A Newmar 34' BayStar. We decided to stay with a gasser, but Newmar makes fabulous diesels.
I have yet to look at the Newmar's!!! I will give them a gander and see what the layouts look like.
Thanks!!!
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Old 06-07-2016, 08:20 AM   #6
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Went from small class C to entry level A. I miss my drivers door and I don't care for the flat windshield or side windows, lots of reflections. Find it difficult to view mirror while backing up. Keep telling myself that I'll get use to it hasn't happened in 2 and a half years. I also never considered the driver position. With the C it felt normal (relationship between gauges and controls) but in the A I sit over the gauges instead of behind them feel like I really look away from the road to observe them. When I purchase again I'm going to look at super C. Just my 2 cents
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There are many clean used diesels available. Buy one from a high end builder such as Newmar, Country Coach, Monoco, Travel Supreme, American Coach, just to name a few.
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I am also looking to upgrade from an "entry level" class A (Storm) to a DP. Wife has instructed me that we need bunks (grand kids ) and a full king or queen ( I'm 6' 1"). Shorts don't work. I have looked at the 38 R Winnebago and the Holiday Rambler Ambassador. What I like about the ambassador is the opposing slides in the living area. This will be my first DP so, I too am "pulling the band aid off".
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Many years ago we 'upgraded' from a 31' Class C to a 38' Class A DP, Holiday Rambler Endeavor. WOW what nice 'up grade' that was. While going to the extreme might be a little over whelming for some, it can also have many rewards.
If possible, drive a Class A DP before you make the jump. It might give you a good idea of what to expect. As has already been said 'there are a lot of good used DP MH's out there' so take your time and look. It took us almost 9 months of looking before we ended up with our current MH.
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We just upgraded from a 2013 Nexus Phantom 30' class C to a 2005 36' Foretravel. Having looked at many manufacturers for over 8 months, we felt Foretravel was the highest quality and most well built coach for us. While it's only been a couple of weeks, I've put over 600 miles on it. I absolutely love the airbag suspension! It's like riding on a cloud. Also amazed at how quite it is, you can have a normal conversation while driving. While I enjoyed the Nexus, we needed the puling power of a diesel. We plan pulling a 20-24' enclosed trailer with a couple of toys in it. The Foretravel has a 400HP cummins and 18K towing capacity.
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Went from small class C to entry level A. I miss my drivers door and I don't care for the flat windshield or side windows, lots of reflections. Find it difficult to view mirror while backing up. Keep telling myself that I'll get use to it hasn't happened in 2 and a half years. I also never considered the driver position. With the C it felt normal (relationship between gauges and controls) but in the A I sit over the gauges instead of behind them feel like I really look away from the road to observe them. When I purchase again I'm going to look at super C. Just my 2 cents
I have wondered about losing the drivers door myself. I appreciate you giving me some of the "cons" of a Class A because it is easy to look at the things that are better on an A vs C.
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I am also looking to upgrade from an "entry level" class A (Storm) to a DP. Wife has instructed me that we need bunks (grand kids ) and a full king or queen ( I'm 6' 1"). Shorts don't work. I have looked at the 38 R Winnebago and the Holiday Rambler Ambassador. What I like about the ambassador is the opposing slides in the living area. This will be my first DP so, I too am "pulling the band aid off".
I passed a few Holiday Ramblers on our recent trip and found myself doing some research on them. I like the exterior appearance of them but haven't looked at any in person. I didn't know how much I would use our RV when we initially bought it so I was comfortable with the gasser Class C. At this point I have over 21K on our coach and have had it just over 2 years. This last trip was also the first time I pulled a toad on our trip. DP would have been nice going through some of the terrain we were just through!!!! Thanks for your input!!!!!
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Many years ago we 'upgraded' from a 31' Class C to a 38' Class A DP, Holiday Rambler Endeavor. WOW what nice 'up grade' that was. While going to the extreme might be a little over whelming for some, it can also have many rewards.
If possible, drive a Class A DP before you make the jump. It might give you a good idea of what to expect. As has already been said 'there are a lot of good used DP MH's out there' so take your time and look. It took us almost 9 months of looking before we ended up with our current MH.
That is great advice about driving one before buying as to make sure I am comfortable with it. Thanks!!
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Almost three years ago, we upgraded from an Itasca Cambria (Class C, about 26'-8" feet) to an Itasca Sunstar (Class A, about 26'-11" feet). I immediately noticed it was a little harder for me to drive the Class A because of the height of the RV and nothing in front to gauge lane position. However, the view out of the larger windshield is amazing when driving down the road and the Class A has better usage of space when parked because there is no cab. I am very happy with the Class A.
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