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Old 08-02-2012, 05:58 PM   #15
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It is Motorhome Specialist out of somewhere near Dallas, Tx www.mhsrv.com They have lots of Motorhomes from what we can see from the Website.
That's a nice dealership. We bought our new one there in March. They're business model seems to be to buy a bunch from the manufacturer, mark them lower then anyone else, and sell a bunch. You'll probably find they are the #1 or #2 dealer in the US for most brands they sell. They dont haggle on their new ones as it's pretty much teh price is you see is "our" price. As far as used, they normally have a decent selection as they sell so many new ones they get a decent flow of trade-ins. The one thing I'd say about the used selection is I think it moves pretty fast. They're not in the business of holding on to a lot of used inventory so they try to flip them fast. That said, I think they're probably pretty willing to deal on a used one but it is really a "business" decision for them when it comes to dollars and cents. I would add that they took our trade-in and I saw they had flipped it within 2 weeks for a fair profit. If they have something you're interested in or you are just in the area it's probably worth stopping by. If you are in the area and run across Vogt RV, I'd stay clear. I've heard many stories about folks getting the run-around there or the ole bait 'n switch. Hope that helps.
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:15 PM   #16
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we were faced with the same choices, upgrading from a '99 gasser.
I'm very happy with our 08 monaco.
steep rocky mountain passes do tax the 360hp isc, but no where near as bad as the old v10.
ride and handling of the 8 air bag roadmaster chassis is without equal.
and fit finish and overall quality of the inside of a monaco product is without equal in its price range.
Thanks for you Advice we are glad for all the good folks that have posted.
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:28 PM   #17
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We got such good info from all of you that have posted. We are going to review it and when we get back home or stop and look in Texas we may come home with a DP. Who knows but at least we have more info then we had before. I hope we can find a good one. Our Gasser has taken us to see lots of Country now we want to up grade and ride in style........
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:32 AM   #18
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I know we don't want Carpet for sure as we travel with Pets now and it is a Pain.
Even though you would like everything about your MH to be exactly how you want it, that won't be the case. The good news is that virtually anything can be changed (for a price).

Our "high-end" MH came with ceramic tile in the kitchen and bath but it had carpet up front in the "living room." It was a really good carpet, but it still required constant vacuuming. So we had it and the ceramic in the kitchen replaced with a luxury vinyl tile; much easier to maintain. Was it cheap? Not really, but what we have now is a much better flooring product than can be found in most new MH's. We couldn't replace the coach for the cost of the tile, anyway.

Similarly, we replaced the RV fridge with a residential unit. Much more capacity and better temperature control. Few used MH's except those made in the last couple of years will have residential fridges. Putting one in was not all that expensive and we consider it to be the best change we have made.
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:04 PM   #19
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Even though you would like everything about your MH to be exactly how you want it, that won't be the case. The good news is that virtually anything can be changed (for a price).

Our "high-end" MH came with ceramic tile in the kitchen and bath but it had carpet up front in the "living room." It was a really good carpet, but it still required constant vacuuming. So we had it and the ceramic in the kitchen replaced with a luxury vinyl tile; much easier to maintain. Was it cheap? Not really, but what we have now is a much better flooring product than can be found in most new MH's. We couldn't replace the coach for the cost of the tile, anyway.

Similarly, we replaced the RV fridge with a residential unit. Much more capacity and better temperature control. Few used MH's except those made in the last couple of years will have residential fridges. Putting one in was not all that expensive and we consider it to be the best change we have made.
Thanks for the advice i do see some of the New and almost new have been putting in ceramic and vinyl tile. I want that the most. We have all carpet and have had drinks spill and Pets that got sick on the Road. Also i want full Body Paint along with all the other things people have listed to look for. I have a 30'X 50' new barn that she will go in to protect from the Sun and LOL Some of my Antique Tractors will just have to Make Room.
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Besides MHS at Alvarado (I35S of FW), one of the Ancira dealerships is probably within a mile. I think they have large selection also. I think my wife and I will go look around at MHS in a couple of weeks. We still like looking. Let us know what you think of the dealerships you go to.
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Thanks for the Info we will try to see that Dealer too.
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Ok this is for all you experts that own DP's. We are thinking about getting a used Dp 2008 & Up what should we be looking at? We have a 2001 Gas motorhome and want to upgrade. What is the average MPG that you get? Do we need to add a T bar to the front if not on there for Wind. Should we ask for service records for the Coach?

We bought our 2001 new so we do not know what to look for. We have not had any problems with our old coach except for the parking break that went out last year on a trip to Illinois. That was a Bad thing. DH would jump out of the Driver Seat and i had to Jump in till he put blocks to keep us from rolling............ Any Help as to what you know would be such a Blessing to us. We are on the Road in Up state New York and home is in Arizona. We will be back there sometime in late September. There is a Dealer in Texas that we have seen some used DP on line not sure about how good they are. I think we may change our trip to go and see what they have to offer but we need your advice soo much. Thanks for your Help..............Frank & Teri
Ok we have found a 2008 Forest River Berkshire DP with 25,026 that is a 390QS in Texas. I ran the vin # and it had not had any Problems reported. It has had two owners since new. Does anyone have any Knowledge about this brand?? It has all the good stuff but the tow is only 5,000 lbs so is that going to be a Problem??? We tow a Saturn Vue. Can anyone Help with Info. Thanks.....Frank & Teri
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Ok we have found a 2008 Forest River Berkshire DP with 25,026 that is a 390QS in Texas. I ran the vin # and it had not had any Problems reported. It has had two owners since new. Does anyone have any Knowledge about this brand?? It has all the good stuff but the tow is only 5,000 lbs so is that going to be a Problem??? We tow a Saturn Vue. Can anyone Help with Info. Thanks.....Frank & Teri
Hey Frank...I'm curious when you say it has all the "good stuff".

1) What is the chassis & suspension & air brakes?
2) What engine - HP/Torque-Rear or Side Rad.
3) Transmission?
4) What is the Benny & how many hours?
5) When was the last major service & who did it?

& drive train?
2) What is your load carrying capacity once you are fully loaded with fuel, water, propane, people?
3) What age are the tires?
4) How many batteries & condition?
5) Why is the tow capacity so limited?
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we looked at several berkshires, as well as sportscoach. they have some nice floorplans that the DW liked a lot.
These, and some others, are entry level DP,s. Lighter weight, low end freightliner chassis, 6.7 liter ISB's with just a bit more than half the torque as an 8.3 liter isc, not even in the same league as an isl. That's why the 5000 lb. tow capacity.

very nice machines in their price point.
their owners say good things about them on the forums.
but they are not in the same league as a Newmar, Monaco, or American coach.
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Ok we have found a 2008 Forest River Berkshire DP with 25,026 that is a 390QS in Texas. I ran the vin # and it had not had any Problems reported
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Hey Frank...I'm curious when you say it has all the "good stuff".

1) What is the chassis & suspension & air brakes?
2) What engine - HP/Torque-Rear or Side Rad.
3) Transmission?
4) What is the Benny & how many hours?
5) When was the last major service & who did it?

& drive train?
2) What is your load carrying capacity once you are fully loaded with fuel, water, propane, people?
3) What age are the tires?
4) How many batteries & condition?
5) Why is the tow capacity so limited?
Hay Jack we are asking for help here. We are in Upstate New York and are looking to buy our 1st DP. We live in Arizona and saw a DP in Texas online. I am glad you posted all that info but cut us some slack. We own a gasser since 2001. I don't know if you have a wife but if the Wife is not happy then the MH is not going anywhere. She wants the Best she can have....If i knew all that info i would not be asking for help.
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Hay Jack we are asking for help here. We are in Upstate New York and are looking to buy our 1st DP. We live in Arizona and saw a DP in Texas online. I am glad you posted all that info but cut us some slack. We own a gasser since 2001. I don't know if you have a wife but if the Wife is not happy then the MH is not going anywhere. She wants the Best she can have....If i knew all that info i would not be asking for help.
Sorry Frank...I'll but out....good luck.
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Tractor 16:

You might need a little attitude adjustment if you want advice.

Jack1234 gave you the list of questions that every informed RV'er should want to know. "Cut you some slack"? RV dealers prey on the uninformed and with your approach to seeking help that is what you will remain. I would file away the list of questions Jack asked and review it a year down the road from your purchase. I think you will regret your response to a senior member trying to help.

Jack, you can help me anytime. I've been motorhoming since 1977, on my fifth motorhome, and I still need your kind of advice. Please don't stop giving it.

Have a great day.

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