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Old 11-02-2014, 07:19 PM   #1
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Wanting New Motorhome Seeking Advice

We are wanting to purchase a new or slightly used Motorhome and I need advise from Owners not Salesman
We have 3 kids ages 10,12 and 10 mos.
Should we look for a Bunk House or a dual couch and dinette/ folds into a bed?
Also looking under the 450,000 MSRP understanding I am a cash buyer and will be 35% less MSRP.
If we go used maybe a Newmar, or American Coach, or Tiffin, but not sure of the quality and the markup is slim.
Please give me honest opinions as this is major purchase.
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:37 PM   #2
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If you go used, Tiffin has the reputation of standing behind their coaches even for 2nd or more owners.


With 3 kids I think I would be interested in a coach with 2 bathrooms.

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Old 11-02-2014, 07:44 PM   #3
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Bunk house for sure methinks. Would get old setting up and tearing down a dinette or couch every day. The bunk house gives them a space of their own as well.
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:46 PM   #4
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I'd definitely go bunk house. It will give them their own space and tv's, in most cases.

Any of those 3 brands would work. Don't rule out a couple year old used unit. Most of the bugs of a new unit should be worked out by then. You can pretty much pick up anything in the price range you're looking at. Check out ppl and mhsrv to give you a good idea of what's available and what they're selling for. Look, in person, at multiple models and levels of quality. It's the only way to learn what you like and take your time in each. The glitz can be over whelming.

When looking at floorplans try to imagine how it will live on a cold, rainy weekend. Also think of where you want to camp. Resorts are easy. Most rv parks are easy. You may have issues with a large unit in some state or national parks though.

When you start to narrow it down, get back on here and ask questions of owners. Is a great place to get the good and bad.

Enjoy the search, it's one of the best parts of rv'ing!
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I registered my VIN with Winnebago as the second owner, and they treat me like I am the original owner, they've been very helpful. Always available when I had questions when I bought it a year and a half ago.

we love our 40' DP Bunkhouse!
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i registered my vin with winnebago as the second owner, and they treat me like i am the original owner, they've been very helpful. Always available when i had questions when i bought it a year and a half ago.

We love our 40' dp bunkhouse!

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We love our 40' dp bunkhouse!

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Old 11-02-2014, 08:05 PM   #8
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I'm curious what you did with the other one you just bought.

Dually Wheels only have one?
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:18 PM   #9
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I'm curious what you did with the other one you just bought.

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We looked at both bunks and no bunks as we have grandkids who will be coming with us alot in a few years. We ended up going with the bath and a half and are really glad we did. The grandkids, 2,2, and 5 have gone with us a couple of times and we just pull out the sofa bed that they all fit in right now. The bunks may come in handy as like said before it gets old pulling out the sofa bed or dinette. If you can find something with the bunks and bath and a half, that's what I would do as the two toilet/two sink set up will be handy with kids.

As far as new or used, we went new because we plan on keeping our MH for a long time and wanted to start new as well as not dealing with anyone else's problems. I know alot of people may say that with a used one all the bugs will be worked out, but you may also get one that someone was trying to get rid of because it never worked right(read some of the post of unhappy owners). We picked Newmar as we were told we wouldn't be constantly working the bugs out, and it wouldn't be in the service shop all the time. So far we have owned it for 10 months, put about 8,000 miles on it and it has only had a few bugs (about 6 very minor things) to work out which we took care of in the first two months, with two trips to the shop and a total of 6 hours(not days) without our MH, we took it home the same day each time.

There are some good deals out there though on some quality used MH's and you can save a little money. During our research I went on IRV2 and read all the different Manufacturer forums and read up on the quality issues people were experiencing,what people were complaining about, how they problems were remedied, how long the repairs took, and how happy people were with their MH's. This helped us to pick the right MH, manufacturer, and floorplan for us. Good luck in your search, that's half the fun.
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I would go the bunkhouse style if the grand kids will be traveling a lot.
much easier to get them to bed without giving up the couches.
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My experience is everyone that I've known, including myself, that bought a "C" wound up wanting and buying an "A". I'm on my third coach in 20 years. I've driven a lot of different rigs and they all handle different. You'll just have to play it by ear or should I say the seat of your pants. Good luck and happy motorhoming.
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We went to a bunkhouse, 2 bb's, and it has worked out really well. We sometimes use them for smaller grown ups too. I like the idea of a bath and a half.

We looked at a new Palazzo dp this past weekend and it had a bed over the driver's area. Good use of the area. Cool idea.


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The OP hasn't come back to explain why he's asking this question when he took delivery of a 2015 Anthem 44B in May.
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