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Old 06-01-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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Which RV to Buy

The wife and I love these rv. Coachmen Cross County 385DS bunk beds for 149000 and the Forest River Bershire 390bunk house for 169000. Both are at the Motorhome Specialist in Texas. Both are diesel. My first question is without comparing the prices which company is the best. The second Q is I heard bad and good rumors about this dealer. I want to hear from you guys.

We also like the Damon Astoria with the bunk house 169000 (Diesel) and the Damon Daybreak 35BD bunk beds (Gas) 95000. The dealer is Gaint RV In Monclair California. We live about 30 miles from Gaint RV. Is It worth buying From the Motorhome Specialist or what. Help please.

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Old 06-01-2012, 06:18 PM   #2
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Between the DPs (btw, it's 'diesel'), they are probably comparable as far as quality, finish and builder reputation (they are all considered 'lower' priced DPs). Personally I kind of like the Berkshire the most and owner's seem very happy with them but all else being equal, I think I'd probably go with the 385DS because I prefer the floorplan (I really like how you can close off the bunkroom into it's own room and walk through the bathroom and I kind of prefer the full wall slide but the sofa looks shorter although the loveseat looks longer (I've heard the loveseat on the Berkshire isn't that comfortable).

One thing to keep in mind though is that the 385DS is only capable of towing 5000 lbs while the Berkshire is available with 5000lbs or 10000lbs towing (at $169k, the Berkshire you mentioned probably has the 10k towing (which comes with a more powerful engine, better transmission and upgraded wheels).

As far as the gas unit, it depends on how much you plan on using it and how much space you want (it's a good 4+ feet shorter than the DPs). Obviously it's quite a bit less expensive and maintenance will also be easier and less expensive but the unit is also not as well equipped.

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Old 06-01-2012, 06:25 PM   #3
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One thing to also consider is the dealers service department. Like almost all HM you will be taking it back sooner or later for some warrenty work. So keep in mind how far it is to drive back to dealer.
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The Dealer matters a great deal. I am presently going through a trial period because I bought a motorhome from a dealership with zero experience in actual MH use. The first thing you should do when you enter a dealership is to ask the salesman, what kind of motorhome he has, and where has he driven it. A person who has limited experience with driving and using a MH, should not be trying to sell one to anybody. Would you buy a car from an Amish salesman? You would get honesty and integrity, but not much by way of actual knowledge and experience with the product.
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:02 PM   #5
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We looked at both the Sportscoach 406QS and the Berkshire We decided to go with the Berkshire 360FWS. It had the floor plan and King Sized bed we were lookingfor. It also provided the best combination of quality and value.

The dealer we bought from was a little below average in the quality of their delivery and their warranty work.

Forest River has been awesome to work with. We purchased our coach 220 miles from our house since it was the closest Berkshire dealer. As mentioned above the dealer was not the best so after the first trip for warranty work Forest River's warranty department arranged for us to take the coach to our local dealer who sells the Sportscoach for any follow up work. Also Randy, our Forest River Warranty Manager, has followed up through phone calls or e-mail to make sure the repairs were done to our satisfaction and that no other warranty repairs are needed.

I thought personal customer service as a thing of the past, but apparently not with the Forest River Diesel Division warranty department!
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:38 PM   #6
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MHS or Local Purchase

I visited MHS when I bought my previously owned Damon Outlaw in TX (but bought at another dealer that I do not recommend).

My opinion is their business model is the future of MH sales. They move inventory in high volume, so they can offer more inventory and better prices than many other dealers...BUT you still have to make a good deal on your own.

A local (to you) dealer would usually be your service center, but that is not required and you will seek out a Factory Authorized Service Center that you like for Warrantee issues.

If you are planning to buy in TX and bring the NEW rig DIRECTLY to Cali, you should research the details about what the DMV will say about that...the coach must have a 50 State SMOG Certification (even Diesels!) See: Before Buying a Vehicle From Out of State - Be Sure You Can Register It in California FFVR 29

If all checks out, the dealer can issue a 90 day temporary Texas registration for your trip home...then BE READY for the Cali DMV to collect SALES and USE TAX!!!! Moon Unit Brown (our Esteemed Gov.) will get you

As far as picking the model that is best for you...you gotta do the picking. Try to see the model you like in-person. Everyone is different and that's why there are so many models and styles out there. Take your time and find the coach that YOU like the best!

Best of luck

P.S. Gas rigs are cheaper at purchase...and now much cheaper for operating cost too - have you seen the price of Diesel lately? But a gas engine will be expected to last about 25%-50% less miles before major service.

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