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Old 11-09-2013, 02:27 PM   #15
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I guess I'm brand loyal and although ours is a gas chassis the Newmar would win out hands down. Good luck with your choice and hope you enjoy many happy miles down the road on whichever you choose.
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Old 11-09-2013, 03:57 PM   #16
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Of your listed choices....the Newmar
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:21 PM   #17
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We were faced with the same choice and ended up with a new Tiffin Allegro 36LA. Absolutely no regrets and I see no problem fulltiming in this coach. First long trip out was to Adirondack mtns and we drove for 10 hrs the first day. Not noisy, comfortable and met all of our needs.
We looked at older diesel pushers, Fleetwood, Winni, Thor, Georgetown gas models and decided to buy new with full warrantee, new appliances, new modern tv's etc. Ps love the 2 bathrooms
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:35 PM   #18
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Definitely you need to look at used higher end over new lower end units. You get a lot more bang for your $$$. A new unit has a pretty big depreciation as soon as it leaves the lot.

As for floor plan, you can make some modifications to make it more livable. But to base your decision totally on floor plan is a mistake if you wind up with a shiny and pretty unit that is not built well. Look below the surface and glitz for a well built unit that will hold together.

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Old 11-09-2013, 04:36 PM   #19
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Thanks to all that have weighed in on this so far. I knew there would be a variety of answers and that is what I was looking for.

@TANSTAAFL: Why not Thor? is it the quality, customer service??

@REDBARON: These are all in the same price range, so that is why they made the list. Thanks for the reminder on the recalls, I didn't have that on my list of things to check on, and had to deal with it on our last rig.

@NBARGOLF: Understand about the new vs old issues, but the lure of the warranty is always a nice thing.

@JERICHORICK: Not discounting the Winnie brands at all, there just weren't any at the dealership we were looking at. We had a Winnabago Adventurer for two years and was happy with it.

@LANERD: This is just the short list available at this time, we definitely are keeping our eyes open for anything else.
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@NBARGOLF: Understand about the new vs old issues, but the lure of the warranty is always a nice thing.
then buy an extended warranty still MUCH less than a new MH. IMHO
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Thanks to all that have weighed in on this so far. I knew there would be a variety of answers and that is what I was looking for. @TANSTAAFL: Why not Thor? is it the quality, customer service?? @REDBARON: These are all in the same price range, so that is why they made the list. Thanks for the reminder on the recalls, I didn't have that on my list of things to check on, and had to deal with it on our last rig. @NBARGOLF: Understand about the new vs old issues, but the lure of the warranty is always a nice thing. @JERICHORICK: Not discounting the Winnie brands at all, there just weren't any at the dealership we were looking at. We had a Winnabago Adventurer for two years and was happy with it. @LANERD: This is just the short list available at this time, we definitely are keeping our eyes open for anything else.
At most people do, I will comment on the brand that I know well. My wife and I have lived full time for going on 7 years now in a Monaco. Mine is ten years old this year and the quality of build and component selection has proved excellent. The Windrsor that you have looked at is a beautiful, well built coach with only 2 known issues.
1. The Windsor was never equipped with a tag axle and some floor plans suffered from a somewhat low carry capacity.
2. The Firestone air leveling system seemed to be a problem in some coaches but some owners never had as issue. The drive train of Cummins ISL/Allison 3000 is superb.

If you are still looking, a Monaco Dynasty of '03-'05 vintage is a wonderful, well built and equipped coach.
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Thanks to all that have weighed in on this so far. I knew there would be a variety of answers and that is what I was looking for.

@TANSTAAFL: Why not Thor? is it the quality, customer service??

@REDBARON: These are all in the same price range, so that is why they made the list. Thanks for the reminder on the recalls, I didn't have that on my list of things to check on, and had to deal with it on our last rig.

@NBARGOLF: Understand about the new vs old issues, but the lure of the warranty is always a nice thing.

@JERICHORICK: Not discounting the Winnie brands at all, there just weren't any at the dealership we were looking at. We had a Winnabago Adventurer for two years and was happy with it.

@LANERD: This is just the short list available at this time, we definitely are keeping our eyes open for anything else.
When we were convinced on the floorplan and year that Winnebago offered I started a periodic search on the web. We found this coach with a search of "2011 40U". When this one came up I knew that it was the one DW would love. We drove 1200 miles from the Dallas area to Ft Myers to get it. The only error in the brochure was about the chassis turning radius. This chassis has a 60 deg turn not a 55. With the extra length to the wheelbase over my '05 it definitely makes a difference. But the features are great and DW is definitely a happy camper. The only option this coach is missing that is handy is the electric locks on the basement doors. We are adapting well. I started negotiations at the beginning of this past May and we were in it around the end of that month.

My point is, don't limit yourself to where you live. You can always pay a boat/RV survey agency to look at it before you commit.

Many happy and blessed trails,
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