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Old 05-13-2018, 07:29 PM   #1
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We are still trying to decide. We might occasionally travel with grandchildren. For us the LTV Murphy bed is perfect but the FX would allow travel with grandchildren. Also what about coach house? Hard to tell from website about the way it looks , prices etc. we are about to decide on something and would like to hear from owners of these rigs
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:39 AM   #2
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Coach house positions itself in a more premium part of the market, so it is going to be on the pricier side.

IMHO, it mostly separates itself based on its one piece shell / monocoque type construction methods, insulation and components selection.

I am kind of mixed on sprinter based platforms. On one side the fuel economy is definitely better, but builds based on the ford 450 still have some capacity left while the sprinters are often nearly at the limit.

You can be sure that the grand kids will want to ride in your RV with you.
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Love my LTV Murphy Bed, had it for 4 years now. Many FX owners on the LTV Facebook page, https://m.facebook.com/groups/534816...rc=email_notif, have posted instructions on easy bed coversions for the FX couch. LTV makes a great Motorhome.
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Coach house positions itself in a more premium part of the market, so it is going to be on the pricier side.

IMHO, it mostly separates itself based on its one piece shell / monocoque type construction methods, insulation and components selection.

I am kind of mixed on sprinter based platforms. On one side the fuel economy is definitely better, but builds based on the ford 450 still have some capacity left while the sprinters are often nearly at the limit.

You can be sure that the grand kids will want to ride in your RV with you.
We've spent the last year or so pursuing the downsizing conundrum, looking to move from our 40' DP to something smaller that DW is willing to drive occasionally, but still has enough space, OCCC, and towing capacity. We spent a lot of time looking at LTV, including the Unity and Wonder Murphy Bed floor plans, along with Coach House and even the new Airstream Atlas. We are/were willing and able to spend whatever it took to get the "right" coach for our needs, but no amount of $$$ can add more weight capacity to these small chassis.

In the end, just last week we ordered a Coach House Platinum 261XL on the Ford E450 cutaway van chassis. While Coach House, as you say, distinguishes itself by the one-piece fiberglass shell, it was the availability of the heavier chassis that really made the difference for us. The Sprinter B+ coaches typically have 2,000 lbs. or less of OCCC, and then only 4,220 in towing capacity. Our Coach House will have similar OCCC (due to the weight of the shell and other coach components, despite higher GVWR), but 7,500 lbs. of towing capacity. That will allow us to continue to tow our Grand Cherokee (4800 lbs. or so), and also offload cargo to the toad if needed.

Lots of builders use the E450, mostly for Class C coaches, but none I found with the quality of the Coach House. Of course others may disagree.
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