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Old 04-20-2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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I am starting to shop for a class a motor coach and am interested in the Entegra Anthem. Would you folks be so kind as to give me the names and models of some other coach's that might compare to the 42' Anthem. I have not ever owned a coach, we have a Cardinal 3515 FW now and are giving serious thought to moving to the motorhome. ANY comments would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:40 PM   #2
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I am starting to shop for a class a motor coach and am interested in the Entegra Anthem. Would you folks be so kind as to give me the names and models of some other coach's that might compare to the 42' Anthem. I have not ever owned a coach, we have a Cardinal 3515 FW now and are giving serious thought to moving to the motorhome. ANY comments would be greatly appreciated.
Welcome to the forum. I'd suggest reading through some of the posts here and on the manufacturer's boards to get a sense of the coaches. I can tell you the vast majority of Entegra (and Travel Supreme owners) you'll see on here LOVE their coaches (myself included). Entegra is not perfect - no RV is. Having said that I firmly believe Entegra is the "go to" choice right now for quality and commitment to customer satisfaction. The quality of the materials, the high level of build quality, and the attitude of the Entegra staff should be a lesson to all American companies. I would not hesitate to buy another Entegra product.

Coaches by Newmar also seem to get good reviews. We were originally aspiring to a Tiffin, but saw too many engineering gaffs and QC issues (not to mention all the frightening reviews by Tiffin owners). I've also heard some good things about the "new" Monaco and Winnebago. For us, once we saw the Entegra there was no going back. They are beautifully built and have great, functional layouts.

I'm sure others will add their thoughts to this discussion. Good luck with your search. Keep an open mind and be thorough as you evaluate the various coaches you see.
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I haven't done any direct, side-by-side comparisons of features, etc... but I would think that the Anthem would match up pretty well with the Newmar Mountain Aire and either the Tiffin Allegro Bus or the Zephyr.

I currently have a 2005 Newmar Mountain Aire... and while I would certainly take a close look at the appropriate Newmar product for whatever coach I was going to buy next, they would really have to "WOW" me in order to get me to NOT buy an Entegra. From everything that I have seen, heard and read, Entegra is producing a top-notch, high-quality product easily on par, if not exceeding, that of Newmar and Tiffin... and at a lower price point AND with a 2 year warranty!

In the long run, I don't think you could go too far wrong with any of these three manufacturers. They all make beautiful coaches. They all seem to stand behind their products. And they have all managed to survive through (hopefully) the worst of the economic upheaval and are still going strong.

Best of luck in your search!
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:43 AM   #4
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There's a number of coaches that compare model-wise to the Anthem. But once you drive one and look it over carefully I think you'll agree with most that nothing really compares. Read RVcruzer.com - Entegra Coach Construction Overview for some background information.
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We were sold on the Anthem after seeing it at the Tampa show in January. Went to Lazy Days in Tampa and took a test drive. Maybe they over sold it, I don't know, but I was not that impressed with the ride. We owned a 2000 Newmar Mountain Aire at the time and I didn't feel a big difference between the Anthem and what I had. Ended up going to North Trail in Fort Meyers and test drive a 2011 Mountain Aire. We were blown away. The Newmar comfort drive system makes driving an awesome experience. We bought it and really love it. I'm not at all trying to take away from the quality of the Entegras. Most who own them have much good to say about them. As for me at this time, I'm a Newmar guy.
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I agree the Entegra has many nice features. I see a lot of carry over from Travel Supreme. I like the booth dinette, residential refrigerator, the TV over the fireplace, and the flush windows. The standard RV windows have been a pain for many years.

I do not understand why you take great pains to build a flush side coach and then hang awnings on the sides? I also don't care for the standard king bed (less night stand space), or not having a gas cook top and propane tank for my BBQ grill. I also think these coaches are pushing the edge of the weight envelope for an ISL, especially if you tow 15,000#. It's a shame Cummins dropped the ISM as it would be perfect in these coaches. The new ISX-12 is an expensive boat anchor and weighs almost 1000# more than the ISM.
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You have to hang the awnings someplace. Fortunately Entegra is changing the main awnings over to the Girard that mount in the roof rails so that's a plus. Any window awnings still need to hang on the outside though. At least the wind noise is minimal on the Entegra. I haven't found anything as quiet yet.

I agree on the king bed. I mentioned that to Tadd two days ago but was told that the queen bed orders were a small percentage and everyone wanted kings so I guess you and I are in the minority. I do like the extra floor space around the queen and the bigger vanities but apparently most buyers don't see that.

The ISM was dropped due to emissions. The ISX12 is a great engine but costs more. The main reason for the upcharge to 500 HP is not just the engine. It was the K2 chassis and the jump to the Allison 4000, which is an unbelievable chunk of change. That's why Entegra skipped over it and went right to the 600 HP ISX, K3 chassis, and Allison 4000 in the Cornerstone. That standardization allowed thm to drop the Cornerstone's price by $52K. That really puts it into an attractive price range compared to other 600 HP coaches of that caliber. Note that I said "attractive", not "inexpensive".
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Well..........it takes all kinds. lol We LIKE the King bed but hate the night stands because of the difficulty making the bed (reach to the front of the bed). So......we had them take the night stands out of ours when we were at the factory and it looks like it was always meant to be that way. IF you want the K3 and ISX with the big allison, the Cornerstone is a real value price for that set up, BUT Cruzer is quite correct, it is NOt a cheap upgrade.
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Gene, can you post a picture of that or send it to me?

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Sure, the coach is a few miles from here so it will take a day or so but will be glad to.
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Well..........it takes all kinds. lol We LIKE the King bed but hate the night stands because of the difficulty making the bed (reach to the front of the bed). So......we had them take the night stands out of ours when we were at the factory and it looks like it was always meant to be that way. .
I as well am curious as to how that looks w/o the night stands. making the bed is a daily reminder as to how hard it is to make the king bed with the current night stands.... didn't think about taking them out. did you add anything to place eye glasses, alarm clock, and personalbles on? we currently don't keep anything in the little cabinets by the bed, sense they are very ackward to access, as well as the cabinet under the dining table.
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I think that right now Entegra is working hard to capture market share, when that's over they, as others have done, will raise the prices in order to make a sustainable profit.
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I am starting to shop for a class a motor coach and am interested in the Entegra Anthem. Would you folks be so kind as to give me the names and models of some other coach's that might compare to the 42' Anthem. I have not ever owned a coach, we have a Cardinal 3515 FW now and are giving serious thought to moving to the motorhome. ANY comments would be greatly appreciated.
One thing i would do if ordering a new coach is have a bus style door for the water utility door makes for a lot easier hookup at a sight where the power and water pole are close to the coach
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5151, No we did not do anything for glasses etc. we use the vanity at the foot of the bed for those things, have an alarm clock there, cell phone chargers, eye glasses etc on that surface, works pretty well actually. I will post pictures in the next few days.
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