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Old 07-03-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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Entegra Updates

I know many of you are patiently awaiting your ordered coach, as am I. I stopped by the factory yesterday and took a tour with Chuck. They were shut down for the July 4th week so we had the chance to poke around everything on our own. Didn't get to see my coach as it was out at the paint facility, but did get some updates on all the new stuff that has been added. Here's a summary mostly for those awaiting an Anthem as that was what I was focused on.

Chassis
  • Reyco/Granning front IFS axle with 16.6k lbs rating and 315 series tires (295 rear)
  • House batteries were moved from the passenger side to the drivers side front compartment behind the front wheel. Because the front axle has more capacity, they had more flexibility to move stuff around.
  • All storage bays are now automotive carpet lined.
  • New slide out tray mechanism with a yellow release handle. Don't know the brand, but trays are black
  • Anthem steering wheel is wood and leather, not sure if this is new, just noticed it.
  • Tank measuring systems updated to SeaLevel system. (great suprise!)
Interior
  • TV's upgraded to 32" LED LCD and 46" main TV, still Samsung brand.
  • As mentioned, the front TV is now centered. Much cleaner setup.
  • Blueray added to living area video system.
  • New dishwaher replaces Fisher/Pakel due to no locking mechanism. Didn't get the new brand. Also, has a stainless front instead of wood.
  • For Anthem owners, all the multiplex panels are now upgraded to the larger style from the Cornerstone. Didn't see if Aspire got the same upgrade.
  • On the DLQ and SL models the drivers side couch has been changed. No more footrests, the backrest now curves around so you can lean backward and put your feet up on the sofa to watch the main TV (facing backward), and there is now a large drawer under the couch.
  • The passenger side couch still has footrests but this may be going away as they are have trouble with how people are using (breaking) them due to improper technique.
  • Pocket door latches have been updated to a much nicer stainless piece that is easier to latch.
  • Kitchen counters are updated to a new color. More brown, less white. (only down grade in my opinion, I prefered the other color)
  • Aluminum framed closet mirror doors upgraded to wood framed.
  • Bedroom TV door changed from a flip up to a side mount open. Looks like they also kicked the TV to face the bed, but not totally sure.
Exterior
  • Awning option to upgrade to dual Girard Nova two stage awnings. I know this has been discussed, but this is the exact description in the new slick sheet.
  • Still no option for a better HD SAT solution, inmotion only.
  • Noticed that the radiator grill and rear engine cover a aluminum panels, not fiberglass, which is a good thing.
  • They had an ebony blaze coach on the lot, looks really good, much better then the drawing. The lower grey color looks brown in the drawing, but its much more grey.
Construction Process
  • They actually put air dolly's under the chassis wheels and push the coaches to each stage of the line, pretty interesting.
  • The slide out walls are actually welded as part of the entire wall. Once everything is all in place, they literally cut the slide wall out to ensure the gaps and seams are all uniform.
  • If someone tells you that the vacuum bond process is better, find a photo of how those walls are attached vs the Entegra. Between the chassis bracing, the through bolting and the way they bolt the wall to the firewall rollhoop, I can't imagine how the other process is even close.
  • Floor thickness is amazing when you see the plywood and all down with all the bracing.
Hopefully that will hold some of you over till more info comes out. They said that they are producing 8-10 coaches per week (had about 15 on the line) and that the paint process is where the bottleneck is. Also, he said the waiting list is back up to about next May. Happy waiting!
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:28 PM   #2
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Thanks for the update Matt. Entegra really is stepping up to the plate on these units.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:37 PM   #3
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Thanks or the post, great information. Love to see any photos you might of taken also.
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msmatt--I sent you a private message---
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:29 PM   #5
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Surprised we didn't see you. We're still at the factory moving into our 2013 Anthem 44 DLQ. Sitting at the golden arches checking the emails and trying to download photos.
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Surprised we didn't see you. We're still at the factory moving into our 2013 Anthem 44 DLQ. Sitting at the golden arches checking the emails and trying to download photos.
Congrats, saw one out front with a jeep toad, was that you? Or was yours out back?
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We're out front with an Envoy and we had our new one next to us later in the day. They're fixing a few things we found and will be heading out tomorrow. They just brought the midnight illusion back, so we're going to get few pics of that one and ours and put them on here for people to see. Pictures really don't do them justice, but at least they'll give everyone an idea of 2 of the new schemes.
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Here's a pic of the midnight Illusion and Ebony Blaze
We really like the Ebony Blaze. There both a lot better in person!!!
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Here are front and end cap views of the Ebony Blaze. Cool looking machine for sure!!
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How long ago did Chuck send those pics to you? The colors look different in differents light. The light color is actually silver. But with the other colors it changes color. Very cool paint job. We're very happy with how it turned out. The renderings really don't accuritely depict the colors very well.
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How long ago did Chuck send those pics to you? The colors look different in differents light. The light color is actually silver. But with the other colors it changes color. Very cool paint job. We're very happy with how it turned out. The renderings really don't accuritely depict the colors very well.
My dealer got these pictures from the factory a couple days ago.
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Dana, did you get them to do a factory delivery? I was under the impression that they did not do that. Assuming you are doing that How did you go about getting it done?
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WOW!!!! Gorgeous coaches!
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