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Old 03-11-2015, 05:32 PM   #1
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Augusta RV Luxe

Hi all. I was wondering if anyone had any information on the new Augusta RV Luxe models? Has anyone seen one first hand, at a show or dealer, that can provide any info on them? I'm going to see one at the Hampton Roads RV show this weekend, but I'm looking for other folks' impressions and thoughts on them.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-12-2015, 09:53 PM   #2
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Heard great things

My very good friend saw one at the Dulles show earlier this year- he was floored. He said it looked spectacular both inside and out with high quality throughout. The Augusta rep was sitting in a chair when my friend walked into the trailer and he didnt initially get up. They introduced each other and my friend said, "you don't seem like you're having to work too hard today" The rep responded with a big grin, "yep, these things sell themselves, don't you think?" My friend spent about 45 minutes going over the trailer with the rep. He walked away confident the rep was not off the mark- best fifth wheel he'd ever been in. From fit and finish to quality of the materials to detail work like knobs correctly aligned with each other. He also said, it's not likely a game changer for Fifth wheels in general, but it "far-exceeded" the quality of any other luxury fifth wheel on the market today and in his eyes would absolutely be a game changer for those who saw a Luxe and then went to look in the same price point at the sacrifices they'd make with a much less luxurious Class A.

I'll be going to see it tomorrow as well. I'm glad to hear it'll be there- it wasn't at The Richmond show.

Hope this helps.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:12 AM   #3
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It does help indeed, thanks for the insight.

There are supposed to be at least 2 models there, the rear entertainment 40' and the bath and a half model as well. Look for the Settle's display area. The rep will be there as well as the dealer.

Again, thanks for the information. Looking forward to seeing one of these this weekend.
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Old 03-15-2015, 01:48 PM   #4
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So the wife and I went to the Hampton RV show yesterday, to see the Luxe in person. All I can say is wow! Ok, I can say more than that, but that was our first impression. They had 2 floor plans there, a bath and a half (the 39 FB) as well as a rear entertainment (the 40RE), with each being in a different color inside as well as outside, so we saw both paint job colors and 2 of the 3 interior palettes.

Initial impression was that the fit and finish of these units is very good. Everything is solid, well built, and you can see the craftsmanship involved in the build. There were other brands there that you can tell are slapped together by folks that don't have anything invested in the company they work for (other than a paycheck) so their craftsmanship shows just that. With the Luxe, you can see the finished product reflects the pride of the people making these units.

The Luxe has standard what other brands have for options, including:

MorRyde IS, 17.5" tires, disc brakes, induction cooktop, full body paint, and MCD shades. They add to the mix solid wood stiles/cabinets, self closing dovetail construction drawers, soft padded walls and ceiling, glass backsplash, and residential furniture (Lane furniture, which was very comfy).

Options include washer/dryer, dishwasher, power MCD shades, residential oven (no kidding, the 39FB had a full sized residential oven with a pot filler in the wall over it), tile floors in place of the normal vinyl plank, and central vac. There are other standards and options that you could get, but those are some biggies.

They are heavy units, and are built with a beefed up 12 I beam frame. I want to say that the 40RE dry weight is around 18k or so (don't quote me on that), and their biggest unit (wasn't there at the show, but they have the layout on the website) tops in at around 23k (again don't quote me). For the specs on that, check out the website or call and talk to any of the folks there at Augusta. I spoke with my area regional sales rep as well as the president of the company this week, and felt that I got honest answers about some of the questions I asked, which were focused on the whys and why nots of the construction of their rig.

At any rate, we liked what we saw, and would recommend people at least checking them out. Their new to the 5th wheel market, but I believe they are going to be around a while.
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I would not buy a 5th wheel with an I beam frame. Boxed frames for me. That leaves very few choices. DRV and Excel off the top of my head. The 5th wheel is no better than the frame. Forget the eye candy and amenities.
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Depends on the weight of the I beam. I would much rather have I beam. My Teton is I beam also. New Horizons is I beam. All depends on the weight of it.
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How well is the Luxe insulated? I like the disc brakes and 17.5" wheels. I will look at these units if I can find one close.
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To be fair, I would prefer a boxed frame as well, but the Luxe has a reinforced I beam frame. They add 2x2 box stackable under the I beam for added support. Does this help with the weight, yes. Does it alleviate all my concerns, no, but it does go a longer way to ausuage them than simply using the I beam by itself. Time will tell if the frame is beefy enough to stand up to the rigors of RV traveling, but I think that they're off to a good start.
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"How well is the Luxe insulated? I like the disc brakes and 17.5" wheels. I will look at these units if I can find one close."

They use fiberglass and thermal pack insulation in the build. The product manual states R-21 throughout the coach, and the walls are 3.25" thick. The website states that they are tested from -10 up to 115 degrees. Standard with the build are frameless thermopane windows, as well as a soft touch coating on the walls and ceiling. The soft touch likely won't add insulation, but it does add a "cool "factor.

For those that want to peruse their website, Google Augusta RV and have at it.
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The fiberglass insulation is not a plus. The constant use on the roads will cause it to drop down and compress. My DRV did and it is just like this. Our Teton is Blue Dow Foam 2" thick and it is far easier to heat and cool than our shorter DRV was. NuWa used it also and they were easy to heat and cool also. On I beams, I am a professional welder and all these plants are built with I beams and H beams.
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I beams are great but not for torsional forces. RV's are not static and are subjected to torsional forces. That is why box beams are superior to I beams for RV's.
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You arguing with me, a professional welder, about tube steel vs I beam is akin to you arguing with a doctor about your aliments. Also if you were correct, why is my Ibeam chassis Teton more stable than my tube steel chassis DRV? I beam needs bracing and all 5thers need it for floor support, tanks, etc. Tube steel is used when bracing is not used such as equipment support. The Luxe with I beam and tube steel underneath is like my Teton. Mine is 14" I beam with 2" tube steel underneath. Tetons are one of the best built units ever made. The Luxe sounds like a quality unit. I have not seen one. I do not like the fiberglass insulation though. It will compact and loose much r value. The use of residential stoves is very good. Hope more manufactures notice.
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