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Old 10-16-2015, 01:06 PM   #1
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Down-sizing/Mercedes Chassis??

Thinking about down-sizing from my 40' Phaeton DP to a Winnebego/Itasca Reya/Via. Want something more nimble, less cumbersome with better gas mileage, but still want diesel, comfort and reliability. Anyone out there have any opinions or experience with either of these coaches, or any other thoughts on the subject? Thanks, in advance!

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Old 10-16-2015, 05:38 PM   #2
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i have a 2014 Winnebago View 24V-twin/king bed

36K miles in 23 months-no big issues-2 visits to MB for warrantied trouble light issues.

No Coach issues-just finished a 8K mile trip-averaged 16.2 mpg.

Rides & drives great, sleeps better than my King bed in the house.

I replaced the Sofa/bed with 2 recliners-Great Move!!!

Great quality construction.....I personally prefer the view to the Via...if only for the $25K savings in price. Also, I like the cab of the C's...2 doors, Mercedes warranty is longer than Winnebago Warranty. Mercedes warranty covers doors, Power windows & Power Locks, and..all the dash items, A/c etc.

Good Luck! you will like either option.

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Old 10-17-2015, 11:46 AM   #3
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That's a big drop in size! Both on living space, and storage space.

I agree with the Mercedes chassis being preferred, for the reasons stated.

I know two people that have the Tripple E sister company Leisure van's Serenity and Unity. Both well built, actually I felt exceptionally built, and both very happy with them. One gent with the Serenity, is traveling solo, and finds the space a bit restrictive on storage, but found the livability for one to be fine. His friends, due to his input, went with the Unity as they are a traveling couple. The bed was bigger, and more storage. And I recall right, the Unity was a bit less expensive then the Serenity (Not positive on that, but think it is so.) One of them has a murphy bed, and a pretty nice sitting area at night, for such a small unit.

I know you said diesel, but I will mention that many owners of the last few years of the Trek, on the Workhorse chassis with 8.1, are very happy with the quality of construction, abundant power, and the living space is comparable to a 32-34' Class A. Small enough to get around like the Mercedes chassis. But also a benefit mentioned by those that moved out of C's and B's is that you are sitting up higher in traffic, and have that large panoramic view windshield.

Best of luck on your decision! My intent was to be sure you knew of these other units, not knocking Winnie's!
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