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Old 08-18-2014, 11:21 AM   #1
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Moving from trailer to Class A

Hello All,
Looking for some basic advice on a Class A. We currently have a 2013 travel trailer that we like, but are ready for something we can drive. We have two small children, so one of the biggest reasons is ease and comfort while driving. No more potty breaks every 50 mins and the kids can watch a real tv on the go. We will also be able to stop at a walmart or rest stop to sleep for a few hours without any setup.
So we have looked around and we like the Serrano's. We found a 2011 31ft with 2 slides for about 80k. It is a front engine diesel (FRED), they are averaging 12-14 mpg. I have seen posts about the FREDs not selling and resale being poor, but on RV trader there are only about 12 or so and seem to be priced within reason. I have seen bad and pro Serrano comments. I do want something that will last.
We can live with a little engine noise up front, and I understand they are a little harder to work on. We want something nice for smaller trips and the occasional long trip every other year. We will eventually tow something small.
We are not really wanting to go over $80k. We will need to finance it, so it will have to be fairly new. Does anyone have any other suggestions on other models with similar options or the Serranos?

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Old 08-18-2014, 11:54 AM   #2
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Keep looking....never take the first one you see. In Florida, there will be lots to choose from. Some at half the price and just as good.

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Old 08-18-2014, 02:20 PM   #3
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I think you should really think hard before getting a front engine class A! I talked to a neighbor at a CG that had one and he was VERY unhappy about the engine noise while traveling! JMHO!
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:37 PM   #4
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I don't know how much noise a front engine diesel makes but we have a front engine gasser and the noise is not bad at all,but I would assume a diesel would be pretty noisy. Since you are in florida,if you are near a "Lazy Days Rv Store" I would check them out.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:25 PM   #5
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My brother in law just purchased a 2011 Serrano and has liked it so far. I drove it and I think it is quieter than my V10 Ford based Tiffin. The gas burner may have been quieter at cruising RPM but downshifted and revved up more often than the diesel and was definitely louder at that point. The Serrano was more relaxed and didn't down shift as often. I drove rear diesels and gas burners and had the Serrano been sitting beside the coach I purchased, I probably would have bought the Serrano.
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:10 AM   #6
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It seems as though the Diesels get quieter and quieter each year. Or maybe they have a better handle on the insulation?
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:40 AM   #7
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new purchase....

Thanks for the input.......
So, we found a good deal on a gas class A. We are the "new" owners of a 2010 Damon Challenger 348. It only had 7.5k on it and 39 hours on the gen. We are happy and can't wait to go on a decent trip.
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Looks like two happy owners.

Don't be put off by those who don't like gassers. They are free to promote their views, as are those of us who exist "further down the RV food chain" (all said in the spirit of fun ).

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Thanks for the input.......
So, we found a good deal on a gas class A. We are the "new" owners of a 2010 Damon Challenger 348. It only had 7.5k on it and 39 hours on the gen. We are happy and can't wait to go on a decent trip.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:23 AM   #9
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Congratulations, I believe your choice of a gasser vs FRED will help when and if you upgrade.
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Congratulations on the new purchase, looks great!!
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Congrats. Now hit the road and enjoy it. Ps: camping in the back 40 can be fun too.

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