Originally Posted by barmcd
Me too. The actual floor plan meant very little to either of us, but the chassis and running gear, quality of the coach and most importantly condition of the coach was of paramount importance.
I kinda agree with that. In my research it seems that most DP's have pretty much the same floor plan the bathroom being the only difference. There are exceptions of course and individual preferences may dictate the kitchen be on one side, dinette or table, etc. That's not a big deal for me, but for some that is a big deal.
The OP asks if new or used, diesel or gas, but he did say he was looking for an entry level coach. But entry level means different things to different people. A lower end Thor is very different than an entry level Newmar.
The components of most coaches may be made by the same manufactures but I would bet that most folks could tell pretty quickly if they were in a entry level Thor or a Newmar Dutch Star. I'm not trying to put down or elevate one builder over the other, just trying to say that there are differences in quality beyond the oven, microwave, drivetrain, etc.