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Old 07-27-2014, 08:30 AM   #29
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Just jumping in here with some thoughts.....Repairs: the more stuff , the more upkeep, be it boat,MH.,whatever. Mid-entry: chops up the flow, a waste of space. I just sold mine in part for that reason. That said, if the coach was built that way and the layout is what you want, fine. Newell's are mid-entry ! ....new/used: always buy used. These things loose value by the day, untill you get to a low point where the price and function is basic, no frills, ect......so in the end if I were looking to have bunks, less repairs ( cost wise) lower operating costs, and higher resale value , get a 5th wheel. I will stick with a used high end Coach , life is short.
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Just jumping in here with some thoughts..... Mid-entry: chops up the flow, a waste of space. I just sold mine in part for that reason. That said, if the coach was built that way and the layout is what you want, fine. Newell's are mid-entry ! (edit) I will stick with a used high end Coach , life is short.
Not sure I can agree to these points. I have heard the "loss of storage" as the argument before. But where front steps would have been, I have a huge storage bay in front of the passenger front wheel. I keep almost everything there for our patio needs, the 2 folding TV tables stand up, bbq grill, box of rope lights and cords, table lantern, and more. Where the mid door entry is, I have lifting step pads with handy storage spaces under the treads using all that space. Granted we do loose the use of the 2'x2' mid door entry space while underway, unless we touch the air switch for the step cover. And we have a smaller side out tray on the door side than the opposite side of the coach. On a front door coach, that same space is reused by the passenger's feet while under way. For easy of access from the galley to the patio, mid door works well for us. Yes, a used high end coach works well for us.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:01 AM   #31
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Well now i've got to try and find a place that has one to go look at. The ones i looked at up to this point did not have the drop down bed. I think it might be time for a road trip
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Well now i've got to try and find a place that has one to go look at. The ones i looked at up to this point did not have the drop down bed. I think it might be time for a road trip
Road trips are good!
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:14 AM   #33
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:28 AM   #34
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My quick search shows Motorhome Specialist in Alvarado TX has several of them. MHRV is just a few miles south down highway I-35W from the Jellystone campground and huge new water park in Bueleson TX.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:32 AM   #35
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hey jerichorick so glad there are so many people on this site willing to help! what frustrates me is once again the lack of creativity in these mfg's. the solie is just like the palazzo and the sportscoach or any other dp model, it offers the bunks in the 38r but only offers the drop down bed in the 34t. why not offer the drop down bed with the bunks? am i crazy or am i the only guy in this country who would like to have 4kids sleep in 2 places that dont interfere with the rest of the rv?? 2 kids come out of the bunks and pull the curtains done. 2 more kids climb down from the front drop down bed done. no beds to put up, no dinette to put back together no couch, in the way, nothing but me making my cup of coffee and headin out the door. it must be rocket science to these mfg's. maybe i'm just the only idiot in this country who takes 4kids with him and doesn't wanna have a bed in the way all the time!!!!
The industry is strange. You read their advertizing and they make us believe that they are giving the public what they want by asking. If two of you are looking for the same design in a dp than I would guess 10k more are, or more.

Many company's drop floor plans because some "indicator survey" says it is no longer wanted. What they miss is that the "new" floor plan they are pushing hard, and selling because the great one is burred under flashing advertizing, is the lost cause. Take the floor plan of this 40U for instance. Winne is not manufacturing it any longer. It is one of the most comfortable and practical coaches on the market for a 40'er.

There are many rv remodeling shops across the country. Have you considered contacting one of them and having your ideal floor plan built in a reconditioned coach? From what I have read this is not as pricy as one would think.

I have seen folks with kids pitch tents for the young ones. I know this is what my dad did for me. I think it is not as good as having the kids inside but it works.

What ever you choose it will most likely be a compromise. All you can expect of yourself is to do your best with what is available. The most important thing, in my opinion, is that you and your family have a great time being with one another.

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Old 07-27-2014, 09:33 AM   #36
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Try something different, Airstream 396XL DP 39'. Produced from 2000 through 2006. Freightliner chassis most have Cat engines with Allison trans. Although a base Thor product since Thor owns Airstream each of these coaches were finished out at the Airstream factory on Ohio. Great interior with real Hickory cabinets and quality details with high end equiptment.

Here is one.

Airstream Land Yacht RV for sale | 2006 Airstream Land Yacht XL 396 Used Diesel Pusher in Corbin, KY | from RV Dealer Valley RV Sales | RVUSA.com Classifieds

They are hard to fine worth looking for, but I guess I may be a little prejudice.
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It depends on the coach, the Monaco Sig. I had w/ mid entry did not have a bay in front of the wheel well. In our case having two long leather couches was first on our want list. Could not be done with a mid entry and still have the buddy seat up front where it should be. Getting more storage is always a good thing, glad it works for you.
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and so the search begins! now if the 33.3 was only a 38.3!!!! well i guess you can't have everything. lets just see how it feels and see if it works
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FW has a new Excursion that has both bunks and drop down bed. 35e.
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FW has a new Excursion that has both bunks and drop down bed. 35e.
Nice catch - it looks like it has pretty much everything the OP is looking for.
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Let me check it out! Dang i love this site
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Let me check it out! Dang i love this site
Me too. Great reading all the folks that have helped you find the shoe that fits. Now what do you do? Choices, choices. So many choices.
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