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Old 03-18-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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what will be the next big design must have?

OK - I've been researching 40' DP's for 3 months now with hopes of buying this summer. Here is the deal.. it seems like each add'l slide the builders offered over time made the few slide models less valuable ( marketing 101 right?). i have found some some sweet deals on 2 slides but feel they will be unmarketable ( ie must sale cheap ) a few years down the road. My question is what will be the next design that will make 4 slides look dated? maybe a slide-up second floor terrace? slide out outdoor kitchen? any ideas out there?
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Let's see. Good ideas that didn't sell (well).

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We have started to see floor plans where the kitchen/dining is towards the front, and the living area is in the middle. Personally we like that design better. It seems to allow for better tv viewing. conversation, and a more homey feel.
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We have started to see floor plans where the kitchen/dining is towards the front, and the living area is in the middle. Personally we like that design better. It seems to allow for better tv viewing. conversation, and a more homey feel.
my concern with these models is that most rattles come from the kitchen so aren't they just bringing those rattles closer to the driver to make him/her crazy with?
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i have found some some sweet deals on 2 slides but feel they will be unmarketable ( ie must sale cheap ) a few years down the road.
If you got a "sweet deal" now on a 2 slide model, and you sell 'em "cheap" (sweet deal for someone else) later, so what??? I don't buy ANYTHING with the idea of what it will sell for ...like when I bought a 2wd SUV and others told me that would severely cut the resale value ...I did fine when I sold it. I buy what I want to meet my needs/desires at the time. I might want to sell it/trade it later, but I'll deal with that when the time comes.
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At first glance I thought the mid living area coaches looked cool, but when it comes down to it that big windshield is also a big picture window. Most homes have the big windows in the living areas, not in the kitchen.
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We also like the kitchen up front. I could never understand a 90 degree angle to watch tv.
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Our Vectra 40TD has the front kitchen -- we've had both and prefer the front kitchen. Better weight distribution and the mid-coach 'family room' has a much warmer feeling -- 37" TV versus looking to the front of the coach.
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Two slide vs four slide: Buy the one that fits you best. We have a two slide and have more cabinet and drawers storage than ANY four slide. Also less motors,gears etc to worry about.
If I were to buy today, which I won't, it would be a two slide.
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Front kitchens sell right now. Only so many things you can do with a floorplan. I always thought the bedroom with the office in it would sell well, wrong, most have been dropped from the model line-up. Bunk layouts have not done well as DPs are typically not a family venture. The school is still out on full wall slides and resale. Four slides are nice and help sell.

The new technology engines for late 2010 and 2011 although a large up-charge, may not hold value as well as a 2009 or 2010 with older style engines. MPG will sell on resale. If fuel prices increase and stay there, smaller will sell better on resale.

Orphans are worth less than non-orphan MHs, buy a brand that you believe (still a risk) will still be in business 5 years from now.

Optioned MHs with house refer, aqua hot, all tile or wood floors sell better than without and all wood cabinets rather than veneer.

Extended Warranties really help resale if transferable.

If fuel prices increase and stay there, smaller will sell better on resale.

I do not expect any major design changes other than those that improve mileage, lower manufacturing costs and/or improve quality and reliability.
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Let's see. Good ideas that didn't sell (well).
A couple years back, 2 ideas I saw at an RV show that were a flash in the pan were a coach with the bedroom right behind the cockpit (kitchen in middle & LR in back) & a 5-r with the kitchen in the upper level (LR in middle & BR in back).

As for the next design must have, I'll bet they're working on full wall slides for each side. They're almost there now, just give 'em time. Or, maybe a full glass retracting roof skylight down the center of the coach or a smaller retractable skylight for the bedroom. How cool would THAT be to see the stars above you while you're in bed at night? All the night-view benefits of sleeping under the stars in a sleeping bag without the bugs or night critters to worry you.

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As for the next design must have, I'll bet they're working on full wall slides for each side.
Rexhall already offers those and has for a couple of years. Three different double full wall models. They just aren't very widely known because they sell factory direct from CA. A very innovative manufacturer, though.

Rexhall Industries - Manufacturer of Class A Motorhomes - Floorplans page
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