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Old 09-06-2016, 04:14 PM   #15
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Any signs that Forest River has had a negative effect on Dynamax?
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:40 PM   #16
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We may down size. Looking at these.


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Old 09-07-2016, 03:52 AM   #17
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No signs of FR effects yet. We still deal with a Dynamax rep for our repair problems. I am sure that will change...


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Old 09-07-2016, 10:24 AM   #18
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We have a 2016 Gulf Stream Conquest 6237 and it is 24'1" long.


it is easy to drive and gets good mileage (8-10 mpg) with the 5.4 V8. plenty of storage and real wood cabinets, a lot of standard features that are options on other brands.

Very solid built home.
Take a look for yourself I think that you will find it could fit your needs. It sure works well for us and our 2 dogs.

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Old 09-07-2016, 06:56 PM   #19
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Winnebago Spirit 25B (27' length) $60-70K
Lazy Daze Rear Bath (27' length) $95-105K

Both worth a look. Very little available in used market.
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:05 PM   #20
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Most important thing which was said earlier is to figure out the floor plan will work for you. Go sit in a bunch of them and imagine how you would use it and live in it.

We were going to buy a Winnebago View 24v. Once we sat in it and compared it wth the Fuse 23a we purchased we knew what we wanted. Even though the View was bigger, the mid-bath in the view broke up the space and made it feel smaller. the rear bath in the Fuse made the space that is has contiguous and gives it a much more open feel.

We spent 2 years looking and eventually settled on a Winnebago Fuse 23a. It works for the way we want to use it. Would want something different if we were going to boondock every night but that is not what we do. The Fuse comes in the 23t floorplan as well and that would not work for us. We want the beds always ready to take a nap on while we are traveling. To use the bed on the 23t, the slide has to come out. Poor manners at a rest stop.

At 23 feet we wanted a little private space since sometimes the closeness all day is a little much. My wife and ourself have our separate beds. Even though they are separated by an isle, just that much space works for us.

The other thing with small motorhomes is to make sure it will hold all you want to bring with you. You can fit way more into many of the small class C motorhomes than t can safely carry based on weight. Something to consider.

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We opted for a Isata 3 (made by Dynamax a Forest River company) on a sprinter chassis and love the full side slide out. Gives you a huge living area for a 25 foot coach.


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Love our Isata 3 better Workmanship than the Siesta we had before. Have not been able to use the Tankless water heater on the kitchen sink because the hot water must be turned fully on to work. As you modify the temperature by moving the single lever on the sink the Atwood burner turns off and the water at the faucet goes completely cold. Same thing happens with the sink in the bathroom. Anybody have any ideas?
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Old 09-08-2016, 04:35 PM   #22
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We just bought a 2017 Winnebago Spirit 25b. Felt it offered a good value, and would easily serve our needs.
Things that were important to us....as we live in Arizona:
E450 chassis
Fiberglass roof and fiberglass front cap.
15k ducted air conditioner. Bigger is better in the summer.
Dual pane windows....and there are only 3 of them. Well 4, if you count the small one in the bunk.
Two beds...even though one is a corner bed. (not the end of the world)
No slideout. (you couldn't give me one...been down that disastrous road)
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Old 09-09-2016, 07:29 AM   #23
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We just bought a 2017 Winnebago Spirit 25b. Felt it offered a good value, and would easily serve our needs.
Things that were important to us....as we live in Arizona:
E450 chassis
Fiberglass roof and fiberglass front cap.
15k ducted air conditioner. Bigger is better in the summer.
Dual pane windows....and there are only 3 of them. Well 4, if you count the small one in the bunk.
Two beds...even though one is a corner bed. (not the end of the world)
No slideout. (you couldn't give me one...been down that disastrous road)
Congrats to you on the 25B! I think you will love it. Was just going to post this as a suggestion. We have the Minnie in signature and also owned a 2015 Winnie 25B. The corner bed has turned out to be better than expected. The upgrades in cushion construction (since '15) are wonderful! Want to recommend the 25B because you will get a couch and a dinette even tho and no slide worries! This is rare for the size. We have spent 5 wks in ours with 2 medium sized dogs and it worked! Unlike the 2017, we have E350 chassis.
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Old 09-09-2016, 12:03 PM   #24
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The upgrades in cushion construction (since '15) are wonderful!
That's good to hear the cushions are better. That's one reason we passed on a 2015 model. I guess we will keep the 2016+ in our sights.
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Thanks DaisyLu.

The construction and thickness of the bed cushions in the 2017 Winnebago Spirit 25b was a huge selling point for us....over several other brands.
And, just as you state....having the sofa and a dinette were big factors in our decision also. Trying to relax at a dinette after a long day of traveling just won't cut it. The sofa makes life 'aboard' so much more comfortable.
We could not be happier with ours. Just returned from a 200 mile trip today, to show the new rig to some of our friends. Both couples have motorhomes also, one smaller, one larger. And both are unhappy. After touring our new one, they all looked at each other, and said...."why didn't we do this?"
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Old 09-09-2016, 04:49 PM   #26
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To the OP of this thread. Yes, we also looked at many others...over the course of several years. Kept coming back to the Winnebago 25b floorplan.

We looked at so many motorhomes with very slim carrying capacities. I just wouldn't feel safe in that situation.

Our 2017 Spirit 25b has a carrying capacity just over 4,200 lbs....more than many Class A motorhomes. There is no way possible that we will even begin to approach that weight capacity. Safety was a huge concern and priority in our buying decision.
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Thank you , Folks - great information ...... JIM
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Old 09-09-2016, 08:14 PM   #28
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Spirit 25B

I've looked at this model at 2 different dealerships, one was a 2016 with E350 and one was a 2017 with E450. I agree with all the positives, my biggest hangup is the total lack of counter space. Our existing Class C which is the same length has room behind the sink for things like a toaster, electric kettle. bags of chips etc. Then there is 6" between the sink and stove allowing for use of a small cutting board and a place to set cups, pots etc. Then on the end a flip up which I use daily to set bowls, plates on etc. I really like the 25B and want a new motorhome, but am hung up on this. It's a great rig for the $. 2 separate sleeping areas with long beds, plenty of cupboard space etc. And Winnebago really builds a good motorhome save the problems with slide outs that seem prevalent.
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