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Old 09-08-2012, 08:37 PM   #15
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Good luck on ur hunt and purchase.
We were in the same place finally bought a 2007 dyna quest, from my research I believe this coach is well made and love the ride of the freightliner chassis.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:51 PM   #16
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Have you looked at Jayco, Seneca? It was my first MH back in 2007. I bought a 2006 with a Duramax diesel, 3 slides, 35' long, and really liked it. I sold it in 2011, bought an 06 Phaeton and subsequently an 07 Allegro Bus.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:25 PM   #17
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Thanks for that info. I have looked into the Jayco Melbourne, but am concerned about the roof ....
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Fleetwood Jamboree, Tioga?
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:40 AM   #19
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Hi all,I am looking to buy a new MH (1st. Time buyer) soon and
Have been looking at Regency and Thor class C MH's
Also winnebago / Itasca. The Ford chassis seem to be the same but I'm concerned about overall coach quality. I have done a lot of research online and gone to rv shows. Now it's time to take the plunge. Does anyone have any concerns about the class C brands I mentioned above...?
Any info would be greatly appreciated...
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Hi Steve,
I am biased but I would highly recommend the Winnebago/Itasca products. After over a year of extensive research Our Itasca Cambria 30C was in a very close tie with the Jayco Melbourne 29D. These are very similar companies in both history and build quality. What I would consider the next step down (and this is just my opinion) would be the Thor's, Fleetwood's, and Coachman's. I'm sure there are plenty of owners who love the ones they have but in our research the build quality was not the same (just my opinion). I would also second Demoon's suggestion of the new Nexus RV's. They were not available in our research phase but I have heard nothing bad about them and all who own them seem to love them. Nexus was formed by a few execs from Gulfstream RV (which I would not recommend) and they seem to be rewriting the RV bussiness model so far with very good results. Hope this helps you out and good luck in your search.
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Can you give examples of the better build quality as compared to......
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Thanks so much. That was very helpful info.
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Can you give examples of the better build quality as compared to......
Hi milasman,
Our research of over a year and a half included test drives, side by side comparisons, owner reviews, posts from owners on this and other RV related sites, information from the the rv.org package, and conversations with owners at RV shows and Rv dealer lots on both used units from 2004 up new units to 2011 when we purchased. To say that our research was extensive or we were extremely picky would be putting it mild. We were also very lucky in that our local Itasca dealer is also a dealer for several other brands including Fleetwood and Thor as well as several used brands so we had the ability to do several side by side comparisons. In that time frame we looked at several hundred RV's both new and used in all motorized classes. There are brands we found to be a step above ours such as Coach House, LazyDaze, and others that fell out for cost, size, or no available slides. In our side by side comparisons while we found the Thor's, Fleetwood's, and Coachman's to very nice, with an impressive list of available standards and options, and at very good price points our research always led us to the Jayco Melbourne 29D which was our first choice (lost because there was no RV sized queen bed available in the living area--it is to narrow) and the Itasca Cambria 30C that we ordered new from Winnebago thru our local dealer. While I wont debate quality on one item or the other I will say that what one person considers quality may differ from what another person considers quality and to argue between two differing opinions is nothing more than an exercise in futility. My view or opinion of what is quality is just that-my opinion. That is why I always try to say when I make a statement about a product that it is just my opinion. I mean no offense I was simply trying to offer the OP my opinion based on the research I did when I was looking to buy.
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Since you live in California and looking to buy new, you should check out Lazy Daze. Have heard good things about their units. Motorhome Dealer | Low Profile Motorhome | RV Manufacturer | Quality Motorhome
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What did that Itasca run ya dollar wise? Nice unit.
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What did that Itasca run ya dollar wise? Nice unit.
Hi milasman,
Thanks, we do get a lot of nice comments on it (at a campground in Maine a couple driving by in a 45 foot Monaco actually stopped to tell us how nice it looks) but as for looks I have to give credit to my wife. Shirley picked all of the colors inside and out. My part was the mechanicals (all the stuff you don't see). The build sheet after we picked everything we wanted put it at $115k. We did not pay that for it as we were able to negotiate between 20% to 30% off with a 7 year warranty included.
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Very nice!
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That was very informative .....thanks for posting that...
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That was very informative .....thanks for posting that...
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No problem, I hope it helps you out in your search.
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