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Old 04-10-2016, 06:37 PM   #1
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Looking to Upgrade to Class C

From a 20' TT. So, I've done some initial research and, believe my choices to be Coachmen, Fleetwood, Itasca, Jayco or, Winnebago. I know Itasca is made by Winnebago, correct? These are based on my internet research and the advice from a long time Rv'er buddy. However, there may be others I should consider? The only one that I've ruled out is Thor, given their horrible reputation for quality and customer service. At least that is what I found out on the "net"... is it deserved, or not?

Coachmen advertises to have no wood in sidewalls, so no delamination. I didn't find this feature advertised on the other's websites. Coachmen the only manufacturer using this method?

Jayco advertises the "J ride", which is a combination of upgrades to the suspension and air brakes. Better ride?

Winnebago advertises an all steel cage construction but didn't advise if the side walls have wood (luan).

I couldn't find a website for Itasca and, Fleetwood really didn't have anything that "separated" them from the crowd, although the units did look nice.

Sorry for the long explanation but wanted provide enough background to enable y'all to zero in on what I really need to know.

Thanks in advance for your feedback. PeglegPete
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Old 04-10-2016, 07:18 PM   #2
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Try a Phoenix Cruiser. Best deal going IMHO. They do a great deal of custom work, have very good prices, and after sale back up is excellent. There are factory direct.
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Are you looking new or used?
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Researching "new" but wouldn't pass on a late model unit, if I could determine no hidden issues and at a cost effective price. Problem on "used" is location and I've got a trade.
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Try a Phoenix Cruiser. Best deal going IMHO. They do a great deal of custom work, have very good prices, and after sale back up is excellent. There are factory direct.
Yikes... they're almost $100K... I'm looking in the $50K - $60K range.
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:25 AM   #6
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We bought a used Jayco 31' class' C about a year ago. I used RV Trader to find what I wanted and decide how far I wanted to travel for it. We were able to find two that we were interested in within 100 miles.

New and Used Coachmen Class C For Sale On RV Trader
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The chassis and engine will be a Ford 450 on the brands listed by the OP. In addition, there is not a lot of difference in the construction & materials of the brands listed by the OP either. The furniture and appliances will just about identical or at the least, very similar. Find a floor plan that you, then study the cargo carry capacity (CCC). Longer length coaches and more slides will reduce the CCC considerably. Hope this helps.
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I look at all the brands you mentioned, including Thor, to be basically about the same quality. You didn't mention any Forest River products (although Coachmen is owned by Forest River). A few of the other brands you didn't mention are Lazy Daze, Born Free and Coach House. Those 3 are considered a step up in quality, but you will definitely pay a premium for that quality. Most that you mentioned will be on a Ford chassis, but some will also be available on a Chevrolet. Winnebago and Itasca are identical, other than stuff like interior trim. With new a $50-$60,000 budget will definitely limit your choices.
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Well, no class C yet... it's been an odyssey for sure. Thought I had a good candidate but subsequent photos (from the initial listing) showed the tell-tale signs of delamination, so I backed out. I've dismissed buying new, both for the entry cost and, with patience, no issue finding used ones to consider. I even took at look at a few coming out of the rental fleets of Cruise America and El Monte. Very attractive pricing, internet search returned "mixed reviews", so I've moved on. Most dealers' used inventory are over-priced imho and, so I've come full circle back to searching for a reasonable private sale. I think I've found one that will work on a Coachmen Freelander within driving distance in a day. But, we'll see, awaiting the next batch of photos. Thanks to all who have offered advice, much appreciated.
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I think that you may see a better selection of used RVs as we get closer to summer and others trade in or look to sell their rigs,

The price you see listed from dealers is normally quite negotiable. You can probably expect 15-30% off of list price.
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I'm selling my Nexus Phantom 28P. It's in the classified section. I just found a Diesel pusher I would like to buy so I'm motivated to sell this quickly.
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I'm selling my Nexus Phantom 28P. It's in the classified section. I just found a Diesel pusher I would like to buy so I'm motivated to sell this quickly.
Very "high end", beautiful product. About $20K more than I'm looking to spend. But I suspect you'll sell it quick, a good buy for somebody looking for an "upgraded" class C.
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I've had my 2015 Winnebago for over a year now and except for a minor problem with a bathroom roof vent, it has been problem-free. I am very happy with it.

I bought it new and the price I got was well within your ballpark.
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