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Old 10-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Trying to figure out how a Class C stacks up

We are new to "up-scale" camping as we have been tent camping for over 30 years. It's finally time to upgrade. We were first looking at 5th wheels. We are not 100% convinced that is what we want to do. We began looking at class C Motor homes. We like the layout of the Coachman Concord 300 TS. We do not want a bed over the driver area. TV or storage is fine. Does anybody have any pros or cons with a class C, specifically the Coachman Concord 300 TS or a similar unit? Also interested in hearing on how the until does with towing a small vehicle.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:16 AM   #2
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I've no experience with the model you're looking at, however I can tell you I realllllly like the one piece fiberglass caps versus the conventional bed-over-the-cab 3-piece type design found in most Class Cs which are notorious for leaking badly at the perimeter seams.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:11 PM   #3
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Having the one piece cap is what sold me on our Class C.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:44 PM   #4
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Ours was a 30 footer and we traveled a lot- look at where you would be sitting to either watch TV of visit. the cab seats don't turn around to become part of the living room. That being said we had GREAT times in our C and sometimes we miss it. Whatever type you get you will make some compromises. We towed a jeep 2dr, then a CRV. No issues at all. Our chassis was the E350 with the 460. Whatever you get just enjoy the heck out of it.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:26 PM   #5
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We are new to "up-scale" camping as we have been tent camping for over 30 years. It's finally time to upgrade. We were first looking at 5th wheels. We are not 100% convinced that is what we want to do. We began looking at class C Motor homes. We like the layout of the Coachman Concord 300 TS. We do not want a bed over the driver area. TV or storage is fine. Does anybody have any pros or cons with a class C, specifically the Coachman Concord 300 TS or a similar unit? Also interested in hearing on how the until does with towing a small vehicle.
We are both looking for similar things it seems so thank you for making me aware of this model ...very nice! It looks like it comes either on a Ford or Chevy engine/chassis and most of the ClassC's come with the Ford V10/F450 which gets high ratings here.
You might also consider looking at the Winnebago/Itasca Aspect & Cambrias which are VERY similar in layout. One thing I like about them is that the front seats swivel around and that the TV is easily viewable from them or the couch position.
Good luck with the hunt!
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:23 PM   #6
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I think I"ve looked at everything available at least 4 times!!! LOL Gets confusing trying to make the "right" decision. Can't wait to actually go through them. At the RV show Hershey, PA we didn't even bother to go into the Class C but after rethinking, we believe a Class C might be better for first time. Good luck on your search too.
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:17 PM   #7
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If I were you I would consider another manufacturer!!!!! We HAD a 2008 Four Winds 31F, Loved the layout of class C. We have had nothing but issues with it. It was a problem from day 1!!! we had to take it back to Indiana to have 2 sides and the roof replaced!!!!! then this spring our last wall began leaking, when we investigated it appeared to come from the side moulding, screws were rusty and wet!!!! We had done our due diligence and had inspected the roof 2 times a year yet when we approached Thor about this apparent manufacturing issue we were told that it was owner maintenance!!!!!!! Well we are now the proud owners of a JAYCO product and could not be happier!!!! Make sure the bunk over the cab is one piece of fiberglass not pieced together as they end up leaking underneath with water wicking up. Check out Jayco before you buy!!!!!!
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You are exactly where my DW and I were about 3 years ago. We went to all the local RV shows. We finally settled on the Jayco 31 DS with the entertainment center over the cab. We are extremely satisfied with this unit. Feel free to PM me and I'll share my thoughts and pics as well if you like.

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Old 10-29-2013, 02:39 PM   #9
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Our Class C front seats do revolve into the living space and the TV is directly across from seating so you don't have to sit sideways or strain your neck to watch. We just got this one and so far I really like it.....
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:03 PM   #10
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we are new to MH, but wanted a Type C since we found some in our price range and found one where we could trade in two TT we had on it. We are doing some upgrades to stabilize it a bit with bilsteins shocks and probably a stiffer sway control. We have camped in it twice since getting it in September. We got a WB since we had heard good things. We hope it will be a reliable unit having 19 K miles, 2007. Enjoy whatever you choose. we got one a bit longer than what we wanted, about 31ft, but it had a walk around bed and good storage, 84 CF. We had been thinking about this for two years and had a set dollar amount to spend, so far it is working out. I think whatever you choose , there will be some things you want to do to customize to your desires, and there will be maintenance repairs. Hope you are happy with whatever decision you make and enjoy the time with it .
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We are proud owners of a 2005 Jayco Granite Ridge 3100SS. It is our 2nd Class C and both have had the entertainment center in the cab over. Both also were powered by the Ford V10 and are pleased with its performance. We tow either an 04 Jeep Grand Cherokee (hers) or a 97 Grand Cherokee (mine) and have had no problems pulling either around. Previous camping: Tents & then pop up.
The main concern on all class C units is carrying capacity. The longer the unit the less you can add to the unit (everything that you bring in the door & stuff underneath. All Ford chassis (E series up to E450 Super Duty) have a total limit of 14050 lbs. When you subtract the weight of the coach (what the RV manufacture put on the chassis) you may see little left as compared to a towable or Class A.
All in all we prefer the class c for its cost to use and the motor home's "use it while on the road convenience (she can cook while I drive ...or nap in the bed)
We also like the style and quality of the Jayco units.
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I would rate Coachman and Thor products under Jayco and Winnebago.
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The larger class C's tend to be heavy and very near their GVWR which leaves very little cargo and passenger carrying capacity. Get an actual weight on the unit you are considering.

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