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Old 09-11-2015, 05:59 PM   #15
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I just went through the same search as the OP. I was downsizing from a 2007 36' DP Class A. The kids are grown, it's only the two of us, and we didn't need all the space that we had in the A, plus all the maintenance costs.

I chose the Forest River Sunseeker. It has a full front cap with no seams and a full fiberglass roof. There are a lot of amenities you can get. I couldn't find one exactly to my liking on the dealer's lot, so I ordered it from the factory.

I chose the Sunseeker with the Ford e450 chassis/motor combination which gives me a 7500 lb hitch rating. And, since I tow a Hummer H3, I need the safety factor in a higher rated hitch.

My coach is due in from the factory next week and I'm ready to go. It will a joy to learn all the features of a new coach.

Forest River has been in existence since 1996 and has something like 23 manufacturing plants in the US. They offer a complete range of RV's from towables, 5th Wheels, Class C's and even Class A's under a variety of "badges". They also have commercial vans, park models, utility trailers, and even pontoon boats! They have expanded very rapidly and have bought other manufacturers that were in trouble. They are owned by Berkshire Hathaway Company, so they have a strong financial backbone. And, NO I don't work for them!

Give them a look!

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Old 09-11-2015, 07:52 PM   #16
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In June, I traded down from a 36ft class A to a Thor Siesta Sprinter 24ft class C on the Mercedes diesel chassis. My model (24ST) has twin beds aft and a bunk over the cab as well as reclining theater seats in the slide out. (Twin beds also make into a king size bed) There are several other floor plans available. Floor Plans Siesta Sprinter Motorhomes: Class C RV by Thor Motor Coach

The sprinter is very maneuverable and in over 4000 miles without a toad, I have only once rented a car, and that was to visit Canada on a recent trip to Niagara. Consistently get 15-16 mpg.

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Old 09-13-2015, 12:02 PM   #17
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All though I donít own a class C, we looked at C and Super C before we bought our rig. I donít care who makes the RV, you can find people with issues about that manufacture. Go on line, find floor plan you like get a list of this you must have and things you would like and go shopping. Try to go to a RV show (donít bring your check book). Look at as much as you can. Get a great dealer. I will say a good dealer can make your break your experience.

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Old 09-18-2015, 01:26 PM   #18
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Complaining is half of the internet. Few go on to say how pleased they are but many will complain.

Thought we had made up our minds on a Era 70A but now the Boss has seen a View 24G and thinks that is the way to go. I am not a big fan of the rear slide so we are going to look at the 24V.
The reason for considering the Era is it is a van and can park in our driveway without fighting the home owners covenants. 24V does offer more room so we will see.
This is a nice discussion site with good useful information, Thanks
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:43 AM   #19
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Dynamax also has 2 year warranty, not just Jayco as stated above. We had a Thor FourWinds and really likes it, had some problems, but all of the motorhomes made are going to have issues. Find something in your budget that fits your family and make sure you like driving it.

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Old 09-19-2015, 12:21 PM   #20
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Do not buy a used class c if there is any kind of water damage at all under the bed in the cab area. I had two like this and it is a lot of work to fix it. The mold smell should be apparent when you open the door. When buying a used class c ask if it was stored in doors or out. You can normally tell buy the outside of the MH whether it is faded or not. Also look for water damage on the ceiling too. These are the main things to look for then all the other like tires, gen.,how it drives, oil and ect. Newer the better.
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Old 09-19-2015, 01:28 PM   #21
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Here's my advice:
Go rent one for more than a weekend. Yes, it's gonna cost you $250/day, but that's MUCH less expensive than buying a new one and making the wrong choice.

The Class-C, like the gasser Class-A, can be overloaded and handle very poorly (when new). Be prepared for that.. I've found that the C drives better, but sometimes some work is required to make them right.

They are all built like crap. No real wiring diagrams, just kinda thrown together and quality is asserted to be different trim levels - better cabinets, etc.. which really doesn't influence underlying construction quality.

I've had a higher end Jayco. Beautiful cabinets, but the cabinet pulls couldn't be installed at the same level (for example).

Thor.. Well, I own a Thor, it's been fine. I don't think it's quality is really any better or worse than Jayco. However, Thor (Keystone) won't talk to me directly and wants me to go through a dealer who won't offer me service unless I bought the unit there and if I did buy it there, requires a 1-2 month minimum to turn around a minor repair. Why? Because Thor (Keystone) pays a minimal amount for warranty repairs. Any sub-system, roof, refrigerator, axles, springs - they're likely to say "not our problem" (during warranty) and refer to the contractor that produced that part. I knew this up front - but many people don't - that 1 year warranty really isn't worth much if each repair costs 30-60 days - and that's a quick turn around.

Jayco doesn't do that. They'll sell parts direct to a 2nd hand owner. Doesn't mean Jayco doesn't have problems, but their reputation is better.

Look, with a $100k budget, I'd never ever buy a gas RV. Ever. You buy new to avoid problems, but that's just not true of new gassers by any manufacturer. You're much better served by buying a used diesel from a caring owner, even if that takes 6 months to find the right one...

With a 30k budget, I'm looking for a nice - used - Class-C. Take your time...
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:02 PM   #22
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"They are all built like crap. No real wiring diagrams, just kinda thrown together and quality is asserted to be different trim levels - better cabinets, etc.. which really doesn't influence underlying construction quality." I haven't checked on this class c but we downloaded all the diagrams on our other 2 Winnebagos. Remember diesel is higher upkeep.We never found that a few more miles per gal ever made up for the price of a diesel engine

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