Well I went up from a Bay Star to a Ventana and I was certain I needed IFS. But when I drove the Ventana I knew immediately that the ride perfectly acceptable. I think the only time youíll notice the difference is when one front wheel encounters a dip or bump, in which case the IFS model would prevail. But for over 95% of your driving the Ventana suspension will be entirely pleasing. It just glides along sweet as you please. Where itís somewhat deficient is in slow speed maneuvering on uneven surfaces where it rocks back and forth a bit too much, but Iím told this can be corrected with stiffer front shocks. I plan to find out soon.
I wanted a short rig so it was either a Ventana or New Aire and I didnít want all electric, and of course thereís a bit of a price difference. But if a 38í rig fit my cruising style, Iíd have a Dutch Star just because of the ISL power. And of course Iíd get IFS as a side benefit. I could see buying a gently used 35í New Aire in a few years after all the bigs are worked out, but for now, and possibly for the duration, my Ventana is completely satisfying.
A couple things about it if you are ordering new: the oasis system is quite nice, tile in the bedroom and central vac make life easier, and upgraded counters and cabinets add to the aesthetics.
Things I wouldn't pay for are the high priced awning upgrades, the $7k heated floors, all that expensive satellite tv stuff on the roof Iíll never use, and power window shades which seem to be problematic. JMHO....
Oh also that silly hammock - itís on a shelf in the garage to stay. $800 for that???
Please check back with your progress on this.