We were in the same boat at the end of last year. Had a 2014 SOB (made in Alabama) which was a disaster, sold it in December with plans to order a new DSDP as soon as it sold. Had the order sheets filled out and a session scheduled with Michelle in Napannee for a few design changes/adds. Then heard about the FA issues and halted the order. Like you, did not want a rebuilt front end and the hassle of it in the shop for an extended period.
We then decided to look around for a 2016 MADP and found one at NIRVC in atlanta. They dealt very strong and we bought it, as the price was good and the coach was optioned out just like what we had planned to order. We took delivery in February and it is one fine coach. We are 100% satisfied and have no regrets. NIRVC was absolutely superb.
You'll have to make your own decision about the price difference between the DS and MA, but we have no regrets and figure some of the difference will be recaptured when we sell later. It is a lot more coach than the DS.
With the economy and Newmar's issues with the recently announced layoff, you should be able to haggle pretty strong. Good Luck.
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