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Old 08-11-2018, 10:18 AM   #15
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If you like the floor plan of the 35K the best I'd offer you one more choice before you decide. Entegra added a couple gas models to their line up. The Entegra Emblem 36U is a very similar floor plan with a king bed and optional stacked washer dryer. A quick review of the specs shows the Entegra longer wheel base, higher capacity front and rear axles and two 15K BTU A/Cs.
Entegra has always promoted ride and handling and they have added some suspension and shock upgrades to the Ford chassis.
I'm not trying to make your decision any more challenging but it's a lot of money to spend so get as much comparing and information as you can.
Best of luck on your purchase and post your pics of your new coach.
I was intrigued with the Emblem and then drove one last week. It needs better sound proofing on the engine if it's going to compete with Tiffin and Newmar.
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I was intrigued with the Emblem and then drove one last week. It needs better sound proofing on the engine if it's going to compete with Tiffin and Newmar.
Notice that the Tiffin rear bath actually has room to dry off. Also note that there are no slides on patio slide to get in the way and the storage compartments both in and out are the most spacious on the 36LA. After 5 years and 2 yrs as snowbirds we are totally happy with our 36LA.
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Old 08-11-2018, 12:37 PM   #17
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To V3600: My 2016 Bounder 35K has ducted A/C and is quiet... saying only Newmar and Tiffin are ducted is incorrect.
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Old 08-11-2018, 01:04 PM   #18
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Thank You

Thank you for all your responses, advice and info from your experiences. I am humbled that you all would take time to invest and help me with this decisions. There are so many questions that are asked on an hourly basis, this is a busy forum, and that chose to help me is amazing.

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Thank you for all your responses, advice and info from your experiences. I am humbled that you all would take time to invest and help me with this decisions. There are so many questions that are asked on an hourly basis, this is a busy forum, and that chose to help me is amazing.

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Keith, good luck and enjoy the search. It is stressful but we also found it to be great fun.

I agree floor plan is huge; if you and DW are not comfortable nothing else matters. We love the floor plan in ours but there are other things I have learned that we "need" in our next coach.

Ducted AC is one; yes ours are ducted but still have the AC on roof and as others have said they are noisy when trying to watch TV. Less carpet is best. Carpet is much harder to keep clean. Couch and chairs must be comfortable and have footrests, ottomans, etc. Some couches are not very comfortable.

Finally as someone else said take a long test ride but also spend an hour or more in the coach if you can. Actually sit and watch TV or read if you can. Have DW spend some time pretending to cook in the kitchen. With the slides in can you get to bath, frig, bedroom? Can you make a quick lunch on the road and eat inside in the AC if it is hot outside? Do they have RV frig or residential? If RV I would never have one in a slide again, too many problems cooling those. I would definately go residential but then you need to ensure you have adequate battery power.

Good luck in your quest and enjoy it.

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We have a Bounder 35K. Love the floorplan. Noisy on the road but I expected that. I have driven a total of one motorhome. But I have driven buses and lots of trucks. The 35K chassis is light up front. The distance from the rear axle to the rear cap is about 12'!! It wallowed a lot when we first got it. I put on a rear track bar, did the CHF added a steering stabilizer and sumo springs up front. Totally different vehicle now.

The towing capacity on the Fleetwood is not as high as I'd like. If you load the coach up pretty good you will be hard pressed to stay within the CGVW with any toad over 4,000 lbs. I think the Southwind and Bounder are pretty much the same.
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