Okay, Illl jump in here.
Keep in mind I'm not complaining or bashing Entegra. I really like them but in the interest of improving them, I'll lay it all on the line.
As a Tiffin owner (and fixer
) I'm familiar with them, as well as other brands, most notably Entegra. On my travels and tours and magazine writing assignments I've seen many of them. QC is a standing issue in the industry. I strongly feel that Entegra has the best platform and basic structural construction in the class A range (omitting Newell and the Prevost conversions of course). They have the best potential for longevity and I feel that they would be the best choice that would give me the best coach in the long run. The majority of their QC issues are related to small things that can be easily corrected, unlike some of the more major issues that some other brands have due to lesser engineering put in at the start.
Anyway, QC is probably a whole different topic and it seems that this topic was designed to inform Entegra of things that they can change to make their coaches more desireable. So, I guess I'll get back on topic and set the QC thing aside.
Fotrtunately we have a few years until we upgrade. If our Allegro Bus burnt to the ground today I'd be in a tough spot. I really want an Entegra for the many benefits it has but it also has a number of drawbacks. Yet these are all easily remedied by Entegra and if they did that it would be a no-brainer. Following are some of the pet peives that Leann and I have regarding Entegra:
Floorplans - One of the worst selections around. Newmar, American Coach and Tiffin have an excellent choice of floorplans. Tiffin doesn't have very many but the ones they do have are real home runs. Entegra needs to see what people want and then buld it. I've spoken to a number of Tiffin owners that wanted to move away from Tiffin and looked at Entegra and liked the construction but just didn't like the floorplans so bought another brand. When buying a new motorhome, the floorplan is the number one selling feature. Entegra needs to step up in this area.
Windows - I like the flush windows but I've seen those same Hehr windows in other brands and they have the split between the fixed and moveable panes much higher. Entegra windows do not allow adequate airflow. By simply specifying a different window template from their supplier this could easily be fixed.
Interior decor - Entegra's look nice but not very homey. Most motorhome owners that want to spend time in their coach don't want the dark boardroom look. They would rather have a brighter, more cheery interior. The dark wallpaper used in Entegras just doesn't accomplish that. Even having the shades installed backwards (with the dark solar shade inside of the white privacy shade) hurts. The solar shade should be outboard, not inboard. That improves efficiency as well as creates a brighter interior. Again, a simple fix.
Bedroom space - Another area is the room around the bed. As others have mentioned, it's tough to make the bed when there's no access to the sides near the head of the bed. The bed is packed tight and the nightstands are pushed forward, out of normal reach.
Fantastic vent fans - Every coach has one in the main living (and cooking) area, as well as the bathroom areas. Entegra seems to omit the front living area fan. That's a double whammy when the windows don't open up much to allow flow-through ventilation. I mean, how much money can they save by omitting one fan?
Generator Tray - A power one would be nice, at least on the Anthem and up. The manual release under the front cap isn't the greatest. Electric versus air would eliminate any low air pressure pop-out issues. I've seen electric generator slides on even a lower priced Forest River Charleston that worked just fine.
Rear ladders - Not having one on the Anthem is odd. Without one how do you get up there? Not everyone goes on the roof but it is a regular task to inspect things or see what went bump in the night. Using portable ladders just isn't very safe. At least make it an option.
Computer Desks - Face it, connectivity and computers are everywhere, especially with mobile people like RVers. Decent computer desks, or at least dinettes with room for printers, etc are mandatory. Many other brands have nice desks that can handle that and allow the owner to do bookkeeping tasks. This kind of relates back to floorplans again.
Anyway, those are our main issues and they are all easily corrected. Entegra really has the right pieces in place to make an awesome coach and their support is among the best. Just a few minor tweaks here and there and I think their sales would jump through the roof.
In closing, I noticed that others have mentioned that Entegra needs to spend some time in their coaches to get in touch with how it is to actually live in them. There may be something to that. If they do spend some serious time living in their coaches they sure are good about hiding it because the changes that people are requesting seem to indicate that Entegra isn't in touch with the practical side of living in the coach.