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Old 12-13-2017, 03:16 PM   #1
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Interior renovation for more contemporary look

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I'm interested in folks' opinion on the following as a strategy to solve my disdain for the stale design and decor of new, high quality Class A's

1) buy a 3yo Tiffin or Newmar for example

2) go to a refurb/renovation place and have them modernize the furnishings
this would be something less than gutting the entire interior; maybe the equivalent of replacing your kitchen cabinet doors with flat panels, laminate, clean hardware, etc. Possibly some furniture replacement

3) and other such changes that could be done relatively inexpensively to update and contemporize the look

Otherwise, the option would be to consider Winnebago's new Horizon which has the more Euro look and feel and clean lines that i like. But I'd rather stay with a higher reputation motorhome company, which has caused me to think about this alternative strategy

Thoughts? Anyone done anything similar? Any ballpark ideas on how much a surface redesign (not a complete redo of the interior) would cost $?

Thanks in advance for any input.
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Old 12-13-2017, 05:20 PM   #2
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I'll try to add some perspective to your idea. I looked at the new Winnie Horizon. It is different. LOTS of white plastic and stainless. Maybe we agree as I'm not a fan of the engine, chassis or fixtures Winnie uses, but my wife loves their floor plans.

I'm refurbishing an older (2004) Monaco Signature. It comes with a top of the line Roadmaster chassis, 10 air bags, 10 shocks, Cummins 15L ISX engine, Allison MH4000 transmission, Girard awnings, Grohe faucets, Aqua hot, and on and on.

I'm not sure I would want a 3 year old coach as you are stuck with DEF (diesel exhaust fluid).
The other issue is a $750k coach when new 3 years earlier is now going to be $400-$500k.
The refurbishment can get expensive. One example is captains chairs with real leather and a few options is $7k.
Are you willing to do the work yourself? Labor rates are aprox $150 per hour.
Repainting the exterior is $15k-$25k.

Have you looked at used Newell and Prevost coaches? Many of these have the white Euro interior look you like. They are very high end custom built coaches. You have to drop your model year back to match your price range.
There are also some other high end coaches with the look you like. Have you looked at a used Country Coach Lexa (only built 2003-2004) or Affinity? They were high end custom coaches and some had the white euro look interiors.
Travel Supreme Select (2005-2008) had an optional white/stainless interior. These are all electric coaches that were way ahead of their time.

Some of the new 2018 Newmar diesel coaches have a light interior available, (although most are dark). I just saw a new London Aire with the light interior and it was gorgeous! It may require a special order.
Hope this helps.
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I love the look and function of the new Retro Winnebago... and they are relatively cheap! If everything works why pay more?
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