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CurleyJo
post Sep 12 2013, 10:44 PM
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We are researching which type of Motorhome to buy and I am not having much luck finding out the ratings associated with each manufacturer or brand. So far we are looking at brands that have been suggested by other RVers. We currently live in our 25R Arctic Fox travel trailer 9 - 10 months of the year.

My husband's main concern is the engine and running gear. We want definitely want a diesel pusher between 38' to 40' between 2005 and 2010. What do you have, like and dislike and why? Would you buy it again?

Can anyone give us tips, suggestions, web sites, pros or cons to the various rigs? We would greatly appreciate any information that you can pass along. biggrin.gif

Thank you in advance!

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post Sep 24 2013, 07:25 PM
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Without insulting any Winnebago owners on this forum, I seriously doubt that even the company would contend that its products were intended to compete in the "high end" MH market. Winnebago products are excellent values, but the company has never directly competed in the luxury portion of the market.

Since we don't know what other MH's this particular person had owned, it's impossible to know what he was comparing his Winnebago to. There are plenty of MH's out there of lesser quality.


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post Sep 26 2013, 08:33 PM
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QUOTE(docj @ Sep 24 2013, 06:25 PM) *

Without insulting any Winnebago owners on this forum, I seriously doubt that even the company would contend that its products were intended to compete in the "high end" MH market. Winnebago products are excellent values, but the company has never directly competed in the luxury portion of the market.

Since we don't know what other MH's this particular person had owned, it's impossible to know what he was comparing his Winnebago to. There are plenty of MH's out there of lesser quality.


Hello Docj,

I own a Winnebago but am not insulted that you don't feel that they are building for the Luxury Market. ( I have a Vista. It's a gas pot "entry level" Class A. We bought it because we like what it had to offer.) We did check out some of the bigger units though, just to be nosy. I'm not sure what you consider the "Luxury" market but check this out. http://www.gowinnebago.com/products/2014/tour/ While not in the league of a Prevost, still up there in my opinion. Before making our choice, we too, narrowed our search to three manufacturers. Winnebago, Newmar and Thor. All of these manufacturers build coaches that fit our needs and have been around for a while (except Thor). Going back to the O P, The writer did not specify a Luxury Coach. I think they were more concerned with quality and the good or bad people have discovered about their units. For what it's worth, so far the only thing I don't like about our choice is the local dealer.

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post Sep 27 2013, 10:26 AM
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QUOTE(JDOLLEN @ Sep 26 2013, 09:33 PM) *

Hello Docj,

I own a Winnebago but am not insulted that you don't feel that they are building for the Luxury Market. ( I have a Vista. It's a gas pot "entry level" Class A. We bought it because we like what it had to offer.) We did check out some of the bigger units though, just to be nosy. I'm not sure what you consider the "Luxury" market but check this out. http://www.gowinnebago.com/products/2014/tour/ While not in the league of a Prevost, still up there in my opinion. Before making our choice, we too, narrowed our search to three manufacturers. Winnebago, Newmar and Thor. All of these manufacturers build coaches that fit our needs and have been around for a while (except Thor). Going back to the O P, The writer did not specify a Luxury Coach. I think they were more concerned with quality and the good or bad people have discovered about their units. For what it's worth, so far the only thing I don't like about our choice is the local dealer.

Darrell



Darrell,

Thank you for your post. You are absolutely correct in your statement, we are more concerned with the engine, transmission, and frame of the coach in the reliability department . Of course we want the most luxury for our budget biggrin.gif We are looking at Tiffin, Beaver & Country Coach. We had an individual tell us a horror story about CC but that was one opinion. I would imagine that all manufacturers end up with a lemon from the line from time to time. Since this is our first time to purchase a coach we want to be as well informed as possible.

We do not know anything about the Thor products but I will look at that line. We are trying to find a 2005 or newer 38 to 40' Diesel Pusher with 3 slides.

I posted another topic about buying through a broker but haven't had any response on it. Just curious if that is what a lot of people do to save time and the aggravation of surfing the web!

Thanks to everyone for all in the great information you have passed along! Hopefully we will get to meet somewhere on the road!

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QUOTE(CurleyJo @ Sep 27 2013, 12:26 PM) *

You are absolutely correct in your statement, we are more concerned with the engine, transmission, and frame of the coach in the reliability department . Of course we want the most luxury for our budget biggrin.gif We are looking at Tiffin, Beaver & Country Coach.


IMHO "luxury" and "quality" in a MH don't necessarily go together, but they usually do. The brands you are considering build (or did build) good coaches. Personally, I would add Newmar to your list as well as Monaco/Holiday Rambler (but avoiding the year just before the bankruptcy).

However, all manufacturers have a range of products and it would be naive to think that a lower end Beaver had the same "quality" as the top-of-the-line Marquis. Similarly, a Tiffin Zephyr has little in common with an Allegro Bay. Some companies make a formal distinct between their luxury models and their "mass market" ones. For example, Monaco's luxury products began at the Windsor/Dynasty level; Newmar's luxury line starts with Mountain Aire.

Furthermore, in the RV industry overall quality of construction seems to have very little to do with "quality control" during production, so horror stories are not uncommon for almost all brands. Since you're planning on buying a used MH, hopefully, most of the problems will have already been ironed out. I would strongly urge buying a MH for which you can obtain service records so you can learn where the problems have been. We bought directly from an individual partly because of this.


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