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Old 04-24-2011, 10:23 PM   #1
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2009 Berkshire for $125K; a good deal?

Found a 2009 Berkshire for $125K. Lots of extras including the upgraded engine and transmission with only 12K miles. Seems like a deal to good to be true. I've got a class C to sell, but wondering if I should jump on this one before it is gone...
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:42 PM   #2
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What model? What upgraded engine?
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:43 PM   #3
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What model? What upgraded engine?
Do you have a link?
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:13 AM   #4
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390 bh

Here is the ad:
2009 Forest River Berkshire 390BH,2009 Berkshire 390 BH (bunk house) Motor Coach by Forest River (39' 9"). Excellent condition. Coach sleeps 8 (2 Queens, 2 bunks, dinette) and has 4 slide-outs. Has numerous options including upgraded 350 HP Cummins ISB turbo diesel (750 ft lbs torque), Allison 3000 MH 6-speed transmission, Freightliner XC Raised Rail Chassis (55 degree wheel cut), 10,000 lb receiver hitch, dual heat pumps plus propane furnace, 8 kw Onan diesel generator (306 hours) with slide out, 2,000 watt inverter, rear-view camera (color and adjustable from driver's seat), automatic side view cameras, hand-held CB radio, 7" screen GPS, exterior entertainment center, power sun visors, temp controlled power roof vent, roof vent covers, individual DVD players in both bunks, dual pane tinted windows, lap top console at passenger seat, power sun screens, 2 full-width slide-out trays in storage area, polished aluminum wheels, auxiliary propane and air compressor ports, tank heaters for cold climates, step well cover, soft-touch sleeper sofa (queen), love seat & passenger seat with 6-way power driver's seat, stainless steel skid rollers, custom bunk ladder and spice rack. Coach is stored at residence full-time, under power with custom exterior window sun screens and tire covers. Original owner. Warranty is in effect for engine, transmission, drive train, generator & AC units. Other features too numerous to mention, but RV does have automatic hydraulic self-leveling system.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:13 AM   #5
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The price sounds pretty good, but not great. You should be able to purchase a 2011 Berkshire for about $150-160k on a clean deal. A savings of $25,000 to $35,000 that drops back two, and now almost 3 model years, is not a wonderful deal, but it is not horrible either. He does have some extras which would add to the sale price. I'd check to see how long it has been on the market and are you looking at having to replace tires and belts and try to find out why he is selling it.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:52 PM   #6
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The owner's wife died of cancer and his plans have changed. Very sad.

The pictures of the coach make it look brand new. He cared for it very well and has had all the periodic maintenance done on time or before it was due. He has kept it at his house plugged in and also has the tire and windshield covers.

My challenge is that $125K is on the high end of what we can afford. We have been looking at gas class As, not thinking we could upgrade to a diesel. We have four kids, and I'd like to have something that could tow our van when we travel.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:09 PM   #7
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I think you will need to take a close look at the coach and see if it will meet your needs and what may need to be done to it to bring it up to "new" standards. It sounds like he may have to move off his asking price, but that is what one would normally expect when selling something as big as a motorhome. You might also want to check to see if you will be able to get financing for a purchase from a private party. Not all banks will go along with a private purchase and if they do, they charge a premium on the interest.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:36 AM   #8
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I was just shopping (and bought a new 2010 360FWS), was thinking to get a 2011, or 2012 for not much more, but turns out Forest River has been raising their prices to the dealers and it was going to be a lot more money. Easy way to find out, ask for a online quote from RVDirect.com, they seemed to be tthe lowest I could find and no haggaling required. Also check on financing rate and required down payment if needed as may be difference between new unit and used one. Also if has the big extended warranty on coach that is worth $$$, depending on what time is left. A new 360 was going to run me (pre tax etc) around 160K.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:13 AM   #9
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$125,000 seems like a pretty good price to me...

Just bought a 2010 for $140,000 and that was the best deal I could find.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:19 PM   #10
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I have a 2010 390bh with the 350 cummins, in motion satellite, washer-dryer, pull out tray, extra 19inch LCD installed over the small sofa ( to view while in motion). Many more options. 10,500 miles I would sell for $130,000 firm.
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