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Old 10-03-2012, 12:06 PM   #1
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Any Thoughts trying to compare.

Hello everyone!!

We are fairly new to the RV world and our first purchase was a 2005 Tiffin Allegro Bay which we love and it is a gasser.

I have recently come across a 2010 Berkshire 360FWS which is really nice but i am trying to figure out if the floor plan will work for us with the angled entertainment area.

I also just walked in a 2013 Cross Country Sport Coach 40SFK and i really love the rear bath setup with another 1/2 bath and the separation of the living and sleeping areas.

So i would love to hear from any new owners of either motor home and anyone who has gone from a gas to a diesel and what your thoughts are.

Please share your good and bad thoughts or experiences.

Thanks Carmine

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Old 10-03-2012, 12:42 PM   #2
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Hi Carmine and welcome to the Forum.

We went from a gasser to the Berkshire diesel pusher and the transition is a night and day type of move. We had an Itasca 35j with the 454 Chevy. It was very noisy in the front and the rig was very difficult to stop. Now with the diesel you get the ride, handling, and quiet that was missing in the gasser. I would never go back to a gas rig at this point. Also our mileage went from a consistent 6 mpg to just under 10 mpg with the diesel.

I can't comment on either unit as we have never had either. I can tell you that we are very happy with our Berkshire 390bh. It's a great rig and the best bang for the buck that I have seen and we did a lot of tire kicking before we bought ours. Great support from both the dealer and the manufacturer.


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Old 10-03-2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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I currently have a 2008 Berkshire DP and absolutely love it.... I too went from a gasser (Triton 460) and I also would never go back to one after experiencing the ride, power, quietness (can actually carry on a conversation while climbing a steep grade as I'm blowing past gassers), and fuel economy of my diesel (10-12 mpg consistently)...

Oh sure, the nay sayers will argue that up-keep is more with the diesel, but changing oil every 15K miles seems reasonable to me... So it costs 300-400 bucks a year or so.... It's well worth if in my opinion...
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:16 PM   #4
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I too have a 2008 390bh and second both Ed's and ernest917's comments. Really do like the diesel and the Berkshire.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:23 PM   #5
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In our 390qs from one of the couches it was hard to see the TV so just being the two of us removed one couch and put in a recliner. Now we can both see the TV.

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Old 10-03-2012, 07:37 PM   #6
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We just purchased a 2013 Berkshire. This our third motorhome in three years. Started with a class c, then to a class A gas and then to the diesel. Love it... I always wanted the diesel and should have just bit the bullet the first time.

We looked at the Sportcoaches at the dealership - I don't think the interior even comes close to the Berk.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:54 PM   #7
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We have a 2011 Berkshire with the rear bath and mid 1/2 bath. Great floorplan for privacy while still having guests and both baths are handy. The Sportcoach with similar floorplan is nice but not as well constructed as the Berk. Both are lacking a bit in interior fit and finish but at least the Berk has better basement compartment doors, storage access, drivers console and the tile floor interior adds a lot. If given the chance to trade my Berk for a similar Sportcoach +$10,000 which is about the difference new I would not do it. But--- the deal in front of you on if one was used is what you have to decide on. For new I would go with the Berkshire. For a total review - Would I like a nicer interior and bigger engine on a maybe a Tiffin Diesel?? Yes. Would I pay the huge difference for it or any other? No. Unless money was no object. Happy with what we got in our Berk for what we paid (relative to others in this class of course!)
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:38 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the great information and thoughts.

mjrassj i really did not know that Berkshire also had that floor plan.
Is there any chance you may have some interior pictures you could post or PM me?
What model is yours?
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:42 AM   #9
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We also have the Berkshire RB and are very happy with it. The half bath is great for the grand kids and like the full bath in the back. Forest River stands behind their product and think we got a lot of MH for the money.
The TV is at a good angle and the base will swing out from the wall and makes it viewable from anywhere in the front.
I would buy a new one again and love the look of the 2013.
Sorry I don't have any pictures but google Forest River RV and the web site is pretty good.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:43 AM   #10
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Johnnysnok, the Motor Home Specialist dealer in Texas has great photos of virtually all Berkshire Models. Just google " Berkshire Motor Home " and they will probably be among the first listed.I even did a search on their website for one of their past listings for the 2011 390 RB (same year and model as mine) and was able to download a 30 minute video which showed it very well inside and out. Their pictures are better than any I have taken and they have lots of them. I learned more about the features of the coach from their website than even from the FR site.
Good luck with your puchase!

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