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Old 08-17-2016, 07:38 AM   #1
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We're about 24 months from retirement and are considering a Class A for our travels. We're currently full timing in a 2015 Trilogy 36RL. Are the Berkshire and Charleston the same rigs just different names? It seems to me they're like comparing a GMC and Chevrolet pickup. Also, how does driving/backing the Class A compare to pulling a 40' FW as far as degree of difficulty? We're just now beginning to consider the Class A (had FW's for 15 years) so I have lots of questions. Thank you.
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:12 AM   #2
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I just heard a rumor that FR is considering dropping the Charleston line in favor of the Berkshire XLT.

Just a whisper at this point.
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:51 AM   #3
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What I can figure out, there is not much difference between the Berkshire XLT and the Charleston. Would base my decision on the floor plan that fits you best.
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I've heard that the XLT was introduced to allow the Charleston to be changed in 2017. Not an inside scoop ... Just rumor.


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Old 08-18-2016, 10:01 AM   #5
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The Charleston has more bells & whistles than the Berk XLT & costs more. Is the Charleston worth ~100k more? That part I can't answer.

The Charleston has a fancier ceiling, & you can get a ceiling fan for the bedroom. The fan would be great when it's extremely hot (like it is on the east coast) at night. From what I've experienced & heard all of the bedroom A/C's are kinda loud making it hard to sleep.

The Charleston also has reels for the electrical cable & water hose.

The XLT can be had with a heated floor, steerable tag, & bigger generator. I don't know if it's available on the Charleston.

Having said all that, I wouldn't trade my 390BH (40') for a Charleston. The XLT....

When I was at the 2015 FROG Rally the factory reps said the Charleston would experience some major changes/upgrades for 2018 in order tpo better compete with some of the higher end coaches (Newmar).

Good luck with whatever you choose best suits you.
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Old 08-18-2016, 06:50 PM   #6
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You are paying quite a bit for the XLT or Charleston glitz and tag axle + 3'. Both those look great. But a 40' Berkshire XL. Is a great coach for the $$. I love mine.

Now ceedog above says he not trade his 40' berk for a Charleston??? That a stretch. Lol. I would trade even. Ha

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Berkshire XL is 41'-1".
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Ya if you measure the ladder. I don't count the ladder and I've never saw it listed that way.

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Old 08-19-2016, 06:34 AM   #9
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Thank you for all the replies. We have several RV shows a year here in DFW and we will be checking the B and C out. Lots to consider before making the decision.
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Ya if you measure the ladder. I don't count the ladder and I've never saw it listed that way.

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Wheel base is 14" longer than the standard Berkshire.
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