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Old 02-14-2019, 05:58 PM   #1
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Berkshire owners, please share your impressions

My husband and I are researching diesel motorhomes to take us into our retirement-with-more-travel years. We currently have a Fleetwood gas motorhome that we've owned for 14 years, so it's time to upgrade.

I looked over a Berkshire 39A at a recent RV show and liked what I saw for the price point. Having bought our last motorhome new, I'm not scared off with the depreciation hit or the break in period of fixing what the factory let out the door without properly addressing. Having a good dealer was key to our making it through that period of weathering the warranty issue fixes.

I've spent hours reading the majority of the posts in this section. Lots of great information here.

For those Berkshire owners, how do you like this model? Has it held up well for you. Are there any particular issues I should be aware of?

Also, we're fairly close to Total Value RV in Indiana. Has anyone dealt with them to offer experience or advice?

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Old 02-14-2019, 06:47 PM   #2
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We are on our second Berkshire. First was a 2012 390bh-360 and now a 2018 43B XLT. We have had great experiences with both motorhomes. Getting through the first year getting all the bugs worked out can be trying. If you have ever built a new house you go through similar experiences. The company and warranty people are great to work with. Very responsive to all our needs. Could not be happier with the overall product. I think Berkshire Motorhomes are as good as if not better than most brands on the market. You get a great bang for your buck.

Good Luck with what ever you decide to purchase.
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:31 PM   #3
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We don’t have that model, but a 2016 XL 40A. We’ve gone thru a pretty minor fixit period but really pretty minor as I read the type A motorhome forum-thank goodness. Things we did have forest river diesel division treated us extremely well, even though the majority had to be done by mobile rv repair folks since the local dealers didn’t want to work on warranty items since we had bought it in another state. We’ve now at close to 19,000 miles and should be at nearly 25,000 by April as were snowbirding for real this year. There are lots of nice coaches out there, despite what some folks opinions you may see repeated on the forums, but for us the floorplan, the included amenities and equipment included indicated very good bang for the buck. From talking to lots of folks at different rv parks as we travel I believe that any coach can have more than its share of issues regardless of manufacture. Not having driven, owned, inspected, traveled in every brand out there I can’t say. But for us, we appreciate everything included in the Berkshire lines and particularly at the price points. I’m encouraged when I see folks using the heck out of theirs going back to 2008. At least for us, Berkshire was a good choice.
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:49 PM   #4
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We bought from Total Value. Good price and no issues
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:55 PM   #6
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Thank you all so much. I appreciate the feedback. It's nice to know the manufacturer stands by their product. And thanks for the input on Total Value. I like they allow you to set up in their little on-site campground (although I see on Google maps, there is a large campground right next door) so you can try out all the systems before you take your new purchase home.

Reading other forums and all the issues owners have makes me sometimes think keeping devil I know (and is paid for) vs sinking $200k+ into the devil I don't. It seems even the higher level "luxury" motorhomes aren't without problems. But I'm wanting to take the next step to upgrade.

I'm still trying to narrow down my list and thank you for your experience and responses.
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:46 PM   #7
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We bought our Berk 39A November 2017, just rolled around 6500 miles on it, we love it! Stepped up into this from a Georgetown XL and its been great. Yes there have been the typical shake down repairs, but we are pretty happy with this coach!
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:54 PM   #8
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We have a 2018 39a. A few minor issues, all were addressed by warranty dept very fast. The only issue is the rv king mattress furnished from the factory is a pice of junk. We had to buy a good inter spring rv mattress in order to get a good nights sleep, so I suggest you look carefully at the mattress and bargain with the dealer for an upgrade. Also, make sure you get a 2019 model, the 2018 has a poor furnace heating design that has been fixed in 2019. After we tweeted our new rv to fit our needs, we love it. Its our 5th motorhome and thee best bu far.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:15 AM   #9
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Berkshire owners, please share your impressions

Weve owned ours since aug 16 shes an 11 390rb. Im a tad partial to the Berk because Im an Omaha native 4th generation Nebraskan. Buffy was well cared for. We have only had 2 repairs. We have enjoyed adding color and making her ours. Shes our first Motorhome 3rd rv. We had an occasion to visit the factory last summer and loved showing her off. The diesel division is top rate and so are the parts Dept. We found our tailpipe was rusted off and quickly we had 2 mechanics under her removing what was left. Lots of great advice on how to maintain her. And as luck would have it we had 2 items break right there in the lot. Thanks Andy and the parts dept putting us right again. Andy stayed late the night we had our tailpipe snaffoo we got a smaller sized one created by a local muffler shop. I think he wanted to make sure we made it back to the lot safe and sound. Maybe ask and take a factory tour we did, found it fascinating
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:11 AM   #10
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As to Total Value RV. Great family dealership. We have purchased 4 coaches there. The last one being our Berkshire.

They are just 3 mile from the factory great benefit. Their campground is 6 sites with water and electric. When we have traded we would park our trade-in in one site and the new coach in another site and take our time switching over. Generally staying a couple days to sort out any issues.

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