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Old 08-15-2018, 07:17 AM   #1
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Insulation

Good Morning everyone! I am new to this forum and am seriously considering the purchase of a new Berkshire 45A XLT. Like many potential purchasers, I would like to know the good, bad and any other helpful information. I do not own a motorhome presently, but it has been a dream of mine for a long time. I presently have a boat that I live on part time in the winter in Florida so I am familiar with some of the systems.

I am concerned with insulation, both sound and temperature. Can anyone help me out with the value or type of insulation in the Berk xlt? Can I use the unit comfortably in cold weather? Is the roof insulated sufficiently for both warm and colder conditions and also for noise (rain noise is always a concern).

I was also considering an Entegra Aspire bunk model. I am told that they are pretty well insulated also.

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.

Warren
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Old 08-15-2018, 07:41 AM   #2
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Very few RVs are well insulated. Unless they have 3.5" thick walls like a house, then with just 1.5" or 2" there is only so much insulation that can be used. Also, don't believe that the insulation value claimed by one brand vs. another is somehow significant. Many use Reflectix insulation which is really a radiant barrier, not insulation. And in the fine print they may say "best case equivalent calculated value" if they are honest. "Best case" might be in the center of the roof, the sides might be half as much and the slideout roof even less. There could also be significant gaps in the insulation and areas with no insulation. Finally, much of the heat gain or loss is thru the windows and air leaks.


Buy what you like and use the furnace or AC to deal with temp control.
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Old 08-16-2018, 12:38 AM   #3
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It has been a couple of years since i toured entegra factory but it looked to be superior in both quality and engineering to berkshire. While i am not in a position to change my coach now entegra wil definitely be my first choice with newnar distant second.

That being said, i regularly take my coach to skiing trips and stay at below 0 temps. I installed permanent heater in the bathroom and 2 little ones in the wet bay. I also have a few more that i use throughout the coach as needed and it all works out just fine. You can take a look at my thread "a few mods" from few days ago for pictures.
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Old 08-16-2018, 03:59 AM   #4
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I have had my 2012 39bh camping in 16 degree F weather- all was fine.

Newmars have thicker walls but I did not like that they are made of wood framing.

I find road noise and noise from others in the campground very reasonable.

I believe the Berkshire line is a great value, and all rv's built today could use better quality control.

I bought used, but if I was buying new, I would look at the dealer service department, and how close the factory was for repairs the dealer could not handle. Or I have heard of people taking delivery at the factory on a Monday, camp in it and drive the wheels off it a few days, then have the factory hit a punch list of fixes if needed. Then drive home on Friday.

Best of luck
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:27 AM   #5
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We have traveled the past few years from Montana to Nevada/Arizona in January and back in February/March. It’s nearly always snow and very cold temps for quite a bit of the trip and several nights. We also augment our heat with a small ceramic plug in heater and have had a cozy trip always. In summer we use the window sun screens and shades and start the ac units before the heat of the day and stay comfortable. Starting them early seems to work well for us. We’ve sailed quite a bit, although not in freezing weather, and I’d have to say the insulation etc. in the motorhome has been far superior. It’ll never equal a sticks and bricks, but still pretty darn comfortable. I think you’ll enjoy the Berkshire and our experience with our 2016 and with forest river have been excellent. No other brand envy here. From our research and experience leads us to believe the Berkshire is a great bang for the buck. After a bit over two years we would buy it again with no qualms. I imagine, though, the motorhome won’t float worth a darn.
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Old 08-16-2018, 12:03 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the info everyone! Looks like a good enthusiastic group! I will keep you posted on my progress!

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Old 08-16-2018, 01:50 PM   #7
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One More Question

Can anyone let me kniw what the Berkshire XLT uses for heat? Furnace type, etc.

Thanks,

Warren
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Heat pumps front and rear. Fire place and depending on the year it either has 2 propane heaters or 2019 models have aqua hot equalivent. If ordering consider heated floors. They are wonderful
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Old 08-16-2018, 03:32 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info!
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