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Old 01-06-2016, 12:25 AM   #21
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I just went through mountains in West Virginia with my 340hp 390bh loaded to the max towing a 4 door Wrangler. 40-45 mph going up 5% grade. Not great but it is not my daily commute! Averaged 9.4 mpg for entire trip and i drive with cruise control set to 68.


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Old 01-06-2016, 08:39 AM   #22
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I believe some of the answer to this question has to do with the ability of the wallet. I would love to have been able to go with one of the XLT models for payload and power, but could not afford it. Having said that though, I also think the 38A has by far the best floorplan of everything we looked at and has a lot of goodies you won't get unless you spend well over 200k.
I to have been across I70 through Colorado and dropped down just below 50 on some of the grades...not bad!
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:40 AM   #23
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As long as you can stay below the weight limit on the 340 with the Allison 2500 it's fine. If you have concerns get the 360 with the Allison 3000. I'm happy with the 340 and love my fuel milage. I don't know if the fuel milage is affected by the 360 or not. Cost was also a factor.
X2 "As long as you can stay below the weight limit". I have a 340hp and weigh in loaded (with two people) at 11,100 front, and 18,200 rear. I have had a tire and axle air bag upgrade. I no longer have to run the tires at 110 psi; the tire maximum (running 84 psi on the rears).

Lot of posters to this thread talk about power and mileage. Yes, I made a couple trips around the U.S. and the mountains. Yes, the 340hp can hack it. The big plus of the 360hp is the Allison 3000MH tranny (a beast) and the increased axle weight ratings.

You will note that in the 38A specifications, the CCC and UVW are mentioned in the fine print, but not with any specs.

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Old 01-06-2016, 10:27 AM   #24
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We have the 38A and it does fine towing a Honda CR-V but it doesn't race up hills. When you (as Rick tells me) "drive it like a Motorhome and not like a Ferarri it does just fine". Yes, I have a slightly heavy foot when I drive ours........ I am impatient......... What can I say????
The storage space in the 38A is outstanding! Especially in the master bath. And the 38A comes with a lot of features usually only found in the higher dollar coaches. When you do get yours don't forget: the steering column telescopes. (Some owners didn't even realize theirs did that).
Yes, I-RV is right, do your research BEFORE you buy! But I think the 38A is a very good choice!
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:47 AM   #25
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We Love Ours

Have logged 19,500 miles on our '14 RB 360 and love it. No regrets at all and the 1/2 bath feature has worked out great--also love the rear bath layout (double closet) better than the newer layouts.
Would buy this unit again.
GREAT factory service helps as well----the best in the industry as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 01-06-2016, 01:13 PM   #26
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We have the 38A and it does fine towing a Honda CR-V but it doesn't race up hills. When you (as Rick tells me) "drive it like a Motorhome and not like a Ferarri it does just fine". Yes, I have a slightly heavy foot when I drive ours........ I am impatient......... What can I say????
The storage space in the 38A is outstanding! Especially in the master bath. And the 38A comes with a lot of features usually only found in the higher dollar coaches. When you do get yours don't forget: the steering column telescopes. (Some owners didn't even realize theirs did that).
Yes, I-RV is right, do your research BEFORE you buy! But I think the 38A is a very good choice!
Good Luck!
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Yes, plenty of storage space, but you can't load it up, LOL
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Old 01-09-2016, 05:20 PM   #27
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We have the 38RB with the 340hp and Alison 2500, we have no problems with the power.

A recent trip through the San Jaun mountains in Colorado went fine towing a 4 door Jeep Wrangler.

As long as you are not the type that has to be the first one up the hills the 340/2500 will do fine!


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Old 01-10-2016, 09:53 PM   #28
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I have a 2008 with a 330 hp Mercedes and an Allison 3000 tranny and absolutely love it... Great power, super torque and fantastic mileage....

You will be truly a "happy camper" with your Berk !!!!


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Old 01-11-2016, 08:08 AM   #29
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We love our 2016 38A. The floor plan and ride are great. Click image for larger version

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Old 01-14-2016, 10:24 AM   #30
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I was worried about power too, but the 340 is fine. Not going to set you back in the seat on acceleration, but our '15 RB is great. We tow a '10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited very comfortably. PA to California last summer. Had to pull hard out of Death Valley, but it managed the passes.
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