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Old 07-21-2013, 09:11 PM   #11
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We started with a TT and worked our way from a class-c to a class a gas to the Berk 390bh. It was always a progression based on need. Each succeeding unit gave us something more. From TT to motorhome we gained the ability to travel in our sleeping space. We wanted food, we went back and got it. Same went for the bathroom. Class C to class A gas gave us more room and storage. Class A diesel gave us greater capacity, fuel economy and range. The freightliner chasis is much more sturdy and the Cummins diesel provides more torgue and towing capacity. If you trade a gas motorhome they ask how many miles are on it. If you trade a diesel, they don't even care. This says something about the longevity of diesel.
Now, your decision to visit Newell...you are setting the bar very high. The cheapest Newell is about a million bucks.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:22 PM   #12
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Just in case you're not aware of it, Coachmen is a division of Forest River, and has been for the past 3 or 4 years.
Wonderful info to know! We've been FR camper owners all our camping life.
We got our eye on those models for the next move up, later than sooner
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:32 PM   #13
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We plan on spending quite a bit of time on the road. We looked at the Newell because a friend has one.
Budget is not really a concern but I also don't throw money away either.
I looked for over a yr and saw many TT that were very high end and ended up with our Puma that we love.
As my wife and I have said if we could put it in an Class A we would. It has a perfect floor plan, outside kitchen, I could go on and on.
Thanks for all your comments and I will keep you posted as I am going to shop this week at some dealers.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:47 PM   #14
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We plan on spending quite a bit of time on the road. We looked at the Newell because a friend has one.
Budget is not really a concern but I also don't throw money away either.
I looked for over a yr and saw many TT that were very high end and ended up with our Puma that we love.
As my wife and I have said if we could put it in an Class A we would. It has a perfect floor plan, outside kitchen, I could go on and on.
Thanks for all your comments and I will keep you posted as I am going to shop this week at some dealers.
If you're willing to spend that kind of money you could probably have a class A coach custom built using your Puma floor plan as a guide. Check out that guy in California that builds custom touring buses/motor homes for the stars.

And if you do that, you could post pics of the various stages of completion so we could all drool.

I wish I had your problem!!

Boowho??
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:49 PM   #15
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I agree with other members, it comes down to what your long term plans are. just got our 2013 FR GT 351DFS (gas) about two months ago. After 6 years of TT, we were ready for the upgrade. I also like FR for the decent quality, we never had a problem and if there was something on it maybe it was caused by our curiosity and nothing that an adult beverage along with your fellow camper couldn't fix, plus a good laugh of course....

we were also looking at a DP but settled for a gas model since we also have other plans down the road. may be when the kids grow and move out we'll (yeah!) up the MH to a DP. the layout on our GT is awesome, great quality, DW loves it, kids have their BB's, addtional BB overhead and res-fridge.....lastly, the monthly hit is less than my other car payment!
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:09 PM   #16
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Newell makes a great coach. But for my needs I didn't need the fancy ceiling, or most of the other fancy stuff. I have a family of five and the kids would destroy all that (just kidding). I'm very happy with my Berk.

My friend had a Fleetwood Providence and I do have to say the leather on the seats an couches seem a bit nicer. You step up to a Newell or similar and I have no doubt about the quality of materials are better than what we have in our Berks. As for the dual axle I believe that will get you a few more feet and a rear bath (in most I've seen). I didn't need that as well.

A few things I like on the more expensive coaches are:
* The "hidden front step" when closed (FR should do this)
*The rails on top of the coach to hide all the stuff on the roof (FR should do this)
*500+ HP Diesel! (Yes I know about milage but if you can afford a Newell who cares)
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:19 PM   #17
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If money or budget is no object get a Newell or something similar and you wont be sorry. If you are like the rest of us who wanted (and had to stretch the budget for) the most easy driving and user friendly storage and enjoyment and quality for the money coach then look at the Berkshire. The air ride suspension and quiet ride will be hopefully worth it in your case (as it was in ours) for the big stretch in budget for a diesel pusher (vs a gasser) in which we have no regrets. A gas coach will not drive and ride the same. They level differently at an uneven camping spot too. Yes there are much nicer more plush rigs available but the Berk is without a doubt the most for the money. We lovingly refer to it as "lower upper end" which if you are on a budget means you get the most for the least money. Everything else more expensive yes could and may be be nicer but on a diminishing return.
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