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Old 07-21-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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We are looking for a class a motorhome around 40 feet with bunks and a king size bed.
Anyone have any ideas. We love our TT now
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:48 PM   #2
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the berkshire 390bh comes only in a queen bed...

sportscoach has a bunkhouse with a king bed. but when the huge full slide out is in, the bunks are not accessible.
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We are looking for a class a motorhome around 40 feet with bunks and a king size bed.
Anyone have any ideas. We love our TT now
Not to get you away from FR but check out the 2013 Coachman Encounter 36BH, beautiful rig with king bed & residential frig!
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Not to get you away from FR but check out the 2013 Coachman Encounter 36BH, beautiful rig with king bed & residential frig!
I'll stick with my diesel.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:59 PM   #5
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I am looking for a 40 ft or so. Any suggestions or opinions on gas vs diesel?
Also is it better to have dual rear axles??
Thanks for the feedback
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I am looking for a 40 ft or so. Any suggestions or opinions on gas vs diesel?
Also is it better to have dual rear axles??
Thanks for the feedback
sounds like you are very early in your research to understand the class a offerings. they cover the full spectrum and you really need to figure out what you want/need. asking the gas vs diesel question is not a good question at all. it depends on what you need and your budget for that need.

have you visited any rv dealership lots to tour what they have for class a's yet?
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Not to get you away from FR but check out the 2013 Coachman Encounter 36BH, beautiful rig with king bed & residential frig!
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.
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I have no idea about motorhomes.
I am going to the Newell Plant next month for a tour. They are really nice. I like my Puma TT that I have now that's why I was asking about FR products as well.
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I have no idea about motorhomes.
I am going to the Newell Plant next month for a tour. They are really nice. I like my Puma TT that I have now that's why I was asking about FR products as well.
the "house" portion of the motorhome would be very similar to your TT. appliances, plumbing, furniture, electrical, and household construction and repair are similar. the electrical would be more complex as motorhomes likely will come with a generator and an inverter. some of the appliances may be of higher grade too (on demand water heater vs traditional heater, residential fridge vs rv fridge, etc). but for the most part, the house is the house.

you will need to add the complexity of the motored chassis to the mix. maintenance of the vehicle side of the equation. if you worked on cars, this will make sense and you will learn quickly here about your chassis.

beyond floorplan, above the deck (the living space), different class a's have different storage floor plans below the deck as well.

diesel motorhomes are usually the "creme de la creme" of the rv world so they will come with all sorts of bells and whistles that you need to understand and figure out if they are important to you and your lifestyle. all these extras do come at an additional price. check out what the maintenance costs are for the different components too.

go visit the dealership lots to tour as many rv's as you can...
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I have no idea about motorhomes.
I am going to the Newell Plant next month for a tour. They are really nice. I like my Puma TT that I have now that's why I was asking about FR products as well.

If you are new to Class A's I don't think that starting with the million dollar plus coach is an ideal place to start. Starting with the Newell will make everything else seem minor league. The Newell is probably the top end motorhome made with a price tag to match.

Before you go too far into your search you need to ask yourself a whole lot of questions? What's your budget? How often will you use the unit? Will you travel long distances or short weekend hops? Will the kids be with you a lot for a long time or will you find that you have bunks you don't need in just a year or two? The Berkshire 390 bh is a great entry level diesel pusher. There is a tag axle version in the Charleston which is also a very nice unit. Kick a lot of tires, but I would have to say that Forest River makes a darn good unit in the Berkshire and they do stand behind their units.
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