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Old 01-01-2015, 07:35 PM   #11
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Tom, We have a lot on our list for that weekend and will probably be there both Sat and Sun. Unfortunately the coaches that we are interested in are out of state so we will be not be able to work the deal that weekend but can get a lot of info from the vendor pavilion


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Old 01-02-2015, 02:59 PM   #12
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Hi Gary. Welcome to the club. I have a '14 Berk 390fl and love it. If you're buying a used unit, you'll probably find it to be pretty much trouble free since most of us here have had our initial problems cleared up within the first year. Forest River is very responsive to needs, also. We love the layout of the FL and it works well for us. Happy motoring....


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Old 01-02-2015, 04:52 PM   #13
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Interesting.... The Tuscany is the other coach I considered. I really wanted one but in the end the Berk was a LOT more bang for the buck.

Incidentally, in the last two years of full time RV'ing, I've only seen 2 Tuscany units on the road and only 3 Berks.

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Old 01-03-2015, 07:05 AM   #14
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New Member here and about to buy

Gary

We purchased our 2014 390 FL in July 2014. We haven't had much time to use it because the fall is our busy time. We did a couple short trips and have 4000 mile on it.

When we took delivery in Elkhart in July. I questioned the design of the entry steps. My dealer called the factory and let me talk to them. The factory had me run it over there (3 mile) and redone the steps for me. A two hour fix. Actually gave us a private tour of the factory while the fixed it.

Now as to the Thor Tuscany ?? We traded a Thor Palazzo in on the Berkshire. We owned the Palazzo for 22 months. Many issues with it. Mainly the large slide. Was fixed 3 times. Two times at factory , once at dealer and was breaking again when traded. Many other other QC issues. Needless to say I may own many RV's in the future but never another Thor.

Back to the Berkshire. We took a trip to Canada with it so I stopped by dealer to have a small issue fixed. 15 minute fix. Our dealer is 200 mile north of us and we get free parking there so we stop by anytime we go that way. We have not had one other problem with it. The step hung up a little and I lubed it & adjusted it. All well there now.

So bottom line very few QC or any issue with the Berkshire. Maybe I had 5 things during the PDI they fixed right there and the entry steps the factory fixed quick. Now as to the Thor. Lots of QC issues. Always something.

We will be at the Tampa show also. Probably stay at fairgrounds on the 13th. Then going to Arcadia Fla for a bit . Will drive car back up to the show. Good luck with your decision.

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Old 01-03-2015, 07:55 AM   #15
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Everyone's comments have helped me make the decision on the Berk and I appreciate it.

Rich, your comments mirror alot of folks as to the reason to buy used and it also allows for more bang for the buck with our budget;
Rusell, Thanks for the in depth reply and for being able to compare QC issues with the Berk and Thor.

Boohoo, I agree with you completely. Add the QC issues and it has become a ni brainer for us.

We have rented 2 class C units, once in Alaska and in the Canadian Rockies, and loved every minute of both trips. We plan on taking small trips the first year, probably no more than two weeks per trip just to get used to it and to figure out what we need and don't need. I only work part time now and just need to convince the wife to do the same. BTW, what does the D in front of wife and husband stand for when someone posts DH or DW.

Thanks again to everyone here

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Old 01-03-2015, 08:19 AM   #16
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Gary, D is for "Dear" ( or darn if used after she forgets to buy your beer.. lol) If you've only had experience in a class c, you are in for a treat! Please keep us informed of your experiences, and know that there are great people here willing to help with any questions on this forum. The forum was a BIG reason that I bought Forest River.

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Old 01-03-2015, 09:42 PM   #17
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I agree, having a productive forum is a huge plus! When I had my Corvette and was active on their forum, it's amazing how conversations would spiral to out of control.
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Old 01-05-2015, 07:33 PM   #18
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Gary, I have a 2014 390BH-60 which has had a lot of problems some are even in the process of being fixed after 11 months. In retrospect the 390 was the right choice for us at the right price. The Tampa dealer was trying to sell me a 2012 390-40 for the same price that I was able to buy a new 390BH for in Texas. My main issues with the Berkshire are quality - lack of quality actually. If you can hold your nose on some things, the Berkshire value really shines brightest. You do get a lot for your money.

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Old 01-05-2015, 07:46 PM   #19
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Sorry to hear about your problems with the Berk. After much thought we bought a 2014 Fleetwood Discovery 40E this weekend locally. I just wasn't that comfortable about dealing with out of state dealer. Thanks again for everyone's insight.

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Old 01-08-2015, 02:52 PM   #20
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Thanks everyone for the replies. It goes along way to confirming my feeling that the Berkshire is the way to go. We have a supershow in Tampa in 2 weeks and will probably start the purchase process. We are also looking at an extended warranty through WholesaleWarranties.com. Any additional feedback would be great. I think I have found a new extended family here.


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If the price is right, a extended warranty can be good.

Again, the "Best" Warranty is to block 9-15 AUG 2015 on your calendar and go to the Goshen rally and have the tech there do all the maintenance on your rig for free - not a bad deal for the $395 rally fee+ your fuel costs up there...plus, the Amish region is a delight to tour!
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