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Old 06-26-2016, 09:44 PM   #1
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Ready to buy a new Berkshire XL 40 HB

We are almost ready to sign on the dotted line for a 2017 Berkshire XL 40 bunks with the 380 hp engine. I would appreciate any feedback from owners of recent XL's and their experience with reliability, factory support and even better if possible, experience with Southern California dealers.
We chose the 380hp vs. the 360hp, thinking that the extra torque will be needed around our hills. As an old motor head, my philosophy is that more torque is always better than less...

I also looked at Tiffin Allegro Red (bunk) and the Fleetwood Discovery 40 G (bunk also) but we like the layout of the Berkshire better. How does the XL stack up against the other two?

I will be grateful for any feedback you may be able to provide, as this is a very big decision that is keeping me up at night..

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Jacques
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:54 PM   #2
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Well I don't have a shiny new one but I will say welcome to the forum. I do have a old 390 RB and if it means anything we love it. As for factory support I don't believe you can do better. The team at FR diesel is the best. If you are looking for a no problem Moho well don't buy one. They all have issues and concerns. If you are handy and it sounds like you are you will love it. I would certainly buy another one and it would definitely be a FR Moho.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:09 PM   #3
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Thanks Phil!
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:09 PM   #4
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I'm kinda like Phil. Mine not new but it is shinny! Lol. Really happy with our 2014. Hard to beat FR equip.

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Old 06-26-2016, 10:18 PM   #5
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We bought the 2016 40XL RB, almost a year ago. Traded up from a 2009 Cross Country, 39 footer, with a full wall slide, & 340 hp diesel turbo.

In comparison, there is none! The Berk has it all. Was worried about giving up the full wall slide on the Cross Country (loved it) for the 4 slides on the Berk. Have found that the 4 slides are working so much better.


The 380hp is a no brainer. We took our winter vacation to the southwest, traveling from Arkansas. The 380 had NO problems handling the mountains. (we pull a 4 door Jeep Wrangler) Very smooth handling & very comfortable driving.


No problems with any of the workmanship. The only problems we had were with the airing up (Freightliner took care of the blown module), inside LED bulbs blowing (FR) replaced them, and water leaks at the water distribution center (valves are PLASTIC junk from China - I replaced the valves system with a copper system, my choice). Otherwise, everything works as they were designed to do. We have driven a little over 7,000 miles in the past 9 months.
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We bought the 2016 40XL RB, almost a year ago. Traded up from a 2009 Cross Country, 39 footer, with a full wall slide, & 340 hp diesel turbo.

In comparison, there is none! The Berk has it all. Was worried about giving up the full wall slide on the Cross Country (loved it) for the 4 slides on the Berk. Have found that the 4 slides are working so much better.


The 380hp is a no brainer. We took our winter vacation to the southwest, traveling from Arkansas. The 380 had NO problems handling the mountains. (we pull a 4 door Jeep Wrangler) Very smooth handling & very comfortable driving.


No problems with any of the workmanship. The only problems we had were with the airing up (Freightliner took care of the blown module), inside LED bulbs blowing (FR) replaced them, and water leaks at the water distribution center (valves are PLASTIC junk from China - I replaced the valves system with a copper system, my choice). Otherwise, everything works as they were designed to do. We have driven a little over 7,000 miles in the past 9 months.

I hate to hijack but I will. Would you mind posting (in a new post) pictures of your water mods. I'm sure many would love to see what you did. Not having a issue and haven't heard of many.
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Phil, I'll get a pic tomorrow. I'm not quite finished with it yet. Temps have been running in upper 90s with heat index of 105+, so I had put off the final stage
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Wow that's hot. No hurry. Thanks
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:30 AM   #9
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Hi Jgpapillon,
Our Berkshire isn't one of the XL models but it does have the bunks with the 340HP engine. We tow a Honda CR-V and never seem to have any problems climbing hills so I am sure more HP would be even easier.
When we were RV shopping we tested the Fleetwood and the Tiffin. Here is what we thought: The Tiffin felt very sluggish and heavy. To the point my husband asked the salesman if something was wrong with the engine. The RV couldn't seem to get out of its own way. I drove it too and had my foot all the way to the floor and didn't know if the rig was going to get up the incline to get on the highway. (and that is empty with no tow vehicle). We also looked at the Fleetwood. Although it was nice, the interior was no way as nice as the Berkshire interior. No, we didn't test drive the Fleetwood. If the interior wasn't what we wanted it really didn't matter how it drove.
This is our 3rd Forest River product. We started off with a travel trailer (a Cherokee) and loved it but wanted a MH. So we then went to a Georgetown which is gas. We loved the Georgetown but we wanted a diesel engine. Foolishly we bought another manufacturer's diesel MH. BIG MISTAKE!! After 7 times in the shop in 18 months we came to our senses and purchased our Forest River Berkshire. It is the best decision we have ever made! We love our Berkshire! It is very well made and sturdy and drives like a dream! I don't think you can go wrong if you choose the Berkshire and once you do you will also see that the group of other Berkshire owners is a great group of people. They are always willing to help with any problem or issue you may be having with your coach.
Best of luck with your RV shopping journey!
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we bought ours from MotorHome Specialists in Alvarado, Texas and we were very pleased with the dealership! We ordered our 38A so we were able to pick the exact interior/exterior color combination we wanted.
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