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Old 05-13-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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upgrades between 2013 and 2014?

Does anybody know if there are any improvements/upgrades between a 2013 and a 2014? Wondering if I should order a new Berkshire or find something on the lot?

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Old 05-14-2013, 09:13 AM   #2
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The one change that keeps catching my eye is the use of HDMI cabling for the TVs.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:57 AM   #3
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They now offer a residential refrigerator. Don't think they had that option before. Also, you can get a wood graining around the instrument panel. Those are the 2 that I remember seeing. You can go to forestriverinc.com and look at the brochure for the Berkshire on line.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:59 PM   #4
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Think I would go with the best deal you could get unless there is a 2014 option you could not live without.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:21 PM   #5
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I just purchasd the 2014 and there are a few differences. Here is what I noticed:

The 2014 has bigger tires. 275's vs. 255's

Bigger, residential, stainless steel fridge in the 2014

Auto Generator start on the 2014

Kitchen table in the 2014 is Corean (sp) that matches the countertop 2013 has a wood tabletop

If you get the booth, the 2014 booth seats have under seat storage by lifting the seat. The 2013 and earlier models have drawers that slide out. Seems to have more storage without the drawers.

There are some other minor changes, but I can't think of them right now. Will post them later when I remember.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:06 PM   #6
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Mike,

I would be curious as to what the yellow sticker inside your rig says that you have for a carrying capacity. My guess is that the increase to the 275 tires would give a pretty healthy increase in carrying capacity.

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Old 05-14-2013, 03:11 PM   #7
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Does anybody know if there are any improvements/upgrades between a 2013 and a 2014? Wondering if I should order a new Berkshire or find something on the lot?

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With ALL due respect to everyone that has bought or will buy from a dealer, I totally agree with No3putt. The only thing that interests me is the larger tires, since my 2011 is pretty overweight even when loaded normally. I wonder if they beefed up the airbags as well?

For me (or anyone that is the slightest bit cost conscious), buying a new unit or for that matter ANY unit from a dealer is a mistake. I know about no warranties, and that IS an issue when buying used.

But I bought from a private individual and got a coach with only 3000 miles on it at a savings of $25-30K from the absolute best price I could get from any dealer for the exact same coach. The 3000 miles were mostly getting it from Elkhart to Alvarado, TX (dealer) and then onto the buyer in Salt Lake City. The chassis warranty did transfer to me and that is probably the biggest item.

I'm a "low dollar" kind of guy, and this is what worked best for me. I guess it's a crap shoot without full warranty, but if had to pay dealer prices, I wouldn't even have been able to afford this coach.

Finally, there's the hassle of actually going through the transaction with a dealer. I find it to be almost degrading to deal with them. However, I'm on the other side of the coin when it comes to selling. I just let my old 13 year old Dutch Star gasser go for less than half of wholesale to a dealer. It was worth it to me to not mess around selling it myself.

It is not my attention to insult anyone. If you can afford to buy a new one, knowing you're going to lose a huge amount of money as it's driven off the lot, I truly envy you.

Just m $.02 worth, YMMV.

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I checked the sticker in the overhead cabinet. Says my payload is 3800 lbs. Not sure what it is on the 255's, but that is mine with the 275's

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I just purchasd the 2014 and there are a few differences. Here is what I noticed:

The 2014 has bigger tires. 275's vs. 255's

Bigger, residential, stainless steel fridge in the 2014

Auto Generator start on the 2014

Kitchen table in the 2014 is Corean (sp) that matches the countertop 2013 has a wood tabletop

If you get the booth, the 2014 booth seats have under seat storage by lifting the seat. The 2013 and earlier models have drawers that slide out. Seems to have more storage without the drawers.

There are some other minor changes, but I can't think of them right now. Will post them later when I remember.
How do the residential frigs operate when driving down the road since they are not propane? Do they run off of the inverter? Does the coach charge the batteries or do you need to run generator to operate frig when motoring??

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Old 05-15-2013, 12:11 PM   #10
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I checked the sticker in the overhead cabinet. Says my payload is 3800 lbs. Not sure what it is on the 255's, but that is mine with the 275's

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My 2011 has the 255's and still shows a 3800 payload. Unfortunately, the payload is overstated by almost 3000 lbs.

FR has offered to upgrade my tires to 275 and also upgrade the front airbags. That will up my front axle capacity by 1500 lbs, but do nothing for the rear.

Hopefully the stated capacity of 3800 lbs on your 2014 is a true and accurate figure.

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