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Old 02-14-2016, 06:37 AM   #1
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used Berkshire 390bh or 40bh

Looking to buy a used mh and keep coming back to the floor plan of the 39bh or 40bh.
It also seems that all rv's have problems, the Berkshires seem to do well and are not have major issues with slides and chassis. All other stuff I can fix myself if needed.
I would love new- but figure I could save big $$ with a unit a few years old.
So does any one have a list of improvements by model year? Or is there a year that had issues that is worth staying away from? (i have not seen this)

I want to tow a trailer so I have been looking for the 360 and 3000 trans. There seem to be many units available from $110-$160 with low miles, so it just the model year difference driving the price.
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:06 AM   #2
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The biggest improvement I think is the air bag and tire upgrade from '13 to '14 model year. Although some '14's have the issue. I have a '13 390BH, I'm getting the upgraded air bags and larger tires done in May. I may be selling mine after the upgrade is done.

Pretty much all other upgrades are just the amenities, like porcelain floors, HD TVs and the larger engines & transmissions in the past couple of years.

I have the 340 w/ 2500 trans I don't have any problems towing my Jeep Wrangler 4 down. It's a really good set up but the mindset of bigger is better gives it a bad rap.
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One other thing I want to add if you are considering the BH. When shopping around make sure you convert the furniture to the sleeping arrangements to make sure it's what you are looking for. The newer style "L" shaped couch does not make a comfortable bed for two from what I have read.

When you decide on a coach, bring the people that will travel with you and make sure they fit in the beds.

Good luck on your search, shopping for one is half the fun of owning one.
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Old 02-14-2016, 11:03 PM   #4
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Looking to buy a used mh and keep coming back to the floor plan of the 39bh or 40bh.
It also seems that all rv's have problems, the Berkshires seem to do well and are not have major issues with slides and chassis. All other stuff I can fix myself if needed.
I would love new- but figure I could save big $$ with a unit a few years old.
So does any one have a list of improvements by model year? Or is there a year that had issues that is worth staying away from? (i have not seen this)

I want to tow a trailer so I have been looking for the 360 and 3000 trans. There seem to be many units available from $110-$160 with low miles, so it just the model year difference driving the price.
Dave,

I think you've seen the coach already but I have a 2014 400BH for sale. It's listed on the RV trader and in the classified section of this forum. Please let me know if you want any additional information.

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Dave,

I think you've seen the coach already but I have a 2014 400BH for sale. It's listed on the RV trader and in the classified section of this forum. Please let me know if you want any additional information.

Jason
I love your rv- but its at the high end of my price point, and you not being a dealer- means I can not trade in my 5th wheel. But I will keep it in mind. With it zero degrees out here in NJ- its a bad time to sell an rv.
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I love your rv- but its at the high end of my price point, and you not being a dealer- means I can not trade in my 5th wheel. But I will keep it in mind. With it zero degrees out here in NJ- its a bad time to sell an rv.
Thanks for the reply. Yes, the weather right now is making it a little more difficult for us. Good luck with the search and selling the 5th wheeL.
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Layout is key! You need to know how you are going to use your RV. The L shaped sofa was a disappointing change for the 40bh. I have a 2014 390 bh40 with opposing couch and loveseat. For me that is the most optimal layout for my family of 5 that likes to entertain and tailgate. Power is relative to how you are going to use your RV. I tow a jeep wrangler 4 door with 5 people and two 100 lb dogs, and have had no issues with power. It is not like i daily commute through the mountains in my RV. I know the mountains are slow going, so it adds an extra 45 min to my trip from ohio to florida going through west virgina mountains. If you live iut west and regularly travel in the mountains, i would definitely get a more powerful engine. Same hold true if you plan on towing something over 5000 lbs.


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sometimes when buyers look at new MHs they are put off by the MSRP price advertised. That price usually isn't what you pay. You can figure anywhere from 25-35% off of the MSRP price. We ended up at about 33% off at Motorhome Specialists in Texas. We were also able to order ours so we got the exact interior/exterior color we wanted. It also helps to look at the new MHs advertised to see when the new model years come out. If you are looking at a used coach that is now another year out from the new ones it gives you more negotiation power when it comes to price.
Good Luck in your search.
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sometimes when buyers look at new MHs they are put off by the MSRP price advertised. That price usually isn't what you pay. You can figure anywhere from 25-35% off of the MSRP price. We ended up at about 33% off at Motorhome Specialists in Texas. We were also able to order ours so we got the exact interior/exterior color we wanted. It also helps to look at the new MHs advertised to see when the new model years come out. If you are looking at a used coach that is now another year out from the new ones it gives you more negotiation power when it comes to price.
Good Luck in your search.
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I see you are driving a 38a- my 2nd choice. I think thats the best value in the market today.
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We were surprised when we first started looking that some dealers had the 2015 38A at only 2 thousand less than we paid for a 2016! And one dealer tried to underbid us by 14 thousand on our trade. It definitely pays to do your homework whether you are buying new or used. If we were ever in the market for another MH we would definitely go back to Motorhome Specialist, they are worth the extra drive time!
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