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Old 09-19-2015, 05:46 PM   #1
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Thinking about a Charleston

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I am a retired man in my early 50s and I have really been considering a Charleston RV, late model, and I am interested in your opinions and experiences. After owning RVs for as long as you have would you do it again. I am talking about a 250K unit for my wife and I with our kids in a bunk situation. I think I want a TAG axel but I will listen. I am all ears and I would love to learn something the easy way. Please accept my thanks for your time in advance. Marc
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:56 PM   #2
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Marc first off I want a Charleston also. I think it's a great MH and you will love it. I think the tag axle is a huge benefit and it gives you a very capable MH that should do a anything you want it to.
Hopefully some of the Charleston And Berkshire owners will chime in.
You read a lot of negative comments but take it for what it's worth.
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:02 PM   #3
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Hello Folks,



I am a retired man in my early 50s and I have really been considering a Charleston RV, late model, and I am interested in your opinions and experiences. After owning RVs for as long as you have would you do it again. I am talking about a 250K unit for my wife and I with our kids in a bunk situation. I think I want a TAG axel but I will listen. I am all ears and I would love to learn something the easy way. Please accept my thanks for your time in advance. Marc

Well Marc that Charleston is one nice ride. I have a Berkshire and love it. My dealer keeps trying to move me up to the Charleston. I have driven two different ones and looked at a few.

The Berkshire suites us real well. The tag axel on the Charleston will allow you to carry more weight in your storage.

I'm sure some Charleston owners will jump in here. I think you will be very happy with it. The quality on my Berkshire is great. The Charleston is even better.

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Old 09-19-2015, 06:11 PM   #4
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Quality and Workmanship is CR@P!

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I am a retired man in my early 50s and I have really been considering a Charleston RV, late model, and I am interested in your opinions and experiences. After owning RVs for as long as you have would you do it again. I am talking about a 250K unit for my wife and I with our kids in a bunk situation. I think I want a TAG axel but I will listen. I am all ears and I would love to learn something the easy way. Please accept my thanks for your time in advance. Marc

Marc: This post will get you much better response under the charleston heading. Maybe a Mod could move it for you Or put a post under Charleston

And welcome to the forum.

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Old 09-19-2015, 06:33 PM   #5
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Bought a new Charleston in June 2015. Have had it out for about 30 days so far, on a 5 week trip now, had a few simple issues, just called them and they shipped me the parts and I repaired.
It is very nice!!
Had 38 foot gas and now this 43 foot is a little different, still learning where it will fit, have had to back it up a couple of times to make a sharp turn in campground, but not a big deal still lots to learn.
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:54 PM   #6
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The only thing I've heard about tags, is that maintenance costs go up dramatically from a single axle. And not just the additional direct costs for the axle itself.

Why I have no idea; maybe it's an old RV'ers tale?

Boowho??
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Old 09-19-2015, 07:02 PM   #7
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Marc,
First of all, welcome to the FORUMS!! Before you jump into a Charleston (not saying anything bad about the Charleston) you should look at the new Berkshire. It is a tag axle coach with a 450hp engine. Good luck with what ever you buy!
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Old 09-20-2015, 05:32 PM   #8
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I bought a new 2015 Charleston 430BH in June 2014. 13,000 miles logged now.

I must say, I have a broken back and crippling arthritis, but I can drive this rig all day with no pain. The front seats are amazingly comfortable, and the ride is smooth as glass. I sleep fantasic in the king-sized Select Comfort air bed. The standard amenities are wonderful. I use the chest freezer in the basement all the time. We go on long road trips in the summer. I pre-cook and vacuum seal dinners, then freeze them and carry them in the basement. Makes for much less time and mess than cooking from scratch on the road. The combination microwave/convection oven works great, but the controls are a bit annoying, and it does take a long time to heat when baking. The induction cooktop is wonderful. My oldest child is autistic, and tended to turn on the gas valves on our old camper all the time. This coach has no LP that can leak into the coach. The dishwasher drawer also works great. All the comforts of home.

The Tag axle handles wonderfully. Driving rains, high winds, nothing seems to make it blow around on the highway. the 450hp motor has no trouble getting up the mountains, even towing my Yukon XL.

I typically drive on the interstate at 70-ish, and I'm getting 6.9-7.1mpg typically...

I've had my share of startup issues. Nothing totally outrageous, but the first place I brought it to was horribly incompetent at fixing it. They took forever, and seemed to break more things than they fixed. When it got real bad, Mike from Forest River stepped in, and he transported my rig 1000 miles back to the factory, and fixed everything.

Only had one issue this summer. Hopefully next summer everything will work just fine.

Overall, I really like the way the coach is designed and laid out.

In the petty annoyances category:

The refrigerator is in a fairly tight space. The doors can only open 90-degrees which don't allow the ice maker to be removed for cleaning without removing the door.

The bunk beds really need a ladder - getting into the top bunk is a challenge. The bunks also have doors that close over them or privacy, but when they are closed there is no airflow in there and it gets pretty hot and sticky. I'm working on mods to address these problems.

The DEF tank is installed curbside - commercial DEF spouts are on the driver's side. I carry 5 gallon jugs to fill with DEF at the pump, and then fill my tank at the campground.

I wish the satellite antenna was an in-motion dish. Once you get the hang of it, the antenna works great, but the controls for it are a bit cryptic.

Having the black water flush connection works great, but I wish they put a remote tank level indicator in the water compartment. When you're flushing the tank, you have to keep checking the panel at the back of the rig to see how full the tank is...

Overall, we are extremely happy with the coach.

Carl
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Marc,
We love our 2015 Charleston 430RB! My wife and I are also in our early 50's and retired. We have found the RB floor plan fits our lifestyle perfectly. To date we have about 5000 miles on the road with over 100 nights spent in the coach. I will agree with ckabrahamson .We have had some start-up issues that needed service, some minor and some more complicated, but nothing that has made us regret the purchase. When my dealer seemed to be over their head with the required repairs, Mike from Forest River support stepped in and ensured we were treated well. My wife cooks a lot and she says the set up in the RB works very well. She prefers I drive so she can nap, but she is very comfortable driving the Charleston even while towing our CRV. There are some minor complaints, my wife was not comfortable on the sleep number mattress, but a 3 inch memory foam topper solved that. She is unable to reach the 1/2 bath fan controls without using a step stool and the driver and passenger seats are both too big for her to be comfortable (she is 5'3"). We just came back from the RV show at Hershey and both agree, there was nothing to tempt us away from our Charleston!

BTW, This is our first coach and I need to say this forum has provided us with plenty of ideas and information to make our life on the road easier. Thanks to everyone who participates!
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:14 PM   #10
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WOW, we looked at a Charleston but it wasn't our life style. We have 2 dogs black lab's and once they get wet from swimming! Well you can see……… But we do have a 2010 Berkshire 39.9 BH and love it very much. Also at that long 43 ft. it does limit some campgrounds, you have to look for Big Rig friendly or a resort. Happy traveling. Its a Great Rig and I think you will be happy with your choice.
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