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Old 01-07-2011, 10:48 PM   #1
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comparing 341ds to 378ts

we are in the market to purchase a new motor home, and have been looking about 3 months. we are down to the 341ds and the 378ts.
we do not like all of the carpet in the 378, we have two scooty dogs. but we love the open space. we are looking at the 2010 models. better price.
we are both retired, and would spend about half the year on the road.

any help, pro or con. would be very helpful.

thanks john
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:51 AM   #2
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Well John in Georgia, we have the 378 XL and also have a little cock-a-poo
I have to say our little dog is well behaved but accidents do happen.
I purchased another area rug to put down on top of the RV carpet. Had it 3 years now and no problems so far and we really like the lay out of the 378....Good Luck in what ever you decide.

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Old 01-08-2011, 03:09 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. We are probably going to buy the 378, 2011. We just received a good quote on one.
Just got to work out the details and acc. items.
We let you know.
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we are in the market to purchase a new motor home, and have been looking about 3 months. we are down to the 341ds and the 378ts.
we do not like all of the carpet in the 378, we have two scooty dogs. but we love the open space. we are looking at the 2010 models. better price.
we are both retired, and would spend about half the year on the road.

any help, pro or con. would be very helpful.

thanks john
georgia
I can see why you like the model 341 and the 378. we have the 2008 378 XL (were not fulltimers) and have traveled to the west coast from Virginia and lived in it down in Florida for two years during the winter months. We also have an older cocker spanial and have no issues with the rug. We too have throw carpets over the rug to slow down the dirt problems being tracked in. I have a shampoo'r at home and shampoo the carpets when we get back to Virginia each year so thats no problem. We use the fireplace to heat the coach during the winter. In 2008 the XL models came with all of the options such as the artic package and upgraded appliances. When we ordered ours, we added the dual pane windows and since then added the satellite dish and washer/dryer. The inclosed bathroom would be nice in the 341, but the 378 is designed to optomize all of the space and use of the hallway. Check the size of the closets in both as the 341 looks smaller in the floorplan. In either case, Georgetown makes a good product and Forest River has taken care of what problems we had at first. We did take out the extended warranty (and used it a couple of times)as this will be our last one because of our age.
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the 378, 2011 we are looking at, comes with the dual pane windows, plus washer dryer combo.
we will have to add the sat. this one comes with the b/w cameras, but from what i am reading, people are saying the hd color is better. what do you think.
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The 341DS we have is a great unit. The shower is the only problem I wish I would have looked at a little closer. I'm 210 lbs and my shoulders touch the shower door when I use it. So the campsite bath house gets a visit when we go camping. Other than that the unit has a good layout. Storage is good also.
And as far as the cameras, go with the color, we like it better than the b/w.

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the 378, 2011 we are looking at, comes with the dual pane windows, plus washer dryer combo.
we will have to add the sat. this one comes with the b/w cameras, but from what i am reading, people are saying the hd color is better. what do you think.
I am sure the color is better than B/W, but in 2008, thats all that was available. They now come with the 3 cameras I guess are nice. I drove an Itasca with it and it was a little confusing switching cameras everytime I turned the wheel. I towed 5th wheels and travel trailers for many years and relied on the two outside mirrors. So looking at a moving camera and the mirrors was confusing. we just have the one B/W camera that I leave on when were traveling to see the car behind us or backing up.
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we are in the market to purchase a new motor home, and have been looking about 3 months. we are down to the 341ds and the 378ts.
we do not like all of the carpet in the 378, we have two scooty dogs. but we love the open space. we are looking at the 2010 models. better price.
we are both retired, and would spend about half the year on the road.

any help, pro or con. would be very helpful.

thanks john
georgia
If you can order a 378 from the factory you can get the "carpet delete" option. We did that on ours. We do alot of state park camping and it just doesn't make sense for us to have all that carpet. Of course the slides will still have carpet, and the bedroom. We will put down area rugs in the living area to keep our feet warm.
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Just thinking out loud here...............

I've driven lots of big wheels over the years, including still driving a school bus daily in semi-retirement. These have always had nothing more than standard outside mirrors, albeit different syles over the years.

Our newest RV (2010 330TS) has nice big mirrors, and it came with the 3 camera system in B&W as a package offerring. Given I never had this additional method for side/rear visibility ever before, I still don't see using it as much as some might insist you will, especially when it comes to deciding to go with colour or not, at whatever cost difference.

First.....the camera monitor is nowhere near the line of sight you typically focus on while driving and checking the outside mirrors.

Second.....it causes you to spend more time looking somewhere OTHER than forward while you're still moving........THAT could be scary.

Third....I don't really think anyone is going to use the side view camera monitor exclusively for checking what's beside the rig............whereas mirrors could be and ARE by a lot of drivers.

Fourth.......changing your focus depth from looking outside, to focusing on a monitor INSIDE the cabin, takes time.......different amount of time for different people.

Fifth......as far as B&W versus colour. Do I really need to see that the vehicle beside me is a coral blue Chevrolet with deep blue accents? If I do use the cameras and monitor, it's because I feel I need to confirm there is SOMETHING beside me that I BELIEVE I can't or didn't see in my mirrors.

IMO only......your mileage may vary!!!!!!!!
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thanks for all the tips.
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