OK, we've been shopping for a few months looking for a bunkhouse class A. We've narrowed down our choices to the following two coaches and are getting ready to make some offers:
- Georgetown 351DS
- Georgetown XL 350TS
The floorplans of the coaches are very similar. We have to travel to get either of these for a reasonable price. Key differences:
pros: about $5K cheaper, huge French door residential fridge, huge basement storage compartment in rear, available dropdown bunk
cons: 20500 chassis w/208" wheelbase & 19.5" wheels, partial paint, 80" ceiling height, short queen bed, one less slide, no outdoor entertainment
pros: 22000 chassis w/228" wheelbase & 22.5" wheels, 84" ceiling height, residential queen bed, extra slide in bedroom, fireplace, outdoor entertainment
cons: about $5K more expensive, no residential fridge, no inverter (?)
mixed: lots of basement storage, including more pass-through, but no huge compartment
This decision is kinda driving us batty. We would love input from folks:
1) how big a deal is the chassis size? the 351DS is <50% ratio of wheelbase to length, but from what I gathered is reasonably stable and a super popular model. plus the tires are cheaper to replace.
2) how big a deal is partial vs. full paint? does anybody know what they mean when they say partial paint? my understanding is that they infuse the fiberglass and paint the big stripe on the bottom, but the rest are decals. how do folks like this?
3) residential fridge - is this a deciding factor? we love size of residential fridge, but seems like it also comes w/some cons wrt being limited by batter capacity (we'll rarely be hooked up, since we'll mostly staying at National parks).
4) deal - seems like $5K is a smaller-than-expected price diff between the XL and non-XL model, so this is very tempting. I usually read a $10K+ price jump, in which case I'd probably be out of my budget. catch is that the 350TS XL is pretty rare, and the one I've found has been on the lot uncovered for 10 months - how much should I be worried about this?
Finally, I see tons of references to 351DS on this forum. Seems like it's a popular model - are owners generally happy with their purchase?
P.S. for reference, the top contenders we discarded were: Bounder Classic 34B (not enough windows), Hurricane/Windsport 34J (floorplan), Winnebago Vista 35B (availability + finish level)