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Old 04-20-2015, 08:17 AM   #11
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New XL or 2011 Berkshire

Personally, based on what I read your utilization typically is, the only reason I'd go to a diesel would be for the comfort and quiet during the drive (air ride suspension and rear engine) and possibly for speed control on long or steep downhills, although you may have that capability in the 2015 GT anyway. I have a 2004 GT 370TS on the older Ford chassis that I added a Banks system to and I can go virtually anywhere so long as I understand and accept that I may not be the 1st guy to the top of the hill. And with the motor in the 2015 GT, you probably have as much stock pulling power as I do with the Banks. I guess what I am saying is that from an attribute perspective, you are not going to get that much more with the Berkshire than you will get with the GT, and your operating costs with the Berkshire will be considerably greater. With that equation, I'd go with the GT.

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Old 04-20-2015, 12:18 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by jskelton83 View Post
We typically take 2 trips to Disney from Tennessee each year. Would also be taking several long weekend trips to visit daughter and her husband. I also travel quite often for work and could use it to travel then. I am looking for something that makes our travel, the to and from, more enjoyable. Also, when when we goto Disney, there are 7 or 8 that go and we could travel together instead of riding in 2 cars.
I was leaning toward the diesel for towing and hauling capabilites and I typically hang on to purchases awhile. I dont trade cars every 2 or 3 years and I have lived in the same house for 22 years. Married to my darlin bride for 30 years. Looking for something to drive and to last.
If the initial costs,fuel price and maintenance costs doesn't bother you go for the Berkshire diesel.

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Old 04-20-2015, 12:21 PM   #13
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I don't mind spending the money, if I am getting "bang" for my buck.
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Old 04-20-2015, 03:15 PM   #14
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Just a suggestion: some resorts restrict coach by AGE. Take a guess on how many years you plan to keep the coach, vs, depreciation factors on each AND age and change of direction as kids get older. May be more challenging as kids become involved in sports, etc.

Then look to see what seems to be selling resale. Is a 5 yr old 2010 gasser easier to sell vs a 2006 diesel?

Then make an informed decision. When I was younger, had boats; 26 and then 28 ft cruiser. In later years, no one in the family wanted to go out anymore. Took a significant hit to get rid of it.

There is NO WAY I could convince my wife to let me buy a 5 yr old diesel pusher. 😉 Actually considered a 2008 Allegro Bus....nope!! Did not happen.
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Old 04-20-2015, 03:53 PM   #15
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I would go with the New GTXL. Based on your self identified usage potential, I think you will get more bang for you buck with the GT.

Which Georgetown are you considering, the 350 or the 352?

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