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Old 10-08-2012, 10:32 PM   #21
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We have over 11,000 mi on our 2011 378 and are happy with it. Other than the hydraulic line bubble issue which was fixed under warranty, we haven't had more than minor problems with loose screws, etc. We really like the floor plan, and haven't really seen anything else near this price range we like as well. The Ford engine pulls hard and sounds sweet and the transmission does a great job both uphill and down. After getting used to it, I find it easy to drive considering its size and don't mind 500 mi days behind the wheel.

If I were buying again, I might look at a few used DP's, but would probably buy another Georgetown 378 for the floor plan.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:00 PM   #22
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We have a 2013 GT 350XL We love it. No major issues. We can run for 6 hrs on one tank. With a Quarter tank of fuel on board the cost to fill is about $350 cdn. I find that it drives very well. Any large sized coach is going to get pushed by wind or passing trucks. I have driven the Coachman Mirada and Windsport to and from orlando pretty much the same length, same wind issues. I found that the Georgetowns are top self compared to others in its class I.e. Mirada / Windsport.

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Old 10-16-2012, 12:29 AM   #23
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The picture that accompanies my post is my 2007 315 Georgetown atop Coal Bank Summit enroute to Molas Pass and Red Mountain Pass all between 10000 and 12000 feet. I did this three times in 2011 never had any problems. I've travelled the interstate from Colorado to Utah several times I just anticipate big trucks and adjust my speed. I don't have experience driving other motorhomes but I've always felt safe in our Georgetown. If winds get high I'm not afraid to pull over. The great thing about my motorhome; I can pull over anytime and if I don't like my neighbor just turn the key and go on down the road. The major problem I've has been with the Lipert jacks leaking. I've replaced them all under warranty. Ford also replaced the air conditioner compressor when we first bought the rig. Anyone on the blog here will tell you there will be a breakin period when you have to find and have things repaired. My wife and I love our Georgetown.
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:34 AM   #24
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Thanks for all your comments. My experience in driving an RV has been limited to our 1999 Jayco Class C 28ft so I appreciate your sharing your driving experiences.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:11 PM   #25
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My 2 cents worth is first off the OP, is first person either on forums or dealer personel that I have heard/talked to that knows the 57% ratio of overall lenght to wheelbase ratio that I discovered shopping for my first rig six years ago. I too had that same consideration when I starting looking to upgrade year and size of my Moho. In addition, I too "was not ever going to look at a Georgetown or any Warren Buffet Co. product" when I started out shopping rigs October of 2011. Well guess what? I found my 2011TS used with 4600 miles on it and it is so much more coach then the DW and I thought we would be able to afford. Sure the wheelbase ratio is off a little (and I do feel a handling difference from my 2000 Allegro that had a 58% ratio) and maybe they have had some problems. They all do. All we know is we got a hellava coach for the money considering we were looking used gas rigs in the 2005 to 2008 range. Gas mileage and everthing else being a Ford chassis is going to be about the same no matter who you look at or what you pay, if its new and a gasser, it'll be the Ford F53 V10 (I love!).
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:39 AM   #26
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To add to my last post, DW and I just finished a 1600 mile trip to Nashville from Buffalo NY area last week. The improved power of the re-worked V10 from the version in my 2000 MH is incredible coupled with the 5 speed tranny vs. 4 speed. However, driving home up Rt. 65 to Rt. 71 there was a very strong cross wind. At times I was pushed over to the shoulder rumble strips and had some white knuckle moments, especially when encountering one lane road construction between concrete Jersey barriers. I had never experienced this with my old rig, I do attribute some of the difference in the GT being a foot taller than the old Allegro. I did not feel any adverse handling effects from tracker trailers, either when they passed me, sometimes on both sides, or me passing one of them. This could of been done one handed (which of course I do not do) So what is the net handling result from my one long trip taking in account pluses vs. minuses? I think after getting to know the characteristics of the GT, it has an overall much better ride and driving experience over the 2000 Allegro with the 58% WB vs. length ratio.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:48 AM   #27
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We have over 11,000 mi on our 2011 378 and are happy with it. Other than the hydraulic line bubble issue which was fixed under warranty, we haven't had more than minor problems with loose screws, etc. We really like the floor plan, and haven't really seen anything else near this price range we like as well. The Ford engine pulls hard and sounds sweet and the transmission does a great job both uphill and down. After getting used to it, I find it easy to drive considering its size and don't mind 500 mi days behind the wheel.

If I were buying again, I might look at a few used DP's, but would probably buy another Georgetown 378 for the floor plan.
New to the forum and the RV world. Appreciate all the experience and knowledge here. Don't have an RV yet. Still debating 5er vs MH. My favorite MH floorplan is the Georgetown 378TS. I'll be going full-time, and will probably go coast-to-coast once or twice a year, plus short regional trips.

OhioBill, others have mentioned diesels being better for full-timers, and you said you would look at DP's if you were buying again. Why? What are the advantages / disadvantages of both? And should I not even consider a gas engine if I'm full-timing, or would there just be minor inconveniences? Thanks.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:29 AM   #28
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JoJO Bird - I really can't claim to be much of an expert on DP's as I've nevfer owned one. But, from what I've read, the the diesel chassis with air suspension ride and handle better than the steel sprung gas rigs. Also there is the issue of better fuel mileage for the DP, but now offset with the higher fuel cost for diesel. As far as the 378 Georgetown goes, we love it. I have 11,000 miles on it so far

and the only real problems have been with the Lippert hydraulics. The Ford V-10 makes the HP of a diesel but doesn't quite have the torque. So, you do have to rev it a bit in the mountains, otherwise it is quiet and smooth. Service cost are also lower on the Georgetown, I paid $41 for my last oil change and lube at the local Ford dealer.

All that being said, I would recommend looking at a few DP's and comparing to the Georgetown before buying. There are some nice used DP's out there for the price of a new gas rig, and you might find one you like better.
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:11 PM   #29
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Sugestions,
(we looked and drove both)
Drive the Georgetown and drive a Berkshire DP and compare
See what's within your budget
Pick a floor plan that works for you
Full time, maybe larger is best
Basement storage, we can even store or bikes below, 3 pass thru storage compartments.

We found a new 2009 in 2010 at a dealer and got a great price we think.
Think the quality of interior is a out te same in both, not high end but nice.
Both will have some issues, every HM does, but after 20,000 miles, including trip to Alaska have them worked out.

We decided on the 2009 Berkshire and is working our fine for us.

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Old 12-21-2012, 05:30 PM   #30
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JoJoBird, your question could take to the night before Christmas for an in-depth answer. Owning a gasser also I sure am not a DP expert. However, some insight after six years of motor home ownership. If you are pick-up truck type people and perhaps drive one now than I would guess a 5'er would be a good fit. From my perspective, they have the most floor space and floor plans available than any RV out there. Once you get up into the mid 30ft. rigs you wonder if you left your home. However, do you want to drive a p/u around daily, perhaps a dual rear axle job if your rig would demand it? A nice class A, DP or gas offers the convenience of pulling into a campground, press 5-6 buttons, open the fridge to pull out a cold adult beverage and camp is set. Or, your on the highway, hungry? start the generator and the co-pilot goes back and nukes some snacks or maybe you were already driving with the genny running to cool the rig and had a crock pot plugged in so lunch or dinner would be ready when you are. Gas vs. Dp can be a hot subject for some. I don't full time so a gas rig makes sense by way of initial purchase/vs./age, operating costs, repair costs, cheaper fuel etc. However, that being said, if I were F/T I would want a DP for its comfort and superior ride quality , better build materials inside and out, amenities, and what is huge is its pulling power, whether its a tow vehicle or climbing mountain passes out west or heading to Alaska. Your own situation and pocket book will answer these questions as you begin your quest to find that perfect RV for you. Don't worry if your first choice isn't what you had in mind. It may take several rigs to refine exactly what are your real needs vs. wants that really don't matter. Good Luck, I wish I could be thinking of full timing myself with my pal dear wife (DW) but that possibility is still a few years away for us. Enjoy the lifestyle and Merry Christmas to you.
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