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Old 02-05-2016, 01:00 PM   #1
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3170ds vs Georgetown

Hello all,

As I agonize over a decision for an RV, I would appreciate any input. In my mind, a class A would be desired for my wife, 4 young children, and dog however I have a tough time thinking of spending 100,000 dollars on such a depreciable asset. So far I have looked at and liked the 364TS, and even the 351DS is nice.

Have only had a toy hauler before, but some of the things I want based on that experience are Full Body paint and auto leveling in a bunkhouse configuration.

The option that truly seems to meet the most of my needs and wants within the budget is a fully loaded 3170 sunseeker with paint, and it can be had for what I am more than comfortable with pricewise.

The class As certainly feel roomier and have more storage outside with some nice features. We would plan to use for 3 full weeks a year and the rest weekends/road trips. I have this fear that if I settle for a class C, that I will be missing out on the A and maybe should just spring for it now, but again puts me out of comfort zone (I can afford it, just don't want to).

So again, a fully loaded 3170 has all the TVs, beds, cameras, leveling, paint, etc and its within budget...but what has your experience told you from owning one or the other? Do you love yours, or did you have a year or two and trade up? I have already seen how expensive trying to trade in is, so I want to avoid that mistake as well. Is it worth spending say 10k more for a non full paint FR3 32DS, or even 13-25k more for a GT 351 or 364?

Thanks for the input.
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Old 02-05-2016, 02:34 PM   #2
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My dad left me his class A when he had cancer, and I have owned 2 Class Cs. I prefer the class C because it is usually shorter ( good for State Parks and National Parks) has 2 permanent sleeping areas. For the most part the class C has most of the needed facilities as a class A and they are less expensive. As far as interior room goes the class C is usually a little smaller, but I send most of my time outside under the awning.
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Old 02-05-2016, 03:02 PM   #3
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JLUD- I've mentally wrestled with this for about six months. We are leaning more now to the 3011 DS class C. Reasons being, I have covered parking for 35', my says she will drive a C, and for most times there will only be the wife and I.

We too mostly camp at state parks and have no plans to "Full time". We enjoy our house, pool, and property, and plan in the next year or two to take longer extended trips of maybe three months, in which the C should be more than fine for us.

We too are outdoor people, and are normally outside while camping from early morning until 9 or 10 pm. So the interior space issue? Maybe after two days of bad / ugly weather, but, that being the case I plan on driving away...lol !

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Old 02-05-2016, 03:07 PM   #4
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We debated between a 2015 3170DS (all options except paint) and a Georgetown 351DS.

In the end my wife insisted on the 3170DS because she and the kids preferred the layout. We tend to have 2 kids (boys) over the cab and two (girls) in the bunks. We like this because we never turn the couch or table in the living area into beds (unless the kids bring friends).
My wife found the bed over the cab in the 351DS too small for 2, and you cant store stuff up there like in the sunseeker when driving.

The 3170DS tows pretty freaking good too. I recently pulled a 18 foot steel car hauler with a couple Polaris RZR XP's for 1000 miles for a boys weekend in the hills of eastern TN with no issues.

Since you mentioned a dog. the sunseeker works good for us as we travel with a large dog kennel in the upper front bunk while driving. (with the dog loose in the RV ) and at night we put his crate on the floor. We don't crate our dog at home, but for some reason he barks like mad at like 5am if we don't crate when we camp!

Initially I thought I wanted the Georgetown, but I have no regrets. That Georgetown double fridge is pretty awesome though! best of luck with your choice, our family loves our RV.
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Old 02-05-2016, 03:23 PM   #5
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JLud, this is where I bought mine, they have a well discounted NEW 2015 Georgetown 351DS for $93695.

New 2015 Forest River RV Georgetown 351DS Motor Home Class A at Pontiac RV | Pontiac, IL | #A00584
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Old 02-05-2016, 03:45 PM   #6
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Both are great motorhomes, I'm going to be biased towards the 3010 and 3170 Class C.


In both models you're going to immediately notice how much room they offer. Both Floor plans offer more than enough sleeping space (8-10 people) for your family. All of our coaches are loaded with standard features like a 7500lb tow rating, Firestone ride rite air suspension to accommodate for towing, and an entire water system that is heated and enclosed.


This is just some of what we offer standard; I could write pages on how great our product is, you will get the HUGE bang for your buck with our Class C's.
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Thanks for all the good input. I did think about the fridge and that double door residential looks nice.

We are actually heading to Pontiac tomorrow as they have several of these indoor for us to compare.

Keep the input coming!
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You can get a big 4 door fridge with an ice maker in the 3010/11 floorplan.
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Thanks for all the good input. I did think about the fridge and that double door residential looks nice.

We are actually heading to Pontiac tomorrow as they have several of these indoor for us to compare.

Keep the input coming!
When we bought ours in April of 15 from Pontiac we were able to get them to match the lowest price we found in the country for a new 3170DS (Plus tax) with no additional charges for prep/fuel/propane/etc.
It likely helped that they had a couple of that model in stock. It worked out well as I intended to fly 1 way and drive 1000 miles home the following week if the deal didn't work out with Pontiac RV.

Also been really pleased with Pontiac RV service on a few minor issues we found with ours. Mike helped us with the walk thru and he was great.
We worked with Phil on the sale. Phil was pleasant and not pushy at all. He wasn't what I expected in an RV salesman. He had to call the owner at home to ok the price I offered.
The RV was full of propane and full of gas when I picked it up.
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Old 02-05-2016, 07:26 PM   #10
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Never had a class a gas only pusher but I wouldn't think you could compare a class c with a class a as far as handling or room. The class a is as easy to drive as the class c,your field of sight is 10 times better on the a. I own a 3050s now so I have owned both styles. Can't really compare the two. But each will meet specific needs and that is the most important thing. Happy camping.
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