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Old 10-01-2016, 02:22 PM   #1
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Isata 5 OCCC

I am curious who the Isata 5 was designed for and is being target marketed to?

I was reading through an article published in Family Motor Coaching and was becoming enthusiastic about purchasing an Isata 5.

Near the end of the article the author reported that the reviewed unit had an OCCC of 1,568 lbs. However, I don't think they verified the OCCC at the weight scales.

That would probably be fairly easy for me to exceed during a three month trip once or twice a year with my wife. I'm not sure I want to tow a trailer or storage truck. I know I can lose about 30 lbs to help, but my wife is already pretty thin. Unfortunately my Boxer adds another 75 lbs before his storage needs kick in.

I read in this forum that the quality of materials and amenities are at about the desired minimum for that unit, but that one of the two fuel tanks is being eliminated to increase occc by 200 lbs.

My goal is an OCCC somewhere closer to 3,500 lbs.

I understand that some owners ignore CCC on the belief that there is plenty of wiggle room in reported numbers, but that is not my plan.

I suspect I need to be looking at a Force, rather than an Isata 5.
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Old 10-01-2016, 03:15 PM   #2
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I know someone who owned one similar to the one you are considering a few years ago and after a long trip cross country they sold it and got a full size motorhome.
Reason that the diesel wasn't that powerful and the fuel tank was way too small for any long travels. Exterior storage was minimal and they always had to put picnic chairs inside while travelling.


For that kind of money for either have you looked at the Georgetown Class A's? $120,000 to $160,000
Price wise you get a lot more for your money unless you want a diesel then maybe looking at a Berkshire

Good luck
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I know someone who owned one of these a few years ago and after a long trip cross country they sold it and got a full size motorhome.
Reason that the diesel wasn't that powerful and the fuel tank was way too small for any long travels. Exterior storage was minimal and they always had to put picnic chairs inside while travelling.


For that kind of money for either have you looked at the Georgetown Class A's? $120,000 to $160,000
Price wise you get a lot more for your money unless you want a diesel then maybe looking at a Berkshire

Good luck
The Cummins isb in the Isata 5 isn't as powerful or fuel efficient as the v10 triton in the Georgetown? You obviously have the Isata 5 mixed up with another product! Because 10 out of 10 people will take the Cummins 6.7 diesel over any triton v10 gasser.

If you knew someone that owned an Isata 5 a few years ago, he must have been a time traveler. If I'm not mistaken, Dynamax introduced it only a year ago.
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Iggy,
You didn't say what that person owned, but I appreciate that your suggestion considers my intended use. So, thanks.

For $120k to $160k I can also easily buy a used luxury diesel pusher and I have the skills to do the necessary house inspection. I can hire chassis, engine, and water damage inspectors...And repair/maintain the house section of the MH myself...unless I need a second pair of hands or special equipment.

However, my wife likes the concept of a super C truck cab and the diesel cummins engine up front, which is why we originally were looking at the Dynamax Force and DX3, among others. (engine up front in case of a front end crash or fire, easy to access to repair)

Yet, I really am curious to know what owners the Isata 5 would be well-matched to with that level of OCCC? Maybe pulling a high speed boat on a trailer for a week-end trip, with the trailer having some storage capability?
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Never seen an Isata. You dont mean Itasca do you?
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Old 10-01-2016, 05:19 PM   #6
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Never seen an Isata. You dont mean Itasca do you?
I looked it up. It's correct.
Isata 5 Motorhomes by Dynamax RV
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I know someone who owned one similar to the one you are considering a few years ago and after a long trip cross country they sold it and got a full size motorhome.
Reason that the diesel wasn't that powerful and the fuel tank was way too small for any long travels. Exterior storage was minimal and they always had to put picnic chairs inside while travelling.


For that kind of money for either have you looked at the Georgetown Class A's? $120,000 to $160,000
Price wise you get a lot more for your money unless you want a diesel then maybe looking at a Berkshire

Good luck

We took our ISATA 5 on a 1 month trip around the Sierras and while towing a car, we passed all gas coaches going up those steep grades with ease. Full range is around 700+ miles on a full tank of diesel. I averaged around 10 MPH per gallon on the trip.

The ISATA 5 is a new build and only came out in October 2015 at the Pomona, CA RV show with only a Demo model built at the time.
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the answers are interesting
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What is the OCCC of your coach? How easy was it for you to stay within your OCCC during your one month trip?
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The OCCC in the coach that was featured in the magazine was 1,568, that coach was the prototype and Dynamax knew they had to trim the weight for the OCCC. They removed the rear compartment, removed the granite on the dinette, overhead bed sides, bathroom and only left it on the counter top. They also shaved off pounds in other areas. How do I know? The coach featured was the prototype the debut at the 2015 Pomona show and was the first one ever made. We placed out order at that show and the Dynamax rep went through and showed us everything they were removing or replacing with lighter material to shave off 1500+ pounds. The original prototype we saw was 36+ feet, the current model is under 35".

We packed everything you would need a long RV trip plus a tow car. I never leave the fresh water full when driving or the Black and Gray Tanks if I can dump them before moving to the next camp site. We had no issues and that Dodge 5500 Chassis is a work horse. Even has exhaust brakes which helps a lot for traveling down hill which we did coming down from Yosemite.
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