My wife and I are going through this question right now! We're looking to buy early in 2017, and we've pretty much narrowed it down to two models - the Berkshire 38A (DP), and the Dynamax Force 37BH.
We just found a local Dynamax 37BH at a dealer and looked at it today, and we *really* like it - having the bed-over-cab plus the bunks is really nice with our 3 boys, plus the ability to convert both the dinette and the sofa in to additional sleeping areas (for a sleeping capacity of 10!) seems like a nice capability for bringing extra family/friends along on trips! Add to that the 10k lb towing capacity which we don't need right now, but it would be nice to know our eventual toad would be *well* under the rated capacity!
On the other hand, the Berkshire 38A has a lot more storage with the pass-through storage under the coach, plus it has 1.5 baths, which is sure nice with a family of 5! It also has the advantage of the engine in the rear and the generator in the front, which would keep things quieter on the road as well as in the middle of the night when the A/C kicks on! However, we would have to break down/set up either the dinette or the hide-a-bed each night to accommodate the kids, and then there's the whole driving a "bus" thing that would take some getting used to, or so I imagine.
I hadn't actually thought about the whole safety aspect of having the engine in front of you in an accident - that is an interesting point to keep in mind - one more piece to the puzzle!
Does anyone have experience with the ride comfort/engine performance/general mechanic differences specifically between the Berkshire 38A and the Dynamax 37BH? Is there going to be much ride/power/stopping/safety difference between the two?