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Old 07-29-2010, 04:45 PM   #11
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Well, the coach delivery was delayed by a day. The driver took his time getting to Florida. We're heading over to pick it up tomorrow.

The dealer sent me some pics of the new coach and it looks like Forest River changed the rear of the coach with a larger grill on the back and different style tail lights.

I'm not sure, but the new lights look like they could be LED.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:50 AM   #12
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I bet they are LED lights. Great looking coach. Enjoy.
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:33 PM   #13
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Nice looking coach. Can't wait to see the whole thing. Enjoy it and Congrats!!!
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:36 PM   #14
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The lights were LED. One really unexpected issue though. The engine in the coach was the new DEF engine. We were specifically buying now to avoid this.

The factory had told the dealer this wasn't a DEF engine. The MSRP on the coach had the $15,000 up charge for the new engine but the factory insured the dealer it wasn't the DEF engine. The factory also removed the $15,000 up charge to meet our offer price.

Somehow though, we ended up with the new engine. My only real concern with getting the engine was the added cost. Since that had been removed, getting a DEF engine wasn't enough of an issue to walk away from the deal. The dealer also kicked in some $$ to compensate us for about 5 years worth of DEF.
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:30 PM   #15
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Here's a picture of the coach at home.

Before we bought the coach, my kids and I built a scale model from LEGO of the coach. We then we went outside and measured the street, driveway, mailbox, lamp posts, etc that would be obstacles. We transferred all this to scale (1 inch = 1mm) on a poster board. We built the RV model with a 55 degree turning radius like the Freightliner website stated. We tried every conceivable approach to the driveway and found none that would work (except 1). I had to pull as close to my curb as possible, line the back wheels up with my mailbox and cut the wheel all the way to the side and backed in.

You probably can't tell but our driveway is on the side of our house and is only 1 lane wide. At the mouth of the driveway, we have a lamp post on one side and a mailbox on the other so there is no room to go over the curb if needed (probably not a good idea anyway).

This was an awesome lesson in math for the kids and what do you know, it worked perfectly. Exactly as our LEGO coach had been able to navigate the driveway, our real coach was able to as well. We got it in the first try without any readjustment.

The kids were thrilled and I told them this was a perfect example of math at work.

Anyway, thanks for all the nice welcomes from everyone and I'm sure I'll be asking a lot of question of the other Berkshire owners.

Thanks again everyone!
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:45 PM   #16
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It looks perfect in your driveway! I am jealous that you can park yours in your driveway. My driveway has too much of a slope and the rig reached close to the sidewalk. I miss not being able to just go and sit in it LOL
Congratulations again and enjoy.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:05 PM   #17
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Thanks! The kids, wife and I have been just sitting in it the last couple days. We had dinner in it tonight. We can't keep it in the driveway indefinetly. My HOA won't allow it. We've got storage for it but were going to Disney's Fort Wilderness Friday so I didn't see the point in putting it in storage.
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Your color combo looks like ours and I do like the new rear end. I guess I never will understand how RV manufacturers can change the looks of rigs in mid year. Our '11 looks like a '10 but is on an '09 chassis.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:00 PM   #19
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Actually, the reason for the rear change is due to the new 2010 engine.

I don't recall why the radiator is bigger. Perhaps it is thinner and therefore taller and wider. Again, don't recall. I remember it had something to do with the new DEF engines. Possibly space for the DEF system?

Anyway, I watched a Freightliner video some time back and remember it stating all the changes from 2009 to 2010 and the radiator was bigger.

So when Forest River ran out of the 2009 engines (on 2011 models), they had to change the rear.

I love the LED taillights but can't say they are worth having the DEF system as a trade.
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