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Old 10-22-2015, 08:01 PM   #21
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So let get down to numbers I paid $200 even for my 2015 Berk XL 40BH in November 2014 with wash and dry. How's that compare.
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Old 10-22-2015, 08:25 PM   #22
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One statement I have never heard in regard to cars, trucks, mh, motorcycles, etc: "I wish I had less horsepower."
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Old 10-22-2015, 08:55 PM   #23
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We are going to buy a Berkshire XL 40BH soon. We just have to decide if it will be a 360 HP or a 380 Hp. My advise to CalifRvLawyer is to take a look at one of those. We are trading in a 2008 Georgetown 350 DS with bunks. We never had any issues with our Georgetown, it is just time to upgrade and one of the reason we are staying with a Forest River product.
I like the idea of a couple of couple of feet shorter ..which is why I like 38A
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:45 AM   #24
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Mine is not for sale( anything is for sale) and we love it. We have a 2011 390RB with the 340 cummins. All the talk about needing more hp is fine if you understand the mission of the MH. I get a chuckle when I see a 40' 500hp MH pulling a 3500 lb Jeep. Why? I will admit a larger toad would be nice but not necessary for us.
We are on a trip from Mi to Florida with stops in NC and Georgia. We went through Asheville and hit a couple of grades. Never had a second thought in fact I passed a few trucks on the way up. Going down was easy just no problem. We are very heavy as we full time. Approaching 34000 lbs so it's not a light load. I travel with full water. So we don't skimp when traveling.
So would I buy another 340? I might if the deal was right. Mostly I would like the 3000 Allison transmission. It would be nice to have the diagnostics enabled to see what is going on in the transmission and the extra cargo would come in handy but then u would haul around stuff I don't need so maybe not.
Anyone thinking about a new MH should first think about what you want it to do. Then match the power train to that mission. Why have 500hp when you only need 340?



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Old 10-23-2015, 09:51 AM   #25
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I agree with Phil. I bought the 360 because of the Allison 3000 and the 10K capacity. We shopped around and I got a smoking deal on this one. We had to fly to Seattle, WA and drive home, but that was part of the fun.

Also: Diesel is better than gas because of the torque. Once you drive the diesel, it will be hard to go back to gas. When you drive them back to back on the same roads, it isn't a fair comparison.

Occasionally FR will do rebates to dealer and I scored another $10K off my purchase price knowing that.
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Old 10-23-2015, 03:02 PM   #26
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Phil is a wise man...figure out your mission and buy what you need to fit that mission. Just be sure you consider your mission today, and maybe 3-5 years from now. If you don't expect anything to change, go with what works for you now.

We tow a 4 door Jeep Wrangler, we don't full time, we take several small trips a year plus 1 or 2 big trips. We expect the frequency of big trips to increase over the years but not the loading characteristics.

We bought a Berk 340 and love it.

Weighed in before our last big trip (fully loaded for the trip) and were 200lbs under max on the front. We were under on the rear, just don't remember by how much.

The 340 fits our mission today and for the foreseeable future so we are thrilled with it. Descent price, good fuel economy, and does great on the hills even while towing.

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Love our Berk. Bought in March of this year. We got rid of a 2013 Fleetwood piece of you know what and could not be happier. I have not had much of a chance to use it because of my cancer battle (winning) but my Son has put on about 6k miles pulling his boat.
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Love our Berk. Bought in March of this year. We got rid of a 2013 Fleetwood piece of you know what and could not be happier. I have not had much of a chance to use it because of my cancer battle (winning) but my Son has put on about 6k miles pulling his boat.
Very nice looking set up. The best of luck to you on your fight and hope you get to use it a lot more often in the future.
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Old 10-23-2015, 03:46 PM   #29
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Love our Berk. Bought in March of this year. We got rid of a 2013 Fleetwood piece of you know what and could not be happier. I have not had much of a chance to use it because of my cancer battle (winning) but my Son has put on about 6k miles pulling his boat.

The cancer thing sucks for sure. Great to hear you are beating it. Hopefully that fight is done soon and you can get back to enjoying life and the MH. Good luck and please keep us posted.



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Old 10-23-2015, 06:20 PM   #30
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The cancer thing sucks for sure. Great to hear you are beating it. Hopefully that fight is done soon and you can get back to enjoying life and the MH. Good luck and please keep us posted.
X2!! Keep being positive and continue beating that disease!
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Old 10-30-2015, 01:47 PM   #31
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Maybe mor important than the motor is make sure u are getting freightliner new Axel and v drive. It's pretty new but I just came from freightliner school and with my 2015 40BH had it. Also if it's a 2016 it should be OK. Another issue was the instant hot water heaters they changed from gaurade to Atwood. Atwood is better.
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Old 10-30-2015, 02:16 PM   #32
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Sorry V-Ride
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Old 11-03-2015, 02:10 PM   #33
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The 38A has fantastic storage capacity in both bathrooms. Cabinets are big enough to store towels and beach towels without being folded into impossibly small sizes!
The pull out garbage can cabinet is handy too. No more "where am I going to put the trash can"
The shower is a 1 piece unit which avoids water getting into seams in shower. The seat in the shower is also handy.

To Neanderthal: Bravo and Congrats on your winning fight against Cancer! I am a 2 time Cancer Survivor! Stay strong and positive! I will keep you in my Prayers!

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Karen,
Congrats on your beating Cancer- twice!! Also, to Neanderthal! Hope you both have very long, healthy lives!
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Old 11-03-2015, 04:16 PM   #35
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Karen,
Congrats on your beating Cancer- twice!! Also, to Neanderthal! Hope you both have very long, healthy lives!

X2 excellent to hear success stories. God knows there enough stories that don't end well. Happy for all cancer survivors.



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X2 excellent to hear success stories. God knows there enough stories that don't end well. Happy for all cancer survivors.

Ditto !!
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Thank you to tmmar, Phil57 and 5456Mich for your kind words and support! The best way to thank God for the health he gives you is to live life to the fullest! Get out there and LIVE, don't wait!!
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Thank you to tmmar, Phil57 and 5456Mich for your kind words and support! The best way to thank God for the health he gives you is to live life to the fullest! Get out there and LIVE, don't wait!!

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Maybe mor important than the motor is make sure u are getting freightliner new Axel and v drive. It's pretty new but I just came from freightliner school and with my 2015 40BH had it. Also if it's a 2016 it should be OK. Another issue was the instant hot water heaters they changed from gaurade to Atwood. Atwood is better.

How would I know if I the "new axel and V-ride"? I looked at all the stickers above the drivers seat but don't see anything that says V-ride..... Mines a 2016 38a. Thanks!


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Nathan,
Call the Freightliner help line (1-800-FTL-HELP) and they should be able to tell you if your chassis has those options. You will need the last 6 numbers of your vin when you call.
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