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Old 03-18-2011, 11:20 AM   #1
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Picked Up Our 390BH Yesterday!

Well my wife and I went down to Canon City and got our new Berkshire. But before we left Littleton I got a call from the dealer saying the winds were blowing 30-40 and gusting to 45. He said I may want to wait but WAS NOT telling me not to come. It was my call. I talked it over with my wife and we decided to go get as we want to break it in at Chatfield Lake this weekend and we have been waiting for this for 2-weeks!

Earlier this year we were driving back from Wyoming headed home along I-25. The winds then were probably gusting 30-40. I figured if I did it then I could do it again - just take it easy - if it gets to bad turn around and come home.

So we took our trade (a 2001 Monaco Knight 36R) and headed south. Monument pass was a bit windy and a few other places but not terrible. Don't get me wrong - I was fighting it.

We make it to the dealer do the paperwork, do the walk through and were are on the way back home. The wind got worse but man - I have to tell you the Berkshire drove GREAT! Even though the winds were stronger The Berk handled them 1000 times better than the Monaco. I guess that's one reason to buy new.

So we got all the stuff out of our living room (the stuff from the Monaco) and into the Berk. Thank goodness as it looked like we had a Hobo living in our living room! Everything is stored and we are ready for our maiden voyage to Chatfield Lake 3 MILES AWAY!!!!!!

Then next Friday we are off to Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Las Vegas then coning back through the Four Corners, Durango, Walsenberg then back home for the kids spring break. Roughly a 2200 mile trip. We also got a call my sister-in-law and we are off to Lake Powell and the grand Canyon in June then my buds and I are off to Sturgis in August.
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:53 AM   #2
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Congrats on your new coach and welcome to the forums!!! We need some pics now!!
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:29 PM   #3
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TaterColo,

Congratulations! My wife and I are in the process of securing financing for purchase of a 390BH from that very same dealer! If all goes well, we should be picking up the rig in early May after it's delivered. We're down in Pueblo. Sounds like you guys have some good adventures planned for this Spring/Summer. We're planning on an early June Orlando trip - the kids are very excited about the plans...
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:08 PM   #4
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Congrats and welcome!,
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:59 PM   #5
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Joker. The dealer was great. They have done everything they promised. You probably walked through the coach I bought if you went to the RV show that was here in Denver a few weeks ago. Mike at the dealer told me they sold 3 of the 390bh's during the show.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:06 AM   #6
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Gradulation for your purchase , i'm in canada , and in the purchase process which option have you choose , which motor , is in march it is a 2011 or 2012 ,and can you give me an average price for a rig like you in the us ?

it is a good thing to know than you are more than happy , it help me to decide myself !!
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:03 PM   #7
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Hi happysound man. I got the 360HP as we have the Rockies and I will also be towing a car. As for the options - I'm not sure what options there were but I understand the 360HP was an option as are the SS solid wheels which my coach has. As for pricing I have seen the 360HP start at $169K US. I'll just say I was happy with the deal I got. My coach is a 2011.
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:12 PM   #8
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:30 PM   #9
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Congratulations you will love the Berkshire. We picked our Berkshire up last fall and the kids love the bunks. Its funny you are in SW Denver and traded in a Monaco Knight. I live in Highlands Ranch and traded in a 2004 Knight for the 2011 Berkshire.
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:56 PM   #10
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Congratulations - We purchased ours (390QS) from them also. Just love the motor home, can't wait until retirement in October to really put it to use.
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Congrats to both of you on your new coaches!! Enjoy!!
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:59 PM   #12
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Congratulations you will love the Berkshire. We picked our Berkshire up last fall and the kids love the bunks. Its funny you are in SW Denver and traded in a Monaco Knight. I live in Highlands Ranch and traded in a 2004 Knight for the 2011 Berkshire.
Maybe we will see each other at Chatfield sometime. We will be there the weekend of may 20th - loop C.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:02 AM   #13
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I love in the UK where class A's are still an unusual site, after much research we have decided to buy a new class A and have shortlisted 2 the FR Berkshire BH and the Fleetwood Revolution 40LE before I travel to the US (Denver) to make a final selection has anyone got advice about either coach or extras or equipment I ahold try to get included in the deal?
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We picked up our new 2012 390bh yesterday and we are about to head out on a test run before our big summer trip. Here's a pic of it on the lot. I'll try to get a camp pic on later. We're pretty excited!!
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Joker,
Very nice!! Good luck with it!

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Not sure how the new models are equipped but you should get the double paned windows and side view cameras if the coach does not have them. Also, the larger 15kbtu ac in the front.
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Very nice!! Good luck with it!

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Not sure how the new models are equipped but you should get the double paned windows and side view cameras if the coach does not have them. Also, the larger 15kbtu ac in the front.
Thanks the Double glazed side windows are an option on the LE but not sure about the Berkshire I have looked on the FR website but they are not mentioed on the Options list, The bigger heater was already on the list as was central Vac, Once I do get the coach and import it I then have to have it converted to comply with European Laws on lighting and emmissions that will cost about £15,000 or $22,800!! So I have to get the right coach, my wife loves the new Berkshire as they now have a one piece screen but I do like the Revolution's 400BHP Engine thae max in the Berkshire is 365!
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$22,800? What do they need to do to the coach for that kind of money?

Do you think that you will need that much horse power? My coach has a 340hp engine and so far, that has been sufficient. I haven't towed anything yet but others have with the same engine and they said that there has been no problems towing.
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To comply with Euro 5 emmissions it's a new exhaust system, lighting has to ba changed at rear, the side lights need to be every 2 feet, the electricity hook up needs to be changed to 240V from 110V all the plug sockets neet to be changed, The Inverters and batteries need to be changed! It's surprising what needs to be done!
As for the Horse Power I want to pull a Box that will contain our SUV bikes etc so that will come in at about 4,500KG about 9,000lbs!! And those Swiss alps can be a killer!!
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Could you order a 'stripped down' coach with out the batteries, inverter etc. at a lower price? Also, what is it going to cost to ship it over? I don't know, but it sounds like you should be able to buy a coach in your country cheaper than having to have pay for all those modifications and shipping.
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Could you order a 'stripped down' coach with out the batteries, inverter etc. at a lower price? Also, what is it going to cost to ship it over? I don't know, but it sounds like you should be able to buy a coach in your country cheaper than having to have pay for all those modifications and shipping.

I have asked Forrest River and they only sell completed coaches same with Fleetwood! To buy a fully converted coach here is £195,000-£220,000 about $315,000 - $356,000!! The best quote so far for a FR Berkshire 390BH is $139,500 so with importing costs and conversion costs of $66,000 it is still significantly cheaper!
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