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Old 01-08-2016, 02:50 PM   #1
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Purchasing a new Berkshire

Pick up our 1st Berkshire. Next week. She is a 34 QS. Any experience or advice will be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Be very careful, they are hard to drive with a big smile on your face.

Try to get a good walk through demonstration, adjust your mirrors and hit the road. Welcome to the club!
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:14 PM   #3
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Thanks and LOL

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Welcome and safe travels!
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Yes, the PDI is critical! If you can, it is a good idea to find a RV Camp close to the dealer (some dealers have RV sites on their property - ask!) And spend a night or two in your new home going over everything. Any problems, report to the RV dealer and ask that they fix or repair before you leave.


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Driving tip if this is your first DP. Because the front wheels are behind you, don't start the turn until your hips reach the corner.


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Old 01-08-2016, 04:24 PM   #7
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II know I said adjust your mirrors and hit the road. But really stay at the dealer or close by for a day or two while you check things out. Then have them fix anything you find before you leave the area.

Since you have a week, ask a lot of questions here before you pick it up.
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:26 PM   #8
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How far from home are you picking it up?
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:42 PM   #9
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Congratulations, welcome to the Berk family. Like the others have said, a good walk through with the dealer is important. If you can, video it for reference later.
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Congratulations on your new Berkshire and welcome to the Forums!! Hope you have many fun, safe, trouble free and memorable trips with it! As others have said, try to stay in a campground that is close to the dealer and have them fix any issues before you leave.
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Old 01-08-2016, 07:19 PM   #11
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Pick up our 1st Berkshire. Next week. She is a 34 QS. Any experience or advice will be much appreciated. Thanks!
Hi and Welcome! While doing your walk through don't forget to have the dealer close the slides so you can look at the walk space in the center isle and the usability of the coach with the slides closed. No, most people don't try to live in the coach with the slides closed, but there are times when moving about the coach with the slides closed is necessary. (Like at rest areas or parking lots). It is better to evaluate EVERYTHING about the coach BEFORE you sign!
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Congratulations, post some pictures when you get a chance..
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Congrats on the purchase.

Do you have any experience with class a DP? Without knowing you experience it is hard to know where to start with advice.

Best piece of starting advice is to plan at least a couple of very small trips ... close to home before planning a big trip. No matter your level of experience or the type of unit .... there will be little glitches to work out.

May sound crazy but out first trip with our Berk 390BH60 was a weekend at the local Walmart parking lot ... this even after more that 14 yrs of various RVS and motor homes.

Test every switch and.every feature ...
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Congratulations

Yes, do a thorough check before you accept delivery. It has taken us 14 months to get all the issues resolved. But we are now enjoying our 2014 Berkshire 400QL. Make sure you established a direct relationship with Forest River (Randy or Mitch). Enjoy
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Old 01-09-2016, 07:00 PM   #15
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It will be the experience of a lifetime and you will meet manny friendly RV's on the road. We own Birkshire 390-RB and it's not hard to handle on the road. Just practice your turns and stopping distance and you'll be fine. Remember you own 8 tons and it's not a Volkswagen Beetle. PDI is something that the #1 thing to do and if you know a long-time RV'er take him or her along to help you with the inspection.
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Driving tip if this is your first DP. Because the front wheels are behind you, don't start the turn until your hips reach the corner.


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X2. This really helped me to learn to judge my right hand turns on tight intersections. Also, welcome to the pack. Berkshire owners are friendly and fiercely loyal to our brand!


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Old 01-10-2016, 03:30 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone for the tips. We live in NC and will be driving up to Indiana to pick up the RV. They take 3 days to go through it and we will spend an entire day with them going over everything. We r moving from a 28 class c to the 34QS. Excited. Thanks, Barry and Susan
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