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Motorhome Basics For Beginners: What To Know

Owning your first motorhome can be an exhilarating experience. Whether you’re hitting the open road with your favorite travel partner in retirement, or the entire family is buckled in and ready to go, a motorhome allows for you to see the country in a way like no other.

Owning your first rig does come with plenty of added responsibility. A larger ride means more consideration for maintenance than your everyday vehicle. To make sure you’re ready for what it takes, here are some motorhome basics for beginners and what you should know as a new owner.

Get To Know Your Rig

Before you head out on an epic adventure, take time to familiarize yourself with your new motorhome. You may want to go to an open parking lot so you can get used to driving a larger vehicle, which can be a challenge at first. Even once you’re comfortable behind the wheel, you’ll do yourself a lot of good if you know as much as possible about your rig. Your new motorhome is a big investment, so treat it like one with the attention and care you give it by knowing it inside and out.

Keep Emergency Tools Readily Available

If you don’t consider yourself much of a mechanic, it may be best to leave maintenance of your rig to a professional. However, you can do yourself a lot of good by having an emergency tool kit readily available. A small tool kit can help you with minor issues under the hood, but it can also come in handy for DIY issues inside your motorhome as well. While you may want to leave the major stuff to a trusted mechanic, you’ll be happy to have an emergency toolkit ready in your rig.

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Passengers Should Be Aware Too

When a rig is on the road and in motion, passengers should remain seated until you reach the destination. It’s quite normal for people to think that it’s okay to get up and walk around in a motorhome, but this can cause issues for the driver. Not only does this cause for weight differences while driving, but it can also be distracting to the driver. To keep everyone safe, keep passengers informed while in your rig.

The More You Know…

Your next road trip should be an adventure, but that doesn’t mean it should be an unplanned mess. The more that you know about your trip, the better you’ll be prepared as a motorhome owner. Keep in mind that you’ll have to park and stay in campgrounds, which requires forethought on your behalf. You may also want to consider the terrain that you’ll be driving on, as it may be time to change the tires if they’ve become too warn. While your destination may be forever changing, know as much as you can about your travels for a better experience.

You’ll see places like never before when you are in a motorhome. To make sure that your adventure is as enjoyable as possible, consider these motorhome basics for beginners as what you need to know on the road.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motor home or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

How Much Does Owning A Motorhome Really Cost?

If you’ve ever dreamed of hitting the open road and seeing the country in a way like never before, then part of your fantasy may include driving in a motorhome. Behind the wheel of a motorhome, you’ll be the one that determines where the adventure leads. And since motorhomes are built with comfort in mind, you can get the rest and relaxation that you need while on the road.

While owning a motorhome is a great convenience, it also comes with costs that should be considered carefully. Owning a motorhome isn’t just about the initial price tag, as there are additional fees that will come up. For those that have wondered how much does owning a motorhome really cost, here is a breakdown of some of the expenses you’ll want to keep in mind.

Operating Costs

Just like your everyday car, there is plenty that goes into operating a motorhome. Before you go out on your next adventure, you may want to consider changing the oil and having your rig serviced. Since your motorhome is larger than a normal car, you can expect to pay more for just general services.

Once you get on the road, there are also more expenses to consider. On average, a 20,000-mile trip can cost roughly between $7,000-$10,000 for fuel alone. That will be on top of insurance and registration fees, which you’ll have to pay immediately after purchasing your rig.

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Camping Costs

A benefit of having a motorhome is to avoid having to pay the high prices that come with hotels. However, you won’t get off entirely without paying anything to sleep in your rig. That’s because most campgrounds and parks charge for access, and these fees range from $50-$100. You may also have to pay for additional hookups and plug-ins, which will be necessary if you want electricity or water. Some parks offer these amenities included, but that may come with a higher price to stay. If it’s your first time behind the wheel of a motorhome, don’t expect to just park and stay places for free – as that’s not quite the way it works when you’re on the road.

Additional Costs

You’ll want to tow along an additional car, as this will be more convenient to drive around once you get to your destination. While convenience may be ideal, bringing along another vehicle will also be more costly and an additional expense worth considering. You may also need to go through weigh stations while on the road, which could come with fees as well. There are plenty of additional costs to add to owning a motorhome, even once you are out on the road.

At the end of the day, no matter how much it costs to run your motorhome, keep in mind that you won’t be able to put a price on the memories you make. Seeing the country in a motorhome creates opportunities you may have never imagined, making it well worth whatever costs you have while owning it.

Benefits of Upgrading From an RV Trailer to a Motorhome

Your RV trailer has been great for years, but we all know that even the best units have their limitations. Whether it’s your family expanding or simply you wanting a bit more size while on the road, an upgrade to a motorhome is often a consideration that many RV owners have to think about. While there is plenty of familiarity that comes with upgrading to another RV trailer, you may be missing out by not giving motorhomes a fair chance.

Here are some of the benefits of upgrading from an RV trailer to a motorhome. If it’s time for you to consider a new rig, an investment into a motorhome is well worth it in the long run.

Less Hassle, More Fun

Having an RV is great, but it also means that you will need to have a vehicle that can pull your rig. Not only is investing in an RV pricey, but adding on a monthly car payment for something that is specific to hauling your rig is not something that most families are willing to take on. However, when you have a motorhome, it’s all one unit. You don’t have to worry about whether or not your vehicle can handle the load, but instead you have one rig that can take on whatever road is in front of you.

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Pulling an RV is one thing. Adding more weight in the form of a toy hauler is an even bigger hassle. That means you may have to leave your favorite recreational vehicles at home, which nobody wants to do. Those that want to bring along their jet skis, ATVs, bikes, and other toys, need to have a rig that can accommodate. A motorhome not only has the power to handle its own load, but it can also tow an additional hauler full of your favorite recreational toys.

Plenty of Room For Everyone

RV trailers typically max out at around six people – and honestly four is where things start to get too crowded. Inside of a motorhome, you can travel comfortably with between 10-12 people. Motorhomes are known for having more space, which means your entire family can come along for the ride. You won’t be able to enjoy your vacation if you are cramped while traveling, but that won’t be a problem inside a spacey motorhome.

Easier To Maintain

Much like a motorhome is easier to handle because it is one unit, it’s also easier to maintain for the same reason as well. When having your motorhome maintenance taken care of, not only will they look at the general performance of the rig, but also under the hood to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. Your investment matters, and being easier to maintain will help you keep your motorhome on the road for years to come.

There’s no question that an RV trailer can be ideal for some travelers. However, if you are looking to make even more enjoyable memories with those you love most, consider the insight here for how a motorhome will be the perfect option to upgrade to.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motor home or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

3 Reasons to Upgrade Your Motorhome

We know that you love hitting the open road in your rig, as it allows for you to see the country in ways like never before imagined. During your adventures and excursions, it’s easy to get attached to your motor home as you create tons of memories with the entire family. However, if it’s been awhile since the list time you did so, it might be time to upgrade your motorhome.

Because a motor home can cost a substantial amount of money, it’s something that you should prepare for accordingly. And if you know what signs to look out for that are immediate indicators for upgrading, you can make sure that you are prepared for the next upgrade.

Here are some of those indicators and 3 reasons to upgrade your motorhome.

Keeping Your Travelers Safe

RV safety has come a long way in recent years. When you consider the importance of the cargo inside, which includes everyone and everything, it only makes sense that you are going to want to have the safest RV on the road. Newer RV models are going to be safer, thanks to better advancements they put into building them. Whether it’s new brakes on the wheels or a higher quality crash rating than previous models, newer rigs will have the needed advancements to keep your travelers safe.

Not only is a newer motor home going to be more safe because of the improvements that go into it, but also because it gives you a clean slate on your rig. Maybe you haven’t changed the oil in a while or you haven’t properly flushed the water system in the rig. Whatever it is, those sorts of issues can pile up to become a big problem for your home. However, you can avoid that by starting fresh with an upgraded motor home unit.

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A More Enjoyable Vacation

Think about how your first car maybe didn’t even have a CD player in it, while now cars will talk to you in order to find out where you want to make reservations for dinner tonight. These same sorts of improvements can be seen in motorhomes, which is why it may be time to upgrade yours if it’s outdated. You deserve to travel in comfort and style if you are going to be in your rig throughout the day, so consider an upgrade if your old motor home doesn’t have the tech that you need.

Furthering Your Investment

Waiting a long period of time before upgrading will result in losing even more money in your current rig. But if you trade it in, you’ll be able to invest in something new that will help you keep a higher level of investment moving forward. A rig will lose its value if you don’t consider trading it in, but doing so helps you stay in the game moving forward financially.

You already know that your motor home is one of the best investments you’ve ever made and you love every second you spend in it. But if it’s been awhile since you last upgraded, consider this insight as to why you may want to do so for your motor home.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motor home or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

Choosing Between A Class A, Class C or Diesel Pusher

Selecting a motor home can be a daunting task for anyone. So many options, so many features – where do I even start? But when you take the time to learn a little more about these wonderful metal creatures, the right decision for you can become an easy one.  It is as simple as breaking it down by type. When your money is on the line, make sure you choose the motor home that fits your preference by following these basic guidelines:

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Class C

The Class C recreational vehicle is smaller than its Class A counterpart, but that may not be such a bad thing. The smaller size, and more of a truck like feel provides a much easier driving experience. But don’t expect your mother’s Honda. The lip at the rear of the vehicle can swing out when making turns, making you extra cautious that you don’t accidentally nick someone while turning. As far as amenities are concerned; you will have all of the basic necessities, but not much more when you purchase a basic model. Most Class A types boast a washer and dryer in the unit, whereas the Class C just does not have enough space.

The price, new, for one of these will set you back at least 60k, and can leap as high as 6 figures depending on the size. However, if you do spend a bit extra for more luxury, Class Cs with a range of amenities can be found at a higher cost. Bottom line: if you are on a budget, or prefer a smaller style, then Class C could be your best bet.  Find our Class C inventory here.

Class A

The Class A type motorhome is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term, motor home. They are big, spacious, and (depending on your price range) can offer you incredible luxury features that compete with the swankiest of houses. Things like: fireplaces, ice makers, home theatre systems and many more. Most present day units also provide multiple side and rear cameras, to make your experience a safer one.

What is all this added room going to cost you? Low end of the spectrum says 75k. Extra space and features will bring the price up to the 150-250k range.  See our selection of Class A’s here.

Diesel Pushers

The Class A Diesel Pushers are highly regarded as the elite of the motor home family. They are sleek, smooth, and likely house some of your favorite music artists when they are traversing the country, on tour. But to call a diesel pusher your baby, be ready to dish out some serious cash. Most prices range from $150-$300k. Expect huge flat screens, heated flooring, and much much more.

Diesel Pushers get roughly 6 miles per gallon, which combined with higher diesel fuel prices will make them much more expensive to operate than their younger, smaller cousins. The good news: diesel pushers have an average lifespan of 1,000,000 miles. Meaning that this investment, is the gift that keeps on giving – all lifelong. An investment that, like any motor home, is a priceless one.  See everything we have to offer here!

In short, there is no wrong decision when selecting a motor home that best suits your lifestyle. Just pack your bags, fill the tank, and ride…anywhere you want to go.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motor home or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

The Great Diesel Pusher Debate

We’ve already touched on the key differentiators on diesel and gas motor home’s, now let’s compare some of the finest Luxury Diesel Pushers on the market.

There are a large variety of Luxury Diesel Pusher options to choose from. However, the three names that stand at the head of the industry include:

  • Forest River
  • Newmar
  • Winnebago

For purposes of this “debate”, let’s compare these 3 specific models:

A 2015 Forest River Berkshire 380RB

A 2015 Newmar Dutch Star 4312

A 2015 Winnebago Forza 34T

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Forest River

Forest River makes a variety of different motor home models, the most popular of which being the Berkshire, Charleston, and Legacy each loaded to the gills with so many amenities that it can be difficult to choose one over another. With that being said, we’re confident you’ll find something that is perfect for you.  Also of note, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has owned Forest River since 2005. Any organization affiliated with Buffett definitely adds some allure.

One of the first words that comes to mind when you think of Forest River units should be, “comfort.” Every single one of their units comes with large and spacious areas that will fit multiple family members or travelers. This comes in incredibly handy, and can make a huge impact when it comes to how you feel about your Forest River.

Another reason to consider Forest River is because of the amount of decor options that come with each unit. No matter how you want to personalize and specialize your unit, you can do so by contacting Dylan’s RV. Being able to make your coach your own allows for you to take it to the next level in terms of what you are looking for in a motor home.

Some of the specific features for the 2015 Forest River Berkshire 380RB that help it stand out amongst the others are:

  • 340HP Cummins Motor with Allison 6 Speed Transmission
  • 2 Slide Bunk Floor Plan
  • 1.5 Baths
  • Fireplace
  • Tons of counter space
  • Auto leveling jacks
  • Power Patio Awning
  • Dual ducted AC Units
  • 39 Foot, 2 Slide Outs
  • Sleeps 8
  • $189,988

Forest River has a great reputation and this Berkshire sits at an excellent price point.  Let’s see if the other 2 can hang in this debate.

Newmar

Where Forest River knocks it out of the park with comfort inside, Newmar should be applauded for the comfort that you’ll feel when driving. Thanks to their unique Comfort Drive system, travelers will have a smoother experience while they are on the open road. You’ll really notice how the Comfort Drive comes into play when you are on varying terrains. For example, Comfort Drive will make your adventure through the Rockies just as smooth as any stretch of Midwest flat land. Whether you’re a motor home veteran or are new to the life, Newmar’s patented Comfort Drive system makes navigating roadways in a 40-foot coach as simple as driving your everyday passenger vehicle.

Newmar also provides a multitude of different personalized and specialized options for inside of the motor home as well. If you want to have a fully upgraded kitchen, you can; or you can opt for more beds, if you plan on having more travelers. In either event, you can decide how you want your Newmar to look inside.

As for the 2015 Newmar Dutch Star 4312, check out these great features:

  • A one of a kind Full Wall Slide out with 1.5 Baths
  • Freightliner XCR Tag Axle Chassis
  • Cummins 450 HP ISL Motor
  • 3 Separate 15,000 BTU A/C Units with Heat Pumps
  • 2 Piece Washer/Dryer
  • 43 Foot, 3 Slide Outs
  • Sleeps 8

At $399,956 MSRP, the Newmar stands at almost double the price of the Forest River – however you get a much larger engine, a stronger chassis, and an extra AC unit.  And, of course, the Newmar Comfort Drive system.  And more space.

Winnebago

Winnebago is one of the most popular names and industry leaders when it comes to RVs and motor home. When purchasing a Winnebago, you can bet that you are going to get a quality unit that will last for years. And with many of the all-electric coach options that Winnebago offers, you’ll also save money while on all of your trips.

Winnebago’s are also beautifully crafted and specialized for what you need as a driver.

As for the 2015 Winnebago Forza 34T, you are looking at the most inexpensive of the 3.  Currently listed at $159,999 with an MSRP of $209,139, you still get a loaded Diesel Pusher.

Check out these quick list of features:

  • Freightliner XCS Chassis
  • Cummins 340 HP Motor and an Allison 6 Speed Transmission
  • Large In Lounge Sofa with Roll Away Dining Table
  • Fireplace
  • Loft Bed
  • Dual Ducted A/C Units
  • Auto Leveling Jacks
  • 35 ½ Feet, 2 Slide Outs
  • Sleeps 6

At $159,999 you are sacrificing a few things.  The Winnebago sleeps 6, and both the Newmar and the Forest River sleep 8.  This is a function of having a little less space in the Winnebago.  It sits 35 ½ feet long and the other 2 are either 39 or 43 feet long.  The Newmar also has an extra Slide Out as compared to the Winnebago and Forest River, thus it is priced accordingly and higher.

An investment into a new Diesel Pusher is something that should considered with plenty of debate.  And comparing and contrasting.  How much space do you need?  What is your budget?  At Dylan’s RV, we have a big on-site inventory of Diesel Pushers for you to choose from.  You really need to stop in and spend a few hours viewing them in person.  We hope to see you soon.  Our professional and experienced staff is ready to answer all of your questions and get you situated into your dream Motor Home today!

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

Why Freightliner Makes the Best Motor Home Chassis

Your motor home is more than just a house on wheels. Instead, it is mobile accommodation that allow for you to view the world in a completely new way. With a motor home, you can choose where you decide to go and where you want to stay. You won’t have to plan ahead for a hotel, and you’ll also be able to travel with much more of your personal belongings. To some, a motor home is not just a house, but rather a way to make memories that will last a lifetime.

With so much that a motor home offers, it only makes sense that you’d want to ensure that it is as safe and reliable as possible. This is why one of the most important decisions factoring into your motor home purchase will be the chassis.

There are a variety of different chassis out there to choose from. However, there is no question that Freightliner makes models that are far above-and-beyond the competition. Here are some reasons why Freightliner makes the best chassis for your motor home.

Your Motor Home, Your Choice

No matter the size of the unit that you are pulling, or the power of the truck you are pulling it with, you’ll be able to find a Freightliner chassis that is perfect for you. Each chassis is built with precise detail to attention that ensures the safety of your motor home. With a variety of different options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the chassis that is right for your personal setup.

A Customized Ride Height

The ride height of your chassis is one of the most important factors to consider for your motor home. With Freightliner, you’ll be able to adjust the ride height of the chassis to a level that is ideal for you. Not only will this make for an easier and smoother ride, but it will also limit the amount of general wear and tear that you otherwise might have on your vehicle and the motor home.

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Specialized High Altitude Adjustments

There is no telling what sort of terrain you may come across while on the open road in

your motor home. Whether you are setting course across the flat highways of Kansas or the treacherous terrain of the Rocky Mountains, Freightliner chassis will help you reach your destination safely. There are a variety of different chassis options that prepare your motor home for whatever the road may bring. Unlike other chassis, which don’t provide nearly the same amount of security.

The Help You Need

With freightliner, you’ll never go at it alone. Instead, you’ll have the support that you need from a trusted and reputable team. Freightliner is dedicated to providing customer support to their clients, in order to ensure that you are safe while on the road. Whether you are having issues with the chassis itself, or if you simply have questions about maintenance, you can get the answers that you need in a timely fashion. With as important as your motor home is, it only makes sense that you’d want to protect it as best that you can. With a chassis from Freightliner, you’ll have the best chances to keep you and your family safe every time you hit the open road.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

Why Cummins Makes The Best Motor Home Engines

Aside from the obvious luxury amenities that come standard in most diesel pusher and Class A motor homes, there is another element that gets motor home owners excited…the power plant under the hood. Not only do we want an engine that can power through virtually any terrain, but we’re also looking for fuel efficiency, torque, a quiet ride, and perhaps most importantly, an engine that can be worked on by most truck mechanics and one in which parts are readily accessible when they are needed. In our opinion, Cummins has been consistently fitting that bill. With a nearly 100 year long history of producing high quality engines and components, Cummins is a leader in the diesel engine market, and has produced motors for nearly every type of truck that exists on the market today.

When it comes to motor homes, specifically, Cummins is so well respected for a multitude of reasons, but primarily for their durability. A well maintained Cummins motor could run for upwards of 1,000,000 miles if properly maintained. The other major plus is that there are certified Cummins mechanics nearly everywhere you go. So if you end up broken down on the side of the road, it won’t be long until you’re able to get someone to take a look at your motor and get your rig back up and running in no time. If you’re the type that has the know-how and likes to work on your engine on your own and find yourself in need of a part, it’s as simple as a quick Google search to find exactly what you’re looking for. There are dozens of authorized Cummins parts dealers throughout the country that can overnight ship basically any part right to your doorstep. The fact that Cummins has been in the game for so long and has produced so many motors and parts makes the availability of their products a great selling point.

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Besides the convenience of getting ahold of Cummins parts or a mechanic, the efficiency of their engines makes driving your coach that much more enjoyable. When it comes to larger diesel pusher’s, Cummins’ ISL9 is where you’re going to want to be. This engine will push out up to 450HP and 1,250 ft. lb. of torque, so towing nearly any car or boat along won’t be a problem at all. In order to keep maintenance costs down, the folks at Cummins built this particular engine with fewer moving parts, which means less opportunity for breakdowns and failures in your motor. In addition to a more intuitive design, the ISL9 has an engine control module (ECM) that was built to enable multiple injection events which leads to a cleaner and quieter combustion. In English, that means this engine will have less mechanical issues, do better on gas than most diesels on the market, and won’t sound like you’re driving a tractor trailer down the road (although your engine will be equally as powerful and durable as most 18-wheelers out there).

Cummins also offers manufacturer warranties on parts and service, so owners can rest assured that they are purchasing a coach that will last them a lifetime.  All in all, if you’re in the market for a new rig, your best bet will be to choose one that comes with a Cummins engine. It shouldn’t be hard to find, most luxury motor home’s come standard with a powerful and reliable Cummins motor.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

 

Review of the 2015 Coachmen Encounter 36BH

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2015 Coachmen Encounter 36BH

If you have been considering upgrading from a towable trailer to a motor home or are a newbie to the RV lifestyle altogether and want to make your first purchase, a Coachmen Class A is the way to go. Coachmen, a division of Forest River, is well known for putting out high quality, reliable, and most importantly, affordable coaches. With an average MSRP of roughly $100k – $150k for a brand new Class A gasser, Coachmen has done an outstanding job of designing motor home’s that are ideal for newcomers and experienced RVers alike. Here, we’ll take a look at the brand new 2015 Coachmen Encounter 36BH floor plan.

The Power

While Class A gas coaches won’t quite have the same amount of power and towing capabilities as their diesel counterparts, the Encounter comes standard with plenty of juice. Built on a Ford F-Series Super Duty 22,000lb chassis, the Encounter 36BH is a cinch for nearly anybody to jump in and drive right away. Other than accounting for it’s 37’7” length, this unit drives similarly to any large pickup truck. Powered by a Triton V10 362HP engine, owners will have no problem taking long road trips on nearly any terrain, especially without a vehicle in tow or an excessive amount of storage. However, if you do need to tow a vehicle or trailer, the Encounter comes equipped with a 5,000lb towing hitch.

The Exterior

Park the Encounter next to a coach that costs 3 times as much and at a glance you’ll have yourself wondering where the extra money could possibly go. The coach featured here is outfitted with the Tuscan Spice paint finish, but is also available in Almond Sand, French Silk, and Platinum Frost – all of which have the style and elegance Class A motor home owners are looking for in a new coach. However, the features don’t simply stop with a nice paint job. The 2015 Encounter 36BH comes standard with 22.5” aluminum rims, a power double step entrance that is activated when the entry door is opened, a crowned, laminated fiberglass roof, a power patio awning (great for entertaining or escaping the sun), an outdoor entertainment center, diamond shield paint protection film, heated side view cameras, and much more. This unit also features a heated, enclosed underbelly so owners can store all of their toys, additional clothing (for long trips), and anything else that needs to be put away to reduce the clutter inside the cabin.

The Interior

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Interior of the Encounter 36BH

As we always say, the exterior of the coach will make you excited, but it’s the interior that will make you fall in love. The Encounter certainly lives up to that standard. Not only does this coach have the quality, luxury feel owners are looking for, but it also sleeps 8 people comfortably making it the perfect addition to your family’s vacation plans. Subtle features like a padded vinyl ceiling, frameless tinted windows with safety glass, and recessed LED ceiling lighting give the Encounter 36BH a touch of sophistication, while bunk beds with privacy drapes and mounted LCD televisions, and leather couches (that fold out into additional sleeping space) and rocker recliners make it a fun and relaxing place to be as well. Not to mention, 3 slideouts give this coach tons of added floor space. The galley is well appointed with Corian surface counter tops, a double sink with a single lever high kitchen faucet with a sprayer, a 3 burner stovetop, a 30” stainless steel hanging microwave, a full size stainless steel refrigerator, and a ceramic tile backsplash. There is also plenty of drawers and cabinet space (both above and below the counter) to keep all of your kitchen items neat and organized. The master bedroom is the perfect place for mom and dad to relax after a long day on the road with a king size bed and a 32” LCD TV and DVD player.

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Floor plan of the Encounter 36BH

Other features include an electric fireplace, a booth dinette, cognac maple interior wood furnishings, beautifully crafted tile floors, and so much more.

Like we said, Coachmen is well known for producing high end, luxury style motor homes without the high end price tag. Of course, before you ever purchase any motor home, you need to run down the checklist of needs and wants to see what style of coach will best fit your needs. But take it from us, if you’re looking for a stylish coach with the power and sophistication that will fit your whole family (and then some), without hurting your pockets too badly, the 2015 Coachmen Encounter 36BH is the way to go.

Want to take a look at the 2015 Encounter 36BH? Click here! Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

 

Why You Need To Know EVERY Feature Of Your Motor Home

Perhaps the most appealing part of purchasing a motor home is all of the features luxury coaches come with nowadays. New Class A motor homes are obviously beautiful to look at on both the interior and exterior, but it’s the intricate features of the unit that really make vacationing in one so pleasurable. Ah, yes. The features. Everyone loves the features. “What kind of features does it have?”… “What features have changed from last years model?”…Show me the features!”

New motor homes come with so many features – some more flashy and noticeable than others (i.e. an outdoor entertainment center or an electric awning), and some that are absolutely imperative when it comes to living comfortably while on the road (i.e. how to use your battery charger or how to hook up your electric at a camp site). It’s those unsexy features that motor home owners need to have intimate knowledge of that will be the difference between living comfortably while out on the road or being in a world of frustration.

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Get to know the utility compartment of your motor home

One thing everyone should do upon taking delivery of their coach from a dealer is to make sure to pay very close attention to all of the ins and outs of every feature. This is important regardless of how long you’ve been RVing for. Don’t assume that you have everything figured out just because you’ve owned a motor home for a few years – manufacturers are constantly adding, removing, and changing the features included in their new models. In some cases, the full walk through of a motor home can take a couple of hours, so if you’re going to be spending that amount of time with your salesperson make sure to ask lots of questions and it may not even be a bad idea to take notes on certain things. After all, if you’ve never had to flush out a black tank at a busy campground before, not only could you potentially make a huge mess, but you could also have a lot of ticked off RVers waiting behind you in line while you fumble around trying to figure it out.

In addition to taking notes and asking tons of questions, be sure to bring someone else along with you when taking delivery of your new coach…preferably, someone that will be traveling with you like your spouse or adult child. This can prove to be beneficial for a couple of reasons. 1. It’s good to have another person who knows how to maintain the motor home riding along with you. It takes the pressure off one person being solely responsible for conducting all of the routine maintenance. 2. The person with you taking delivery may think to ask questions or point things out that you may not have noticed or just wouldn’t have thought are important enough to comment on. Like we said, ask lots of questions. The more information you have, the better prepared you’ll be for motor home ownership.

The loads of features your new coach will come with and learning about all of them can definitely be overwhelming for some. So do lots of homework before you buy, watch videos, read articles, talk to friends, and most importantly, pay attention. Everyone knows how to turn on a TV, but not everyone knows how to conduct a full inspection of their utility compartment.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!