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Articles and tips the assist consumers in making luxury motor home purchasing decisions

Why You Should Buy A Garage Coach as Your Next Motor Home

If you’re in the market for a luxury Class A or Super C motor home, you’ve probably already decided that traditional methods of traveling aren’t for you. You’ve recognized the appeal of being able to pick up at a moments notice, gather your family, and see parts of the country you thought you would never see and meet people you thought you would never meet – all while staying in your own private palace on wheels. No more rushing through busy airports, no more hotel stays.

Since you’re now one of the rapidly growing population of motor home owners who like to do things a bit differently, why don’t you consider RVing differently as well? Toy haulers and garage coach motor homes are not nearly as common as their towable counterparts, but they are awesome and can completely change the way you experience life on the road. Here are a few reasons why…

1.    You can bring your toys with you!

Clearly, this is the most obvious reason why a garage coach makes for a great purchase, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t mention it here! It’s no secret that many motor home enthusiasts also have an equal enthusiasm for motorized sports. Do you and the kids have dirt bikes? Bring them.  Quads? Bring them. Dune buggies? You get the point. The garage space in your coach will help to add another element of fun to your future vacations.

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ShowHauler garage coach

2.    You now have a deck!

The additional space in the garage doesn’t have to be used solely for storing your toys; it can double as a deck also. However, if you’re lucky enough to have a multi-level garage, it could be used as both. Many garages come equipped with folding/removable benches and tables (as seen in this Newmar Canyon Star) as well as full entertainment centers that become the perfect indoor/outdoor living space. If you happen to find yourself at a campground entertaining lots of people, your garage can be used as that added space you need to accommodate everyone comfortably.

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Newmar Canyon Star Garage Unit

3.    Storage, Storage, Storage

If the storage space under the cabin of your coach doesn’t quite fit the bill for your needs, then a garage coach may be just what you’re looking for. A 10-foot garage will certainly help to increase the amount of cargo you can bring along with you on your travels. This especially applies to the full-timers out there or anyone considering full timing in their motor home. Unavoidably, over time we accumulate lots and lots of things whether we mean to or not. So if your coach is your home, having the extra storage space may be a good thing.

4.    Lots of sleeping space

While most luxury motor homes will sleep roughly 6 people comfortably, some garage coach’s will have dedicated sleeping space for up to 10. If you have a big family or take plan on taking multiple trips with lots of friends, the spare sleeping space can prove to be quite nice. Your best bet will be to find a Class A garage coach that has electric drop down bunks. This way, your garage can be a garage by day and a bedroom by night.

If you’re traveling with a large family, lots of toys, or have a great need for extra storage, it may be in your best interest to investigate the qualities of a garage coach.

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

Review of the 2015 Forest River Berkshire 400QL

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2015 Forest River Berkshire 400QL

If and when you start shopping for a new diesel pusher motor home, you’ll undoubtedly be pointed in the direction of a Forest River Berkshire at some point along your journey. Forest River has long been touted as the standard in motor home superiority – a perfect combination of luxury, reliability, drivability, and overall quality. According to Statistical Surveys, Forest River Class A motor homes were the most popular coaches in the country in 2013 with a market share of just over 25%. It is no wonder why the Forest River brand, particularly the Berkshire model, is many motor home dealers’ bread and butter. Here, we’ll review one of the most popular floor plans of one of the most popular diesel pushers available today; the 2015 Forest River Berkshire QL.

The Power

Like most Class A diesel coaches, the Berkshire was designed to withstand long road trips and rigorous road conditions without having to sacrifice ease of driving or comfort while doing so. The 400QL is constructed on a Freightliner XC-Series chassis and rides on front and rear Neway air suspension systems and Sachs custom tuned shock absorbers. What does that mean for you? An extremely smooth ride that makes even the roughest of roads go unnoticed when traveling them. The comfort of the ride of the Berkshire is just half of what makes driving these coaches so great, however. Forest River Berkshire’s come standard with a Cummins ISB turbo diesel 6.7 liter 340HP engine with options to upgrade to over 800 ft lb of torque. There is also a 10,000 pound hitch, so towing a boat, car, or any other toys you need on your next trip won’t be a problem what-so-ever. Bottom line: the last complaint you’ll ever have about a Berkshire diesel pusher is a lack of power.

The Exterior

At a glance, the 400QL is a beautifully constructed coach with custom, full body paint and 4 slideouts, but that is simply the beginning of what makes the exterior of this unit so great. Diamond Shield paint protection film will keep the Berkshire looking as vibrant and crisp as the day you pulled it off the lot for years to come. Hehr frameless dual pane, tinted windows give this coach a sleek look while maintaining privacy inside the cabin. Forest River also gives owners the option to add an outdoor entertainment center fully equipped with an LCD television and outdoor speakers that can be covered by a full length, electric awning that comes standard. Traveling with lots of luggage and toys? No problem here. The Berkshire has multiple exterior compartment doors with full pass through storage so owners can utilize the entire 8’4” width of the coach to stow their extras safely and comfortably without having to cram too many things inside the cabin. Other exterior features include a 24.5 gallon propane tank, a two-piece rear ladder, wheel covers, a full length mud flap with chrome trim, and a tankless water heater with continuous flow.

The Interior

If you thought that the exterior of the Berkshire 400QL was amazing, wait until you step inside the cabin. Forest River has done an outstanding job of building motor homes that have that coveted “Wow” factor and the 400QL is no exception. The 4 slideouts, when opened, give the midship of the coach tons of added floor space, which is a great feature when traveling with multiple passengers. One of the main differences in the 400QL when compared to other Berkshire floor plans is the design of the cabin living space. An L-shaped leather couch (with sleeper bed) and angled entertainment center (complete with a 42” LCD television and a gas fireplace) give the feel of being in a completely separate room, although they are just steps away from the state-of-the-art kitchen and dining area. Love to prepare home cooked meals while you’re on vacation? Perfect! A full kitchen with tons of counter space (and an extendable prep board) along with solid corian countertops, 30” stainless steel convection microwave oven, a full sized stainless steel refrigerator, and twin sinks make dining in a dream.

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The cabin of the 2015 Forest River Berkshire 400QL

The master bedroom is the picture-perfect place to rest after a long day of driving and features all of the creature comforts luxury motor home owners have come to expect. A king size bed on a Serta mattress, entertainment center, tons of custom designed, solid wood cabinets, night stands, and padded carpet makes owners feel like they are in their own homes. A full bathroom with a standup shower enclosed in a glass shower door that even has a skylight, along with a porcelain china toilet and a medicine cabinet allow owners the privacy and comfort they deserve.

Other interior features include: a half bath in the midship, LED lighting throughout the cabin, stackable washer and dryer, full extension metal drawer guides with ball bearings throughout, beautifully crafted tile flooring, blackout shades, and a padded ceiling.

All in all, the Berkshire 400QL by Forest River is the ideal diesel coach for those looking to purchase their first motor home or their tenth motor home. Very few manufacturers have put out such a consistently impressive model of Class A diesel pushers.

For more information on the 400QL, see it on our website here, or to view all of the Forest River motor homes we currently have in stock and for a virtual tour of a 2014 Berkshire, visit our Forest River page.

Dylans RV Center is your luxury motorhome authority. We carry a full line of Class A gas and diesel pushers, as well as a complete inventory of Super C motor coaches. If you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

 

The 2 Best Super C Motor Coaches on the Market

A few weeks ago we posted a blog on what you should be looking for if you’re debating between purchasing a Class A or Super C motor home. If you happen to be leaning towards the Super C, then make sure to read on. Here, we’ll give you some information on what we at Dylans RV believe to be the best 2 Super C motor coaches on the market right now. These motor homes aren’t the typical Class C units you may be used to…they are much larger, luxurious, and have a ridiculous amount of power good for getting you through nearly any roadway you could possibly travel on.

With so many manufacturers putting out Super C’s these days, you may be asking yourself which is best. While classifying anything as “the best” is always very subjective and opinions differ from person to person, we’ll just tell what we believe to be the 2 very best on the market in terms of quality and value.

Haulmark Motor Coach 4504HB

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Haulmark Motor Coach 4504HB

If you’re looking for a Super C that has tons of living space, then you’ve just found your ideal coach. This particular floor plan has 4 large slideouts for additional floor space, a huge kitchen with an island with double sinks (a rare feature in a coach like this), extra cabinet space, and a private master bedroom. Every component of this coach was designed with luxury in mind and that is evident from the moment you step inside one of these beauties. The cabin is outfitted with solid surface countertops and owners have the option to upgrade to 6 different colors and styles of granite tile and 2 different hard wood options. If there’s a particular look you’re going for, Haulmark will be able to accommodate you.

The folks at Haulmark thought of everything when designing this coach to make it feel just like home. A skylight and glass bowl sink in the bathroom are perfect examples. 3 air conditioners (2 in the living space, 1 in the bedroom) ensure that passengers will be comfortable during these hot summer months, and a Sony tablet to control the audio/video components (including the outdoor entertainment center) bring this coach well into the 21st century. Again, this coach has been crafted to make you feel like you’re right at home even if you happen to be thousands of miles away.

As far as power is concerned, there is certainly no shortage here. The 4504HB runs on a 500HP Volvo engine and drives like a much smaller motor home, making this 45 foot beast seem much smaller.

Dynamax Corp DX3 DX 37TRS

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Dynamax Corp DX3 DX 37TRS

For those of you looking for an awesome, brand new Super C motor coach and aren’t looking to break the bank, then the all new DX3 is a viable option with MSRP at just $298,000.  Dynamax has long had a reputation for producing high quality, luxury motor homes and certainly lives up to that standard with the DX3 37TRS. A shorter coach than the Haulmark, this unit measures in at just over 39 feet in length and has a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of 33,000 pounds so you can rest assured that this is a sturdy motor home through and through. The DX3 is built on a Freightliner chassis and is powered by a 350HP Cummins engine and boasts 1,000 foot-pounds of torque. Planning on towing a car or trailer behind you? No worries here, this model comes standard with a 20,000 pound tow hitch.

The interior of the coach is equally as impressive as it’s technical features. 3 slideouts give the cabin tons of living space while cherry wood cabinets and custom woodwork can be found throughout the entire coach. An electric fireplace (only available in the 37TRS floor plan) gives an element of comfort that makes owners feel like they are in their own living room. A full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 3 burner gas stove, and convection microwave making preparing a home cooked meal a cinch. The bedroom makes for a nice private getaway with a king size bed, a 32 inch LCD TV, and fresh carpeting.

Some other amenities include custom paint, an outdoor shower faucet, electronic cruise control, optional stackable washer/dryer combo, and digital back up and side view cameras.

Regardless of which of these Super C coaches you decide on, you’re making a phenomenal choice. You’re sure to be the envy of every campground and rest stop you pull up to in one of these luxury motor homes.

Dylans RV Center is your luxury motorhome authority. We carry a full line of Class A gas and diesel pushers, as well as a complete inventory of Super C motor coaches. If you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

 

 

 

Shopping for the Right Motor Home Insurance Policy

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Insuring a motor home isn’t quite like purchasing a standard auto policy and even differs greatly from purchasing insurance for a towable RV. Because luxury Class A motor coaches come equipped with top of the line appliances, audio/video entertainment equipment, cameras, and other valuable items, and they serve as both a vehicle and living space, the policies are structured differently. The fact that many motor homes are customized to meet the needs of their owners leads to customized insurance policies.

Several factors will determine what type of policy you’ll need and how high or low your monthly premium will be. How you intend to use your coach will be one of the first questions underwriters will need to ask in order to being creating your policy. If you are a retiree planning on taking extensive trips or even full timing, you will require a much different policy than a young family that plans on taking a couple of trips throughout the year. Part of the reason for this is that someone who is constantly on the road not only has an increased risk of getting in an accident while driving, but also because they will be parked outside at campgrounds and RV resorts where there may be a higher risk of theft.  It isn’t very common for a motor home to get flat out stolen, but because luxury motor homes come with so many nice amenities, they can become targets for thieves looking to strip them down. If theft is something you’re worried about, you may want to explore personal property coverage that will protect you from stolen personal items like jewelry or electronics that you travel with.

One way to limit your risk (thus, keeping your premiums down) is to keep your coach in a secure facility that specializes in RV storage or to build a full size garage capable of housing your coach. The less exposed your motor home is, the lower your premium should be.

If you happen to be purchasing a brand new, expensive motor home, it’s very important to purchase a policy that has Guaranteed Loss Replacement. This policy clause will allow you to be fully indemnified and get a new coach (or similar model) within the first 5 years of the policy if your motor home is totaled. If your coach is totaled after the initial 5 years of the policy, you will be given the full replacement value of the coach based on its condition before the loss occurred.

Another important policy clause for the full-timers out there would be…you guessed it, Full-Timers Coverage. These policies don’t just cover your coach but also your personal liability coverage. Some insurance companies, like Progressive, even offer storage shed coverage for items stored away while you’re out on the road.

Emergency Expense Coverage is also a great thing to look into, especially if you’re traveling with kids and aren’t towing a personal vehicle. This type of coverage will pay for hotel accommodations and transportation in the event your motor home is incapable of being driven while out on a trip. Don’t allow yourself to be stuck on the side of the road next to a smoking engine.

There are limitless amounts of coverage options for motor home owners out there. Make sure to do your homework before speaking with a professional insurance agent so you can ensure that you’re getting the right coverage for the right price.

 

Dylans RV Center is your luxury motorhome authority. We carry a full line of Class A gas and diesel pushers, as well as a complete inventory of Super C motor coaches. If you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

 

Review of the 2014 Newmar Mountain Aire 4361

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2014 Newmar Mountain Aire 4361

When it comes to experiencing ultimate luxury in a diesel pusher coach, the buck stops with the Newmar Mountain Aire. Here, we will be taking you through a tour of the 4361 floor plan we have in stock, but please remember, we have the capability and relationship with Newmar to have any features added or changed at your discretion. The goal when purchasing a Newmar motorhome is to drive away with the coach of your dreams, and our team as well as the folks at the Newmar manufacturing plant will make sure that you’re always 100% satisfied.

The Power

The Mountain Aire was designed to combine power, luxury, and an easy ride for both the driver as well as the passengers. This coach is built on a Freightliner XC series chassis and boasts a 450HP Cummins engine that has up to 1200lbs of torque. Newmar constructed this unit so its passengers can always enjoy an efficient and quiet ride regardless of where you take it or how much you store in it. GPS navigation, backup monitor, and side view cameras coupled with Newmar’s patented Comfort Drive with power steering assist makes driving the Mountain Aire as easy to operate and maneuver as significantly smaller motorhome’s and doesn’t require any special licensing what so ever.

The Exterior

One of the features new to the 2014 Mountain Aire is the step into the coach. This newly designed staircase folds out extremely low, basically touching the ground, and makes for very easy access to the inside of the unit. This may seem like a very small addition, but it’s the little things like this that separates this coach from the rest. A push button Girard awning with LED lighting stretches nearly the entire length of the coach and helps set the ambiance for the outdoor entertainment center. A 46” Sony LED TV folds out of the exterior cabin and is hinged on Newmar’s exclusive magnetic bracket, which allows the television to be pointed in nearly any direction. The Mountain Aire has tons of storage units underneath, including a slide out freezer (which can outstretch an open slide out), slide out trays, and a central vac system. A full body custom paint job complete with Diamond Shield paint protection film will keep this coach looking as gorgeous as the day it was built for years to come.

The Interior

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Inside the cabin of the 2014 Newmar Mountain Aire 4361

This unit offers its owners and passengers a beautiful look as well as extremely comfortable seating. The cabin in this model features a leather L-shaped couch, a leather reclining seat, and allows the driver and passenger front seats to turn and be used as additional seating while parked. There is no shortage of storage inside the cabin as this coach includes approximately 20 drawers and cabinets. All of the cabinets and custom trim work are done with solid wood and the finest craftsmanship to complete the luxury feel Newmar was going for with this coach. The kitchen is complete with solid surface Corian countertops, a 30-inch Frigidare convection microwave, residential sized stainless steel refrigerator and freezer, dishwasher, and a residential stainless steel sink. (Side note: the Mountain Aire uses 100% electric power, no propane, and has a hydronic water heating system that runs off diesel fuel or electricity. This allows owners to shower, do laundry, and run the dishwasher all at the same time and never lose hot water).

This unit has one and half bathrooms, the master featuring a shower with a bench so you can sit and relax while showering. The bedroom comes equipped with a king size Sleep Number bed, adjustable shelves in the closet, LED TV, and residential grade, stackable, Whirlpool washer and dryer. Owners truly have all of the comforts of home in this beautiful coach.

The last feature we’ll touch on here is the SilverLeaf coach control system. This system allows owners to control every aspect of the Mountain Aire from the water temperature and fill levels, climate, power, lighting, music, and more. There are two screens – one in the master bedroom and one in the front of the cabin near the doorway.

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SilverLeaf coach control system

Newmar broke the mold when they released the Mountain Aire with all its bells and whistles. For more information on this specific coach, or other Newmar products, please click here, or check out this video for a full walk through of the Mountain Aire 4361 floor plan.

 

Dylans RV Center is your luxury motorhome authority. We carry a full line of Class A gas and diesel pushers, as well as a complete inventory of Super C motor coaches. If you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

 

 

 

Class A or Super C Motor Homes – Which Coach Is Right For You?

Whether you’re new to the world of luxury motor homes or you’ve been in the game for a number of years, you know that when shopping for a new coach there are seemingly an infinite amount of options. There are so many manufacturers, floor plans, color schemes, and amenities to choose from that it can be difficult to narrow down your choices. We will say this, however, if you’re lucky enough to be shopping for a new coach at all, there are worse problems to have!

Instead of starting your buying process by going into all of the specific details of what makes each motor home a good or poor option for you, let’s first figure out what class of coach is going to be the best fit for your needs (if you already know which class you want, give our blog on choosing between diesel or gas a read). For the purposes of this article, we won’t be providing any insight on Class B motor homes, which are the smallest of the three classes and very rarely include what we would refer to as “luxury features”. Rather, we’ll take a look at choosing between a Class A and Super C rigs.

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The Renegade Explorer is an extremely luxurious Super C coach with more power than you’ll ever need

Super C motor coaches have come a long way in matching their Class A counterparts in terms of the amenities offered and the quality of the living space. If you’re looking for a rig with a full kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, full bathrooms, a fireplace, and inside and outside entertainment centers, both classes will certainly fit the bill. The key difference will be in the size of the living space. Class A coaches will typically have roomier accommodations than Super C’s. Both classes have slide outs to increase the square footage of the cabin and bedroom, but if space is what you’re looking for, then give a slight edge to the Class A.

When it comes to power, there’s little room for a comparison. Super C coaches are first and foremost, trucks. They are built with durability and towing capacity in mind, especially if you happen to be looking at a garage coach model (check out this 45’ Show Hauler garage coach for a great example). You’ll find in many cases they come with 600HP diesel engines and up to 20,000 lbs. of towing capacity, if not more. If your family has a boat, car, ATV’s, or any other toys that will be traveling along with you, a Super C is going to be a better option for you.

In terms of availability and overall options, Class A’s definitely have a leg up. There are far more manufacturers producing Class A coaches and more dealers selling them which creates a few different advantages to buyers. Perhaps the most important of those advantages is the effect on price…the more supply, the lower the demand. Think simple economics; if there are more units for you to choose from and more dealers selling them, you’ll have a better opportunity of negotiating a lower price. This doesn’t at all mean that there is a shortage of Super C coaches and that it’s impossible to get a great deal on one, it just means that on average, if you’re shopping between a Class A and a Super C with similar features, you’ll probably end up paying a little more for the Super C.

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The Newmar Mountain Aire is the perfect Class A coach for someone looking for a great combination of luxury and drivability.

When evaluating drivability and fuel economy, you’ll probably find yourself leaning more towards a Class A. Because the Super C coaches are much bulkier and heavier (primarily because they are designed more for towing and power), they will take a larger toll on your wallet at the gas pump. Some Super C rigs have two 60-gallon gas tanks, and while fuel economy is an area that manufacturers have worked to improve over time, it’s not like exactly you’re driving a Prius. Class A’s aren’t a picnic on gas mileage either, but they definitely have an advantage here.

With either class of motor coach you choose, you can’t go wrong. Like everything else in life, it will come to personal preference, needs, and wants. Both Super C coaches and Class A’s are manufactured with quality and luxury in mind, so regardless of what you buy, you’ll be living the good life!

 

Dylans RV Center is your luxury motorhome authority. We carry a full line of Class A gas and diesel pushers, as well as a complete inventory of Super C motor coaches. If you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

 

What To Look For When Buying A Used Motor Home

Congratulations! You’re about to buy a pre-owned luxury motor home…exciting stuff! However, before you pull out your checkbook make sure you know what to look for and what questions to ask in regards to the condition of the coach. Here are a few pointers we recommend you get familiar with when buying a used motor home before you sign on that dotted line.

Make sure to see the coach in person before you get too excited. Pictures don’t always tell the whole story. It’s too easy to enhance pictures or simply leave out pictures that may be considered “less than flattering” to increase the perceived value of a motor home. Get the seller on the phone and make arrangements to see the coach for yourself.

Know what part of the country the motor home is kept in for the majority of the year. If you’re looking to purchase a coach that is located in an area that experiences harsh weather conditions, there could be potential issues with the pipes, the battery housing, the water system, tires, bearings, and more. Extreme cold or heat could add years of wear to a motor home in just a short period of time. Be sure to ask the owner how the coach was stored and where when it wasn’t in use.

Beware of water damage. Get up on the roof (carefully!) and inspect it thoroughly as well as all of the seals around the windows and doors to ensure that no water has leaked into the body of the coach at any point. Also walk through the cabin and check the ceiling for water spots. If you do happen to see signs of water damage you may want to consider other options.

Inspect all of the appliances, especially the refrigerator and stove…the two most expensive. If the fridge and stove aren’t working properly (and you’ve ruled out the possibility of it just being a bad fuse), you have a solid opportunity to start knocking some dollars off of the asking price of the motor home. Having to replace or do serious repairs to the major appliances is only going to delay the sale or when you’re able to get on the road and start enjoying your new purchase.

Check the aesthetics of the coach. Look both outside and inside the motor home and look for signs of premature wear and tear. You’ll want to see that the exterior paint job is still bright and crisp, as well as the interior of the coach still has comfortable and soft furniture. Looking back to knowing what part of the country the coach has been in for the majority of its life, you may find that a coach that is kept in very hot or cold climates may have faded or chipped paint and hardened furniture.  Unless you really want to reupholster the cabin or get a new paint job, it might be best to avoid buying a used motor home that has too much aesthetic damage.

Get the VIN number and run a check for accident reports. Hopefully, you’ll be purchasing your pre-owned coach from a reputable dealer or an honest private seller, but it never hurts to be overly careful. Don’t take their word for it, run the report and find out the information you want for yourself.

Find out about the standing of the manufacturer’s warranty. In many cases, the warranty only applies to the original owner of the motor home. The current owner may tell you that the coach is still under warranty, and while that may be true, it won’t matter much if the manufacturer has a clause that makes the warranty void after resale.

Bottom line: know what to ask and what areas to inspect before considering buying a pre-owned motor home. The more knowledge you have about your potential purchase, the better you’ll be at negotiating a fair deal.  Avoid becoming one of those unfortunate people who got burned by buying a “luxury” coach that was ultimately nothing but trouble.

 

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!

 

 

 

Diesel Pushers vs. Gas Motor Homes

A couple of weeks ago, we touched on what type of floor plan you should consider when purchasing a Class A motor home  based on you and your family’s needs.  Now, we’ll take a look at the key differences between Class A gas motor homes and Diesel Pushers and how those differences should affect your purchasing decision.  The one thing we can pretty much guarantee regardless of which type of Class A you go for is that you’ll have a blast using it and you’ll be the envy of all of those “stationary” vacationers in your neighborhood!  Suckers.

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2014 Forest River Charleston 430FK Diesel Pusher

The most common debate between the two types of motor homes, initially, is that of diesel fuel versus regular gas.  These days, with gas prices the way they are, many RVers may be inclined to look first at purchasing a gasser because of the drastically cheaper price of regular gas.  In New Jersey, the average price of a gallon of diesel gas is about $.60 higher than regular gas.  However, though at a glance regular gas is a more economically friendly choice, diesel fuel is far more efficient.  We’re talking about 30% more efficient.  So while it may hurt your pocket (slightly) less when at the pump filling up your gasser, your MPG on a Diesel Pusher will most likely be much better (of course, depending on how much your Diesel Pusher weighs, its length, if you’re towing a car/boat, etc.).

**One quick note on the diesel fuel vs. regular gas conversation; diesel fuel can freeze or gel at temperatures ranging from 18 degrees Fahrenheit to -10 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the grade of the fuel.  However, adding an anti-gel agent to your gas tank can decrease freezing temperatures to around -40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

If you’re the type that prefers to go on long trips (particularly those through hilly/mountainous parts of the country), a Diesel Pusher may be a better fit for you.  There are multiple reasons as to why this is the case.  For starters, diesel engines have a lot more torque and accelerate much more quickly which will help to climb hills more easily.  This is especially true if you happen to be towing a heavy car or boat along with you.  Another reason why Diesel Pushers are better equipped for longer road trips is the durability and reliability of diesel engines.  A diesel engine can withstand a lot more abuse than that of their regular gas counterparts and have the ability to run for up to 500,000 miles if properly maintained.  With that being said, diesel engines are also a lot more expensive to repair, but in most cases, will require less maintenance than gassers.

2014 Coachmen Mirada Gas
2014 Coachmen Mirada 35DL Class A Gas

 

Traveling regularly with a large family may require you to look into purchasing a larger motor home, which is typically the case with Diesel Pushers.  As we mentioned previously, diesel engines have a lot more torque, so they are usually designed to be longer and heavier by the manufacturers.  In many cases, these designs will allow for more storage space as well (bonus!).  Another design feature that Diesel Pusher owners enjoy is the placement of the engine in the rear of the coach which helps to reduce the noise level of the engine as well as the smell of gas inside the coach.  Along with larger floor plans, Diesel Pushers are usually more luxurious as well…which leads to increased price, of course.  On average, the MSRP on 2014 Class A Gas motor homes is about $100,000 less than Diesel Pushers.  Many manufacturers of luxury motor homes opt to include their best features in the diesel coaches and attach a larger price tag as a result.

Like most things in life, the answer to the question, “Which is better, Diesel Pushers or regular gas motor homes?” the answer is, “It depends”. It depends on your budget, where you live, where you plan on traveling, how much you plan on traveling, how many people will be traveling with you, and about a thousand other questions.  If you’re going to be taking 2 or 3 short trips a year on relatively flat terrain, a gas coach may be the right move.  Why drop the extra cash for features that you’re most likely not going to be taking advantage of? Conversely, if you’re a true road warrior (or a full timer) who wants to spend as much time as possible touring the country, then a Diesel Pusher is probably going to be a good choice.  Either way, life is better when you’re on the road…


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

 

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Entegra AnthemShow Hauler

Dylans RV is excited to report that we will be attending the 2014 Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa and the New Jersey RV & Camping Show in Edison this week!  We always love the opportunity to head (up or down) to the shows to meet the other dealers, check out the vendors (Tampa show vendors/Edison show vendors), see all of the awesome motor homes on display, and of course offer our customers amazing deals exclusively for the shows.  And, hey, a break from this weather may not be the worst thing in the world either.  70 Degrees in Tampa, baby!  Who cares if the drive is over 1,000 miles and about 15 hours?  Have you SEEN our ride??

Take a quick look at what we’ll be packing at each show…

Edison Show

2014 Entegra Coach Anthem

2014 Forest River Berkshire

2014 Forest River Charleston

2014 Forest River Legacy

2014 Newmar Dutch Star

2014 Newmar Ventana

2014 Newmar Canyon Star

Tampa Show

2014 Show Hauler MotorCoach Bunk Model

Going to RV shows is a huge part of being a member of the RV community for both buyers and sellers, but they can become overwhelming quickly.  The Tampa show alone exceeded 54,000 attendees last January.   Staggering attendance numbers like that have most dealers licking their chops and for good reason.  If sales is a numbers game then the odds are certainly in a dealers favor at shows like Tampa and Edison to strike a couple deals.  However, all the hype surrounding the “blowout deals” and “slashed sticker prices” can easily get a show-goers head in a fog and make them feel like they are being pressured into buying something.  Purchasing a motor home should be a fun and relaxing experience.  You’re most likely buying it to use for leisurely activities, so make sure you’re doing business with a dealer that can bring a laid back vibe to the otherwise hectic atmosphere a show can bring.

Here’s a few quick tips to remember when shopping for a motor home at a show…

Run from pushy dealers.  If you start to get the feeling that the dealer representative you’re speaking with is really pushing hard to sell you, it’s probably in your best interest to move on.  People at an RV show don’t want to be sold, they’re already sold…they’re at an RV show!  No, these people want to be educated.  A dealer should be going out of their way to thoroughly explain to you all of the reasons why a particular coach does or doesn’t make sense for you.  There’s nothing better than working with a dealer who genuinely has your best interest in mind and wants to deliver an exceptional customer experience.  Those things show and consumers absolutely recognize them.  Plus, there are far too many dealers at an RV show to feel like you’re stuck with one that you don’t love.

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Ask tons of questions (and jot down the answers!).  We just figured out that you’re at the show to be educated on the newest product lines and their features, so get all of the info you can possibly gather while you’re there.  Any dealer worth a lick will go out of their way to make sure that you don’t have a single question before you leave.  That way you’ll have a much clearer idea of what type of unit best suits you and your family, and the dealer will know what inventory they have available to accommodate you

Know your trade information.  Information is key when negotiating a deal, so have intimate knowledge of your trade when speaking with a dealer.  The less information you have to provide the dealer with, the lower your trade-in value will be estimated.  Without all the specifics, the dealer will have to shoot you a low ball number to avoid the most amount of potential risk.  Make sure you have all of the details about your trade so you get less headache, get a fair offer, and get closer to making a deal.

Make sure you’re prepared before you make the trip to a show this year so you can get exactly what you want at the right price.  And remember, don’t get sold, get educated.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing the Right Floor Plan for Your Motorhome

Purchasing a new coach (that is, a coach that is new to you, whether it’s a brand new model or pre-owned) is a fun and exciting time.  However, there are tons of decisions that need to be made before pulling the trigger on a purchase…new or pre-owned, make and model, diesel or gas, how many slides, color, storage, lighting, and the list goes on and on.  Though, before you get into a lot of those things, you may first want to choose a floor plan that would best suit your needs.  Thinking about what you’re actually going to be using your motorhome for and who is going to be traveling with you should help paint a much clearer picture on what type of floor plan to consider.   Don’t feel like thinking? No problem! Lucky for you, we’ve come up with a couple helpful questions (and suggestions) to ask yourself that will assist novice RVers, lifelong motorhome aficionados, and everyone in between choose a floor plan that makes sense for them.

 

How often are you using your motorhome and for what purpose?

Not everyone who purchases a coach considers it to be a “toy” to be used as a substitute for an annual Caribbean vacation that gets used maybe a couple times a year.  There’s a huge contingent of people in the business community that conduct their affairs out of their RV and prefer to travel to meetings by road rather than by air and are spending tons of time in their coach and racking up lots of miles.  In those cases, where your motorhome becomes much more of a “home” and you’re not traveling with a large family in tow, then you may want to consider something with a floor plan like the 2014 Entegra Aspire 44B.  The free standing dinette doubles perfectly as a work desk, and the entertainment center that boasts a 50” LED TV and a fire place are the perfect amenities for a busy executive that needs to unwind (with or without a scotch…) after a long day on the road/at the office.

Entegra Aspire 44B floor plan

2014 Entegra Aspire 44B

 

On the flip side, are you the family man or woman that wants to round up the troops for an occasional trip to your favorite fishing or skiing spot without having to stay in the local lodge? If that’s the case, then something like the Dynamax DX 37BHHD is right up your alley.  This Class C motorhome features a master suite with a king size bed, bunk beds for the kids, and a booth in the kitchen where the family can gather together for a meal or for a game of cards (and a 350 horse power engine with 1,000 lb. ft. torque for Dad).  Let us not forget about the outdoor entertainment center with a 32” LCD TV and electric patio awning for when you and the fam need to get outside and stretch your legs.

Dynamax DX3 floor plan

Dynamax DX 37B

 

Who’s traveling with you?

As we mentioned above, if you’re traveling with children, Class C motorhomes like the 2014 Renegade Explorer XL and the Dynamax DX models are great due to their large dining areas and multiple sleeping options, but what about when the in-laws come along for the ride who don’t quite move around like they used to (don’t tell them that!)?  Have you considered what type of floor plan you would need to accommodate a physically disabled or elderly person who requires the use of a wheelchair?  Newmar offers the Canyon Star 3911 that features all of the luxurious amenities that Newmar customers have grown accustomed to (residential sized refrigerator, empire maple glazed cabinets, carpeting on slideout floors, etc.), but is also completely wheelchair accessible. This coach comes equipped with a NHTSA-compliant Braun Century 2 powered wheelchair lift, widened doorways, wheelchair accessible interior control panel, and more.

Newmar Canyon Star 3911 floor plan

Newmar Canyon Star 3911

 

There are hundreds of motorhomes with seemingly endless floor plan options to choose from, but making sure you pick the one that best suits you and your traveling companions is extremely important.  When making a purchasing decision, think about who’s coming with you, what you’re going to be doing on the way and when you get to your destination, and what needs those traveling with you have and you’ll be sure to make the right choice.

Check out Dylans RV Center in Sewell, New Jersey and speak to one of our experienced and knowledgeable staff to find out why we’re New Jersey’s #1 Class A Motorhome dealer.

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