My wife and I are planning on buying a used DP over the next one year. We will be planning on fulltiming. At this moment we are interested in Newmar Moutain air or up), Monaco (Dynasty or up) or American Coach (Eagle or Heritage). I would like to get input on comparing construction quality and pros and cons of each brand. We are looking at 2007 to 2009 model years.
Also, would you think it is worth buying older in order to get a higher model on the food chain. For instance, would it be worth buying a 2007 Heritage vs. a 2009 Eagle, Essex vs Mountain air, etc.
Since you are looking for a used unit, maintenance is the utmost importance. Personally, I think all brands that you mentioned would be good choices. Which ever unit has the best floor plan and is in the best condition should be moved to the top of your list.
A 2007 most likely will not have a diesel particulate filter like a 2008 and 2009 unit. We have the DPF and have had no problems at all with it. We burn clean saving the environment. If you have ever been to LA, you will know what smog looks like and you wouldn't want to contribute to it.
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All good brands you have picked, I would look at the 2009 up in the American Coach line for a couple of reasons one being the front axle being over weight. This problem is not just with the AC products either.
Another reason I like the 2010 is they have a newer cleaner burning Aqua Hot System.
Oh and another for the 2010 is the chassis has been slightly changed to allow way better height to the basement storage areas.
Also 2009 ups res fridges are more common and they work great.
I have had very good service with my new AC and great tech support from the company.
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The hunt is great. Livability and construction is as important as brands, maybe more. There are some key years in all three brands with regard to interior ceiling heights, awning packages, electronics, appliances, tire sizes, genset sizes etc. Functionality...spend smoe time making ali these systems work, some are poorly designed to the point of just plain dumb!! Some archived, floorplanss, brochures exist online, you can write for others. IMO this should all be part of your hunt. Enjoy the ride...
Let's just say, based on my own personal experience, in 2008 Monaco was pushing less than acceptable products out the door. The larger and more expensive units have more bling but workmanship and many of the materials come from the same place. My advice to the OP is do his homework thoroughly before plunking down his money on ANY brand.
Don't overlook the Foretravel coaches. Very high quality of workmanship, highest quality materials and a manufacturer that is still in business. A good web site to check out is www.motorhomesoftexas.com.