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Older Monaco Windsor vs Newer Forest River Berkshire

Unread postby semiretired1 on Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:59 pm

Hello all,

My wife and I have decided to upgrade to a used class A diesel pusher. In about 18 months our plan is to hit the road for at least a year, if not longer. We have looked at many pushers over the last couple of months both in person and online.
We have found 2 particular units we are interested in and are looking for some in put from anyone who is interested in offering some advice.

First one: 2003 40' Monaco Windsor 370 hp cummins with a roadmaster chassis, it has 70,000 miles on it. The unit is in great shape and loaded including every available option plus an aqua hot heating system. New tires. Asking $98,000 cdn.

Second one: 2008 37' Forest River Berkshire 300 hp cummins on a freightliner chassis, it has 36,000 miles on it. This unit is in good shape with a standard package. Original tires. Asking $80,000 cdn.

As we are potential fulltimers (or at least long timers), would anyone care to offer their opinion on which would be the better buy and which would hold its value more?
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Re: Older Monaco Windsor vs Newer Forest River Berkshire

Unread postby RonJK on Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:06 pm

Here is my train of thought. For what it is worth.

Monaco is probably the better quality unit, but it is a 2003 which is 5 years older than the Forest River.
Mileage on the diesel engine is low as they go forever. However coaches and appliances seem to have a 10 year (there about) life span.

So if either of these coaches have been lived in full time the appliance will pack it in sooner than the 10 years.
Replacing fridges and furnaces, hot water tanks, and air conditioning is not an inexpensive proposition.

So using the 10 year rule.....the Monaco is 13 years old. Have all the appliance checked very closely on this one and the Forest River is 8 years old. Still a couple years before the 10 year thing.

This is experience from owning three Class A's.

Bottom line is which one do you like, which is in the best condition and which one do you want to spend a long time in??

Hope you have safe and happy travels wherever you go and in whatever you decide to go in..
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Re: Older Monaco Windsor vs Newer Forest River Berkshire

Unread postby semiretired1 on Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:29 pm

Thank you for your comments RonJK.
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