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Old 01-03-2019, 02:29 AM   #1
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My DW and I are going to the Plesenton show in N-Calf, we (I) have been researching, driving, and reading a lot about all the different brands. My research has lead me/us to possibly purchase a Coachmen Galleria Li3 if the price is right at the show.
Can anyone give me a good reason not to?? Please don't be shy, spending over 100K on an adult toy goes against my instincts.
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Old 01-03-2019, 03:39 AM   #2
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I do not own a lithium rv, so any opinions I state are my own based solely on what I've read on this and other forums.

Most who have purchased them (or converted to lithium) are happy with their rvs. Just consider that new technology brings some increased potential for glitches, so factory support/warranty would be good thing to educate yourself on.

Now, the following advice is applicable to any new rv purchase and it sounds like you're well into your research. Look at various models before you decide. Drive them, spend some time in them on dealer lots to see if the layout "feels right" for you. There are big differences between say Winnebago Travato GL and KL lithium models on the Promaster chassis. Similarly, there are many differences between the Coachman and say Roadtrek and Pleasureway lithium models on the diesel Sprinter model.

Search this forum for posts on the Travato and Roadtrek Etreks.

Good luck and let us know how things work out.
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Thx!
2-1/2 years of research, driving, and investigating leads me to the Coachmen B.
If anyone has researched close to the time I’ve spent, please chime in.
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2-1/2 years of research, driving, and investigating leads me to the Coachmen B.
If anyone has researched close to the time I’ve spent, please chime in.
Coachmen factory support is outstanding, both pre and post sale. There is a Galleria Facebook group, if you'd like first hand owners' feedback.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1694449227542056/
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Coachmen factory support is outstanding, both pre and post sale. There is a Galleria Facebook group, if you'd like first hand owners' feedback.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1694449227542056/

I will second the comment on Coachmen's customer service. No RV is perfect, but overall we have been very happy with ours.

We looked at a Galleria and liked the quality of the conversion, but the Sprinter chassis had issues and having had a Mercedes in the past, I didn't want to sign up for expensive and difficult-to-obtain repairs.

Your profile says you are in AZ. We did our price shopping over the internet and traveled to Scottsdale RV to buy because they had the cheapest price in the country. Also, National Indoor RV Centers has great reviews from the folks on the Crossfit group who have bought from them. Not sure you need to drive to Pleasanton to get a good deal.

Good luck in your search.
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2-1/2 years of research, driving, and investigating leads me to the Coachmen B.
If anyone has researched close to the time Iíve spent, please chime in.
My search was only a year & a half.

Sounds like you're in the "looking for best price" mode. That's a good place to be since you can focus on that factor only.
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We have Roadtrek lithiums (400) and we have been fortunate in 2 years. We have read horror stories from others. We like that we "think" we can get:

400 Lithium x 80% = 320 AH
300 (Solar) = 70AH
Total ~390 AH

Not good with the conversion but something like 6 agm's vs 2 lithiums....I think.....
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2-1/2 years of research, driving, and investigating leads me to the Coachmen B.
If anyone has researched close to the time I’ve spent, please chime in.
Researched for 18 months, then waited 13 months for our awesome Safari Condo Promaster XL Flex.
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We have not purchased a van yet, but have looked at the Galleria and the CrossFit side by side. Our take away, the Galleria is a bit nicer but not $20,000 nicer.
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So much depends on if you are one of the folks that puts value in the Mercedes chassis. That is essentially the difference. Many opinions both ways on that here.
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