About the Melbourne 29d...
Sorry I haven't responded earlier; we've been in Israel and Jordan the last few weeks.
Some of you may have seen this response in another forum, but here's the down and dirty, from my perspective, on the Melbourne 29d, and please understand that our view of the Melbourne is presented with owner's bias, i.e. we really like our motorhome. We purchased the Melbourne in Sep 2007 and have driven it over 24K miles. Our gas mileage, pulling a toad almost the entire 24K miles, has averaged about 9.5 MPG over the life of the vehicle; I'm a conservative driver. We have taken extensive trips to the Southwest, Yukon Territory and Alaska, and the Rio Grand Valley--the point being that we have driven over high mountains, through deserts, and on ordinary terrain. PROBLEMS: the taillight lenses were installed upside down, and on the opposite side of the vehicle; consequently, water filled the lens and shorted out the bulb, but it only took a few minutes to detect the problem and exchange the lenses. Also, we have broken the gray tank valve handle a couple of times, and again, it was an easy fix; I now carry and extra. We had mice problems one winter, but carefully filled all undesirable entrances with foam and steel wool, and use moth ball crystals liberally and have not had a repeat. Lastly, the front tires were wearing significantly on the inside, but a visit to a tire shop and corresponding adjustments (over an inch) took care of that problem. The cargo carrying capacity is small, so beware; however, we made the 81 day trip to Alaska with plenty of clothes and provisions, and were 60 pounds under capacity. The mattress only lasted a year, and we replaced it with a memory foam mattress, with square corners; the Melbourne mattress has rounded corners, and OEM bedspread had rounded corners. We don't mind the change in decor, and really like the new mattress. One annoyance is that IF YOU WANT THE AWNING DEPLOYED, you have to do it while the dining booth slide is IN. This can be a bit cumbersome if you deploy each day--the slide has to go in and out each time. We live in a rural area and it has been difficult, at best, to obtain even simple service like balancing tires, etc. Fortunately, I do all the minor maintenance myself. The Melbourne has a seemingly small footprint, but we are amazed when we go inside and open the slides. Many of our "older" friends with large MHs want to downsize and really comment positively about our MH when they come inside. It's big enough for two, dinner for 4 would be a bit tight. Again, please understand that this is written with a positive bias; we really like our Melbourne 29D!