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Old 12-08-2017, 02:13 PM   #1
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Alante 30 amp question

Hello all, my family and I are looking at our first Class A and we really loved the layout of the 2018 Alante 31 series. I am very skeptical of the 30 amp service and power management system. Does anyone own a Class A with 2 air conditioners that can give me some information on this? Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-08-2017, 03:32 PM   #2
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So far, it's worked great. Both of the 11,000 BTU units work together on the 30 amp circuit. When we turn on something else (like the microwave) the systems turns off the compressor on the rear unit until we're finished with the microwave, then turns the compressor back on.

Pretty slick...
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We have the precept 35s that has two ac. We looked at the Alante but decided to trade up for couple of reasons. 30amp is ok for one ac, the JRide Plus is a much better ride than the JRide in the Alante. I know there is a price difference but after calculating adding handling suspension and the ac would not be strong enough and the precept has a king size bed.
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The Logan’s: Turning off the compressor momentarily sounds a lot better. The dealer was showing me, but gave me the impression that I would have to manually set a timer in the power management system. Will the generator support both ACs and TVs? Do the 2 AC units do a good job of keeping it cool? We plan to do a lot of beach type trips and don’t want to worry about being uncomfortable. I read in another thread that they were only designed to lower the temperature by 20 degrees from ambient.

carogan: I may get something like the Precept, if I find a good used one. We are looking for something fairly new and haven’t found any decent deals on anything just a couple years old.
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Some of the things to consider when talking about cooling are the color of the unit (white will stay about 10 degrees cooler than a darker color), and shade. We beach camp in Florida, and shade can be hard to find. However, just keeping awning out can make a big difference. But, yes, 22,000 btu's keep it nice and cool.

We looked at the Precept, but it was about $23,000.00 more, was heaver, and had a bunch of stuff that we neither needed or wanted. We sometimes dry camp, so we sure didn't want the tank-less water heater... it's worthless when dry camping, because the pressure fluctuations cause you end up getting scalded or frozen. The folks we camped with got Jayco to replace theirs for a normal water heater, at no cost.
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Florida will be one of our main destinations, so we may choose white if we go with the Alante. There is one campground that lets you park really close to the sand, but it doesn’t have gray water or black water hookups for those sites. So, gray water and black water capacities are on my mind.

I was figuring 25-30k difference just based off of MSRP. Our local dealer is asking 93,400 for a 2018 Alante. I’ve seen a couple new 2017 Precepts online for 95,000 - 100,000. I’m thinking our local dealer has some negotiation room since that is the first number he threw out.
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Florida will be one of our main destinations, so we may choose white if we go with the Alante. There is one campground that lets you park really close to the sand, but it doesnít have gray water or black water hookups for those sites. So, gray water and black water capacities are on my mind.

I was figuring 25-30k difference just based off of MSRP. Our local dealer is asking 93,400 for a 2018 Alante. Iíve seen a couple new 2017 Precepts online for 95,000 - 100,000. Iím thinking our local dealer has some negotiation room since that is the first number he threw out.
The golden rule for new RV purchases is 30% off MSRP.
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Thanks. He was wasn’t quite at 30%, but fairly close. I figure his first number isn’t his lowest.

We are probably going to search used, due to the immediate depreciation. However, most of what I see in my area is people upside-down, since we are looking for something less than 5 years old. We aren’t in a rush, as we plan to make a purchase prior to the end of 2018, unless we just come across the right deal.
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We paid around 80k for ours, but we added a porcelain tall toilet, digital thermostats, thermostatically controlled vent fan, and a front Super Steer steering stabilizer.

When the time came to sign the deal, I got the dealer to add a spare tire carrier (Roadmaster) and a spare tire.

We were happy with the deal.
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Thanks for being open with purchase price. I was expecting 85,000 if we decide to move forward with the Alante. My wife was stating 80,000, guess I should listen to her more. Lol.
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