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Old 06-21-2006, 10:19 PM   #1
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Well, we woke up this morning with no thoughts of a new motor home, and wound up the day with a Crescendo 8356.

This after four years with a Holiday Endeavor 36, which has served us well. But we are planning a trip to British Columbia in July, and just decided that it was time to trade before the trip, rather than waiting until after, which had been our original thought. I think I just got cold feet about taking a home with almost 60,000 miles on it across the country and back.

We had been having our HR serviced by our Gulf Stream dealer for a couple of years now, so when we made the decision, the choice was easy. And we had also been visiting all of the models each time we stopped by his lot.

We like what we see. The quality looks pretty good, the layout is functional (with the exception of the bathroom, where we would have preferred the shower to be seperate), and we negotiated what seems to us to be a reasonable deal (net someplace around the asking price for 2005 models on RVTrader).

I am particularly impressed by the handling characteristics. The coach appears to be very stable, and the 330 Cat is quick! I'm looking forward to getting on the road with it.

We take delivery on Tuesday, and will drive to Charlotte for a shakedown. While there, we'll have our DataStorm dish installed, then drive it back to the coast.

Saturday, we leave for BC, towing our rail motorcar with us. We expect to be back after seven weeks and about 9000 miles.
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Old 06-22-2006, 03:04 PM   #2
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congradulations and welcome to the forum. I hope you love yours as much as I love mine. Good luck with it and have fun. Happy Camping.
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Old 06-23-2006, 04:21 AM   #3
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Beaufort NC, welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new rig. Let us know how things go on your maiden voyage. Take care and be sure to keep us posted as to the trip to BC!
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Old 08-17-2006, 01:56 PM   #4
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We too just bought a new Crescendo. Very sharp unit.

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Old 08-17-2006, 02:00 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum glad to have you here,

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Old 08-17-2006, 02:22 PM   #6
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Why do I have to keep logging in? I write replies and then I'm asked to log in and log in and log in.

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Old 08-17-2006, 05:09 PM   #7
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Welcome....

I too have an 06 Crescendo 8356 and aside from a few warranty items which took GS about a month to resolve the beast runs and drives very well. For once I don't get blow off the road when a Semi passes.
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:34 PM   #8
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Best wishes on the new rig and have a great trip!
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:37 PM   #9
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Old 08-17-2006, 11:23 PM   #10
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Logging in & Logging in

Carol,

Finally, someone asked about that problem. It took me months of frustration to learn to click the little box on the sign-on screen labeled something like "always stay logged in". Once you do that, the forum works very well. I always figured I was the only one who had that problem!
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Old 08-18-2006, 05:32 AM   #11
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OK I will try that.
Our Crescendo is an 8356. I just can't believe the lack of storage compared to our fifth wheel we traded in. I have no pantry. They bays outside are small too. Sitting here wondering if we made a huge mistake.

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Old 08-18-2006, 06:33 AM   #12
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The actual label is "Log me on automatically each visit:" It keeps you signed on for the current session, not forever.

Carol, I'll bet you have the double-door fridge. We opted for the smaller, single-door fridge. A great, pull-out pantry is installed in the unused space.

Similarly, not having a washer/dryer installed gained us room for bulky items (blankets, MH documentation, computer equipment, etc).

Being a jeans & tee-shirt family, we have very few hanging cloths. So I filled the closet with pull-out, stackable drawers (Sterilite) from Wal-Mart.

Depending on your toad, you can store a lot in it while traveling.
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Old 08-18-2006, 07:05 AM   #13
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Hey Carol,

I had the same problem with storage. After trading in my 1990

40' Winnebago SuperChief, for a 32.5 SunVoyager, But the trade off for 2

slides and 6" in width makes the living area well worth it. I found

"STUFF" I forgot I had. We added a 14' screen room under the

awning and that works very well and the dogs love it !!

Best Regards and Happy Travlin' !! Clyde
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Old 08-18-2006, 07:30 AM   #14
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Our Crescendo is an 8356. I just can't believe the lack of storage compared to our fifth wheel we traded in. I have no pantry. They bays outside are small too. Sitting here wondering if we made a huge mistake.
We had the same thoughts when we traded our 5er which was 36' triple axle, triple slide, in on our first Gulf Stream motorhome which was a 2002 35' Yellowstone DP that we purchased in August 2002. We had more storage inside and outside in the 5er than we did the motorhome.

So after two years in August 2004 we purchased our present 40' Gulf Stream with 4 slides and bunches more storage.
Of course, this was the floorplan that the wife wanted in the beginning and I didn't because of the 40' length driving.

Guess I should have listened to her from the beginning and it would have saved us some $$$$.

Darn, I hate it when she is right, again!!!

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RON, JOIN THE CLUB !!!
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Old 08-18-2006, 08:56 AM   #16
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I was thinking the other night about a screen room. But we have some real neat lights that slide in that little groove on the awning. Is there another type of screen room?
Chuck put a shelf in that big space where the washer and dryer is suppose to go. I didn't want a washer and dryer. I needed the space with animals traveling too.
We took the model off the lot. It has the free standing dinette. Only came with 2 chairs so I guess they don't think we will have company .
One thing I have found that's different than all the other motor homes we've had (too many) is that walking to the ref. is very difficult. This thing has a lot more sway to it. The wider walking area doesn't help. I have no place to brace myself quickly. That's a good thing too. Plenty of room when the slides are in. So I guess I shouldn't complain.

Now if diesel would just go down.

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Hey Carol, once in awhile, if the insects are "BUGGIN"' you, (sorry
about that). You'll trade those lites (Which attract BUGS) for the
comfort of a screenroom.

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Old 08-18-2006, 04:36 PM   #18
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Every year the buggies seem to be getting worse and bigger. The screen room just might be the answer. I have two cats that travel with us and I am sure they would enjoy being out a little bit.
Since we've never bought a screen room before, what types are their out there?

Carol

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Old 08-21-2006, 07:23 AM   #19
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Was in the chat room last night. Come on people. Join in.

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Old 08-29-2006, 04:44 PM   #20
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Hey, did any of you guy's get a DVD with your coach that had somewhat of a presentation of all of the units features. The one I got stopped playing 1/2 way thu.... I contacted GS about getting a new one which I received. It had the same problem so I contacted GS again and suggested they purge their stock of the bad ones. I had two people contact me indicating they would check the stock and get back to me. Guess what... have not heard from GS for about three weeks and now both people appearently are no longer working for GS

I'm sure you would enjoy this story... such a simple thing but indicates the quality of the product all the way down to the DVD
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