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I found a 2008 Continential Coach for sale I am interested in. I spoke to the owner but I would appreciate some 3 party opinions and views. It seems to be a very nice rv but I have a few concerns. The unit does not have a heated and enclosed underbelly. The waste valves are even out in the open. Also the windows are all single pane. I was expecting it to have a fully enclosed belly and dual pane windows. If anyone has any history or comments about the company in general or about this rv please let me know. I currently have a travel supreme fifth wheel and am looking for something with more room. Thanks

Here is a link to the rv for sale. 

https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2008-Forks-Rv-CONTINENTAL-COACH-5014458386

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Continental Coach was a custom builder so they would have built the trailer to the specs requested by the original customer.  If the trailer doesn't have dual pain windows or an enclosed underbelly, it means the original customer did not spec them.  As to the quality of Continental Coach, they were generally regarded as a quality builder.  I know of a couple of members on this forum from the past that owned them, but I have no personal experience with them.

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I spoke with the owner. It was a custom build.  I have heard they were custom built quality units which is why it surprised me that the belly wasn't heated and only single pane windows.  I am just curious if anything else was done cheaper on the build. The owner claims its all solid woodwork inside.  Does anyone know if forks built only quality units or would they build cheaper units if the customers requested it?

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We have 2015 41' Continental coach.  Yes, they are all custom builds, the woodwork is all custom work, they made their own frames, their overall workmanship was among the best.  Unfortunately they went out of business like Teton and others.  Our rig has an actual weight of 28,000 lbs.  At 57' you will definitely need a big tractor and may need special permits due to length to transport the rig.  All our plumbing is enclosed in heated compartments.  Depending on your intended use this may  or may not be a good  choice, Best Wishes, Jay

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43 minutes ago, grumpydoc said:

We have 2015 41' Continental coach.  Yes, they are all custom builds, the woodwork is all custom work, they made their own frames, their overall workmanship was among the best.  Unfortunately they went out of business like Teton and others.  Our rig has an actual weight of 28,000 lbs.  At 57' you will definitely need a big tractor and may need special permits due to length to transport the rig.  All our plumbing is enclosed in heated compartments.  Depending on your intended use this may  or may not be a good  choice, Best Wishes, Jay

You bring up a good point. I missed that 57'. Hope it is a typo. I was under the impression 53' was the max. I could be wrong.

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Being that they were in AZ, they probably did not feel the need to have a heated belly. Dual pane windows may have been the same reason but we do notice they eliminate alot of excess noise. You can replace the windows with dual pane if you want. Our tanks and lines are exposed underneath but we did have tank heaters installed and I just got done installing heat tape and insulation on our fresh water lines that are exposed just in case we hit any 20 degree temps in our travels.

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Glenn, like you, I looked at that and thought it was wrong, but then looked at the pictures and that thing is indeed very long!!  It looks much longer than our 41' and with our freightliner tractor we were right at 64' total.  So even at 53' you would need a 12' tractor just to stay at 65', might be hard to find!😀  Not up to date all the DOT regs so not sure the 65' length is an issue.  Regardless, I know for sure I don't want to pull it.  My little 41 footer was all I wanted!  Best Wishes, Jay

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Steve, agree with that.  If the OP intends to put it someplace long term and not be hauling it around on a regular basis then it might be a very good buy.  Moving it one time to a location could be hired out to a professional hauler.  But as I said I don't have the desire or expertise to safely handle sometime that big, Best Wishes, Jay

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7 hours ago, GlennWest said:

 I have seen the drainage line hookup and pipe exposed on a lot of campers. 

Some folks are opposed to dual pane windows - moisture inside the windows? - extra cost? ???

*If* you have ever had the need to replace drain valves .....you would appreciate valves (with easy access)  "outside" on the sewer lines!   (Or - better wording... on outside sewer lines)

"Spec" for me would be dual pane - never needed to change one of those!  - Drain valves outside = "absolutely" !!

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5 minutes ago, rpsinc said:

Wouldnt this topic be better served if NOT in the HDT subject category?

Perhaps Fifth wheels??

Considering that it requires an HDT to tow it, it fits here far better than general 5th wheel topic.     Maybe a MDT "could" tow it, no 1ton cowboys need apply.      Honestly, that is more like a mobile home or park trailer than a traveling RV.

Steve 

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5 minutes ago, Steve from SoCal said:

Considering that it requires an HDT to tow it, it fits here far better than general 5th wheel topic.     Maybe a MDT "could" tow it, no 1ton cowboys need apply.      Honestly, that is more like a mobile home or park trailer than a traveling RV.

Steve 

Agreed.  Seems like it would make a nice park model.  Not sure I would want to drag that thing around with the way the frame is made.  I'm sure its likely safe but not a usual specimen.

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48 minutes ago, rpsinc said:

Agreed.  Seems like it would make a nice park model.  Not sure I would want to drag that thing around with the way the frame is made.  I'm sure its likely safe but not a usual specimen.

Have you ever stuck you head under a Continental and looked at the frame?  That would be pretty low on my list of things to worry about.

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On 11/12/2020 at 11:17 AM, grumpydoc said:

  So even at 53' you would need a 12' tractor just to stay at 65', might be hard to find!😀  Not up to date all the DOT regs so not sure the 65' length is an issue.  Regardless, I know for sure I don't want to pull it.  My little 41 footer was all I wanted!  Best Wishes, Jay

Jay, the trailer length itself would be illegal in most states. And like you said, a "normal" size HDT and that monster would exceed the 65ft length, again, in most states. That behemoth just screams "stop me, I'm overlength". 

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