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Old 02-05-2014, 03:31 PM   #1
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3895 vs V3605 vs other

My intended use would be extended living (snowbirding) for DW & me, and ability to take my HD Heritage along to warmer climes. I might possibly add a golf cart or utv at some point, but that's not really a consideration at this point. I like the layouts of both the abovementioned units. My questions are:
1. What's the difference between the Voltage Haulers and V-Series with regard to build quality and materials?
2. What other makes/models did you consider while shopping? (The Columbus Conquistador 3800 catches my eye too.)
3. What was/were the deciding reason(s) for you buying a Voltage?

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Old 02-05-2014, 04:27 PM   #2
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I have a V3305 V series. The main differences we found were that the V series didn't include all of the entertainment options(tvs and sounds in bedroom, garage and outside) or the level up system(which I would like to have). I have added TV's for a couple hundred bucks. We really like the layout of ours and it has been good to us so far with no issues. We saved 20k over the 3200 model we were looking and we also needed the 12' of garage for the toys. it was a win win for us.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:22 PM   #3
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My intended use would be extended living (snowbirding) for DW & me, and ability to take my HD Heritage along to warmer climes. I might possibly add a golf cart or utv at some point, but that's not really a consideration at this point. I like the layouts of both the abovementioned units. My questions are:
1. What's the difference between the Voltage Haulers and V-Series with regard to build quality and materials?
2. What other makes/models did you consider while shopping? (The Columbus Conquistador 3800 catches my eye too.)
3. What was/were the deciding reason(s) for you buying a Voltage?

Thanks...
Also, here is a link to the floorplans along with standard and optional features.

Floorplans Voltage Haulers
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:26 PM   #4
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Also, here is a link to the floorplans along with standard and optional features.

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I know, I've been there, repeatedly. However, you really can't get a feel for craftsmanship differences from a website. Hence my questions. Wording it another way, what justifies the differences in MSRPs, aside from overall length and additional axle (albeit 6k vs 7k axles)? Are the fixtures, furniture, and appliances different? Is the Voltage considered to be luxury TH similar to HL Cyclone or Road Warrior, and the V-Series considered more of a part-time rig, like a KZ Inferno?
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I have a V3305 V series. The main differences we found were that the V series didn't include all of the entertainment options(tvs and sounds in bedroom, garage and outside) or the level up system(which I would like to have). I have added TV's for a couple hundred bucks. We really like the layout of ours and it has been good to us so far with no issues. We saved 20k over the 3200 model we were looking and we also needed the 12' of garage for the toys. it was a win win for us.
I have the 2013 V3800, says V3800 on the sticker. I have four TVs, one of which is outside and one in the garage to keep the Raider entertained. Another in the bedroom and of course the very large one in the living room.

Entertainment center with surround sound, yes. 14 foot garage with 1/2 bath using a small portion of the 14 foot.

From what I understand Dutchman dropped the V line and they all became Voltages of some flavor.

Did I mention the built in vacuum system and the 'too fancy for me' glass bowl sink?

The only thing I don't have is the Happi-Jack thing in the garage. I didn't want it anyway since I'm solo and don't want that many people in my space anyway.
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We looked at the V series and there was a floor plan we liked but it just seemed to be a step down. No level up, no remote, no tv's, standard surface mount light fixtures instead of recessed halogen puck lights, 3 entry steps instead of 4 (seems minor but sure helps). Based on much back and fourth it ended up being these small things and just a general feel
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They must have stuck the wrong stiker on this one then. In addition to the above mentioned I also have the six point electric leveling system, the puck lights that I changed to LEDs, four entry steps even but no remote which most didn't get anyway. I did buy an after market remote but haven't tried it yet, too cold to be standing outside pushing buttons this week.

It has been mentioned the V series were a step down but it sure doesn't look like it in my rig. Maybe they just had an extra V sticker and needed to put it somewhere but even when I look at the purchase papers V3800 is listed on them.
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Sundancer87, according to the 2013 Voltage literature, the 3800 is a Voltage Hauler, not a V-Series. The V-Series only came in 4 floorplans: V3005, V3305, V3105, and V300. For 2014, they've added the V3605.

Soonernation, you might be right about 3 vs 4 steps, and 6-point auto level is an option. So if I'm reading you right, you felt that despite using very similar components, the Voltage was put together better(?).

I do notice some differences in standard options (TV & fridge sizes), but I'm wondering if it's stuff that really makes or breaks the deal, especially since the V can be had with a 12 cu ft fridge. A couple of differences that I'm thinking might are that the V's don't offer a 2nd 30 gal fuel tank, or a 3rd A/C.

I found Dutchmen RV Express where I could build each model, and with both units fully optioned, there's almost a $40k difference in msrp between them. Granted I probably wouldn't want some of those options, but it really makes me wonder. Unfortunately, my local dealer has neither unit in stock.
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We really like the layout on our rig and the fullsize comfortable couch that has four reclining sections which lay almost flat(can sleep 4 right there if needed). We also like the happi-jack and patio setup(when weather allows). I really don't feel like I am missing out on anything when we go "camping" haha!
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I'm looking at the v3605 also. My main concern is weight. I have a 2013 f250 diesel and after shopping I realized you need a dually to safely tow most 3 axel tow haulers. So I'm excited to find the v3605. I believe it is the same except without the third axel, third Ac factory option with power management , puck lights, bowl sinks, and different brand tv's with surround sound. Other then a few cosmetic upgrades I can't find any differences and we love the floor plan except my wife would like bar stoles and maybe a king size bed. The best part is my truck is rated to tow it. I'm worried about some of the post I'm reading about water leaking in and causing slide issues. Other then this most issue seem to be minor repairs. We own a jayco bumper pull and love it. So we know all rv's will have issues. Just don't want to spend all this money on something that we will not be happy with in the long run.
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