I would think there's a market for both.......just do look at all the RV's for sale online and on the lots. I've sold 3 motor homes myself.........1 gas, 2 diesels.
Gas I sold in a couple of weeks
1 Diesel I sold in a couple of days
Other diesel I sold in about a month
All boils down to being priced fair........and someone out there wanting you coach.
If you're over priced, you won't sell either a Gas or Diesel rig.
Yes, Carry a tool box. I bought one at Home Depot. i bought it when I had a gas motor home. I carry basically the same tools for my diesel as I did when I had my gas. There's always something that needs to be fixed, but 99% of the time it's a little item that can be fixed with a screw driver, or combo wrench. You're not going to do heavy maintenance on the road, that's why they have diesel shops all over.
As far as carrying parts.........filters, a belt, that's about it. You could load the motor home up with parts, and I'll just about guarantee that the part the would break, would be the one you wouldn't have. Kinda of a common sense thing. You'll find out as you go along what you need. If you need something, you can always drive to the nearest store and get it.
Concerning a Diesel being complicated......well yes and no. If it's a gas or diesel, they all have the typical house things, frig, sinks, TV's, Microwave etc etc...so there's not much difference there as far as maintenance.
As far as the running gear.........well, they both have engines........diesels are suppose to be more reliable......but anything mechanical can have problems. Both have transmissions, drive trains, front ends etc. Diesels generally have air bag suspension, typically, very few problems there, Diesels have exhaust brakes, again, very few problems.
Diesels, cost more? Diesel parts generally are more expensive, but how many parts are you going to buy, the engines are suppose to typically last a million miles. Tires are bigger, and do cost more, but this is a once in 7-10 year purchase. Typically more batteries, but again, so you have a couple more batteries to buy every few years. Oil changes...........diesels have more oil capacity......but typically you only change the oil once a year, and that should be around $200 at the nationwide truck/RV oil change store.
Having owned both Gas and Diesel, I'm enjoy my diesel more, the ride and lack of noise is very nice. With that said, NOT all air suspension motor homes ride the same.......be careful.........and test drive, and then test drive some more. Good Luck
I have just under 30K miles.........but it's 10 years old........how important is the 4 year interval? Why would you need to adjust the valves if the engine sat for 4 years........what could change. I can understand mileage or amount of hours the engine has run, but year? Should I have the adjusted with just 30k miles? and 10 years old?
When I bought my 40E which is actually 40' 9", I stopped by the local CA Highway Patrol and asked them. There were two officers at the front desk, they both said, NO, didn't need a different license. A friend of mine, a few months later, told me, that I did. So I stopped by the Highway Patrol office again. Two different officers this time told me NO, didn't need anything. I questioned them a 3rd officer had come into the room, and they asked him, the answer still was No. Just as I was leaving one said, let me check with the commercial division at Chowchilla. Well, as it turn out, yes I did need a Non commercial Class B. When I went to take the written............it literally took them over an hour, which included several phone calls to Sacramento to figure out which test to give me. They said they had never given that test before. When I took the driving portion, the examiner told me he had never given a Non commercial Class B in his 25 plus years. So yes, there's confusion regarding this.......not only on here, but with the DMV and CHP. It's my understanding that about the only working group that typically need a non commerical class B are firemen. It is clearly written in the California vehicle code..........and YES, you need one if you're OVER 40'
Thanks for all the replies -. I drove the beach in a Jeep I had a few years ago, and I remember at the time saying, I'd never take my motor home out there. Time has eased my concerns until I read the postings here and watching several different You Tube videos last night.
Nope, I'll stay in an RV park ..........I'm not going to take my motor home out there.
Thanks for the replies.
Looking for experiences of camping on the beach at Pismo in a motor home.
Pros and cons? What you thought about it. Would you do it again? Anyone get stuck or see anyone that needed help getting out?
I don't see how anyone can blame the owner.......this guy paid the price for a NEW motor home. It's up to the dealer to deliver a safe, working product. I remember my first purchase, I didn't know anything, looking back at it, neither did the kid that did the walk thru with me. One thing I remember, he didn't even know how to operate the toilet. So I don't think the consumer in this case can be blamed, for problems that are obviously the manufactures fault.
I'd be coming unglued over this. As far as I'm concerned it is the Dealers problem, that's who you bought it from. Let's face it, if you buy a Ford, you deal with the dealer about problems. You don't have to call Ford headquarters, at least under normal circumstances. I'd document everything, keep all receipts for motels, meals, tows, etc. I don't blame you, and I'd do the same thing, if I couldn't get satisfaction from the dealer, I too would call Monaco. Good luck, and I'm sorry for the problems you have. Keep on them.
I have 4 Interstate 6V deep cycle batteries. They're approx. 3 years old. I've had the motorhome for 6 months and the batteries have been checked and serviced regularly. Terminals clean and tight. My problem is, they don't seem to hold a charge very long. I can get them up to 13.5 - 14.0 volts on the indicator.......but after only a couple of hours of running the TV, Direct Receiver, Frig, Carbon Monoxide detector, invertor they're down to 11 volts. How many years does a typical deep cycle battery last? Are these getting old and due for replacement? What do you think? Thanks
On California Gold with Hugh Hosier (sp?) several years ago, he did a show on houses down around Thermal CA and the cooling system they used years ago. If I remember right, they draped the houses in burlap and had water tanks on towers that would drip and wet the burlap. I think they used these in the early 1900's. Probably could find more doing a search online.
I was driving back from Virginia City NV today. On hiway 50 just east of Carson City, I saw an older bus conversion with a very large evaporative cooler on the roof.....must have been about 4 feet higher then the roof.......looked like something waiting to be taken off by a tree limb or overpass. Don't think I had ever seen one on an RV before.
Had a Blue Ox base plate brake on my 07 Escape hybrid after a couple years of use, probably about 10K miles total use, safety cables did their job.
Called Blue Ox and they had re engineered the new base plate for my model/year...sent me a new one, no charge. New one was much better built.
i'm using the transformers........and I also I have one light out of the 4 available. Prior to soldiering instead of using the supplied connectors only half the green lights would come on. Now I have green white and blue, but no red on one string.