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RE: Jayco is entering the Diesel Pusher gang

Compared to our Newmar Ventana 3709 we had which is similar in length and price... - GVWR: V - 37300; E - 32000 The higher GVWR of the Newmar indicates a higher payload or a stouter build or both. In any event I consider it an indication of higher quality. Not that many jaspers pay any attention to payload. My guess they wanted to stick with a Spartan chassis since most if not all Entegras are built using this chassis. This is the shortest chassis Spartan offers. It is usually an upgrade over a Freightliner chassis. As for a stouter build, not sure that is true. They might have similar dry weights, but obviously the payload would be much less on the Embark.
JCGibson 01/17/18 03:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Jayco is entering the Diesel Pusher gang

Compared to our Newmar Ventana 3709 we had which is similar in length and price: - Length: Ventana 3709 - 37'10"; Embark 37MB - 37'10" - Wheelbase: V - 242"; E - 236" - GVWR: V - 37300; E - 32000 - Chassis: V - Freightliner with Comfort Drive w/360HP Cummins & 3000 Allison Tran; E - Spartan with Independent Front Suspension w/360HP Cummins & 3000 Allison - Towing: V - 10K; E - 10K - Fuel Cap: V - 100 gallon; E - 100 gallon - Fresh Water Cap: V - 105 gallon; E - 100 gallon Not saying Jayco is anything close to Newmar, but on paper the chassis is fairly close to our Ventana and with independent front suspension the ride should be very good on the Embark. Here are the specs on the Chassis: http://www.spartanmotors.com/rv-range/jayco-embark-37/
JCGibson 01/17/18 02:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: COE Parks

Recreation.gov has a list of the COE campgrounds, but not a map showing all from what I know.
JCGibson 04/29/17 11:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Class A tow ratings

Super C and Class A have different structures and that is why Super Cs can tow more generally. The extra 1k can be very taxing on the drive train of the 340hp and 2500 tranny Class A if there is any kind of hills. I personally wouldn't do it. Warranty most likely wouldn't cover it if damaged due to overweight on towing. John
JCGibson 04/27/17 07:01pm Towing
RE: Class A tow ratings

The limiting factor is the Allison transmission and Cummins. If it was the 3000 and above transmission with the 360HP or above Cummins it would allow for 10000 pounds towing. Good example is the Newmar Ventana LE. They have a 10k hitch, but limited to 5k towing. The non-LE Ventana has the 3000 Allison and 360HP Cummins capable of towing 10k.
JCGibson 04/27/17 05:18pm Towing
RE: 7500lb Hitch on new E450 Ford Chassis

Thanks for the info everyone. Greatly appreciated! John
JCGibson 04/27/17 05:15pm Class C Motorhomes
7500lb Hitch on new E450 Ford Chassis

Some of the new E450 Ford Chassis class B+/C have a 7500 pound hitch. The GVWR is 14500 and GCWR is 22000. With those figures, it would be possible to tow up to 7500 pounds, right? We have a 2017 Ram 1500 Limited that weighs almost 6000 pounds and would be great if could use it as a towed. Thanks in advance. John
JCGibson 04/27/17 08:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: midwest rv park with shore fishing

Table Rock State Park, Missouri. Near Branson.
JCGibson 04/10/17 02:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Why did you choose a 5th wheel

We have had a popup, trailer toyhauler, and three fifth wheels, a gas MH and a DP. We would have probably still have the last fiver we had, but problems were many with the unit so we decided for a change. We went to a Tiffin gasser. It was great staying in, however, the driving part was less than exhilarating. We made a mistake and drove a DP. We purchased a Newmar Ventana and it was outstanding. You can't beat air brakes and air ride. However, the issues we found with our situation and getting a DP. I am retired Air Force, but my wife is a teacher so we really were only able to use the DP during the summer with occasional weekend trips. The costs associated for annual maintenance didn't justify us keeping it. It cost us about $1100 for annual maintenance compared to our Tiffin gasser or previous Dodge dually which was about $150-200 a year. So now we are in search for the right Fiver again and will make a purchase in about 2-3 years. With our experience of having MHs and Fivers, here are our pros and cons for the MHs and Fivers: Pros DP: Smooth and quiet ride; can stop on a dime; excellent down hill stability with exhaust brake; being able to eat while still driving and don't have to get out in the elements to take a restroom break; able to tow our sports cars on trailer or larger vehicle with the 10k towing capacity; don't have to get out in the elements to level and put out slides (if raining can run genny and wait to plug into shore); always cool in summer/warm in winter when getting to camp site; maneuverability in tight situations (can turn on a dime with the 55 degree steering); easy access to water/waste tanks if problems occur; being able to fill up in truck lane at truck stop; fuel mileage is better and don't have to fill up as often with 100+ fuel capacity; able to use pull in sites taking advantage of huge front window; living area all on one level; easier in and out of rig since can be lowered; excellent visibility while driving since have side and rear cameras; don't have to have a big vehicle (toad) to drive around in busy places Cons DP: Costs to maintain (initial costs also); backing with a toad (can't do it); interior space not quite as good as fiver (also depends on size of rig); handling on curvy roads (has body roll) Gas MH Pros: Annual maintenance costs are good (not much more than a standard pickup); Being able to eat while still driving and don't have to get out in the elements to take a restroom break; don't have to get out in the elements to level and put out slides (if raining can run genny and wait to plug into shore); always cool in summer/warm in winter when getting to camp site; maneuverability in tight situations (not as good as DP but still good with the 50 degree steering); easy access to water/waste tanks if problems occur; able to use pull in sites taking advantage of huge front window; living area all on one level; excellent visibility while driving since have side and rear cameras; don't have to have a big vehicle (toad) to drive around in busy places Gas HM Cons: Ride (rough, but not terrible); handling (lots of body roll); brakes aren't as strong as would have liked; limited towing capacity (5K); since engine is up front can be very noisy when RPMs are high; engine braking down hills isn't as good as DP exhaust brake; have to fight with cars at a gas station when filling up Fiver Pros: Cheap maintenance; easy to maintain; better handling on curvy roads; more floor plan options; don't have cab area taking up living space; more interior storage (depends on size); high end models will have similar amenities of high end MH for a lot less money; having a truck with exhaust brake for stable downhill braking; don't feel as guilty for it sitting extended time since didn't cost as much as MH; able to use truck lanes to fill up diesel Fiver Cons: Ride can be harsh (bucking/chucking); have to have help backing up (most of the time); can't get into snobby Class A only resorts (wasn't for us) Once the wife retires, we might go back to a DP, but until then a fiver is our best option.
JCGibson 04/10/17 12:43pm Fifth-Wheels
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