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RE: Looking for opinions from diesel experts!

If I was to buy another coach I would call a couple of places that repair the motors in question and ask them for their opinions. We have a CAT motor that has been very good. But CAT makes some motors not as good. Same thing for Cummins and MaxxForce. Navistar lost a huge huge amount of money trying to get the Maxxforce motor to work without DEF. There have been significant issues with some of their motors. We talked to some people who had one and listened to their tale of woe.
RFCN2 04/24/16 09:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A successful trip in an old Class A

LOL, our "new" coach is a 2002. Before that we had a 1975 GMC Glenbrook. Our 2002 has a 128,000 miles on it and is not even close to being "old". I was just doing stuff on it today to get ready for an 8,000 mile trip.
RFCN2 04/24/16 09:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Converting to Air Levellers from Hydraulic

We have HWH air leveling in our coach. Great system. IMHO far better than jacks.
RFCN2 04/24/16 09:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Planning trip to Death Valley California

Last time we went we stayed at Panamint Springs RV park. It has full hookups and nice views from the RV Park. Also nice restaurant. It is far from some parts of Death Valley though. But then Death Valley is huge and no matter where you stay you will be far from something. We have been twice in January. To us that is a great time to go. Daytime weather usually is great. We also went once at the end of April. Way too hot. It was over 100. The flowers bloom in DV end of Feb to now not April. The restaurant at the Furnace Creak Inn is excellent. As in fantastic. Not cheap, but very good. Next time we go we are going to stay in the dry camp lot across the street from the Furnace Creek campground. FC area is the best location, at least most central. If you have not been to Scotty's Castle to me it is a must see. Very nice piece of history. If you come in from the west the road from Panamint Springs into the park is a tough route for an RV. It is VERY steep and VERY long. I don't recommend that in an RV.
RFCN2 03/07/16 10:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Build quality gas vs DP

Dezolen - I was quite clear in my post saying that I did not know much about Tiffin Reds and that I was only posting the experience of the one instance I have first hand experience with. My friend is thin and 75 years old. His wife is mid size. Nether are over 175 lbs. The Upholstery fabric was defective. In the case of the exterior, my comment was only repeating what he said to me last spring when we were parked next to each other at a rally. His comment, "Why does your 12 year old coach's paint look better than my one year old coach?" My comment on Tiffin was not my subjective opinion at all. I stated what happened to my friend on his furniture. And I reported what he said to me about the paint.
RFCN2 03/01/16 10:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Utah national parks

April in Moab is great. That is the time of Jeep Week. At the higher altitudes it can snow. At really high altitudes like Bryce it can snow a lot in April and for sure turn very cold. We went to Zion in mid May a few years back and it was cold rainy and light snow. So be mindful of altitude in April.
RFCN2 02/28/16 08:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Build quality gas vs DP

JCGibson - One of my closest RV friends bought a brand new Allegra Red 1 1/2 years ago. After one year his fake leather upholstery started coming apart at the seems. Plus the fake leather started flaking. He had to have it all replaced. How is this high quality? My coach is 14 years old and our real leather upholstery is just fine. After 1 1/2 years my friends coach exterior after being washed does not look as good as my 14 year old coach. How is this high quality. I really know very little about Tiffin Allergro Reds other than my friends experience. But from what I have seen the coach he bought is not all that high a quality. Maybe it is just his coach, but I am only talking about his rig.
RFCN2 02/28/16 08:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Another gasser question

Moondooker - Please do not take this the wrong way, but respectfully I would suggest you rent a few different types of motorhomes for a few trips before you buy anything. If you buy something and then don't like it it will cost you a lot of money to make a trade. We rented for years before buying anything. Your comments about quality of construction in many cases do not apply to the RV industry. Most reasonably priced motorhomes are built to a quality standard far below a Chevy or Honda. Only a few makers are really careful with engineering their product, carefully selecting high quality components, assembling them with care, providing good after sale parts and service. I cannot think of a single gas class A that fits this description. I can think of a couple of class C's - Born Free, Lazy Daze are two. Of the class A gassers that I have personally seen and been in I was most impressed with Winnebago and Newmar.
RFCN2 02/21/16 07:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fleet wood Bounder 35K

My best RV buddy has a 2003 Bounder he bought new. Now has 125,000 miles on it. He has lots of money. He is not trading up. We have several other friends also with Bounders. Very good coaches.
RFCN2 02/21/16 06:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Build quality gas vs DP

snowman9000 - The only gas coach I know of that is in the same league as a Foretravel (which is a very high build quality rig) in the time frame of the year 2001 is Born Free. These are smaller coaches than the Foretravel, but very well built with beautiful wood inside. They have an admirable safety record as do Foretravel. Plus the RVCG rates them as high as foretravel. If you are OK with a diesel motor in front I would say that the Dynamax coaches from that same year range are also very high quality if a bit lower than Foretravel. And finally Wanderlodge built some gas coaches early on that were very high quality although quite old today. So basically the answer is - Born Free. There is one guy that posts on this forum that has both a Foretravel and a Born Free.
RFCN2 02/21/16 06:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A on a Budget for Full Timer

I would suggest a 34-36' National or Fleetwood gas coach from approx 2003-2007. Two of my friends have recently sold coaches like what I am recommending. They are spacious and usually have one or two slide outs. These rigs were made in big numbers so there are lots of them on the road. One of my friends recently sold his 2008 36' National. His was mint and he got 45,000 for it. It was like new though. My other friend had a 34' National and got 38,000 for it. The Fleetwoods are just as good. These have lots of storage space in the basements. Of course a used DP will be much quieter to drive. But for 35-40,000 you will likely need to spend some money to fix it up.
RFCN2 02/21/16 06:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Older Monaco Windsor vs Newer Forest River Berkshire

semiretired1 - When I bought a motorhome 6 1/2 years ago I went the older higher end direction. If I had it to do again I would make exactly the same choice. Be very careful and check out each and every system on the coach to make sure it works. This includes things that you need to be driving to test like engine brake, cruise control, and so on. I do know the Windsors are well thought of coaches. I don't know that much about Forest River. The Windsor is a good full time coach. Again I don't know about the FR.
RFCN2 02/21/16 06:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wandering Coach

Only 35,000 miles on a 17 year old coach means it likely has had this problem since new. Coaches that are fun to drive usually rack up the miles. But that does not solve your problem. A motorhome I bought about ten years ago rambled down the highway left then right then left and so on and so on. I spent four years and many many many dollars and hours of time trying to improve it. It finally got to the point that it drove OK, but not great. So I sold it and made SURE that the next coach handled well before I bought it. On your current coach check the simple stuff 1. Alignment - but looks like you have already done that. 2. Weigh all four corners to make sure weight distribution is OK. 3. Increase your tire pressure to what the manufacturer recommended. 4. Try and resist the urge to oversteer. 5. Class A motorhomes are huge boxes going down the road. The steering is greatly affected by the wind. In my experience they are never going to drive down the road as well as an aerodynamic car. If this does not bring the coach up to what you want, sell it. And then buy one after you have test driven it for a stretch down a freeway that is straight and it does not wander. I also bought the RVCG listings. I did not seriously consider any coach that did not get an excellent rating from them on handling. Next time remember that coaches with low miles that are used it may mean that they are not fun to drive and so no one drove them much. Coaches with average or above miles very likely were lots of fun to drive and therefore people drove them a lot. My current coach is a hoot to drive. But even that said when the wind is blowing hard it is less fun.
RFCN2 02/21/16 05:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help Us Find "Our" Diesel MH

A good short diesel pusher is in almost every case an oxymoron. DP's put the motor behind the rear wheels and so to get a long enough wheel base you need at least 36' length to get decent handling. If you get a front motored diesel no problem. Or if you are OK with the handling of short chassis rigs then go for it.
RFCN2 02/21/16 05:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: West Yellowstone or Gardiner?

Another option is to say at Colter Bay just south of Yellowstone. You will be camping at one of the most scenic spots in the World. Walk a very short distance and you get a view over Jackson Lake and see the Tetons. We have also stayed in West Yellowstone. It is packed in summer. But you are very close to Henry's Lake and can take the drive up the Madison River towards Ennis. If you go there you will want to get up EARLY and get into Yellowstone as early as you can. If you choose the Gardner area you will be in one of the nicest valley's in the USA. A number of the rich and famous own big ranches there. There are a couple of RV parks a bit north of Gardiner in Paradise Valley that are right on the river and have a really beautiful setting. If you have a 40' or under RV Fishing Bridge is the best option. Or going RV-less and staying at one of the classic old lodges. We love Yellowstone Lake Lodge. And if you can get in the Old Faithful Inn is awesome. My pick would be Colter Bay unless you have to make a drive into Montana. Then pick between the other two.
RFCN2 01/31/16 09:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: finding rv parks and rv resorts

I was working on our big summer trip today. I have been dong this for many years and have been getting better at it as time goes by. Back in the old days everything was on paper. Paper Good Sam or Woodalls, plus AAA used to have camp books. I still carry a Good Sam paper book in the coach when we travel. I like to use a combo of private commercial parks, State Country and public parks, Elks clubs, Thousand Trails and so on. If all you use is the Good Sam book you will mostly only see private camgrounds. I like the Allstays app and have it on my phone and iPad. I find the iPad app the easiest to scan for parks along our route. Usually the ipad app goes right to the RVParkreviews ratings. But I also have my regular computer and monitor so I can scan through RV park reviews with it and the park web sites. I do find the Good Sam book ratings for private parks to be accurate. I just cross check the RV Park Reviews. AAA has a free app for ipads that makes it easy to find private parks. They are linked to the Woodall ratings. I do not use the ratings in Trip Advisor or Google. Most of those seem to be written by people with less experience than the RVparkreviews writers. I do buy the Good Sam book map of the USA. Plus I go to AAA to get paper maps and paper tour books for each State we will be going to. I find paper maps far easier to use for planning a trip. And I like the AAA tour books for points of interest and attractions. And we also use a Garmin RV edition for guiding us on the road.
RFCN2 01/22/16 09:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is a pickup truck / trailer combo really safer?

Every rig gets a different safety rating. Comparing MH to Pick up towing a trailer I am going to say that the one I would most like to be in when a serious accident happened was a metal bus. Like a Prevost or Blue Bird. The one I would least like to be in is a lower end DP that is a box bolted to a rail chassis. Could be the old FC Blue Birds with the motor up front might be the safest. PU pulling a trailer is in the middle. Our motorhome is very heavy with a solid heavy built semi-monocoque type construction. We have a thick fiberglass body. The metal buses are going to be safer.
RFCN2 01/22/16 08:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Holiday Rambler vs Allegro Bus

We have both Scepter and an Allegro Bus in our small RV Club. Plus several more Holiday Ramblers and several other Tiffins. A couple of the Tiffin owners have complained about long waits to get work done at Red Bay AL. Personally I would buy the one you like the best and is in the best condition. Make sure the floorpan works for you. And that you like driving the coach. There are significant differences in how well these things handle high winds, big hills up and down, and road stability. Both the Allegro Bus and the HR Scepter are high end rigs. I like long chassis with short overhangs on both ends of the coach. Those drive better. And big motors. In my experience big diesel motors do not cost you in fuel mileage. Both HR and Tiffin will slip in a too small motor if you are not careful. So make sure the one you buy does not have this problem. Also I think Tiffin has double pane side windows as an option. I would never buy a coach without double pane windows.
RFCN2 11/08/15 08:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sacramento construction any better this year?

We went from Seattle to San Diego on I5 six weeks ago. The Stockton area still bad on I5. Some of the areas on 99 now better than 5. But some areas on 99 still suck. When going through LA we went 210 all the way through to I15. A year ago we hit a pothole so large going from S57 to E10 that it damaged the front right bearing and oil seal. No getting around the fact that either 99 or 5 south of Sacramento is terrible. Both are in disgraceful condition. When we went north we took 395. A slower but WAY more enjoyable road. If you have the time cut over to 395 at Mt Shasta.
RFCN2 11/08/15 07:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Contemplating a Change to Class A from 5th Wheel

barmaid - My experience is that some RV shops work on both house and chassis and some just the house. And there are other combinations too. Tomorrow I am getting two steer tires, front end alignment, and this shop does light chassis stuff like oil changes and lube. The advantage of going to a CAT or Cummins shop is that they hook up your motor to a computer and you get any of the latest upgrades to software. Frankly I have had mixed results. If you can get work done relatively close to where your home base is or you are going to be for a while that is a good thing. You can go see them easily when rework needs to be done. I have had several /a number of instances where I got something done on the road and 500 miles away the work bit me. As far as chassis goes, make sure you get one that is long enough for the house. The shorter the overhang front and back the better. And also that the chassis has enough CCCs for you to carry all the stuff you want to. CAT and Cummins are very good motors in some models. But do a google check to make sure you get a good one. The high end Detroit diesels are also very good, but only in very high end coaches. What I mean by do a google check is google to see about problems on certain motor models or years. Brakes are very very long lasting on DP coaches. Tires usually age out before wearing out. Cost approx 500 bucks a tire for 22.5". Usually good to do an eyeball check on serpentine belt every few months. This greatly aided if you have a side radiator. And if possible you do want a side radiator. I have never had any problems with my auto level or electric steps. But other stuff. Like hydraulic slide mechanisms. And slides in general. Batteries or I should say getting repair shops to turn off all the coach electrics so they don't run the batteries down to zero and ruin them.
RFCN2 10/27/15 06:51pm Class A Motorhomes
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