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RE: Wind and road noise in late model class A gas?

I have owned 3 early 2000s gas class A units. One was a Newmar gas Dutch Star and the other two were Fleetwood Southwinds, all with Ford V10 drivetrains. I have also test driven several other brands of higher end gas class A units with the GM drive train. They all had similar engine and road noise, with the Fords being the loudest. Are the post 2013 models, for example, any quieter, as a whole, than the 10-14 year old models? Simple question.
Ro646a 10/09/16 07:40pm Class A Motorhomes
Wind and road noise in late model class A gas?

I have a 2004 Southwind Class A gas and I'm considering buying either a late model class A gas or an older diesel pusher. I wonder if the newer units are any quieter on the road than the 10 to 15 year old class A gas units. Any comments would be appreciated.
Ro646a 10/09/16 05:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Route 90 through Cleveland

Matt, I just followed the route you suggested on Google Earth. I think I'll take that route. Thanks much. :)
Ro646a 09/25/16 06:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route 90 through Cleveland

Yes, we went to Watkins Glen state park a few years ago and we are going back. The waterfalls there are beautiful!
Ro646a 09/25/16 06:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route 90 through Cleveland

Thank you for your advice. I guess I'll just keep away from rush hour and bite the bullet and go through Cleveland.
Ro646a 09/25/16 06:04pm Roads and Routes
Route 90 through Cleveland

We are leaving on a trip from Detroit, Michigan to Watkins Glen, NY on Tuesday. The GPS is directing me to take Rt. 90 through Cleveland. It has been several years since I went that way, but as I recall there were signs on the freeway as we approached the Cleveland vicinity directing trucks to follow a "Truck Route". To be safe, in case of low bridges, etc., we took that route and it took us right through the heart of downtown Cleveland. I hate driving the motor home in downtown traffic. Does anyone know if there is an alternate way to get through there without going through downtown? Maybe things have changed, or maybe I was lost, but I'd rather not go through there if I can avoid it without going way out of the way. We are driving a 36' class A towing a car. Thank you ahead in advance for any advice.
Ro646a 09/25/16 04:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2003 Southwind engine cover

It has the Ford chassis.
Ro646a 08/22/16 08:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class C vs Class A gas driving comfort

When we had our class C years ago I once drive 700 miles in a day. Driving our class A wears me out after about 300 miles. I'm 70 years old now. Perhaps it's my age and not the type of motorhome I'm driving that wears me out? Someone mentioned tire noise. The tire noise in ours on concrete is loud enough to be really annoying. I have 2 year old Goodyear G670s on it, inflated to 85 pounds, based on it's measured weight. Thanks for the input so far. I'd still like to hear more opinions of the driving comfort in Class C vs Class A. The engine noise is a little obtrusive when climbing grades, but otherwise not a factor.
Ro646a 08/07/16 10:56am General RVing Issues
Class C vs Class A gas driving comfort

We are contemplating moving from our 2003 Southwind Class A gas to a new 2016 Forest River Forester 3011 on the Ford Chassis We had a 2004 Four Winds 5000 28A before buying our first Class A. It seems to me that the Class C was quieter and more comfortable on the highway than the four Class A motorhomes we have had since. We had a Newmar Kountry Star diesel for awhile. It was very nice and quiet on the road, but the handling was no better than the gas units we have had. Can anyone offer and insight as the handling, driving comfort, and road noise in a new Class C vs a class A gas unit? Thanks
Ro646a 08/07/16 08:07am General RVing Issues
2003 Southwind engine cover

My 2003 Southwind has a 2 piece engine cover. The small center portion is easily removable with three visible fasteners, but I do not see any fasteners for the larger portion of the housing. I'm guessing that it may be necessary to lift a portion of the carpet to find them, but I thought I'd post here first. I'm hoping that someone who has a Southwind like mine has already been through and could offer some advice. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you
Ro646a 08/04/16 03:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel engine failure?

I was the OP on this thread. I don't have an agenda. I was just sharing an observation. It's simply that after looking at ads over the past 9 months or so I have noticed several (4 or 5?) diesels around the 03 to 06 model years that mentioned that the engine had been rebuilt, but I have never seen an ad that indicated that a given motorhome had a rebuilt Ford V10. That being said, I still have my eye out for a diesel to buy.
Ro646a 08/01/16 07:47pm Class A Motorhomes
Diesel engine failure?

I'm considering purchasing a used diesel pusher. I miss the quiet ride with the engine in the rear. I have had three class A motor homes with the 310 HP V10 and they all performed flawlessly. I have never read about anyone having any problems with the V10 other than the spark plug issues on the early models and some trouble with exhaust manifold bolts. I have never had those problems with mine. One thing that I have noticed concerns me. In looking at ads for used diesel pushers over the past several months I have noticed several with a lot less than 100,000 miles advertising the fact that they have had the engine rebuilt. I just saw an ad for one today with 55,000 miles and a rebuilt engine.I thought these engines were supposed to last a long time. I have never seen an ad for a motorhome with a rebuilt V10. Considering the costs associated with owning a diesel this is kind of scary. The used models I have looked at have all been 2003 or newer.
Ro646a 07/31/16 07:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wind noise

Thank you guys for all of your suggestions. I'm going to try taping as soon as the weather warms up a little more. I'll report back. Best regards
Ro646a 03/26/16 04:22pm Class A Motorhomes
Wind noise

Our 2003 Southwind has a lot of wind noise when driving around 65 mph. It sounds like it is coming from over the windshield area, rather than the side windows. We had a 2001 Southwind that was extremely quiet at highways speeds, other than motor noise when climbing steep grades. Does anyone have any ideas that I might try to reduce some of the noise. I already shot 12 cans of expanding foam above and behind the cabinets over the windshield, but it had little effect.
Ro646a 03/25/16 07:06pm Class A Motorhomes
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