I'm planning a trip this summer from Arizona to Bangor Maine and the Maritime area.
I have never driven my motorhome and toad in this area and wanted to know where and what restrictions I may have.
My questions are...
1. What is the best motorhome route across the Tappan Zee Bridge to Watertown CT
2. Is the Tappan Zee Bridge OK for motorhomes?
3. Is their a better route?
4. Any weird restrictions I need to know about in PA, NJ, NY and CT?
Thank you in advance.
If you plan on wintering in IL. you want a well insulated rig. Newmar is one of the few that will actually give the R factor of insulation in the walls, floor and ceilings. We had a Pace Arrow, top Fleetwood gasser, and it was very cold in cold weather. We have dual pane glass in the Newmar and well insulated walls, ceilings and floor. All water tanks are completely enclosed and in the heated basement. We have had to go to Geneseo, IL many times since I got my DW from there and I went to college in Chicago area. Winter is not easy in any MH in that area. Looking for a DP with Aqua-Hot is a good suggestion. It will burn diesel for heat the coach and hot water.
You still didn't answer why only 34'. That gets small real quick and it is just as easy to drive 38-42' RVs.
Any you pay more for diesel and diesel additive fluid 2010 and newer.
You also paid a few hundred thousand more dollars than the original had in budget.
So where is the savings?
Georgetown has a few different models. I have a 2012 that is 38ft and has 3 slides. For someone who wants a motorhome to go out for a week or two with the family you can't beat the price. The Ford V-10 gas engine is a strong and reliable engine as well as the drivetrain.
I have my 2012 for 20 months and have 23,000 miles on it.
I change oil every 5,000 miles which is very easy to do yourself.
I just had the transmission fluid replaced and brakes power flushed as they are for me very important for safe driving.
Gas engines get about the same as the diesels so mpg should be a factor. With a smaller Georgetown you should be able to get 8mpg or better on highway.
You also need to make sure, if you buy new that you are close to the dealer. Within the first few months and a few campouts you should build a list of things to get checked out under warranty.
I personally will keep a close eye on the hydraulic slides and leveling system, hose, fitting, and any hose leaks.
Don't worry about the Ford chassis other than regular maintenance.
I would contact Forest River immediately if you feel the thing steers weird (wandering) as most of us have complained to Forest River and they pay Ford to do a frontend alignment. This needs need to be done within the first 30 days of ownership. They usually don't say a word and you send a copy of your invoice and they cut you a check.
This is after you notified them and they give you a written email approval to go to Ford. This has worked wonders for me.
Don't waste your money for any extended warranty. Most are over priced insurance polices that don't pay much.
Here at the two people you should work with for any warranty issue.
Forest River Georgetown Service and Warranty
Ms April Conner, Asst. to Steve)
The Ford Chassis Warranty
Bumper to Bumper: 3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain: 5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion (Perforation only): 5 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside Assistance Program: 5 years / 60,000 miles
Hope this information helps you make an educated decision to buy a Georgetown.
Last and final note.
Don't let the dealer fool you in buying at the dealers price.
My MH was listed for $149,990 and I got it out the door with tax, lic and all the rest for under $110,000 and I made them throw in and install a washer/dryer combo for $750. (reg installed price over $1,600)
Good Luck and you can contact me if you have any questions about the Georgetown model.
I have a 2012 Georgetown XL 378TS and after 20 months and total of 23,000 my V-10 is still strong with no problems.
Being a preventive measure guy I had the transmission fluid replaced and brakes power flushed at Ford. I use regular Ford 5w20 oil and replace every 5,000 miles.
No problems other than Ford replaced my failed AC compressor under warranty at 22,000 miles.
So the Ford V-10 legacy continues on as a solid workhorse engine in my F-53 chassis.
Has anyone had any major issues with the drive train?
I read here someone has a rear differential seal fail.
How about the brakes? How long do they last?
Keep driving and enjoying the USA.
457ft-lbs @ 3250 rpm
362hp @ 4750 rpm