I am looking to buy a 33 ft Class A MH on a WH chassis, 20,000 lbs. The wheel base is 190 in. Can any one here comment on how the MH rides with this wheel base. I have a 208 in wheel base now on a 33 ft MH on a P-30 chassis and it drives fine. I drive it with one hand like a car. I know that how a MH rides is very subjective and there are a lot of other variables besides WB/lenght ratio so I will obviously test drive it before I buy it, just wondering if anyone here has had any handing issues with a short wheel base.
There is a lot of used on the market so I would shop around, my 33 footer has a 208 inch wheel base on a 20,500 lb chassis and would not want it any smaller or less weight capacity.
I like my Bounder a lot, no major issues as of yet, good quality thru out but not high end, it does not have pass thru lower compartments so a large item like a bike will have to be on a bike rack on back hitch, the newer ones have pass thru, but on my large slide out the compartment comes out with slide out for easy access without hitting my head, my last motorhome had the decals and made the RV look old and wore out when it was not, the full body paint cleans better and looks so modern even though its a 08, mine is the 32W and is 33 foot long and fits nice into tight RV spots.
Damon is a average to low quality RV, if you plan on keeping your next purchase long term you might want to step up to a used one with full body paint, that's the route I took and could not be happier, those vinyl strips just look bad after they dry rot.
If you put the car on a tow dolly you will still be wearing the tires (2) on the tow dolly. On a trailer 4 tires plus a trailer registration. The trailer is the only one you will be able to back any distance. Then you have the issue of what to do with the trailer/tow dolly when you get to your camp site. Four down looks easiest to me.
I so far have had no issues to store my trailer at any RV park, most of the time it can stay at my same RV site, I can still flat tow my Jeep if needed but its also nice to wear out the trailer tires and brakes and not the Jeep.
Hi Folks. This is a very interesting video for open minds. Obviously this will affect us all as RVers as well, and for the most part I think in a very positive way. Take the time to watch this all the way thru and you will be more informed on whats to come. By the way this video is almost 6 months old and some things have already surpassed the forecasts.
So by 2025 I can buy a self driving motorhome that runs on electric motors and solar panels and I can program in my RV park location and it will drive me there and park itself while I sleep or watch a movie and drink beer..
SIGN ME UP... :C
I love our 6.8L V10 F250. If we ever had to replace it, I'd be looking at an older truck with a V10 in it. Use it primarily for towing and gets little use over the winter.
We have 4.10 gears and it will out-tow just about any other pickup on steep hills. From BC to CA, over to NV and back via UT and ID, got on avg. 8-9 mpg and IIRC, as low as 6 something on a long steep uphill leg and 11 something on a long downhill leg. As high as 6600' elev. so far as well as some steep grades and no lack of power towing a 7K lb TT. MPG really sux on short local trips.
They oughta come out with an eco-boost V10. Make V10s great again. :)
I would like to put a supercharger on my V-10 motorhome.
Makes me appreciate my 94 Bounder DP more as I have had no problem accessing any of the systems so far.
X2, my 08 gas Bounder has great access to all systems and no electric components near possible water leaks as well.
I did the CHP the second day I got it home. It' 80 miles or so from the dealer mostly on I-71. Trucks passing were quite noticeable. After CHF not so much. Had the safe-T-Plus installed and added a little more control. I haven't weighed it yet since it is still "empty". Will load it up and weigh it before going south. Having the Ready Brake Elite put on late December.
Yes fill the fresh water tank full, fill the gas tank full, load your normal camping supplies, drain the black/gray tanks and get it weighed.
I would like to know how a 31 foot motorhome with large slide out weighs that is sitting on a 18000 lb chassis, as far as I am concerned Winnebago purchased the wrong chassis for that size of a motorhome, should have been put on a 20,500 lb chassis.
I just weighed my 32 ft motorhome with 2 slide outs a few days ago without towing my trailer/toad and with full fresh water/gas and empty black/gray tanks and normal supplies loaded my weight was 19,340 lbs, mine sits on a 20,500 lb chassis.
I would be surprised if you have any extra carrying weight or might be a tad over max.
What size is your tires, most motorhomes with 19.5 comes with spare, the 22.5 and larger usually don't.
I carry a full mounted 19.5 tire/rim in my rear compartment, never have to wait for road service to fix a flat.
2017 on a Winnebago 31BE
I think that might be a 20,500 lb chassis
OK I just checked the chassis specs and it does sit on a GVWR 18,000 lb chassis, what is wrong with Winnebago, my 32W Bounder that's is only a foot longer sits on a GVWR 20,500 lb chassis and almost near max weight when fully loaded, that motorhome could be over weight once is loaded up for travel.
Heck might be at max weight straight from the factory.
So, I have been seriously looking at a 2004 DAMON DAYBREAK 3295. It is in really great condition and only has 32,000 miles on it.
My question is what do you think of the GM 8.1 and the GM 4 Speed Transmission?
I was hoping for an Allison but it is what it is, this rig has no sign of any leaks. I got a chance to go through it right after we had a downpour.
My last motorhome had that same motor and transmission, very strong and no issues, its a heavy duty trans that can handle lots of HP/Torque, if that's on a P chassis than it can ride smoother in front cause of the air bags over coil instead of leaf spring.
When you can increase more torque on a motor in the lower RPM range you can get up a large hill while working the motor less, less RPM's and a lower gear in some conditions, also the motorhome can gain speed faster and easier with more torque and HP, if one does not drive it like a race car you could get some better mpg.
Also remapping the computers to make the motor burn fuel better and shift better like 5 Star Tunning does also helps.
Also the BSFC is not so accurate anymore with the new motors and better computers on board to control fuel burn, we have more HP/Torque on some of the same size motors than we did 20 plus years ago with better fuel mileage.
A good example is a old Ford 460 cubic inch 35 foot motorhome from the early 90's that weights around 18,000 lbs gets about the same MPG as a newer Ford V-10 415 cubic inch 35 motorhome that weights 21,000 lbs.
So why does a heavier motorhome of today gets the same or sometimes better MPG with a smaller motor with more HP/Torque than one 25 years ago ?
Simple gasoline engine air/fuel stoichiometry says you need 14.7 lbs of air to 1 lb. of fuel. If you add more air, then you need to add more fuel or you will generate a lean condition which will raise exhaust gas temperatures and eventually cause engine damage. If you add more fuel than necessary, then you generate a rich condition which wastes fuel and reduces mileage. Engineers/chemists know this. I guess the rules of mathematics and chemistry don't apply to everyone else.
Yes that is true on the surface but more HP and Torque also means the motor works less to get up that big hill when we are talking about a 20,000 lb motorhome, so there can be gas savings in certain times with the Banks Power Pack System..
One has to wonder why we need to modify anything with an expensive purchase such as this. Does everyone mod the front suspension on their car, soon after the purchase?
With my old P32, I did change out the front coils to eliminate those ridiculous air bags. Still it rode and handled well, both ways.
With our most recent and present coach, I have no plans to mod anything and again, why should I have to?
Yes it would be nice but Ford does not make a perfect chassis, but with a few mods it does get a lot better, however I still think Ford does a good job its the RV maker that really fails in most areas.