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Posted: 11/28/09 03:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has front end diesel engine and a small "garage" where the rear engine would have been. We have a motorcycle and think this kind of set up might be just the ticket, but we are don't know anything about the brand or the concept of a front engine diesel.

Any comments on either subject -- Gulf Stream any good or the engine design -- would be appreciated.

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Left over truck chassis, dumped cheap to RV builders. Noisy and hot.

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I kinda like it, and it doesnt look like a "leftover" to me....but then I looked at the model too. FREDs have been popping up more and more lately. Gulf Stream has been around for a long time. I would check the build quality by looking inside the places that you wouldnt normally look. If its nice and tidy in hidden places and everything fits well.....its probably ok. I have a workhorse and all the DP guys say that its noisey to drive and drives badly, but its not, and it doesnt. We almost bought a GS 5er a few years back and I liked the quality then. To bad it wasnt available when I bought mine.


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I have a friend who has a FRED chassis, and he loves it. Gets great fuel mileage too. He does not think it is noisy in the front area while driving.

It is not a left over truck chassis either. Special design for motorhomes, with a very tight turning radius.

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Unless a person has owned and operated a coach built on a particular chassis, I fail to understand how they come up with some of the opinions they do.

A friend of mine recently bought an Allegro on the FRED chassis and he's happy as a hog in clover with it.



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Appreciate the input. Guess I'll have to spring for the big bucks at RV.org to see what they say.

As a present 5th wheel owner, I'm leery of all the Class A's out there, to tell the truth!

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A couple years back, when I was more active on the forum, Gulfstream had a terrible reputation here. Any question about GS always resulted in multiple responses regarding their quality and poor customer support. That was back when everyone was pumping RVs out as fast as they could build them.

Don't know if they have turned it around or not.

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I would be sure and research the mfg customer service reputation before buying any MH that is still in business....GS has really made a huge mistake, in my opinion, with their lack of cust service ...Many comments ref this on the owners website (gsowners.com) plus other places.....My exp is that there cust service is non-existent, will not return calls, e-mails, etc.....


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trop-a-cal wrote:

Left over truck chassis, dumped cheap to RV builders. Noisy and hot.


Where the heck do you get your information from?


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