We are driving a 2005 Gulfstream Ultra Supreme 30" which we are well pleased with. Have been to Maine, Arizona, Mississippi, Texas, and Missouri with it so far. Lived in it for two months in Branson, this year so far.
Noel and Betty Johnson 2005 GulfStream Ultra Supreme, 1 wife, 1 Poodle
Find the floor plan you like, and a roof system that you have faith in, and don't worry about the engine. All engine types will get the job done and none will wear out before the coach, under average use. Reading on this forum you will also find out that it is about equally split on engine problems with diesels and gassers. None are foolproof and all will make it to the top of any mountain.
not all gassers are created equal. Not all DPs are created equal. If you look at a high end gasser, it will be much better than a low end diesel. Fleetwood and Thor have some pretty low end models. If you are looking at $60K units, you are looking at the very low end of the gasser market. Newmar or even take a look at the higher end gas Rexhalls if you can find one.
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'83 Revcon Prince 31' FWD
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We have been doing RVing since '69 and have had all kinds of RVs. Don't buy for price but quality of construction. The appliances are typically the same but how they are put together and the quality of the materials used make a big difference. After 2 Fleetwoods we are hooked on Newmar for the quality.
2003 Newmar Mountain Aire, Workhorse W22, 2008 Saturn Vue, Falcon 5250, & US Gear Unified Tow Brake
Had a 2005 pace arrow great rig. Took it from Canada to Cancun and Seattle to Flordia. 70,000 miles. Traded it for an 08 Discovery love it, left AZ a month ago won't be back till November. A quality Gasser is a good buy. A bargain DP may not be such a bargain. Not unhappy with the Pace Arrow but like the Discovery a bunch more.
We have no major complaints on our 2009 gas class A, Damon Challenger 377. There have been some minor small issues like any new rig will have, no matter the price, brand and style. We have 18,000 miles on it as of today when returning from a 4000 mile travel. No issues at all except, as another writer noted, "self-inflicted" and no fault of the coach. Careful examination when you purchase matched with the floor plan and features that meet your need should make for happy camping.
You know, I read many of the same things. If you listen to some on this forum, they'll have you convinced that unless you can spend $250k on a huge high end DP, you might as well give up RVing, LOL.
Funny, though, after our first trip with our new Georgetown gasser motorhome (see signature) a few weeks ago, I found myself wondering just what it was that was soooo bad about gassers. Ours was/is an absolute pleasure to drive. We experienced NONE of the bad things I read about on here with gassers (bad handling, lack of power, etc). The V10 in ours has plenty of power. Feels noticeably more powerful than the V10 Excursion we used to have did when it was towing our 34' TT. The ride is wonderful, much, much nicer than anything I've ever driven before. I absolutely love driving it.
I did test drive a DP, and it is true that the air ride and rear engine makes for a more comfortable, quiet ride. No denying that. However, I'm also here to tell you the difference is not as major as some will suggest. And for us at least, the difference is not at all worth the HUUUUUGE price difference you pay to get into a DP.
I think they have come a long way in improving these things over the years, to the point that many of the things you hear people complaining about, simply are not an issue on newer motorhomes, whether gasser or diesel.
Go test drive a few MHs in your price range, whether gasser or diesel. I think you'll find like I did, that the difference really is not quite so 'night and day' as some suggest. If you like one, and the floorplan and everything fits with you, make your best deal on it, do the deal and don't look back.
Will & Angela
2 children that love camping, Stephen & Allison
2012 FR Georgetown 351DS on F53 (V10) Chassis Our Rig