I really prefer my gas motorhome. It cost less out the door, so I can afford to change it more often. I am not affraid to let my children borrow it with the grandkids, again a price vs risk issue. As for speed, my current Workhorse 8.1 in the 38 ft Winnebago Adventurer can pull my Saturn Vue toad over the I-5 Grapevine comfortably at 55mph...what more could I ask. My previous Fleetwood Pace Arrow 36ft with a Ford V-10 also could maintain highway speed over the California mountains, with a Tracer wagon toad. Both got an average 7-8mpg, much less over the mountains. Previously I had a Holiday Rambler 36ft with a 454 engine. A beautiful MH, but this is where gas MHs probably got a bad rap. Taveling over the mountain I could at best get 45mph, add a tow car, even a light tow car like the Tracer and I would drop to 35mph on the steep grades. If I lost momentum the 25mph for the rest of the climb would be the best I could do.
HELLO, everybody has there own idea of the best rv,I HAVE A 1999 SOUTHWIND WITH A V-10 33000 MILES,1-SLIDE,JUST REPLACED THE SIDE DECALS,AND LOGO.INSTALLED 2 FLATSCREEN TVS,DICOR ON THE ROOF,AND ITS JUST GREAT FOR THE 3 OF US DONT NEED ANY BIGGER, DONT WANT A DP, PLUS ITS PAID FOR ,AND GAS IS STILL CHEAPER THAN DIESEL,IVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH MY FLEETWOOD RV. GOOD LUCK WITH WHAT EVER YOU FIND.
TO KIWI II, i HAD THE SAME MOTOR NOISE ON MY V10 SO I INSTALLED DYNA MATE UNDER THE MOTOR COVER AND UNDER THE FLOOR IN THE FRONT BOTH SIDES,NOW THE NOISE IS ALMOST GONE,AND THE FLOORBOARDS DONT GET HOT LIKE BEFORE,MY WIFE COULDNOT BELIEVE THE DIFF. DYNA MATE FOUND IT AT A RODIO SHOP
Not to switch topics but does anyone have info on the Dyna Mate Happy -2 is referring to?
As to TH OP's original question, I think you need to first separate the house from the chassis. You live in the house not the chassis. Pick the house that meets your budget and needs, either chassis will get you to the park. We have a '96 and I'm coming up on 100,000 miles. We are now shopping for a newer home and I won't rule out another gasser
When we went from a PSD Truck & 5er, to Class A Motorhome, it took us three years of looking. Most of that time, was because we only want one Brand of Motorhome, Period. A "Rexhall Gasser".
We could have bought just about any Motorhme we wanted to, a Gasser or a DP. But we bought exactely what we wanted, and its what we got. So to your question, yes there are some really good Gasser's out there, just as there are some great older DP's out there also. Its all a matter of choice.
We chose a "Gasser", because we didn't want a DP, and it had nothing to do with money. But for what we did pay, for our "Once in a Lifetime Buy" it will keep us in Fuel for some time. We not talking a liitle bit of Money, we are taking about a Major amount of Money Saved.
We bought our Rehall Motorhome, for a "Once in a Lifetime Buy". We even did an "Inside Make-Over". As we really liked the Floor-Plan, but we were not really happy wiht some of the3 color choices, and some of the OEM RV Furniture.
So now it is exacteluy the way we wanted it to look. And we still don't have al that much invested in our Motorhome.
We have had our Motorhome for a couple of years now. Not so much as one problem. But at the same time, I'm a Real Nut Case when it comes to "Proventive Maintence Programs".
I do a complete inspection on everything , every year on our Motorhome. Just as I have done for the past 45+ years that we have been RV'ers, on every RV we have owned.
In all of these years as RV'ers, we have never had a "Flat Tire" or a "Blow-Out, or have ever "Broken-Down".
We have also been lucky to have had a Real Covered RV Port, with Full Hook-Ups. So it has made it even easier on me to be able to work on our RV's anytime I want to.
As it is, I'm in and out of our Motorhome almost every day. To me, anyways, this not work. I love to Tinker and keep our things in "Perfecct Woring Condition".
That, and I always seem to be able to always find just one more Mod to do, to make our Motorhome even more "Comfortable" and even more "Enjoyable" than when it was new.
I have done this to every RV we have ever owned. The way we look at it, our RV's are our second "Home on Wheels" Our RV's have always been fully stocked with everything that they needed, just like our Home does.