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
WE are planning a 2014 RV caravan and I was wondering if anyone has been able to use the DISH Network up there.
We will be spending 2 months running and almost amonth in Newfoundland.
Do local towns have local TV or is it all Canadian SAT?
Any information will be greatly appreciated.
We are planning a 2 month trip in 2014 into the Canadian Maritime.
I was wondering if anyone that has travelled up NE had Dish Network and was it possible to get any reception that far north.
I have been told that most have to tilt their portable dish way down to get any reception.
Is it at all possible to get any channels?
I know this is a old message but I plan on getting the Steer Safe installed on my 2012 Ford F-53 chassis (242" wheel base)
I have read many reviews and it seems that many have had it installed by other than the manufacturer and have had problems.
Now I just happen to be going thru Deming NM where the manufacturer of the Steer Safe is located and will have them installed by them for free.
This is what they say it will do and no more.
"Steer Safe helps maintain control against front tire blowouts, potholes, soft shoulders, high winds, wandering, accidental encounters with curbs, and highway medians. It also helps reduce driver fatigue."
I will review as I plan on a 6,000 mile trip over the next few months.
I use the Fumoto valve with a nipple and a 3 ft 3/8" ID clear hose. I also use a 1 gallon Zip lock bag to remove the oil filter.
Fast and clean.
Now if I can find an easy way to fill the oil as mine is very high in the engine compartment and very little room between it and the dash.
Hand pump or fill a qt at a time.
Here is a short video showing what one without a nipple looks like.
I have on with a nipple and use the hose.