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RE: Fulltime Capable RVs

This is why I love this forum. It's not a one size fits all, my way or its wrong group of people. Successful RVing brings out creative thinking, and the more we use our rigs the more we define what we're willing to put up with, or pay for and its vastly different from the most basic and simplistic to more creature comforts to skies the limit technology. Most of us are somewhere in between.
Mommalu 07/18/21 06:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Approximate fuel milage of these 2 motorhomes?l

We have the 5.9 in a 40' coach, always drive with full water of 80 gallons and always do the 70 mph speed limit on the interstate. Even with a good head wind the lowest we have ever gotten is 7.9 the most 8.9. We had a 32' V10 we drove the same and mileage was between 5.5 to 7.5, it was all over the road, a rough ride and a screaming engine that put out so much heat we often had to drive with the genny and the roof A/C on. Once stopped the heat from the drive shaft would heat the floor from engine to the rear wheels, even with both A/C's on it was hard to cool the interior down. Happiest day was trading in the 2014 and buying the 2007 diesel. Granted with an older coach there are things to update. However its a joy to drive, we talk now no more shouting, no more jarring bumps. Just my 2 cents.
Mommalu 07/14/21 05:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: jayco motor homes

We had a 2014 31UL Precept, might have been their first year. Loved the floorplan, and interior storage. With that one the kitchen drawer slide was always moving while driving, freaked the dogs out and I feared it would damage itself. Finally secured it with hooks and eyelets, not pretty but worked. I believe Jayco now uses a bigger chassis, want to say 2014 was 22k GVWR so even with 3 bays empty we were over weight every time we weighed it with full fuel and water. Finally traded it for an older diesel pusher that at present fully loaded we are 3k lbs below max GVWR. Look for a newer Jayco and realize that 2000 lb carrying capacity is quickly eaten up with 2 adults, a dog or 2, full fuel, water, and provisions, leaves very little for screen house, grill, chairs etc. Hope this is helpful. Enjoy the hunt for that motorhome.
Mommalu 05/17/21 11:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need an Education

As a bus driver, my experience is, the older diesels needed idle time to cool down the turbo and exhaust manifold after driving and to air up when starting, though it really didn't matter how long you idled them, and they idled at far less rpms, being far less noisy. The newer diesels with the DEF and REGEN do not idle well, they need to be set at a VERY high idle, like they are ready to fly, which is far more noisy. A low idle creates all kinds of issues with the REGEN, filter clogging, turbos issues, etc. Expensive! People are aware of diesels now because of the high idle rate to work with the pollution control items. The newer diesels may be more "green" however most consume more fuel and have more issues with the new technology, meaning more down time. Sad but true, the very reason we went with an older, far more reliable diesel.
Mommalu 01/28/21 08:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Turning pivot points for 40’ RV class A

As I instructed all the new school bus drivers I trained. Take all the real estate you are allowed by law. Biggest thing is to square your turns, drive as far forward as you can before you turn giving as much room for the duallies to clear the curb or obstacle. ALWAYS watch your mirrors to ensure all is well. Mirrors are critical, they tell the story.
Mommalu 09/06/20 06:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advantages of diesel pushers

It all depends on your willingness to accept the challenges each unit presents. A gas unit gets it done, but it's a rougher, noisier ride, wind does push it around. I managed 4 hours of driving comfortably, but it was work. A diesel C is much like my school bus, holds the road in all conditions. It's not as noisy as a V10 thats down shifting for every hill with the rpms screaming. But it will produce front engine noise and heat, depending on how it's built it may have heat from the engine through the drive shaft to the rear wheels like most gas A's. Most have rear air ride so it's easier to drive 6 to 10 hrs comfortably. A diesel pusher, our latest MH is quiet to drive, and has air ride all around. Ours is older an 07, No DEF, reasonably priced and reliable, unlike the newer diesels I drive for work. This golden oldie doesn't have the common dash lights on I deal with in the newer diesels. The Re gen, exhaust plugged, DEF issues, water in fuel, etc, dash lights and the nasty "you go nowhere while I regen" Had that happen at a red light, with a 40' school bus on a hwy with 45 kids and a 12' trailer. It's designed to go into regen mode when the particle filter is clogged and to over ride it you put it in Nuetral and press the brake, but it doesn't always clear it. I despise the newer diesels!!! Yet I "get to" drive them for work. When we replaced the exhaust manifold on the 07 the mechanics said they loved this motorhome because ALL work was done from the outside while it was on the lift. Yes a diesel is more expensive to maintain, but again its all about your comfort zone. We are comfortable with this old girl and it meets all our needs/wants and the price was right. Good luck with the adventure of finding what will work for you. It's out there, just be patient.
Mommalu 09/06/20 06:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel vs Gas

Depends on your needs. We started with a gas MH because we could store it in our back yard. Jumping from a truck and trailer we weren't sure we would be happy with a motorhome, a gaser is cheaper to start with. However after a few years, gaining confidence we realized a DP would be a better choice. We figured out the storage issue, and realized we love having a motorhome. We found a local shop for all mechanical needs. The rear diesel keeps ALL the engine noise in the back, 30 plus feet away, no more shouting at each other. The air ride removes most of jostling and noise from the road expansion joints and such. It's quiet, smooth and the mpg is better than the gas. With gas we ranged between 5 to 8 mpg depending on wind, hills and speed, I drive the speed limit. The diesel averages 7.9 to 8.5 under the same conditions. We have no regrets. Good luck with your decision!
Mommalu 08/12/20 08:01pm Class A Motorhomes
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