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Air ride an a air ride seat,600 hp it was a pleasure to drive, wife drove too before she passed.


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A DP is like a Ford Econoline Van, only larger. You get used to whatever you drive after a few hours of seat time....Dennis


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Executive wrote:

A DP is like a Ford Econoline Van, only larger. You get used to whatever you drive after a few hours of seat time....Dennis


That's a joke, right? Any Econoline van type vehicle is loud, uncomfortable, under powered, bad seats, noisy, no amenities, and ugly. My DP is the opposite in all areas noted above. Other than being a little thirsty, a DP is the way to go.


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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.

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Few years back I friend asked make a week long trip in his Volvo, pulling a 53ft reefer. Air bags on all 5 axles. There was a lot of things I did not like about that rig, compared to my Pete. Ride did not make the list.
I did not keep a lid on my coffee cup in the Pete, with air on the rear, and air ride cab. The all air suspended Volvo was smother

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The advantages of a DP are many..
The engine being "Way back there" it's a much quieter ride (For you at least)

More towing capacity (Typically 10,000 pound hitch may be able to pull it

More cargo carrying capacity

More power at low RPM

Diesel engines tend to be very long life

BUT expensive to service. And COST is the major negative. .

Not true there are FRED's diesel fronts chassis's


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DP's seem to be built on three or four different custom chassis that have been tweaked for many years to give not only what is likely the best ride but also the most storage. Dynamax makes a model using a Ram 5500 with the Cummins diesel with 800# of torque, a nice setup. But no washer/dryer option that I could see for Isata 5. Renegade, Dynamax and Newmar make high end Super C's that give up little in amenities but are built on medium duty truck chassis. Even with air bags added and an air ride seat, am wondering how a higher end Super C rides and handles compared to a DP.

one of my challenges in this time of very low used inventory is that there are almost no used diesel Super C's out there, they haven't built this kind long enough apparently. But plenty of 40 foot DP's. So my 150k budget may restrict me to a ten year old DP anyway.

I'm not sure a 36-40 foot gas Class A will have enough power for me.

I am not going to do the maintenance on anything I own, other than carrying a good set of tools when things break, which they sure will.

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crawford wrote:

wa8yxm wrote:

The advantages of a DP are many..
The engine being "Way back there" it's a much quieter ride (For you at least)

More towing capacity (Typically 10,000 pound hitch may be able to pull it

More cargo carrying capacity

More power at low RPM

Diesel engines tend to be very long life

BUT expensive to service. And COST is the major negative. .

Not true there are FRED's diesel fronts chassis's


A FRED is not a DP. Remember, the "P" in DP is for pusher.


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If I still had mine would have offered to let you drive it

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Side radiator set up makes the engine compartment entry from the rear easy. Reducing maintenance time frame compared to under the bed engine access.


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