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Posted: 11/21/20 06:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Years ago we were considering a diesel pusher. Our friends who owned them all said the same thing; "do not drive one unless you are ready to sign the papers".

They were 100% correct.


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More power, better ride and fewer stops for fuel.

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I have had 3 class A motorhomes starting with a 73 Winnebago that was a couple of years ago she had bias ply tires oh what a beating you took until the flat spots were ran out in the tires. I had a 2001 Fleetwood 31' on the workhorse chassis. The good and bad on this MH the engine was a big block Chevy with fuel injection it got a solid 10 MPG and towed a jeep wrangler like it wasn't there. The bad it blew all over the road in the wind it was a white knuckle driving experience. When a truck passed it would first blow you away then suck you back after the truck passed and you got the air wash it would shake. The wind could shift this thing several feet all at once. Quality of build was low entry level.

My current class A is a Fleetwood expedition on a Freightliner chassis and a Cat C7 engine with an Alison transmission. Handling, ride & noise is better it is a much heavier machine than the 01 gasser so I can't say it is more powerful weight to HP ratio. The build quality is better with the Expedition better wood and appliances upholstery Etc.

I would have liked the 01 MH if it had a better build quality and had better handling. I believe some of the handling was the amount of overhang from the rear axle to back of coach. When the wind hits this area of the coach it acts like a baseball bat that coupled with no weight to speak of in this part of the coach creates a problem. When towing the jeep it actually helped the handling which to me also confirmed my assumption.


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I want to thank all you contributors to this question. I never thought I would get this much feedback in such a short time.

From what the majority of you have said, I have started looking for my next camper: Diesel pusher with big engine and probably washer/dryer hookups. I have always done my own repair and renovation. That may have to change some as I have no experience with diesel engines. But, I can learn.

Thanks again to all of you.
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Posted: 11/23/20 11:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes DP and V10 beg difference being DP quiet and and partner can talk and hear each other very well. I my V10 not so much my friends DP handle like a tame ***** cat my F53 a wild elephant LOL.


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Posted: 11/24/20 04:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Egor'sRV wrote:

I've been toying with the idea of trading in my gas Bounder for a diesel powered coach. Do they ride any smoother (my wife's pet peeve), do they handle much differently on state highways and interstates, and do they really make much difference for towing?
I've had two class C's before moving to the A, and each coach has been bigger than the last, and for me, better.
There are a lot of used diesels on the market right now and I was wondering if it would be worth trading again to get a better ride and livability.
Thanks for any insights.
Egor

Lots of good info posted... here's one more. In the Class C the driver sits quite aways behind the steer axle . On a gas Class A, teh driver generally sits on top of the steer axle or a just a little behind it. On most Pushers, the driver will be sitting in front of the steer axle. Makes driving a bit different.... I like it.


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