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cochise49

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Went DP after decades of Class C gassers. After 9 years of outrageous repair bills and maintenance that I couldn't DIY. We saw a floorplan that blew our DP out of the water and half the price of a new DP with similar features like Heat Pumps, full body paint, great A/V system. Gas vs diesel fuel mpg/cost is usually a near push. Expect to pay 1/3 or less for oil changes etc. Cheaper parts/labor plus I can do most, if not all routine maint myself. It is noisier on hills but I don't really notice the suspension differences. We decided that we live in our rig much much more than we drive it. That being said....none of us need to justify our purchase decisions. We all enjoy our rigs. Happy travels to all.


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I dont think I saw one DP that was in the 40,000 dollar range in all the posters signature's


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I own a gas coach. I can easily afford to buy a DP, but I don't drive enough miles to justify buying one. I'm a retired truckdriver and drove diesels all my life and I enjoy the engine torque (pulling power) and the air ride a diesel offers (both going down the highway & leveling). I'm currently not towing a vehicle so I get very good fuel milage with my coach and my maintenance is $65.00 plus tax, once a year. I have a very nice Captains Chair to sit in when driving and new shocks and tires so my ride is comfortable. Noise, I'm hard of hearing and I don't put my hearing aids in while driving and I get one quiet ride (only nice thing about being hearing impaired). Good Luck

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Posted: 04/08/14 05:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

cochise49 wrote:

Went DP after decades of Class C gassers. After 9 years of outrageous repair bills and maintenance that I couldn't DIY. We saw a floorplan that blew our DP out of the water and half the price of a new DP with similar features like Heat Pumps, full body paint, great A/V system. Gas vs diesel fuel mpg/cost is usually a near push. Expect to pay 1/3 or less for oil changes etc. Cheaper parts/labor plus I can do most, if not all routine maint myself. It is noisier on hills but I don't really notice the suspension differences. We decided that we live in our rig much much more than we drive it. That being said....none of us need to justify our purchase decisions. We all enjoy our rigs. Happy travels to all.


I like the lay out of the 38Q. That's gotta be one of the biggest gassers on the market at just over 39 feet.


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DP and don't look back.. I hear all the gas talk and how expensive it is to own a DP I don't find that to be true. You asked so I say DP.


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Here we go again, this subject has been beat to death on this site. In most instances the people who own the gas models know more about the diesels than the people than own them and vise versa. I recommend driving the coach's you are interested in and make up your own mind.The floor plan is the most important equation. When we bought our coach I couldn't find a gasser with the floor plan I liked, and at that time the used upscale diesels had poor floor plans that fit our budget. We ended up with full slide Fleetwood Discovery. Some turn their nose up at that coach but we are happy.

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wirenutz wrote:

I dont think I saw one DP that was in the 40,000 dollar range in all the posters signature's


That's funny...true, most likely, but that also doesn't mean we haven't owned one. My first diesel was $33,000 cash, out the door. 40' Tourmaster, upgraded to the 40' Dynasty for a little over $40,000, then splurged on the Executive.....all of it was worth it....Dennis


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wirenutz wrote:

I dont think I saw one DP that was in the 40,000 dollar range in all the posters signature's


PPLmotorhomes.com in Houston/New Braunfels have 13 motorhomes on consignment for under $50,000. They are out there.

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When we were looking for our tow rig, we knew diesel was the only way to go, and after looking at dozens of Freightliners and Internationals on the market, we found an FL-60 with a new cat 7.2 motor 3 hours from our house for 30K cash, it took 2 deployments to the sand box to pay for everything in cash

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Depends on so much. Didn't notice if comparing Class As only, or not. A diesel pusher will be quieter than a gas Class A, obviously. However, we have a V-10 in our F-550 based Super C and I can't hear it (that's with Banks exhaust too). A diesel in a van cutawy Class C is loud. A diesel in our rig would be louder. If you're set on a 40' rig, then I'd say diesel pusher, without a doubt. If looking at something smaller, then the V-10 may be a good choice (the added price for diesel at the pump may come close to zeroing out any mileage gains, insofar as your wallet is concerned). Apples to apples, I know the exact same rig to what I have, but with the plagued 6.4 diesel, only gets .5 to 1 mpg better than my V-10. The high-revving three valve V-10 has more than enough torque to get the job done, for us, even when pulling a heavy race trailer. The 3 valve V-10 is a very reliable engine. But again, if going with a 40' A, then diesel by all means (unless it's a Cat ;-) ).


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