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CurleyJo
post Sep 12 2013, 10:44 PM
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We are researching which type of Motorhome to buy and I am not having much luck finding out the ratings associated with each manufacturer or brand. So far we are looking at brands that have been suggested by other RVers. We currently live in our 25R Arctic Fox travel trailer 9 - 10 months of the year.

My husband's main concern is the engine and running gear. We want definitely want a diesel pusher between 38' to 40' between 2005 and 2010. What do you have, like and dislike and why? Would you buy it again?

Can anyone give us tips, suggestions, web sites, pros or cons to the various rigs? We would greatly appreciate any information that you can pass along. biggrin.gif

Thank you in advance!

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EastPAcamper
post Sep 15 2013, 10:14 AM
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QUOTE(CurleyJo @ Sep 13 2013, 12:44 AM) *

We are researching which type of Motorhome to buy and I am not having much luck finding out the ratings associated with each manufacturer or brand. So far we are looking at brands that have been suggested by other RVers. We currently live in our 25R Arctic Fox travel trailer 9 - 10 months of the year.

My husband's main concern is the engine and running gear. We want definitely want a diesel pusher between 38' to 40' between 2005 and 2010. What do you have, like and dislike and why? Would you buy it again?

Can anyone give us tips, suggestions, web sites, pros or cons to the various rigs? We would greatly appreciate any information that you can pass along. biggrin.gif

Thank you in advance!

Teresa & Mike



Mike & Teresa,

Now I know I will get some flak for this comment, but here it goes anyway, MOST of the MH's are fairly equal according to thier price ranges. More expensive ones, generally tend to have better equipment than the cheaper ones. Now this MAY not always mean that if you buy a "cheaper" model, that you will have problems with everything OR does it mean if you buy the most expensive one , that you will never have any problems. Much like the Ford vs Chevy debate with people in car or trucks, they ALL have good points and bad points.
As the last post said, most of the drive trains are pretty much the same when it comes to deisels. For the most longevity or any vehicle, it comes down to how well it was maintained, and sometimes WHO maintained them. There are services out there that are independent, that will come look over and RV before you buy. If a seller/dealer will not allow this, you don't want it. If you can get maintenence records even better, not just a hand written log book, but actual reciepts from an RV service facility. Again, I know sometimes involving a third party can get costly, but not near as costly as a major repair. Oil sample testing is also a recommendation. A sample of oil is taken and sent out for analyisis to determine if any major repairs may need to be done or not. This can also give and idea on how well it was maintained, large trucking companies use this service as well as consumers. If anyone objects to these third party inspections, they could be hiding something. Remember, you may be investing a good amount of change to purchase a motorhome, try to protect yourself from getting bam-boozled <sp>.
Lastly, make a list or options you MUST have versus the stuff you can deal without. As well as a floor plan that will suit your lifestyle. I know , we have determined that a permanent dinette booth is a waste of space for me and my wife. We'd prefer a table and chairs. Recently we have found out, that the washer/dryer combos work good, if you want your clothes all knotted up, again, I am sure I will get flak for that too. As always, ASK ASK ASK questions, whether here or other RV owners you meet, at RV shows and dealers, ASK ASK ASK.
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post Sep 15 2013, 06:45 PM
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As the last post said, most of the drive trains are pretty much the same when it comes to deisels.


IMHO this is far too great a generalization. There are ~35,000-45,000 lb DP coaches being sold with diesels that range in size from 5.9 -15 liters. Even though many of the horsepower ratings are similar and range from 350-500 HP, there is a huge difference between a DP using a 5.9 L engine and one using one in the 9-15 L range. Large diesel engines provide high torque outputs at low engine speeds and that provides a significant drivability difference compared to smaller engines which need to rev far higher to achieve their rated horsepower outputs.

An often cited "rule of thumb" for MH diesel engines is that you should at least have 100 HP per 10,000 lbs of vehicle weight. Engines of different displacement can have equal HP outputs, but they will not have the same torque. Without turning this into a torque vs horsepower discussion, there is a reason why more expensive MH's use larger diesel engines with greater torque.


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