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Old 05-21-2019, 10:45 AM   #1
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Question Talk to me about Open Road 32SA 2006-2010

Returning to RVing after a 8 year hiatus. Former coach was Country Coach Allure 36 foot. This time, different usage plan. We live in Mexico full time and are from New Mexico. Basically we want to put a good boondock/state park RV in inside storage in Las Cruces, come up for several months of the year and use it like a traveling condo. Not carrying a lot of stuff but towing a Honda CRV. Like the floor plan of this compact RV. It would go into every state park in New Mexico no problem. We're not looking at doing long distance travel like we did with the Country Coach, probably will average less than 2000 miles per year.

We expect to be traveling mainly in New Mexico, Colorado and points north and probably some in Utah. When not there it will be in enclosed storage with an electrical hookup to keep the batteries up.

Questions:

Is the insulation OK? Nights can get chilly there in the mountains.

How bad is the engine heat in the cockpit when driving? How hard is the ride? This was a real problem with a gasser we owned before. Note: I am not in a hurry when driving so figure almost always 60 mph or less.

For 2006 and newer, any preference for Chevy vs. Ford? Going to be doing some hill climbing, we figure we can always drive the toad separately for the really steep stuff.

Generators during these years propane or gasoline? Do not want propane generator!

If any of you see one of these really set up nicely for boondocking (such as having solar) please give me a shout.

This is going to be a big adjustment given the Allure was such a great ride and boondocker. But it just doesn't make sense to deal with diesel maintenance for such light usage.
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I think 2008 was last year for Chevy - they stopped building 8.1 V8 engine. Probably just better to find a V10 Ford. After 2010 led lights were being used in side motorhome. Dave
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