Originally Posted by tjd
We have traveled a little over 3000 miles so far and our over all MPG is 11.2 so far.
I would say the biggest issue we have had so far (knock on wood) is the ice maker stop working within the first week.
We do have exhaust brakes in our 2012 35PBD and they are very useful. Actually I wonder if I use it to much.
We downsized from a 2004 Monaco Windsor DST. We purchased a used 2012 32' Vesta - it had about 7500 miles on it. The coach now has 12.4k miles on it. We've had what I consider normal "ramp up" issues with a new coach. I was in Wakarusa a few weeks ago to get some issues addressed - the most significant was a cracked windshield and to replace the slide-out gaskets. Separately the Onan would not hold a load - and Cummins replaced the breaker switch on the Onan.
The coach does have an engine brake - and I feel it's needed when driving a diesel coach - works well.
I don't like the 1200 watt inverter. I rewired a couple of circuits so power was availalble @ the bedroom and dinette outlets. I plan to upgrade to a 2000 watt inverter. Once I had to reset the inverter when we attempted to use the microwave and it was very hot outside. The inverter is mounted on the ceiling of the storage compartment - and the screws are now stripped out @ two of the attachments - so I need to reinforce this area.
I changed out all the interior lights and installed LED lights - and I installed a King Dome in-motion dish - and added an IR extender to the satellite receiver. I run a coax to the front of the coach to a small flat screen so Sat TV can be watched by the passengers when needed.
I also upgraded the GPS to a better Garmin unit & hooked up the Sirus radio. However - the radio sound is terrible - needs better speakers.
I also added a basement 12v/120v refrigerator in the Mega-storage compartment - and a Pressure-Pro system for the tires.
I pulled out the factory mattress and installed the Sleep Number mattress - a nice improvement in our view!
We just returned from a 4k trip out to The Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Cody - had zero problems except the awning will not extend - and still doesn't!
I travel about 65 MPH and averaged 10.2 MPG. We did hit a lot of headwinds - some mountian passes - but I'm disappointed by the 10.2 MPG. I tow a 2010 Prius on a Demco SS Tow Dolly.
Separately - we run the Onan about 60 hours on this trip - ran great! The roof air conditioners cool the coach well. The Onan usage is not related to the 10.2 MPG.
The dash air is an issue. The system picks up outside air near the engine - so the air is sort of pre-heated by the engine - so using the "vent" setting usually just sends in hot air - must use the "Max Air" setting most of the time - probably impacts the MPG!
Regarding the roof air - there needs to be a couple of roof vents over the driver/passenger seats - the cool air stops short of where we're seated.
While it was not a problem - I was surprised that the engine temperture rose to 213 degrees a few times - outside temperture was 101 degrees. The engine fan kicks in and quickly lowers the engine temperature - no real issue.
I feel the diesel fill opening needs a small angle - it's almost straight out - so it's difficult to get diesel into the tank - you can't leave the filler nozzle alone and clean the windshield for example.
The bathroom sink is too small - challenging to use - water often splashes everywhere!
The engine computer average MPG is goofy - it seems to total your MPG based on the gallon - example: it will say 12 MPG - then when another gallon of fuel is used - the MPG drops to let's say 9 MPG - then it slowly builds to a higher MPG until the next gallon of fuel is used - then the process repeats. However - the total gallons used seems to be fairly accurate when the tank is filled.
I also use a Silver Leaf engine monitor - and it matches the Navistar MPG, but in a more logical way.
I met another couple while @ Wakarusa - and they had installed an additional 30 gallon fresh water tank in the Mega Storage compartment. He plumbed the water line via the anti-freeze line - seemed to work great!
I plan to install a washer/dryer combo in the Mega-storage area as well. Did you add any metal support underneath the compartment floor? Did you add the drain to the waste water tank - or just run the drain to the outside sewer connection? Where did you get the water lines from? If possible - please provide more details on this enhancement.
Overall we like the new coach - of course there's some compromises when compared to the Windsor, but we like the size and it drives like a large SUV - much easier to get into most anywhere. However - in our view the ride is rougher when compared to the Windsor - but this keeps me awake!
Maybe I need to adjust the tire air pressure.
I was not certain @ first - but we now like the mid-entry better than the front entry on most diesel coaches - easier to get in and out in our view.
I've owned several motorhoms over the years - and this is the first coach where people stop and tell me how much they like the looks of the unit.
In our view - the Vesta is a nice coach - but a few improvements would make it a great coach!