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Old 02-06-2015, 08:29 PM   #1
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Opinions for or against. Looking at a 08 Georgetown model 391. Gas pusher 8.1l, Allison trany. King bed, new Michelin tires, 26000 miles, excellent condition. Asking $85000, but will try and negotiate lower. At camping world in Iowa.
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:49 PM   #2
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There one at Lazydays in Florida for 73,000. Just for comparison. I have no experience with a gas pusher but like the concept.
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:37 PM   #3
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It was called the UFO (Universal Fuel Option) and was intended to be offered in gas and Diesel to reduce the costs of production.

There's some reading here on iRV2:
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:30 PM   #4
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ASB units parts are hard to find that about the only thing bad about it

all other parts like motor and trans are still around at low cost

to some of use its like cabule and phone line for inter net some of love the unit and some dont

i would test drive it to make sure its some thing you want
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:53 AM   #5
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The GM 8.1 engine has a required 5 year/50K mile service which ever is first. It include all fluid changes - coolant, brake, transmission and oil. Get documentation to show it was performed or ensure they do it.
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It was called the UFO (Universal Fuel Option) and was intended to be offered in gas and Diesel to reduce the costs of production.

There's some reading here on iRV2:
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It is true that was PART of the marketing hype, but they said UFO also stood for Universal Floorplan Option because the R26 allowed coach builders to build ANYTHING they could design because of the totally flat floor possible from stem to stern. The "universal FUEL option" never did come to be, because they never sold any UFO's with anything but the GM 8.1L gas motor.

The REAL difference of the UFO is the unique suspension system that provides the best handling gasser chassis ever built.

TO the OP: that price is very high, IMO, and is probably closer to what it should have sold for when new, than what its worth now. If you buy it, verify that the fan clutch/water pump has been replaced under the CSB that WCC issued. Other than that, the only big concern with parts availability is the WABCO hydraulic Parking Brake unit which is very expensive and hard to get, if it fails. There are several threads on that subject here in the Workhorse forum.
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We love our coach and the chassis in spite of the problems we have had with it. Most of the problems were with the house not the chassis.

I saw an ad for a Georgetown UFO at the camping world in St Augustine for around 70,000.
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I would Love to hear about how they drive verses a front Gas Engine Class A Motor Home and I would think it's a whole less noise, but i want to know about the ride itself. Thanks in Advance.
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The ride is really smooth with the R26 chassis.

If I remember correctly, mine is the 128 inch wheelbase chassis...the biggest one that Workhorse sold. No tail wobbling when going down the road. You can steer with one finger. The torsion box suspension keeps the coach upright when going around curves including some very tight exit ramps.

Some owners have complained about an excessive bounce when traveling over a bridge or road with lots of close together expansion joints. This is not the same as porpoising.

I have experience this on a few occasions. To limit this bounce some owners have exchanged the stock Bilstein shocks for Koni dampening shocks. I have not done so because a stiffer shock feels a pot hole or crack in the road more than the ones I have now...you picks your poison so to speak.

If I were to sum up the feel and ride of my coach, it is more like a very big car. My previous coach on a W22 chassis was a truck.
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The R26 UFO is 26,000 pound GVWR and 30,000 GCVWR. It was offered to the coach builders in 4 wheel base configurations: 208",228", 242", and 262". I don't remember which one was used under the HR 38PLT, but suspect Derrick has a typo above.
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Just googled one at AmericasChoice RV. Seems like a nice looking coach. Does the 8.1 really have enough grunt to push that thing down the road?
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We put 60K miles on our UFO HR38PLT. We were one of the unfortunate few that spit the water pump out the radiator. Putting that issue aside, we had a great experience with the chassis. We did opt for the Koni shocks to prevent porpoising of the front over some roads. I'd negotiate the devil out of that price. That is high for that coach.
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Just googled one at AmericasChoice RV. Seems like a nice looking coach. Does the 8.1 really have enough grunt to push that thing down the road?
Admitedly, the 8.1L gasser does not have as much torque as your ISB, however it does have the same 340HP, and yes, us gassers are quite able to keep up with "most" DPs. We do burn a bit more gas to do so, but lately the price difference has us smiling.
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The R26 UFO is 26,000 pound GVWR and 30,000 GCVWR. It was offered to the coach builders in 4 wheel base configurations: 208",228", 242", and 262". I don't remember which one was used under the HR 38PLT, but suspect Derrick has a typo above.
My chassis is the 242 wheel base..I don't know where I came up that 128 figure.

My coach has plenty of get up, go and keep going even on steep grades. There is a section of I-77 out in the western part of Va that is called the seven mile climb, seven miles, seven degrees. I pass most everything large including trucks and a lot of diesel pushers in the right lane.
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