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Old 06-24-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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Have been Motorhomin' for many years now. Have had several units, mostly National RV. Did the fulltiming thing for several years and are motorhomeless now. Looking for a good used unit for short trips. Of course, we're looking at Seabreezes and Dolphins but found this 2003 Winnebago Chieftain 39T.

My question is: A 39.5' motorhome on a gas chassis? Too much? It is the Workhorse 8.1.

Anyone have experience or opinions on this?


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Old 06-24-2014, 01:22 PM   #2
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I don't think I would do a 39.5 footer on a gas chassis. That's gotta be a real gas hog and underpowered.

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Old 06-24-2014, 04:17 PM   #3
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Agree. Diesel in this size.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:25 PM   #4
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We have a 2004 Chieftain 39T, Workhorse 8.1. We get about 7 MPG. We bog down on hills - really slow up the Grapevine from the North.

We compared Diesel and Gas and decided it would take a bunch of miles of better MPG of diesel to pay for the difference in coach price.

We've put on 10k miles and aren't a bit disappointed.

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