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Old 08-15-2014, 10:26 AM   #1
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Any regrets....

Going from a Class A DP to a Class A gas unit?

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Old 08-15-2014, 10:28 AM   #2
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we have a class A gas and love it. Ours is 30' and we get 9/10 mpg on average, that is if you drive between 60-70mph on the interstates etc.

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Old 08-15-2014, 11:03 AM   #3
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After several years in DP's we just went to a Canyon Star 3610. It's a huge difference from the 2006 39K Winnebago Journey that we traded in. They both have their pro's and con's. It handles as good as the Journey even in the wind. Has plenty of power and rides very good. The engine in the front is different as you can hear the engine when on a hill. Not annoying by any means, just getting used to it. It actually drives better than the 2001 Monaco Knight DP I had. They both have engine noise. Just in opposite ends. I'm 65 and this will be our last MH and I couldn't justify the cost of a DP. We drive about 6,000 miles per yr. and this seems like a good choice. But, if I had lots of extra money, it would be a different story.
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:54 PM   #4
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None, btw I did the opposite of the above poster. Sold a Newmar DP and bought a Winnebago adventurer. It was the floor-plan that sold us. Besides when you think about it if you travel the average 6,000 miles a year that equates to about 1% of the total year you are driving it, but you live in it 100% of the time. So the floor-plan should always take precedent over what type of engine it has.
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:15 PM   #5
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My last coach was diesel , present coach is gas. This one was all about the floor plan. I would say ride and handling is about the same but then I live in Fl. and we have really good roads. Anyway I have no regrets and the engine noise climbing hills is a non issue for me.
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:54 AM   #6
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Last RV was a 2005 Monaco Knight 38 DP. Drove OK but had many issues with trim moulding, cabinets and multiple water heater failures. It was the most maintenance heavy of the 5 RVs I have owned.
Current RV is 2013 Winnebago Sightseer 35G gas engine. As stated above it was the floorplan that sold us. A similar floorplan was available in a DP but the upcharge was $40k +.
very happy with the way it drives once trac bar was installed and CHF was done. Gets same MPG as previous DP and pulls 5k lb trailer just as easy.
Not likely to go back to a DP after owning this one unless we went bigger than 38'.
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:47 PM   #7
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DP to gas

I have has two gas coaches a class c coachman 22 ft in the late 70's to early 80's my kids were small back then. Bought a class a 1984 Winnebago 31 ft gas in the late 80's keep it until late 90's. Got a 1996 class A coachman 34 ft dp with a cummings Allison tranny on a Spartan chassey we loved it was a wide body. I retired in 2001 and we traveled for 3 years and as the coach aged repairs were getting costly I sold the coach in 2008. We went out a coach for several years and got the itch for another motorhome I looked for months trying to find the right coach we looked all over the big state of Texas. We put some pretty stiff needs to meet we did not want a dinette it could not be longer than 30 feet to fit into my shop and it had to be in very good condition. Well we found our 1996 Allegro gas it has satulite tracking , convection microwave ,low miles, hyd jacks, excellent interior , new awing, two year old frig., new batteries, fantastic fan and we were able to pay cash I don't regret going back to gas. keep them shining
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Old 08-17-2014, 06:39 AM   #8
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We just went the other way, upgraded from a Winnebago 31KE to a Forza 34T. Picking up the new unit this coming weekend.

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