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Old 06-17-2015, 05:18 PM   #1
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Anyone own a gas pusher?

I was looking at a video of a 2008 winnebago Destination w I m rather intrigued by this design. Seems like the best of both worlds. Quiet with engine in rear, no dog house,etc. Not sure about how the suspension is setup.

I never knew they existed until today. Any input would be appreciated. Thx.
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Old 06-17-2015, 06:52 PM   #2
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It's a Workhorse chassis called a UFO (Universal Floor Option/Universal Fuel Option) R6. You can find lots of reading by searching on Workhorse section.

Or search Google with "Workhorse UFO"

Here's a start: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...se+ufo+chassis

Here's the Workhorse section on IRV2 http://www.irv2.com/forums/f22/

Here's another Workhorse UFO Platforms Specifications
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I was looking at a video of a 2008 winnebago Destination w I m rather intrigued by this design. Seems like the best of both worlds. Quiet with engine in rear, no dog house,etc. Not sure about how the suspension is setup.

I never knew they existed until today. Any input would be appreciated. Thx.
A while ago, we were at a campground called Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert and, at the same time was a WIT owners group that was there too for a group campout. In that group, were a about 3 Winnebago Adventurers that were all GAS PUSHERS. I spoke with one owner and asked him about his rig and, personal thoughts, issues etc. since I'd not seen any up close before.

He stated he and his wife were thoroughly satisfied with their coach as well as were the other two owners in the group. He did state there was a fan clutch issue with a few of them but, all of that has been remedied. He stated the ride was really nice, great power for pulling and other nice comments. I might think of one in our next pursuit, who knows?
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:39 PM   #4
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I bought mine Sept 2007. Now 65,000 miles later and I still love it. The ride is quiet and the Coach doesn't move all over the road. I can literally drive it with one finger on the wheel. I hope someone revives the Chassis, it is a real winner as far as gas Coaches go.
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I have never been in one, but IMO it's a great idea. So many people could use a pusher, and everything that is good about them, but don't need the power or longevity of a diesel nor the additional expense. I was surprised that noone came up with it sooner.
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We have the 2008 Win Destination and love it. We bought it new in August 2012. It was a "left over" that had been sitting on the lot for three or four years so we got an excellent deal on it but had some usual problems with anything that has been sitting for a while. We love the quiet ride and the fact that I can do most of the maintenance myself. The only problem we still have is the "porposing" or "pogoing" in the front when you are on a road with humps and dips. I saw where someone suggested installing Koni shocks instead of the stock Bilsteins, may try that.
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The only problem we still have is the "porposing" or "pogoing" in the front when you are on a road with humps and dips. I saw where someone suggested installing Koni shocks instead of the stock Bilsteins, may try that.
I test drove a UFO at the California RV Show several years ago. I had the same feel of the front end. We went over railroad tracks that ran at a 45 degree angel, it felt like the front end was uncontrollable. Koni's will help with your issue.

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We have a 2008 Winnebago adventurer pusher with an 8.1 workhorse. We love it. Quiet, smooth easy to drive and over 8 mpg. Great design and very easy to maintain.
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Executive Industries (now Monaco) made the model I have in a gas pusher version in the 80's.
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I test drove a UFO at the California RV Show several years ago. I had the same feel of the front end. We went over railroad tracks that ran at a 45 degree angel, it felt like the front end was uncontrollable. Koni's will help with your issue.

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We have a 2008 Winnebago adventurer pusher with an 8.1 workhorse. We love it. Quiet, smooth easy to drive and over 8 mpg. Great design and very easy to maintain.
question... when you say over 8mpg.... have you recorded all the gas used VS all the miles traveled.... or did you take a test on flat ground at 50 mph...
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The UFO had leaf spring suspension rather than the air of a diesel pusher. It was available with a diesel or gas engine, and some of the few made were diesels. The UFO never caught on with buyers, even though the idea is sound, and RVmakers soon stopped building them. Front diesels came out around the same time, and those flopped in the market too, despite having advantages. Buyerd either went for the "full monty" diesel pusher or stuck with a front gas chassis (less expensive than any pusher or any diesel).
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question... when you say over 8mpg.... have you recorded all the gas used VS all the miles traveled.... or did you take a test on flat ground at 50 mph...
I consistently get over 8. Hilly, flat and in between. I keep the speed down and don't exceed 60 mph. I put seafoam in the gas. It's a great rig. Thx
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We also averaged about 8 mpg when we had a Workhorse W22 and 8.1L engine. Mostly interstate cruising for best mpg, though. Keeping the speed down is the key.
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