Originally Posted by OSUTRIKERS
Looking to move from gas to diesel and noticed some makes are front rather than rear engines.
Is there really a difference?
There sure are more pushers out there so I'm guessing that there are advantages. Our front engine Vesta was not inexpensive. It features full air suspension, air brakes, and a Roadmaster Chassis. We have the Maxxforce 7. As others have suggested, this is considered a medium duty engine. We probably get better fuel economy because at 33k pounds we are much lighter than the typical pusher. We get about 11 mpg pulling our Hyundai Accent.
I don't think it is particularly loud when being driven but you will hear the engine when pulling a grade.( I actually find it pleasant)
One of the biggest problems I had after we bought it was heat from the engine. I complained to Monaco and they designed a fresh air vent kit that solved the engine heat problem. On the other hand, when it's cold outside the front engine is better because the heater is more efficient.
The Vesta generator is located in a side slide toward the front and does not interfere with sleep.
I recently had the unit in for service and when I went in to pick it up, the Mechanic sought me out to tell me how impressed he was with how it drove and handled. I didn't disagree. It's a pleasure to drive.