Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-07-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
Junior Member
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 11
Diesel Pusher

I currently own a '94 Fleetwood Bounder with a 454 Chev motor. I'm thinking about moving up to a newer Diesel Pusher Any thoughts or cautions I should look for? Cat or Cummins? I want to stay in the 34' size or smaller because of space limitations at home. I'm probably looking at 10,000 to 12,000 per year and pulling a Mazda 3 on a dolly. Thanks

jwalt is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-07-2013, 01:48 PM   #2
Senior Member
Craig_R's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Huson, MT
Posts: 1,043
Even though I am a big Cummins Diesel fan I own a coach with a C9 Caterpillar engine in it. That was a hard choice for me to make when we bought our coach. It had everything we wanted except the Cummins, so I compromised. Both companies build great engines and power thousands of pieces of on and off road equipment everyday. For almost 30 years of my life my livelihood was dependent on Cummins engines. My younger brother makes his living with a 600 HP Cat that he loves.

Craig & Donna
2005 Beaver Monterey Laguna IV (aka The Hotel Monterey)
2011 Jeep Liberty Limited
Craig_R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 01:48 PM   #3
Senior Member
topdownman's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 1,469
First of all, welcome! You'll get so many varying responses your head will spin. Diesel's are great, both Cat and Cummins are great engines. You won't go wrong with either. Now you've got to decide out of so many different makes, floorplans, rear radiator or side radiator, etc, etc.

My opinion, find one in the size you like and make sure you can live with the floor plan. Then check the rest of the unit out. I would think shorter Class A diesels in that size range are probably not that easy to find. Oh, and check those date codes on the tires!
Mark Anderson - FMCA 351514 - NRVIA
Louisville, KY
2011 Tiffin Phaeton 40QTH
2006 Jeep Commander
topdownman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 05:32 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Posts: 1,201
Hi, and welcome to the forum. i am partial to Cummins, but the Cats are also good engines. If you're thinking 2008 or newer you will only find Cummins engines.Catapillar got out of the RV business because of EPA requirements after 2007. Certainly follow the instructions of an earlier poster on getting the floor plan , etc. in your price range, and don't be to concerned about which engine package is in the coach..
Jim and Lynda, (Sophie, Jake, attack trained killer Shi-Tzus :-))

2003 Fleetwood Expedition 38N 2005 Saturn Vue
jlfbatonrg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 06:00 PM   #5
Senior Member
PyrateSilly's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 2,200
My first and most important piece of advice is to check out floor plans FIRST. If you are not comfortable inside it will not matter about the engine.
Thom and Christine having fun in a 1993 Monaco Crown Royale Signature Series 40ft 300hp RV. Towing a Fiat 500 Abarth and a Harley.
Our blogged repairs and travels
PyrateSilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
Senior Member
B Bob's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,195
Bounder makes nice 34' diesel pushers. We are at a rally this weekend and our friends with the 2003 Bounder DP are parked two motor homes down. They bought theirs new and it has been a very good motor home for them. He could afford to buy any motor home he wants, but likes the Bounder and has not intention to trade it in any time soon.

Both Cat and Cummins are very well made motors. I would not concern myself with that.
B Bob
Country Coach 42' Affinity
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
B Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 10:16 PM   #7
Registered User
Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
Posts: 1,857

Like the Cat. Like the Bounder but thinking of upgrading to a 38 to 40.
Muddypaws is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 02:42 PM   #8
Senior Member
Tha_Rooster's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 4,702
They are both good (cats better) just kidding being a owner. This is one of two things size does matter though.
2007 Fleetwood Revolution LE 40V
Tha_Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 03:39 PM   #9
Senior Member
so47's Avatar
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 332
I have an 06 Bounder dp. There were two 34' built, 34h triple slide and34m double slide. I have the H and am very happy with it, but you need to heed the advice given by others to look in person at the floor plans/layouts. As my ddw used to say about Christmas trees on the lots she dragged me thru, "It has to speak to me". Oy, hours and hours, but a topic for another day. As far as power trains go, it's a lot like ford vs. chevy. That's not a big concern. Prior tlc is the most important thing in a used coach, imho.

so47 is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.