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Old 02-07-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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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

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:48 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:48 PM   #3
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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!
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:32 PM   #4
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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..
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:00 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:16 PM   #7
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Like the Cat. Like the Bounder but thinking of upgrading to a 38 to 40.
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They are both good (cats better) just kidding being a owner. This is one of two things size does matter though.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:39 PM   #9
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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.

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