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Old 04-16-2016, 09:26 PM   #1
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Front Diesel Noise

We are considering a front diesel pusher (2011 Thor Serrano 33A), and wonder about the noise level. Thank you for your feedback.
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I've never owned a front engine Diesel coach but having driven a few, I can say yes there is a noticeable increase in noise level in the forward area of the coach while driving.

However you will get used to this after a short time in most cases. There is just no way around this issue because the engine is right there under you.

I've read some issues of lower power from these coaches due to smaller engines, but I have no mountain operational experience with any of them to comment on that.

Oh, by the way, I don't think a front engine coach can be called a pusher, maybe a puller?????LOL.

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Old 04-16-2016, 10:21 PM   #3
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I previously owned a Jayco Seneca Diesel front end (FRED). Plenty of power to pull the 36 foot coach easily up the summits of Oregon. Yes, it's loud when the engine is under load, particularly when the turbo kicks in. It was not the reason we moved to a DP, but it was a consideration. Others may not find the noise as much of a factor as my wife and I did. Drive one!
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Hi Fred and Diane

Any engine that is is the front will be noisy. Whether it's gas or diesel. If quiet is an issue then you should be looking at a diesel pusher, not a FRED. I barely hear my engine even when climbing a hill with a load. If you are considering a front diesel take it out for a drive. Some hill climbing will let you know what you're in for. For the record a diesel pusher is in the rear of the motorhome.

Good luck with your choice.
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Owned a 2011 Serrano with the Maxforce diesel (FRED). While noisier than my current DP, it was not to bad, the wife and I could always carry on a conversation while driving.

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One thing I will add about those Four Wind Serranos, was that the Maxforce diesel was way underpowered.....

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I've owned a 2011 Serrano 33A for 5 years now. Noise is only an issue in the first three gears. Once 4-6 gear is achieved noise is no worse than some cars. Took vehicle out West through the mountains, some on secondary roads. No problem climbing hills. Only issue with MaxForce 7 is no exhaust brake, so plan ahead using lower gears and slower entry speed into down hill sections.
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"Noise" compared to what? If compared to a front gas engine, not really any different. Compared to any rear engine chassis, much louder.
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We are considering a front diesel pusher (2011 Thor Serrano 33A), and wonder about the noise level. Thank you for your feedback.

I had a 31X Serrano. Loved it. Less than half the noise of a gas motor. And the engine break was very effective.
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"Noise" compared to what? If compared to a front gas engine, not really any different. Compared to any rear engine chassis, much louder.

Agree.
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has any one every measured the sound level with a meter?....

I just ordered one...

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"Noise" compared to what? If compared to a front gas engine, not really any different. Compared to any rear engine chassis, much louder.
I think the wind noise was louder in my excursion..
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has any one every measured the sound level with a meter?....



I just ordered one...




No need to. The topic is Serrano FRED.
I had gas, gas, Serrano FRED. Less than 1/2 the noise. Other FREDs may have been louder. Measurement OF dbs is not relevant to the topic, although interesting to some folks.


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No need to. The topic is Serrano FRED.
I had gas, gas, Serrano FRED. Less than 1/2 the noise. Other FREDs may have been louder. Measurement OF dbs is not relevant to the topic, although interesting to some folks.


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excuse me... I think the question is "the noise level on the fred serrano"

I for one would like to know on a measurable scale... what db the sound level is...

when I was 13 I went to the movies with my friend cousin ,,, I ask'd if she was fat... he said ,not that fat.... should have asked how much she weighs

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