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Old 05-22-2010, 08:08 AM   #15
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The front engined diesel is going to be more prominent going forward because it may just be the only power plant that can be used as a prime mover for Class A motorhomes where an OEM is looking for a front engine solution.

Tiffin has been reportedly on the ropes in regard to its use of the FRED however that said, they have not given up on the technology. The Tiffin Breeze is moving from a concept to a production vehicle using the non-SCR MaxxForce7 Advanced EGR V-8 dual-turbo charged diesel engine.

The Four Winds Serrano is a vehicle in practically the same weight range as the Breeze which will use the same powertrain.

Monaco RV LLC has stated that they will be using MaxxForce engines in RDP installations and the next logical step would be to use the MF7 in a front engine motorhome.

Winnebago Industries has as a SKU both FRED and Workhorse W20D front engine options however I am not at all certain how those sales are moving along. When I do a search for NEW front engined anything the only option out there at the moment is a Ford V10 gas. This to will end in time.

Yes you can expect in my opinion to see Ford producing a front engine diesel Super Duty Chassis using their new (off shore) Power Stroke Diesel.

Make no mistake, front engined Motorhome chassis are not going away. If you have the opportunity to crank over a MaxxForce7 you will hear or not for yourself how quiet the engine is. Even without a body on the rail, the engine was pretty quiet when they were moving it from the transporter to the display floor.

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Old 05-24-2010, 12:43 PM   #16
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Last December, my wife & I traded a 2000 Winnie Chieftain with the Ford V-10 and Banks Power Pack for an '08 Simba FRED, model 38 SDS with the 300 hp Cummins and 5 speed Allison tranny. We've had almost all types of of RVs but never a diesel. Contrary to what's posted elsewhere, the FRED is much quieter than the Ford, has more power, is smoother, and in the mountains, leaves the V-10 behind.
Ours had 12,000 miles on it, supposedly from a Council Bluffs, IA dealer who rented it, as the owner's manuals were clean and without grease thumbprints! We've since put 8,000 on it from Tucson to Sioux Saint Marie locks and it's very trustworthy. Because we were the first owners, Freightliner gave us a $1500 Visa card for fuel, which is long gone!
This model has a hydraulic lift instead of a ramp and its load capacity of 3300# is fine for our Gold Wing trike but the length of the lift platform has no room to spare. We've used 4x4 blocks to prevent rolling off the back during the lifting, but will change to a come-along strap in the future.
The Simba has 4 floor plans but ours has a single slide and with a narrow hallway and 3 doors that are often in each other's way.
Pulling the Wrangler and carrying the trike, we get almost 10 mpg when on cruise at 55 - 60 mph.
You probably know that the brakes are hydraulic, not air, and the suspension is not air.
We chose this over a very large Class C with hydraulic lift because of the high window square footage. We also have dogs and the tile floor is a breeze to keep clean.
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Thank you the unit sold before I could get down to SC to drive it.

So I am back to square one. I am particularly looking for something that will suit my needs for showing my dogs at herding events.

Which means off the road and no hookups.

Thank you so much for the advice. I guess I am back to the drawing board.

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So I am back to square one. I am particularly looking for something that will suit my needs for showing my dogs at herding events.

Which means off the road and no hookups.
For your use think...
  • Water (100 gal)
  • Grey (75 gal)
  • Black (50 gal)
  • LP (45 lb)
  • battery (800 Ahr)

  • Generator (8K)
  • SOLAR (450 Watts)

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