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Old 06-08-2012, 10:28 PM   #29
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I like diesels, primarily because we tow a trailer with three race cars. Gas units just don't cut it for heavy towing. Also, diesel pushers have far better suspension (air) and air brakes. Plus, the engine noise is way out back, and the drive is quiet and relaxed. That said, diesels do cost more for a similar age and size. Our best coaches have been used diesel pushers. Nothing wrong with a good gas coach though, it's all about how you will use it, and how much you choose to spend.

*(I have no interest in a loan, so we chose a used diesel that we could afford to write a check for over a newer, financed unit.)

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Old 06-08-2012, 10:50 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by Pusherman View Post
I guarantee the coach you purchase now will not be the coach you retire into in 12 years.
Maybe, maybe not! We ordered our 2002 DSDP the way we wanted it. Still have it and no real plans to get another even though I talk about it and look at them.

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Old 06-08-2012, 10:57 PM   #31
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I could drive the Class C, 700 or 800 miles a day, no sweat. It was fun to drive, a little like a over size pickup truck. The Class A, not so much, after about 200 miles, you need a rest. So keep that in mind, consider how much driving you might want to do in a day, and put that up against the size you are considering.. Also if you are thinking about driving through the rocky mountains, and youshould, everybody should, a 40' DP will not be fun. A nice Class C on the other hand, will be pleasantly scary.
I've never owned a Class C so don't have any sort of comparison. But, I would point out that if the Class A you're driving makes you need to take a rest three or four times as often as some Class C... you really need to find a good shop to fix that Class A. Driving a well set up diesel pusher should be a joy and not a chore. There's nothing like sitting up at the same level as truckers and watching the world go buy through those huge picture windows with the only real sound you hear is whatever wind noise there might be.

Class A's can be a chore to handle if they don't have the necessary set up and/or equipment, but IMHO, deciding on a Class C over a Class A because you are going to cover a lot of miles or do a lot of mountain driving would be an ill-informed decision. I have driven my "40DP" over the Rocky Mountains several times... towing a Ford Explorer... in the summer...and hummed through the Eisenhower Tunnel at >11,000 feet elevation with no problem at all.

Just my two cents to add to the data you're collecting.

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:50 PM   #32
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Ok, thanks to everyone help my wife and I decided to go gas first. We will get the gas rv with the bunk house for my son now. Later in 15 years when I retire trade up to something that fits me and the wife. Save that money up in 15 years so retirement driving will be smooth. Thanks to everyone I will post pictures when the rv is purchased
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We have our first, a 2004 Pace Arrow ,gas, we will drive it until my son goes to college. We will find a RV park close to the school of choice and he will move into the PA. At that time we will move up to a DP. Until then it will be all fun and, well fun....
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:32 PM   #34
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We have our first, a 2004 Pace Arrow ,gas, we will drive it until my son goes to college. We will find a RV park close to the school of choice and he will move into the PA. At that time we will move up to a DP. Until then it will be all fun and, well fun....
Oh man! Let him live in the dorm! That is a big part of the growing up college experience! At least for the first year. If you are nearby he can't get too crazy!


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