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Old 03-22-2019, 08:49 AM   #15
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We just went through this decision process. No one so far has mentioned size and weight has only been touched on. We wanted to absolutely stay under 35 feet due to restrictions in some of the campgrounds we use and also to be able to park it on a pad beside our house. We chose the 20,500# chassis because we wanted to stay lighter. The 4000# CCC we have is over twice what we had in the previous class C and I don't see us needing to carry more than 2000#. (We are fanatical about weighing everything and distributing the weight properly.)
We are very used to the Ford V-10 engine since we had one in the class C. I am used to doing all my own work and there is very little on this coach that I can't fix myself. It is not so much the cost of repairs, but the inconvenience of finding a repair facility I trust and waiting until they can get around to fixing it.
Diesels are good in larger coaches, but in smaller coaches the weight of the rear engine detracts from the handling. I would only go with a diesel in sizes longer than 35 feet. As far as handling goes, we have not seen the issues many describe with gas coaches. I think that good weight management, good properly inflated tires, and good driving habits are the keys to better handling.
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