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Old 09-08-2011, 04:27 PM   #15
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Does anyone have first hand experience with gas and FRED MH's? Can you provide info on differences in noise, handling, maintenance and power differences. Thanks.
I owned four gas Class A's and then went to a Tiffin FRED. For the past 15 months, my wife and I called it home and have covered much of the US in it. We just traded it for a larger DP. However, the FRED (in our experience) was equivalent from a noise level to our gas units and I personally liked the torque of the 6.7 litre Cummins. If you are just getting into motorhoming, I doubt that you could appreciate any difference between a FRED and a good quality built gas unit. Like any diesel, the FRED unit does cost more to maintain. As noted previously, it is not being promoted in any sales brochure, but I am told by Freightliner, it you specifically order a Tiffin Open Road and specify that you want it on a FRED chassis, it will be built but you have to pay up front and be insistant that you want a FRED. If you don't plan to go more than 10K miles annually, I'd say stay with a gas model.
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Any odor with a FRED? I have a diesel engine in a boat, and we have some diesel odor inside.
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Any odor with a FRED? I have a diesel engine in a boat, and we have some diesel odor inside.
your either smelling fuel or exhaust ; something not tolerated in a vehicle. Kinda strange you would think anyone would accept that in a new motorhome ; especially exhaust. Anyway no smells and all is well.
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Do they have the looooooong overhang like gas coaches ??
same as any other
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Do they have the looooooong overhang like gas coaches ??
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Does that mean, Yes, it has a long overhang like a gas coach ?
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Does that mean, Yes, it has a long overhang like a gas coach ?
It seems you consider the overhang in gas coaches long. It would obviously depend on the coach since they are not all the same. I dont consider the overhang long in my 04 adventurer and not in the serrano I just drove. Long is in the eye of the beholder.
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Does that mean, Yes, it has a long overhang like a gas coach ?
The longest Serrano, the 33A, is 34' + 3 1/4 inches "bumper to bumper". It has a 218" wheel base, according to the brochure. The pictures look like most every other front-engine coach. AFAIK, none of them have the shorter rear overhang like most DPs.
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It seems you consider the overhang in gas coaches long. It would obviously depend on the coach since they are not all the same. I dont consider the overhang long in my 04 adventurer and not in the serrano I just drove. Long is in the eye of the beholder.
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The longest Serrano, the 33A, is 34' + 3 1/4 inches "bumper to bumper". It has a 218" wheel base, according to the brochure. The pictures look like most every other front-engine coach. AFAIK, none of them have the shorter rear overhang like most DPs.
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