Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-24-2014, 09:28 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Huntington Beach, Ca.
Posts: 294
Gasoline pusher

I'm sorry if this has been discussed before. I did a quick search but found nothing. I just heard that there are a new breed of motor homes out being that they are a gas pusher rather than a diesel. Has anybody heard anything about them? Do they exist or did I hear a fable?

Ray
__________________

__________________
Ray and Barb Scrafield Huntington Beach, Ca.
Temporarily without a rig. LOOKING!
Socaltoolguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-24-2014, 09:35 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 106
I think a forum member has converted a diesel (rv suffered a fire) to a gasser, only one I know of...
__________________

__________________
2008 Gulf Stream 8327 Fred, 300hp Cummins, Allison MH1000, Freightliner, 24k lbs chassis
2004 Ford Ranger 4x4 5spd, 4k lbs, flat towed
alilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2014, 09:38 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 28,444
It's been tried but they weren't very successful as they tended to overheat and the fuel mileage was poor.
__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2014, 10:22 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Huntington Beach, Ca.
Posts: 294
Thanks, I was wondering about that. I am looking to upgrade our m/h. We bought it last year and it's just a bit too small for us. And if we are going to have to upgrade, I was hoping I could find a diesel pusher but that adds about $20k to the price. At least. So, I'm on the hunt. Thanks for your reply.

Ray
__________________
Ray and Barb Scrafield Huntington Beach, Ca.
Temporarily without a rig. LOOKING!
Socaltoolguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2014, 11:48 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
JeffAZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 913
There's a few members on here that have the Workhorse chassis with that configuration, I think they call them UFO's?
__________________
Jeff, Catherine and Turner|2008 Damon Outlaw 3611|W24 w/ 8.1L Chevy hauling in the garage 3 quads,2 dirtbikes,1 Rzr900xp, 1 smart42 & 1 sewing machine based in central AZ
JeffAZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2014, 05:38 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
tuffr2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Palm Coast Florida
Posts: 2,455
Workhorse made the Universal Fuel Option (UFO) Chassis for a few years back in the late 2000's. Winnebago built their gas Adventurer 37G and 39W on this chassis I think.

They are quiet going down the road and the turning radius is really good.

Not sure of the downside but I can believe over heating could be an issue.
__________________
tuffr2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2014, 06:06 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
becks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Fulltime/ SE Minnesota
Posts: 2,544
Very few built, as they just did not go over very well.
__________________
06 TS-42-DS04
1040 watts of solar
2014 Jeep Rubicon/2003 Honda CRV
becks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2014, 06:52 AM   #8
paz
Senior Member
 
paz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Full-timers - Home is where we park it.
Posts: 4,716
It's not that the Workhorse UFO chassis didn't go over very well. It was a good chassis, but it was introduced around 2007 just before gas prices skyrocketed in 2008 and the RV market crashed.

Although the UFO (Universal Fuel Option) was designed for either a gas or diesel engine, the demise in of the 8.1 liter engine initially used in the UFO didn't help. Because of the crash of the RV market, Workhorse (and Navistar, the subsequent owner of the Workhorse RV chassis business) never bothered to find a replacement for the 8.1 for use in heavier RV chassis. They instead concentrated on making smaller chassis with smaller diesel engines.
__________________
2015 DRV Tradition 375KPS
2015 Chevy Duramax 3500HD LTZ Dually
Full-timers...Home is where we park it.
Check out our blog: Living Our Dream
paz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2014, 08:31 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
edgray's Avatar


 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Entegra Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Madison, MS
Posts: 7,549
Quote:
Originally Posted by Socaltoolguy View Post
I'm sorry if this has been discussed before. I did a quick search but found nothing. I just heard that there are a new breed of motor homes out being that they are a gas pusher rather than a diesel. Has anybody heard anything about them? Do they exist or did I hear a fable?

Ray
Yes, they exist, but not in great numbers. Workhorse offered their "UFO" gas pusher with a 26,000 GVWR with the 8.1L GM v-8. It IS a terrific chassis but was only used by 5 coach builders and it never gained more acceptance because of poor market timing and the type of mis-information posted above about overheating. "PAZ" got it right. The Workhorse UFO did NOT suffer from overheating, and IMO is the best riding and handling gasser ever built. The demise of Workhorse under Navistar sealed its fate.
__________________
2016 EC Aspire 42RBQ / 2014 CR-V
edgray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2014, 04:44 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
DD788Snipe's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Apple Valley CA
Posts: 914
Yes I test drove one at the RVIA West Coast show in Pomona CA when they first came out. Best handling gasser I've ever driven. As for overheating, Workhorse did it's testing on Death Valley CA. The demise of the GM 8.1 Vortex engine was part of the problem but Navistar could have put one of their max force diesel engines in its place until a suitable gas engine was developed to replace it. But sadly Navistar, IMHO, bought the company just to kill it. There was a wealth of engineering that died with the company. Now if you want a gas chassis your choices are Ford, Ford and Ford. Nothing wrong with that but IMHO Workhorse was a better performing chassis and you had a choice.
__________________

Craig & Carolyn Roberts Apple Valley, CA
2006 Newmar 3910 KSDP 400 ISL Cummins Spartan Mountian Master Chassis
Toad: 2017 GMC Canyon 4X4 Crewcab
DD788Snipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2014, 07:15 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
edgray's Avatar


 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Entegra Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Madison, MS
Posts: 7,549
Quote:
Originally Posted by DD788Snipe View Post
Yes I test drove one at the RVIA West Coast show in Pomona CA when they first came out. Best handling gasser I've ever driven. As for overheating, Workhorse did it's testing on Death Valley CA. The demise of the GM 8.1 Vortex engine was part of the problem but Navistar could have put one of their max force diesel engines in its place until a suitable gas engine was developed to replace it. But sadly Navistar, IMHO, bought the company just to kill it. There was a wealth of engineering that died with the company. Now if you want a gas chassis your choices are Ford, Ford and Ford. Nothing wrong with that but IMHO Workhorse was a better performing chassis and you had a choice.
You are quite right, SIR. They never did give us a satisfactory answer as to "why" they never got around to providing the diesel engine that was promised in the introductory literature. on the UFO . But, I doubt the original intent of Navistar was to kill off Workhorse . I believe Navistar saw it as an opportunity to own a captive customer for their engines, and they are not known for deliberately losing money.


Instead, a LOT of good people lost their jobs, both salaried and UAW.
__________________
2016 EC Aspire 42RBQ / 2014 CR-V
edgray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2014, 07:21 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
UFO Pilot's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sonoma County, CA
Posts: 4,610
I have owned my UFO (gas pusher) for 7 years and have never had or heard of an over heating problem. I would buy another if they still made them. They are hard to find as most owners won't part with them. The only thing that would make them better is air leveling.

I think someone on the Workhorse Chassis forum is in the process of buying one now.
__________________

__________________
Wayne & Roberta and Maggie the Miracle Dog
08 Winnebago Destination 39W Gas UFO Workhorse Chassis
Making the Journey in our Destination

UFO Pilot is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
gas



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Buying a used Diesel Pusher brian74 Full-Timers 14 08-03-2014 06:45 PM
Boating/Silversmithing - transporting Acetylene and Gasoline ballard770 Hobbies, Passions & Pastimes 3 07-30-2014 01:49 AM
New low end Diesel pusher vs used high end MARANATHA Newmar Owner's Forum 16 05-11-2014 04:07 PM
1994 Georgie boy Swinger diesel pusher Aeronaut Class A Motorhome Discussions 9 04-18-2014 01:40 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.