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Old 11-08-2015, 12:59 PM   #1
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Is diesel really better and Banks package?

Buying 1st used mh/a class, travel/living in it for a year, looking at 34'/35' w/slide, went to rv show and ran into some guys that told me the only way to go is diesel or I'll be sorry climbing hills. I really don't care gas vs diesel, looking for some more experienced feedback and I heard a lot of good about having a Banks package for gas.
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:01 PM   #2
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You'll get hundreds of differing opinions on this subject. It gets asked all the time. I have owned both gas and diesel coaches and prefer diesel for more reasons than simply power. My advice, find the coach with the floor plan that you like that fits in your budget and enjoy.
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Ditto what CarlAda said!!
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:28 PM   #4
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X-3 what CarlAda said.
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:30 PM   #5
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X-4 what CarlAda said
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:42 PM   #6
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what CarlAda said with the caveat that if you are not already into diesel or motor homes there is a fairly steep learning curve for both. IMHO you would be better off with gas as it will cost less and be simple to deal with compared to the diesel. If you want to go full time after a year then look at a dp from a point of experience.
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:49 PM   #7
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Buying 1st used mh/a class, travel/living in it for a year, looking at 34'/35' w/slide, went to rv show and ran into some guys that told me the only way to go is diesel or I'll be sorry climbing hills. I really don't care gas vs diesel, looking for some more experienced feedback and I heard a lot of good about having a Banks package for gas.
Thanks for any responses.
Jim & Diane

This is a topic that seems to evoke strong feeling among RVers. The truth of the matter is, it really depends on your needs in a coach. The real question is how much weight do you need to move up and down the highway in order to have the life on the road that will suit you.

If you need to move less than about 20k pounds then gas will be fine. If the weight is up around 28k pounds then you will be in a diesel. There is a overlap in the middle between 20-24k where you may find a Cummins ISB diesel and a Ford V10 or depending on age a GM V8. In that case the deciding vote could be cast by the air suspension and slightly better Milage of the diesel or the simplicity and familiarity of the gas.


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Jim,
I think Steve has summed it up as well as anyone.
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X-5 what CarlAda said, and Jim's comment is pretty smart too.
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I have a 38ft Class A gas.... my only complaint with the coach is lack of power. I wish I had more ooph to help me not just go up long hills in the smokies or mountains out west... but even small rolling hills in Kentucky & even overpasses in Florida. I typically travel 65-73 MPH pulliing a wrangler unlimited which isn't easy for the engine. I also do not use cruise control due to the slightest incline it will shift down a gear or two thus I might loose several MPH even on the small overpasses. I have no complaints with the ride, interior noise even when the engine is being pushed hard going up mountains....

Banks - For me it's a lot of money & I doubt I would see that big of a improvement for what it costs.

I Hope to get a DP in the next year or two. Biggest concern is how much more the yearly maintenance is & also any unexpected expenses.

I would suggest driving as many as you can to help you make up your decision. When I went through this several years ago the DP w/o a doubt the the best to drive however it was either a +4yr old DP vs a new gas coach for similar money. I drove the same model Ford & workhorse chassis & thought the workhorse was superior thus that's the direction I went.
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Either way you go, you can purchase after market items to improve power/handling etc. Get what works best for you. Unlike others I went from a DP to gas. I don't have any regrets.. Maintenance and costs are a concern for everyone. SO get what's best for you,not others. My $.02
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