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Old 12-08-2010, 04:05 PM   #1
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Question Need help choosing new diesel motor home! ASAP

I am currently in the market for a new motor home and i have narrowed my decision to two motor homes. One is a 2007 Holiday Rambler Neptune with a 325hp Cummins 5.9L ISB and the other is a 2007 Fleetwood Bounder with a CAT C7 300hp. I am planning on pulling a 28ft tag trailer with the unit roughly weighing about 9000 lbs. Which RV would be best for the job and which is the overall better unit in your opinion?????? Please respond i need some insight besides the two salesman who obviously think they have the better of the two.
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:13 PM   #2
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Hmmm. Imho both coaches are underpowered for pulling nearly 10 thousand lbs. My coach has a Cat 3176 rated @ 325hp (equiv c-7 ish) w/ 1,225+ foot lbs of torque and my max tow rating is roughly 7,500 lbs. and I would not be comfortable pulling even that without quite a bit of testing.
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Welcome to the forum! Looks like you've got a big decision ahead of you.

I'm sure some of our Monaco and Fleetwood owners will chime in soon on the implications of buying an "orphan" coach whose parent company has gone out of business. At first blush, my concern would be with the size of your trailer and the "roughly 9000 lbs". That's quite a load and neither coach is equipped with the big engine.

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Old 12-08-2010, 04:19 PM   #4
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I agree that the trailer is probably over the tow rating for either motorhome.

I suggest verifying the towing capacity of each rig.
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You need one of those new 650 hp cummins for a engine........
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:30 PM   #6
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Check the motorhome hitch tow rating - I've got a feeling it's only 5000 lbs. - but I've been wrong once before during this year!!!!!
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:54 PM   #7
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The Bounder has a 10k hitch 1k tongue weight, 860lbs of torque. The 325hp 5.9 has between 650 740lbs torque (not sure). have no idea of the hitch rating.
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Welcome to the forum! Looks like you've got a big decision ahead of you.

I'm sure some of our Monaco and Fleetwood owners will chime in soon on the implications of buying an "orphan" coach whose parent company has gone out of business.
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Oh no. I talked to Fleetwood just yesterday and ordered a part and they never mentioned they were closing shop. I sure hope my part got shipped before they turned out the lights.

No worries...the UPS tracking number shows that it was picked up this afternoon.
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My feeling is that both are going to get the job done (assuming they are rated for the weight). My guess is that maybe there's 5-8mph speed difference going uphill.

Will they both do it safely and reasonably? Of course. Will they do it at 65mph going up a long 6% grade? Doubtful. But I know plenty of people towing race trailers in the 7,000lb range behind 5.9 ISB's with 600lb/ft of torque.

Buy the coach you like that is rated for the load, and don't sweat the extra 15 minutes it takes to get there. You'll grow to hate arriving 15 minutes earlier in a coach you don't like.

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Old 12-08-2010, 06:33 PM   #10
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I would avoid the CAT motor. CAT isn't making over-the-road engines anymore and I think it is reasonable to question their commitment to supporting their previous over-the-road products. Just my opinion of course and yes, I am a Cummins owner.
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The 5.9L will give better MPG. Take less oil to change then the Cat.
It will get you there the same day.
Myself I would get the one that I liked the floor plan the best.
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You don't mention the length of either coach which may further impact your decison.
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I would avoid the CAT motor. CAT isn't making over-the-road engines anymore and I think it is reasonable to question their commitment to supporting their previous over-the-road products. Just my opinion of course and yes, I am a Cummins owner.
Cat is quitting OTR,all they're engines are used in other applications. Don 't worry about service, they'll be around a long time
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:52 PM   #14
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I have been looking to move into a DP. I have spent hours looking. I think one thing to consider is the foorplan, does it work for you. Both Rv's seem underpowerd. Fleetwood stopped production of TT not RV's. I love my Bounder 35E, and would choose the diesel Bounder if I liked the floor plan.
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