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Old 11-25-2013, 04:29 PM   #57
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As stated here this has turned into a gas vs diesel debate and we all know in our lives the end result boils down to the "root of all evil" MONEY!
After watching this thread for a bit it got me to thinking of a base for a new thread :
$1,000,000 to spend go ahead, read, think , and post your thoughts. It has been interesting so far.......
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:50 PM   #59
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After many test rides in DP and newer gas coaches, we settled on a 2014 Fleetwood Southwind 36L, this floor plan works for us and the ride surprised me, it was a brisk breeze during test drive and handled itself well. I felt it was the best splash for our buck. We liked the bath and a half.
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:02 PM   #60
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I'm late to this discussion, but this is hardly new news. We had a 2002 gas chassis coach that had tile floors, multiple slides, glass enclosed shower, plenty of cargo carrying capacity, etc. etc. The chassis was strong and rigid, the tires 22.5", the transmission an Allison, and the horsepower plenty (340 hp). Drove it across the country twice, went to Alaska, and had no regrets at all about it being a gasser.

That said, when we were ready to upgrade we still went for a DP. The reasons were air suspension vs springs, greater length while retaining excellent carry capacity, even better brakes, the terrific low-end power of a diesel engine, and the huge storage bay capacity possible with a raised rail chassis and rear engine. Everything that was good about the gasser was even better in the DP. Whether it was worth the price difference is another discussion and probably a personal choice as well.
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Old 11-25-2013, 10:22 PM   #61
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I'm just amazed at how this thread departed the original posters intent about having a discussion regarding floorplans and interiors and the apparent trend that they are improving in gas powered motorhomes.

I'm sorry. I just don't get the whole chassis debate, why wouldn't we save that for a different thread?

I have a DP, and would personally choose to stay with a diesel if I was buying again..... but then again I wouldn't go back to a fifthwheel after having one for a number of years either. (but that doesn't have to do with this thread.)

Not all diesel pusher floorplans are up to snuff..... my wife and I recently did a walk through of a NEW "high end" tag axle pusher on a freightliner chassis built in Iowa. (Ya you know the model).
Needless to say after stepping in the shower and seeing how cheaply it was assembled and watching the shower door rattle as we opened and closed it - It was very clear that the gas unit parked next to it made by the same manufacturer was assembled just as well if not BETTER! Plus a potential buyer could save a couple hundred grand!

Gas motorhomes serve the market niche that they are designed for - period. And there are buyers for all models at all price points.
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I now own my first slightly used dp after two gas winnebagos and I will never go back to a front engine mh. this thing is so quiet and easy to drive.
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I now own my first slightly used dp after two gas winnebagos and I will never go back to a front engine mh. this thing is so quiet and easy to drive.
Looked at the Winnebago gas models as well. Did not convince me to buy a class A. Then we looked at Tiffin 36LA and that model did convince me to purchase. It is so quiet and easy to drive as well.
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I think the floor plans have always been as good. It seems that most of the new coaches are geared toward having more room for the bedroom than the living area. The sectional couches have a good view of the bathroom, and the new dps have just what could be fit in the living room around a house refrigerator. I did see a Fleetwood dp with a mid door so the passenger seat could be turned around and actually used, but again looking at the bathroom.
The best thing is the higher gvw. Our 37g can be overloaded easily.
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A few years ago I took a job selling MHs at a very large dealership. I was able to see the "other side" of MH buying and selling. Unfortunately for RVers, too often you do NOT get what you pay for. The "other side" is ugly. Fortunately, as a fulltimer, I was able to roll on to a healthier environment.
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A few years ago I took a job selling MHs at a very large dealership. I was able to see the "other side" of MH buying and selling. Unfortunately for RVers, too often you do NOT get what you pay for. The "other side" is ugly. Fortunately, as a fulltimer, I was able to roll on to a healthier environment.
Ummm....would you care to expound on the ugly other side...maybe it could be fruit for a different thread(?).

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Granted I am late to the party so to speak and didn't read every word from all the posts but I'll throw my 2cents in....

The DW and I shopped for almost a year and we we're convince that a gaser was for us. But after driving and riding in our DP I'll never go back. Granted we only looked at a few gasers...Tiffins, Winnie's, Newmars. We bought our DP and couldn't be happier with the ride. My parents even sold their 2011 Newmar gaser after riding in our coach and are planning to find one like ours.

BTW ours is a 1989 Foretravel with 170k....it was built to last that's for sure. But if it's not the right floor plan for you ...gas or diesel won't matter you'll be looking for a new one.
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Agree with you here.
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Ummm....would you care to expound on the ugly other side...maybe it could be fruit for a different thread(?).

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Certainly don't want to hijack this thread......... possibly another thread at some point in time.
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