We looked at a FRED when they first started becoming available. It seemed to me that having the diesel engine, with all it's (assume accepted) benefits, sitting right between me and the DW wasn't much different than having a gas engine in the same place? They both make noise right there between the two of you as opposed to "way back there" in a pusher. When you throw in the very, very short drive shaft and small number of u*joints, compared to the FRED, which still has to get that power to the rear wheels through a much more complex set up (have you looked at one closely?), which just provides more room for things to go wrong or effect ride quality, it makes one wonder? I say spend the few extra bucks for a Pusher, even if you have to find a real good used one to stay in your budget. My too sense.
Tony & Yolanda / Katie & Spencer (the Doodles)
2011 Fleetwood Revolution 42W (450/1250)
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee (Diesel) behind