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Old 09-19-2014, 05:39 AM   #1
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Which Class A Toyhauler?

Hi, I'm new here and first off want to say thanks for all the great information I have found.

We are very close to purchasing a Class A Toyhauler. It will be our first motorhome. The two coaches we are considering are a 2009 Outlaw with a Cummins diesel and a gas powered 2008 Bounty Hunter with a big block Chevy. They are comparably priced.

Although I could be talked out of it I really want a diesel. My reasons are the power, fuel economy, longevity, resale value, and no smog required...I'm in California.

I like the 12' garage in the Bounty Hunter but have to wonder about the 40' length. There's an awful lot of coach hanging out behind that rear axle. The 37' Outlaw is not short either but it seems the Bounty Hunter would drag more often.

I'm looking for input and opinions on which to buy.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-19-2014, 10:59 AM   #2
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Need to compare and consider more than just the engine. Roof - fiberglass vs rubber, suspension, wheelbase, decals vs paint, condition, etc.
The longer garage and fiberglass roof of the Bounty Hunter Gulf Stream is a plus but as you say, the Diesel gives more HP.
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Old 09-19-2014, 12:57 PM   #3
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Two great choices! But like said above, there are many points to consider...

The Front Engine Diesel (FRED) Cummins/Allison is a great choice - but that is the smaller Diesel engine similar to a full sized Dodge truck. GVWR should be 27,000lb.

The GM 8.1L/Allison is a monster (496cu.in.) V8 that is well suited to the task, with similar HP to the FRED, but lower Torque numbers. GVWR should be 24,000lb.

BTW: Both models had both of these chassis options when new.

The floor plans are very similar, but the 12' garage is obviously better. The extra 3 feet in the back is not a factor unless you frequent a campground with tight spots.

If it was me, I would give preference to the FRED. But in the used market, care and maint since new is most important.

When I was shopping to buy, I wanted a FRED-Bounty Hunter but could not find one with a reasonable price point.
So, I found a gently used Outlaw with the 8.1, and love it. The smooth angled roof easily cuts the rooftop airflow, and being a currently made brand is factory supported (Gulfstream has left the motorhome market).

There's info about these awesome RV's here:
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Kim and Steve, Mustang LCDR (USCG Ret), Outlaw #1193
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:26 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input. We have an appointment next week to check out the Outlaw. I've decided that if it checks out it's the one. We'll looked at other Outlaws and liked what we saw.

I've really been on the fence, hence the post, (no pun intended) but yesterday while working on the area where it will park it became apparent that the extra 33" in length of the Bounty Hunter would be a bit of a problem. I'm also concerned about it dragging its tail as I back up the incline from the street.

Perhaps not the best reasons to choose one over the other but the other advantages and disadvantages of each kinda equaled out, at least for us.

and...I read so many good things in I love my Outlaw that I figured it would be hard to go wrong.

Again, thanks for taking the time to respond.
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