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Old 01-02-2015, 06:28 AM   #57
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We're on our second gasser and have been more than happy with both of them. When we bought our first one in 2001 (Winnebago Adventurer 32V on the Ford chassis) we were waffling between diesel and gas. The price difference between them then was only $25,000.00 unlike the $100,000.00 or greater difference today. We decided to go with the less expensive gas model since we didn't know if we'd like the lifestyle.

As it turned out we did like the lifestyle and the motorhome. In 12 years we put over 100,000 miles on it. It went from Alaska to Florida, Newfoundland to California, and everywhere in between. It's been through the Rockies, the Smokies, and the Adirondacks more times than I care to count. It's gone through most every mountain range (where there are passable roads) in Alaska. In all those years and all those miles it never let us down.

We traded it off in 2013 for another gasser (2013 Winnebago Adventurer 32H on the Ford chassis). This one is a little quicker with the larger engine and 5 speed transmission. It already this nearly 20,000 miles on it, and once again there have been very few problems. In the next few weeks well put even more miles on it. Neither have lacked for power or amenities.

I realize all purchases are personal preferences sometimes buffered by budget constraints. In our case it wasn't a matter of needing more power, amenities, storage space, or comfort. It was a matter of what would best fit the lifestyle we wanted to live. In both cases the gassers fit perfectly. We have the perfect combination of power, comfort, and amenities for the way we want to travel and live while on he road.

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Old 01-02-2015, 07:06 AM   #58
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One of the key upgrades for the gas rvs seems to be the option, where available, of putting a 24,000 chassis on an otherwise 22,000 chassis. The gas still seems to effectively work and the owner gets a big bump in loading and towing capacity. And the cost is under $2,000 for that option and no that doesn't add 2,000 pounds to the chassis, it adds 550 lbs or so curb weight, more or less, but mostly its a stronger chassis as I understand it.

The 26,000 lbs chassis and 39 feet, is something we need more owner feedback on as I research it. Amazingly, between the 24 and 26, the additional curb weight is negligible, but the trailering capacity actually drops from 6 to 4k.

So, the 24k chassis seems to be the sweet spot for gas rigs, with 6k max trailering capacity on the F-53 frame.

I just get this feeling that the 26k chassis is bumping into the V10 limits and that is why the drop in trailering capacity vs the adding on of carrying capacity. No 28k chassis is offered.

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My thoughts are that if I had a choice between a used 34 or 36 ft dp, compared to the same length new gas with a 24k chassis optioned on a 22k offered rig, I would be hard pressed to argue for the dp, unless I felt I just had to have an exhaust brake or maybe a Newmar comfort drive. The air bags are just not enough. So, unless I'm gonna put on a heck of a lot of mileage on a daily basis, or I need the additional length, the argument seems to resolve towards, but not always, with the gas.
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It's all subject to change just like it the past. Next year gas may be higher than diesel. We can chase the price curve and never get ahead, only the oil companies win. JMO
Not really the oil companies making all the money. Most of the price of a gallon of gasoline is made up in taxes. National average is almost .50 cents per gallon of gas. Take into the cost of exploration, drilling, completion, production and moving the oil to refineries plus the cost of refining, the oil companies make far less than the taxes paid. The government takes most of the money and they have no overhead!!!!

Just sayin, don't want to get anyone mad. Look what we pay for a gallon of mile, soda or even water!

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