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Old 12-04-2018, 10:10 AM   #15
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I know we won't be traveling long distances each month but is there any rhyme or reason as to budgeting for fuel consumption overall?
I plan on about 50 cents per mile for fuel. This is based on gasoline at $3 a gallon and I get about 6 MPG.. i.e. our 6k mile winter excursions cost us about $3k in gasoline. I usually find cheaper gas and get a little better mileage, but the 50 cents is a good planning number for me.

When we upgraded two years ago, we were initially looking for a DP because of the build quality. After looking for months, we discovered we could get same quality in a gasser for substantially less, and the maintenance cost would be significantly less. Obviously there are trade-offs and limitations between the two different types of chassis.

Regardless of the direction you go, plan on spending money to fix / repair things that probably have bee differed by the previous owner.


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If fuel costs are a big concern, maybe go for a smaller coach. Not being able to use a coach because of fuel prices tells me the budget is too tight to handle a larger unit.
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:30 AM   #17
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...We are a few months away from starting our adventure and have figured out we want a Class A MH preferably diesel pusher and about 38 to 40 ft as we will full-time....Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
At that length, gas power is almost off the shopping list.
There would be very little difference in fuel expenses between RV's from 38-40ish feet in length (45' is the biggest made), unless you go for the much larger engine displacements. But even then, there is not a huge difference in running cost. Maint in the big engines is where the big costs come from.

So...Floorplan is King. Find what you like.
Many makers will have offered similar floor plans, but slides get rare before the early 2000's and slides make a MAJOR difference in living space at the destination.

And for full-time, destination is where you will spend the greatest majority of your time.

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Old 12-06-2018, 09:10 AM   #18
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38’ is about the max for gas powered MHs and as half timers we started with a 36’ used DP because supposedly that’s the biggest for public CGs...NOT true. 2 years later trade for a 40’, 2 years later a 42’ and during the summer we dry camp most of the time. As you can see below we’ve recently gone to the max...45’. Pretty sure you can figure out my recommendation but I would not recommend 45’ for most if your preferred CGs are USFS...$6-8/night.

Yes, you can FT in a gas rig taking “Navy” showers and using paper plates because you will not have 100+ gallons of water. For everything you bring in something has to go out...OK, that may not be a bad thing having recently changed rigs. For FT Cargo Carrying Capacity becomes very important. Unfortunately many 2004-2012 40’ DPs do not have much CCC without a tag axle... same for larger gas MHs where a tag is not an option.

Agree mpg is not your biggest expense and while your kids are spread around the country, picking an area of the country to visit each year will cut down on miles traveled. If you try and visit all each year you are looking at 1200+ miles at $0.45-.50/mile...$6,000. Flying to the other coast could be cheaper if necessary to visit.

Hopefully you will still have someplace in Fla where you can spend the winter on the cheap, otherwise winter CG costs $$$ will be substantial regardless of where you stay. Out West we do 3 months without reservations and our CG costs is $10-12/night by staying in public CGs 5-6 days/week...$300+\month. You can spend that/week in the winter.

I’m partial to the 04-08 big Monaco DPs having looked at new rigs last winter before upgrading...was not impressed with the quality or the prices. Good Luck.
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If you are not planning to drive much you might want to consider a higher end gas motor home. Once you turn that key off the diesel advantage ends!
Particularly with older motorhomes, this is not true. DP's have a lot of features that (older) gassers just do not have.

Many even new gassers don't have a whole house inverter.

Our first DP, an '08 Monaco, did.
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If you are not planning to drive much you might want to consider a higher end gas motor home. Once you turn that key off the diesel advantage ends!
Unless, as a full-timer, you want to have some room to move around in the coach while "you turn that key off". How many gas coaches are 40-45' and enjoy the diesel advantage of having that much living space?
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Particularly with older motorhomes, this is not true. DP's have a lot of features that (older) gassers just do not have.

Many even new gassers don't have a whole house inverter.
Hydronic heating is also only found in DPs.
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