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Old 10-29-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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Questions about what to buy

Our family of 5 is considering moving up from a truck camper, hauling a 4 horse trailer, to a class C motorhome, pulling the same horse trailer.
I have MANY questions!
We will be hauling 10,000# between horses and horse trailer and really need bunk beds to keep all of us sane. My understanding so far is there are 3 Class C's that will work: Gulfstream supernova 6400, Endura, Jayco with Freightliner cab - all diesels. Any others we should consider? In the Gulfstream, I especially like the large, semi-circle dining table, and king bed, but don't love the 40' length (prefer 31'). I have also read that riding in the back of the Gulfstream while in motion is very rocky--would that rockiness transfer to my horses?
Also is there a 'rule of thumb' MH length that is accepted (not too long) at most state and federal parks?
Thank you for your help!!

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Old 10-30-2013, 06:47 AM   #2
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You could add Nexus RV to your list. They produce a Super C on a diesel chassis. Nice floorplans. We just ordered a standard C from them - 32' on a Ford chassis. Won't haul what you need to pull; you'll need the diesel. We downsized from a 43' diesel pusher because our travel style changed.

Nexus isn't doing anything really special, but they are building a good product at a competitive price. And they offer more flexibility in customizing than the other larger builders. It is all factory-direct; no dealers.

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Old 10-31-2013, 02:39 PM   #3
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I would definitely stay with at least a medium duty truck based chassis, not an E450 or one-ton based chassis. I think all your choices are the heavier truck chassis. I have a Gulfstream Supernova, mine is the 6331 and is 34 ft size, so far a real nice MH for my wife and I. It is diesel, but a smaller engine called the VT365 that is just International's version of the same basic Ford 6.0 diesel (Ford uses the International engine with some mods in it's pickups). It is not my first choice for engine, but it does the job. I can tow my open car trailer with car on it around 6,000 lbs total without trouble, although it does not have abundance of extra power. I would prefer a larger engine.

I would get as big of engine as you can, even if it means going with a larger MH size. Something even based on big truck size chassis and corresponding larger engine and chassis. 10,000 lb horse trailer will be a good load, so both engine and chassis need to be up to the task. An engine larger than 6-7 liter size is just going to have better reserve power levels when you get to hills. Also larger truck based tend to have engine exhaust brake which is nice for that 10,000 lbs pushing you back down the hill.

Never rode in the back of mine, I am always driving! I hear the longer versions have more bounce than the shorter version like mine, if that counts as answer.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:32 AM   #4
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Tricia, I also own the 6331 super nova (34ft) I do pull and enclosed trailer with car, tools, golf cart. approx. 9500lbs. As far as power it could be better but as long as your not in a hurry it does just fine. I tow about 62 mph and average about 8.2 mpg on the fuel economy. As far as the ride. Because of the 150gal of fresh water storage being in the rear it does calm the ride down. The down side is that your hauling all the weight but the ride is not bad. My total length is 66ft long with the trailer so it does present a problem finding camp grounds that can accommodate. When just traveling for vac and towing the car dolly there's no problems. The coach is tall, 12'3" so you must be aware. Driving the super nova is a dream drives like a car steers and handles the big trucks well on the interstates,(does not blow you around) The Nexus that was mentioned only has 19.5 wheels and does have smaller water/fuel capacity's. but a nice fit since they stopped building the gulf stream super nova. My first choice would be the super c on the freightliner chassis but it is a lot of money but definitely a beautiful nice coach. Hope this helps, Good luck.
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