Originally Posted by mpm2433
A few months ago I traded my 5th wheel in on a 15 Ventana LE 3812. Love it. I should have bought the Dutch Star in the first place which leads me to my issue.
For me the upgrade would be mostly about power. The Ventana lacks power in my opinion. I find it to be noisy and the ac (2 13m's) are a bit lacking in the 100 degree Texas heat. I pull a Jeep JKU to off road events which are typically in the Texas hill country. The Ventana is flat on the floor all the time. I want to go to Colorado but worry about the power.
I drove the DS4002, the power to be night and day different but DS is a lot heavier. The DS also only has 2 ac's but they are 15m's. Is it worth the 30k loss to make this trade? Will the AC keep up? Is the power really there?
Any real life assistance would be helpful.
IMHO the possible reason your Ventana is flat on the floor in TX hill country is due to you perhaps not understanding how to properly drive the diesel. Here is what I have learned.
1. In hills keep your RPM's in the 2000-2200 range.
2. Manually downshift before needed to maintain the RPM range.
3. If late downshifting and lost speed you may not be able to regain speed depending on % grade.
4. When driving somewhat level roads the best gpm is attained running 62-63 with rpm's 1550-1700 and tranny in ECON mode.
5. Always shift your tranny into ECON mode for best mpg.
I think if you do the above your fine Ventana LE will perform much better in hills and flat country driving. However if you are already driving as listed above then I think your drivetrain needs to be evaluated by Cummins or FL. I have a friend with LE and he has no problem running with others in TX hill country.
Maybe the noise you are hearing is from dishes and all the other items onboard rattling. I think most of the noise can be solved with time. You came from a FW and never rode inside to hear the noise. The two AC's will perform much better as others suggested by having awnings deployed when possible. Try to get a site with windshield pointed N or E. A great upgrade is purchase of outside window shades that block the heat from entering the coach. Inside daylight shades are only shades, they do not block heat from entering coach.
Or you can upgrade to a DS and have a fine coach but will still need to drive it the same to get up hills and get best mpg.