Originally Posted by bbeane
The T/C's have always been interesting to me as well. I have talked to severial builders that will put a coach on your truck and there are a LOT of used class 7-8 tractors out there for cheap. But as nice as they can be, unless you need to haul a big load they can't compare to a highline D/P. Issues like ride quality, noise, camp ground issues, fuel mileage, storage, and most T/C's have about 8 big steps to get in and out. If you use it as an RV thats about 5k miles per year. But lifes all about what you want.
I'd say there's as many advantages as disadvantages to converting a Class8 truck.
Noise is relative depending on where you are. Up front? it's noisier going down the road. In the back, it's quieter.
Ride quality - Some people get nauseous with the cadillac ride and prefer a firmer ride. My wife is one.
Water Capacity - most T/C's have tanks much bigger than an A.
Performance - T/C's typically have more power at the wheels, even for the same engine rating, but they do typically weigh more.
Maintenance - You can get a T/C fixed at any truck shop, at TRUCK rates, not the inflated RV rates.
Floorplan flexibility - Hardly any Class A's have the ability to have a garage in the back, if you need/want that.
Looks - subjective, but a nice T/C looks just mean. I'm younger, so it means more to me.
Crash Safety - T/C, hands down.
Interior Room - Class A's have it here.
Storage - Class A's have it here too.
Braking - Basically all Class 8's will have engine brakes, Many D/P's only have exhaust brakes.