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Old 01-04-2017, 09:54 AM   #15
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I would bet my money on the older DP's having higher quality components! They're always trying to find cheaper ways to build things now!

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Old 01-04-2017, 10:16 AM   #16
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In 2015 we bought a 2009 CC Magna. The late DW was perfectly happy with the '02 Dutch Star we had but let me get the Magna. While the DSDP was a great rig for it's price point the Magna is several steps up. Not sure I'd call it equal to a Prevost conversion, Newell or Foretravel but close. Besides, we could afford the Magna without sacrificing all our retirement funds.
But the engine problem just about soured the late DW on RV's!
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Old 01-04-2017, 10:41 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by MSHappyCampers View Post
I would bet my money on the older DP's having higher quality components! They're always trying to find cheaper ways to build things now!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

If I bought my Ventana 10 years ago it would be missing:

Comfort Drive
STAR Foundation
Better Electronics
Better Engine Diagnostics
Better Ergonomics
Residential Refrigerator
Better batteries
Better woodworking (Yes, I've seen the old ones)
Better tow capacity (don't know for certain)
Double pane windows
Battery disconnect at entrance
Better shades/blinds
Better lighting (LED)
Better air handling
Better sound system
Better slide system
Better slide locks (mechanical slide locks)
Fiberglass roof
Better headlights
Better backup/side cameras

Yep, sure don't build'em like they use to.
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Thank you all for taking the time to share your experiences. Very much appreciate it.........
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Old 01-19-2017, 08:04 AM   #19
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purchased 2 gas motorhomes (used) hated driving them -purchased a new gas motor home and it was work driving it! Rattled, rough ride, poor gas mileage 31footer. after 2to 3 hours driving it was tired out. Drove a used newer diesel and wow it was nite and day difference. sold my gas rig and looked around, found a 2005 winnabago journey 39 foot with less than eleven thousand miles on it sold my 30' fr3 and purchased the winnaabago for less than what I sold fr3 for- it drives and rides like a dream and quietly.
Only thing I have had to do to it is to add the newer tvs to it. I have no problem driving this coach much longer distances without getting tired. nice to be able to talk in a normal voice to communicate to others in coach while driving! Very quiet with rear enging pusher.
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Old 01-19-2017, 08:52 AM   #20
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I see where I can get an 6 to ten year newer gas rig for the same money. But I wonder if the newer rigs have cheaper componants such as heaters, pumps etc. I think I understand the ride and chassis longevity difference and am setting that whole issue aside for now. My question is do they put the same quality components in the gassers and are the old diesel house componants of better quality than the new gassers? I am looking at Tiffin, Monaco and HR, Newmar and a few other good coaches. Also, thanks to all of you for sharing your wisdom.
The reliability of RV "house components" is more dependent the year the RV was manufactured...and on the RV manufacturer... than it is on whether the RV is diesel or gasoline powered.

Most RV builders use the same, (or very similar), "house components", (appliances, furnaces, water heaters, refrigerators, water pumps, inverters, 12VDCV and 120VAC electrical systems, etc), in BOTH diesels and gassers.
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