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Old 09-28-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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FRED Inquiry


I'd like to hear from FRED owners. My buddy is interested in them for many reasons not the least being the reasonable entry fee into diesels.

He is aware of possible noise and heat issues due to the doghouse but he is fairly accomplished at eliminating those problems.

What engine and chassis manufacturers offered or currently offer front engine diesels?

What length and weight choices are there?

If you drive one I would appreciate the first hand knowledge.

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I did previously own a FRED. It was a Serrano, 33ft and a few inches, and it had the MaxxForce 7 diesel with an Allison transmission. It was so easy to drive, the noise in the front seats was moderate, but not bad at all. The size made it a dream to drive and it got decent mileage. It was a bit underpowered, and if you ever got on a bad felt each and every bump.

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We have an 07 Tiffin Allegro Bay 35tsb FRED. For us, it has been an excellent motorhome. It has been good mechanically, has enough power to do what we needed, and the fit and finish of the house part is very good. It is not a pusher, so noise levels are higher. It is on Freightliner chassis and does not have air bags so it does not ride like one that does. The advantages over gas powered for us were the larger fuel tanks and better mileage meaning more range between fills, the diesel generator, and the increased cargo capacity compared to comparable gas powered units.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:19 AM   #4
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I had a Gulfstream Bounty Hunter which was a FRED with a 12 foot garage in the back. It was 40' with a 340 HP Cummins. It drove pretty well and as you mentioned was a little noisy, especially when the fan kicked on. Otherwise it was a nice unit and I had no complaints after getting some minor issues fixed when it was new.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:40 AM   #5
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Great stuff, guys. Thank you.

Gulfstream, Serrano and Tiffin. Is Serrano the model or the manufacturer?

Does Tiffin still offer them?
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Serrano was the model. It was made by Four Winds which is now part of Thor.

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Old 09-28-2013, 11:42 AM   #7
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From my research, there were 2 Chassis offered in Class A RV's that had a FRED:

Freightliner - see:
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And the now discontinued Workhorse W20D that came in the Thor Serrano -see:
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The Freightliner is still offered but I am not aware of any RV mfgt uding it sine 2011.

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