Originally Posted by 530ktm
Oh please, you must have had some serious insulation problems or your engine was about to die if you can't hear yourself talk at 3,500 rpm. These kind of statements are so far from the truth and misleading to the general public.
Actually, I owned a 2013 Coachmen Mirada for only
6 months due to the same problem. We liked the design and the interior of that motorhome, but towing our Jeep Unlimited up hills meant that my wife would lie in bed and leave me alone in the driver's seat for hours on end. The sound of the engine right next to my right knee was deafening
. No kidding, and not trying to "diss" other gassers. My assumption then was that the entry level Gasser Class-A's have to make them inexpensive somehow, and low insulation around the engine compartment is an easy and invisible way to cut costs...
We upgraded to a DP within our first year of ownership. We took a hit financially too, but now we can carry on enjoyable conversations without raising our voices at all, and my head no longer hums after long drives.
I would encourage the OP to take a long ride up hills, towing a vehicle of similar weight to what they plan on towing. Listen to the sound... If it doesn't bother you, then that's one thing off of the check-list.