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mdunner 09-02-2014 09:36 AM

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I am starting to investagate RVs.We are thinking ClassA,but also 5th wheels.Is 5th wheel driving, in mountains harder or easier then classA motor home.Is driving period more challenging in either one.

pasdad1 09-02-2014 09:44 AM

Wow, lots of variables....


In general.....if ease of mountain driving is important make sure to get a Diesel engine with compression brake either in the tow vehicle, or in the class A motor home.

I think the diesel pusher class A with airbag suspension and air brakes gives the best ride, and easiest driving.

No doubt, other opinions will follow.

:)

DieselTech39 09-02-2014 10:18 AM

:welcome:

Glad you're aboard. Best of luck in your search and decision. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.

myshaggydog 09-02-2014 11:55 AM

Welcome to the Forum. We have a Diesel Pusher - 39' and love the exhaust brake when going down hills and Mts. The air ride is fantastic. I am sure others will comment on their experiences with fifth wheels. Best of luck on your decision.

MSHappyCampers 09-02-2014 12:04 PM

Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang! :dance:

You can handle the mountains with either one, IF it's equipped right! We pulled a 5er for 10 years before getting the MH. There are many other ways to compare the two, but I wouldn't consider mountain travel to be a determining factor. JMHO

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless! :thumb::D

Skip426 09-02-2014 12:09 PM

If this is for your first RV. You've really got a lot of homework to do.

JMHO: After owning 4 , 5th wheels, towed with 2 different trucks, and just one class A.
Class A, is easier to drive and park, storage space is much better ( but a lot depends on length of the A your considering & gas , vs. diesel.)

A lot of your decision will revolve around , your intended use; where you plan on going and doing , when you get there. Do you want a toy hauler, do you need bunk beds for kids or grandkids. Plan to stay in RV parks or boon dock ?:confused:

Gordon Dewald 09-02-2014 12:17 PM

No matter which you chose both will do fine if you drive appropriately.

First consideration should be what you will be using if for, how often and how many people. Then FLOOR PLAN. You will be living in this for varying periods of time in varying weather conditions. No matter what you purchase it should fit your life style.

mdunner 09-02-2014 02:14 PM

i thinking of getting a used diesal class A.How old is too old.Something that is say 10 yrs old be ready for major work.Id like to stay under 100,000. Can I get something in a diesal that I wouldnt have to spend to much on rite away.I know I could get a new Gas for that amount be im affraid that it wouldnt have the power to tavel the west coast mountains.

pasdad1 09-02-2014 02:47 PM

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i thinking of getting a used diesal class A.How old is too old.Something that is say 10 yrs old be ready for major work.Id like to stay under 100,000. Can I get something in a diesal that I wouldnt have to spend to much on rite away.I know I could get a new Gas for that amount be im affraid that it wouldnt have the power to tavel the west coast mountains.


Here is a Newmar 2006 35 foot diesel pusher. In your price range $90,000

Best to stick with high quality brands....Newmar, Tiffin, American Coach, travel supreme, etc

A good inspection by a RV certified inspector ($350) and or detailed service records from the previous owner, all help you pick a unit that is in good condition.

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Gene327 09-02-2014 03:24 PM

My wife and I are both in our 70s me 74 she 75 and are on our second diesel pusher. First was a 2001 National 7390 with 300 hp Cat engine, we owned it for 7 years and put about 8thousand miles on it and replaced it with a 2007 Monaco Knight wih 330 cummins. both of us drove both MHs and had no trouble both were equiped with power steering and easy to drive. My wife has no trouble handling it and she is just 5 feet tall.

JohnRR 09-03-2014 05:08 AM

:welcome:
Good luck with your choice.

Chiefbvfd 09-03-2014 06:17 AM

We have a pusher with 340hp Cummins and an engine brake and have no problems in the mountains.....Sorry we've never owned a 5er so I can't comment one way or another on them....:)

TonyDi 09-03-2014 07:53 AM

There are many variables as to how you plan to use it. If you plan on being in the mountains a lot I would go the diesel route regardlees of your choice and an exhaust/engine brake, is really a must.

I have found that a class "A" is more comfortable, easier to set up, and allows restroom breaks for passengers without having to stop.

Good luck with your choice, and Happy Trails!!!

Medico 09-03-2014 10:42 AM

https://www.irv2.com/attachments/phot...298df81aed.gif Welcome and glad to meet you!

The Pros and cons have been discussed many times in different categories. A search should give you a lot of reading material on this.


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