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RE: Let’s hear your best MPG and driving style ?

I drive it like I stole it with our 40' 5.9 Cummins, hit 75 and 78mph and got 9.3 mpg pushing a small house down the road. My 5.4 Ford pick up gets 13 mpg driving it the same way, tho it lacks a bathroom, kitchen, queen bed, water heater, 90 gallons of water, a furnace, couple of tv's and a fully stocked refrigerator and bar. It's all about perspective and what you're willing to put up with and or settle with. We're all different, and it's ok! Get out and enjoy yourself!
Mommalu 10/11/21 09:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used class a ?

We bought an 07 Coachman 40 DP, with 53K miles for under $70K and love it. However you need to take into consideration that things may need replacing, or you want to upgrade to new and improved items especially if it's been lived in, or sat too long. We were prepared for an additional $13K, we're at $20K. Tho we up graded things that most would live with. Wanted to add our personal touches. Here's a breakdown, started with a new exhaust manifold, it runs great now! New driver & passenger chairs, because the seat belts wouldn't retract, and they weren't comfy. New refrigerator, 2 new A/C's, new mattress, replaced plastic sinks with residential, faucets too. I hated the bronze door pulls and light fixtures so I replaced them with brushed nickel and upgraded lights to LED's. Replaced the tired old AM/FM radio with an Alpine 3x7"screen with Apple play, can use our phones for GPS and tunes, upgraded the speakers too. Then the inverter died and took the batteries with it so that was upgraded from 1200 watts to 2000 apparently they last about 7 years. Sounds like a lot but we love this thing and are confident with all the systems now. My hubby calls it the SS for "She Shed" LOL Good luck in your search, may you find one that fits most of your wants and needs, they're out there!
Mommalu 09/25/21 04:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fuel mileage

I have the CDL in the family, I do most/all of the driving. We had a 04 32' v10 with the 4 speed, never towed anything, its our weekend get out of town vehicle. It depends on the conditions, the F53 chassis is often all over the road with a good wind, with hills the v10 is screaming as it drops gears for more power, even in the tow haul mode. After adding $4000 in "handling improvements" we were able to do the speed limit most of the time, though it was still a white knuckle experience. We saw low of 4.5 mpg with a 25 mph head wind to 8 mpg on a near perfect day with few hills. If we ran the genny for A/C on those 85 degree days our mpg dropped .5 miles per gallon so from 7 to 6.5. The upside was the v10 always started, got us to where we needed, and was cheap to maintain, absolutely no issues. However, for work I drive diesels, so we traded the 2014 V10 in for a 2007 40' with the small but mighty 5.9 Cummins diesel, no more white knuckle driving, and we see 8 to 10 mpg. There's no perfect motorhome out there, just figure out what you and family need to be happy, and then enjoy it. My truck only gets 13 mpg, it has no queen bed, shower, bath, refrigerator, stove, tv, recliners or couch. Put it in perspective, basically you're driving a house. You want mpg's you drive a tiny little car, that is only for driving not living in. Have fun in your search for your home on wheels.
Mommalu 09/19/21 07:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Joined the ranks again today.......lol

Congrats, enjoy!
Mommalu 08/17/21 09:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fulltime Capable RVs

This is why I love this forum. It's not a one size fits all, my way or its wrong group of people. Successful RVing brings out creative thinking, and the more we use our rigs the more we define what we're willing to put up with, or pay for and its vastly different from the most basic and simplistic to more creature comforts to skies the limit technology. Most of us are somewhere in between.
Mommalu 07/18/21 06:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Approximate fuel milage of these 2 motorhomes?l

We have the 5.9 in a 40' coach, always drive with full water of 80 gallons and always do the 70 mph speed limit on the interstate. Even with a good head wind the lowest we have ever gotten is 7.9 the most 8.9. We had a 32' V10 we drove the same and mileage was between 5.5 to 7.5, it was all over the road, a rough ride and a screaming engine that put out so much heat we often had to drive with the genny and the roof A/C on. Once stopped the heat from the drive shaft would heat the floor from engine to the rear wheels, even with both A/C's on it was hard to cool the interior down. Happiest day was trading in the 2014 and buying the 2007 diesel. Granted with an older coach there are things to update. However its a joy to drive, we talk now no more shouting, no more jarring bumps. Just my 2 cents.
Mommalu 07/14/21 05:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: jayco motor homes

We had a 2014 31UL Precept, might have been their first year. Loved the floorplan, and interior storage. With that one the kitchen drawer slide was always moving while driving, freaked the dogs out and I feared it would damage itself. Finally secured it with hooks and eyelets, not pretty but worked. I believe Jayco now uses a bigger chassis, want to say 2014 was 22k GVWR so even with 3 bays empty we were over weight every time we weighed it with full fuel and water. Finally traded it for an older diesel pusher that at present fully loaded we are 3k lbs below max GVWR. Look for a newer Jayco and realize that 2000 lb carrying capacity is quickly eaten up with 2 adults, a dog or 2, full fuel, water, and provisions, leaves very little for screen house, grill, chairs etc. Hope this is helpful. Enjoy the hunt for that motorhome.
Mommalu 05/17/21 11:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need an Education

As a bus driver, my experience is, the older diesels needed idle time to cool down the turbo and exhaust manifold after driving and to air up when starting, though it really didn't matter how long you idled them, and they idled at far less rpms, being far less noisy. The newer diesels with the DEF and REGEN do not idle well, they need to be set at a VERY high idle, like they are ready to fly, which is far more noisy. A low idle creates all kinds of issues with the REGEN, filter clogging, turbos issues, etc. Expensive! People are aware of diesels now because of the high idle rate to work with the pollution control items. The newer diesels may be more "green" however most consume more fuel and have more issues with the new technology, meaning more down time. Sad but true, the very reason we went with an older, far more reliable diesel.
Mommalu 01/28/21 08:05pm Class A Motorhomes
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