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way2roll

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Posted: 07/19/19 07:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are in the preliminary stages of prepping for full time in the next year and a half. I work remote and our son will be going off to college, so we thought we would see a lot more of this great country. We've always had gassers because that's all we needed - mostly weekend trips etc. I am fully versed in the shortcomings of the F53 and I am also fairly convinced that if I am going to Full time - a bigger, nicer, quieter, better handling MH is in order. That said, while I have been in some DP's I have never driven one and I know next to nothing about their mechanics - and frankly it's a little intimidating. Even getting fuel is different. I am sure I would get the hang of driving and "how stuff works". I will say that although we've always had gassers, most engine stuff I always left to the pros. I am more handy when it comes to the house stuff. But I'd hate to trade luxury for being in over my head in terms of handing things when they go wrong and general understanding. I know all of us at one time never did anything we do now- I get it, but am I overthinking this too much? Part of me is thinking a nicer gasser to stay in my comfort zone, but the other part of me is thinking - this is a dream we've talked about for years and want to do it right and in the best MH we can afford with the most comfort.

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Posted: 07/19/19 07:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our coach was the first diesel powered vehicle we ever owned.

While it is a simple mechanical diesel, it has been trouble free except for replacing belts, belt tensioner and the alternator.

Pleasure to drive...and that sounds like it would be important to your planned change in lifestyle.

A DP will usually give your more CCC...that is nice to have as well.


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Posted: 07/19/19 07:55am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You should just go shopping & get what fits your needs best. Of course you NEED to test drive a pusher so you don't have to take anyone's word on the differences. Since you are not doing the maintenance anyway I don't see where there is much difference between a diesel/gas coach. Both just require a credit card. Happy shopping!


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way2roll,

I'll be watching this thread closely as I've had similar thoughts. I have similar plans upon retiring, though for me that's probably 3-5 years away (I hope). So far, I've done all of the maintenance on our gasser, including chassis work, except for the 2 recall issues on the W-22.

I'd like a DP once I retire. While it's several years off, I have pretty much decided that I will be looking for a high-end rig, probably around 15-20 years old which is in the $60-$100k range. Rigs that probably cost $500k & up when new. I want them old enough to 1.) be in my price range and 2.) NOT have tons of wifi/bluetooth/touch panel controlled/monitored appliances on board. I like physical knobs & switches!!! LOL I also want to make sure I have at least $10k in reserve should I run into a major issue while on the road.

So far, the searching has been fun and doesn't cost anything. [emoticon]

Are you thinking about getting a brand new rig or a newer used unit?

Good Luck,

~Rick


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NOTE that folks here who say that maintenance on a dp is not expensive,will confess to doing their own work on them.
buy what you need, not what you are "talked into".
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ppine

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DP. Don't over think it.

rdhetrick

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I'm a fulltimer, and I had a Class C for a while. It only took me a year to figure out it wasn't right for me. I've had had a DP for about 3 years now and couldn't be happier. I didn't do any work on the Class C myself, so I won't compare the differences in doing work yourself. As for having the work done, yes, the DP is more expensive, and there are fewer places to have the work done. Having said that, I have never not been able to get the work done, it just took a little more planning.

I never say never, but I'll never go back to a gas coach. The comfort and quietness of a DP is significant to me. Having the storage available to bring nearly whatever I want is also a big benefit.

Fueling is easy, you just learn to find the truck stops. I prefer using the "Fuelbook" app, it only shows places with truck lanes.

All of the "house" stuff is the same.

I'm very happy with my DP, and don't regret the decision.

Good luck!


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Posted: 07/19/19 08:06am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Everything "new" is daunting at first. Don't let fear of the unknown rob you of your hopes and dreams. Go for it, embrace it, and a year from now you'll wonder why you ever had any concerns to begin with.

Think of it this way ... if others can do it ... you can to!

Follow your dream. Get the diesel.

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It's really how you are going to use it. If you are doing long trips, you just can't beat a DP. They are smoother, quieter, handle better and it goes on! They cost a lot more and the maintenance is a lot more too. We had two gassers and are on our second DP but we cross this great country every year, then snowbird for three months +. So it's worth it to us.


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Posted: 07/19/19 08:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get This One and call it a day.


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