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John S.

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I have owned three class a Foretravels and two other class c and my current class c on the F550is great. If I was going bigger I would get a super c. Much easier to find service and it is cheaper as well. I have 400k miles in DP and only 50 in my F550. I would get a super c big enough to meet your needs.


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I even have by no means owned a MH. But in case you need repairs within the engine compartment of a pusher and other ***Link Removed***tent reviews, the tech ought to get to it from in the back of, underneath, or walk via your private home.

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If you're into driving long distances, nothing beats a pusher for comfort. The best part for me is that the cab area is part of the house when we are set up. While it may be great to raise the hood to access a fuel filter, you still need to get under to do an oil change. Every coach has some trade-offs in certain things.


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OP said: "Seems the go to for the most of everything was a diesel pusher in past, but maybe not any more, and wonder if I intend to stay on East Coast and out of mountains, would a gasser with new Ford V8 be a reasonable option? I am a senior, single and no pets. I have pulled a car on a dolly and with my arthritis that was very hard on me to hook it up and unhook, so know I need a better solution for toad. Seems the ideal would be a 400hp+ diesel pusher. Newmar would be my first choice particularly since I'm focusing on used rigs. The DP turned me off because it was not in good shape and was a real slug, I think a 300-330hp model and had very poor acceleration."
In reading your posts I think most DP's compared to your 27 ft A would be real slugs. Remember your A was 1/2 the weight and more HP than the DP's you tested. If you plan to stay on the east coast you don't need a 400 hp Super C or DP. With arthritis towing flat is a lot easier than a dolly on you hands and knees. I would defiantly look at the newer 7.3 V8 engines in a 32-35 ft Newmar if that is your first choice, there are suppose to be a lot of chassis improvements in the new 7.3 eng chassis combo also for a better ride. Look for a better WB/l ratio over your 27 ft A. You can add always extra insulation to the dog house if needed. There is no perfect MH everything is a compromise based on your particular situation. Hope this helps with your decision.

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I would stick to Newmar, Holiday Rambler or Tiffin. Also, stick to Freightliner or Spartan Chassis. They are two of the biggest chassis manufacturer and you will find parts and service easily.

The engine being out back makes it quiet up front. Mine has a rear radiator, and like others have mentioned, that makes engine access limited. Try and find one with Cummins ISL 400HP engine and side radiator.

Mine has a 275 HP 5.9 ISB Cummins and it runs great. A little underpowered in the big hills, but I have been coast to coast pulling a crew cab 2500 diesel Chevy truck and it will go up anything.

These are comfortable to drive, especially if you find one with independent front suspension. Hope this helps.


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We looked at a Super C set up for a while. I liked that of all the drive-able motorhomes a Super C seemed the safest from a front impact perspective. Many of the ones we looked at had front seats that could rotate to serve as usable space when not travelling. Getting in and out for fueling etc was also much easier as well as 2 more exits in case of an emergency. Many have airbags just like DP's. I found the tow ratings and CCC was as good if not better than many DP's, but this is really dependent on the model. We ended up with a Truck and FW mainly because I needed a new truck and wasn't going to buy a MH and a truck. Had that not been the case I would have opted for a Super C.


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Super C for 3 years loved it. Power and ride were awesome


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