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mikemc53

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Well, this is just some first impressions, including; overall thoughts, RV performance (house), mechanical performance (chassis), manufacturer and dealer thoughts, and whatever…

We picked up the new 2021 Gulf Stream Conquest 6250 (Class C) in late May from the dealer, which initially did not go as smoothly as we would have liked. Now before I go any further let me preface this by saying that we are not newcomers to the RV scene (have bought new and used) and truly believe that much of what we get out of things is shaped by our expectations. I consider myself to be fairly realistic so my commentary should be taken as such…my opinions and/or statements, only, and not an endorsement nor a knock of anything.

Anyway, my initial impressions after we went to pick up the rig were not overly positive. The prep of the unit was poor and I was not happy with the presentation but I must say that the dealer really surprised me with their response as they stood by everything and made things right (at least for the sale itself). Nice to see when you read so many horror stories of dealers just leaving you high and dry. So we got the unit home and started to prep for our trip (Florida to Michigan via Missouri), making notes of anything that might need addressing under warranty, or just by myself.

The RV part of this is going pretty well. Now I will say that the overall quality/workmanship is certainly nothing to write home about – and I have noticed this recently in a number of newer units that we either looked at during our search or that we have witnessed through friends and acquaintances. The workmanship in so many newer units is just poor. Not all, but many, it seems. Poor fit and finish, materials of less than stellar quality – just overall not something that I would let out the door in my manufacturing life. That said, the performance of the RV portion itself has been quite good. All appliances, structure, plumbing/heating/ac – everything works properly and well. I am keeping an eye on the slideout as it seemed to be rubbing slightly (at the mid-point) early on but not so much on the last couple of days.

Mechanically I was pretty impressed (save one area that I will touch on later), especially after having read some comments about Class A vs Class C, new Ford drivetrain, etc.. This rig comes with the 7.3l V-8 and a six speed trans. Now I am coming from a 37 ft Class A with the V-10 so I have some working experience in these platforms. To me (and remember, my opinion only) there is little to no comparison in the ride and driveability of these two rigs. The Class C handled all of the aspects of my motorhome driving better that the Class A. Much better handling in wind and when being passed by big rigs – I believe the new front and rear stabilization makes a big difference (as does wheelbase, overhang, etc.). I towed the same vehicle (Ford Escape w/tow dolly) behind both and the Class C performed better here also. Hills were handled much better with the new rig and the gas mileage (though never stellar) was noticeably better. While towing with the Class A I would normally get about 6.5 to 7.0 mpg – with the Class C I stayed right around 9 mpg. Overall nether one is great but on a longer trip it makes a decent difference.

The one area, mechanically, that I cannot say I am happy with is, what appears to be an all too common theme with Fords (especially on RVs)…the Advance Trac service issue. About 1/4 to 1/3 of my driving had me working with no cruise control, as this is one of the systems that goes out when the Advance Trac is not functioning (also ABS and Hill Assist). I have read countless stories on this being a problem, especially in RVs but also in trucks from Ford. It is frustrating that there hasn’t been either a recall or a determined cause/fix but we will see what shakes from this. Other than that I love the drivetrain in this rig.

As I alluded to earlier, the manufacturing quality in the unit is nowhere near the best. I will say though that I have had a couple of conversations with customer service at Gulf Stream and they seem to be very responsive and caring – to this point.

The dealer (Travelcamp in Ocala) has also been quite responsive and customer oriented. I qualify this by saying, “to this point” because we won’t be bringing the unit in for any warranty work until this fall so we will see how things go at that time.

Well gang, thanks for your time…we will try to stay active here.


2021 Gulf Stream Conquest 6250 (Class C)

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Posted: 07/07/21 09:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

9 mpg towing?


Mike. Comments are anecdotal or personal opinions, and worth what you paid for them.
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I know there will be questions with regard to the 9 mpg while towing but we did over 2000 miles and filled up often. Checked each fill up and went between 8.5 and 9.3 mpg. This was not using the on-board computer but doing the actual miles driven divided by gallons of gas used.

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Keep an eye an that slide rubbing.
I have seen many slide motors being replaced and most of them had some kind of rubbing over a thick carpet etc,
I was told those 12v motors are not quality motors and added stress of that heat by increased friction causes it to work harder causing it to fail prematurely.
Find out how to swap a slide motor in your new unit, just in case you need to do a field repair. Some of them can be hidden, making the job a little tricky.

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Congratulation on your purchase. I purchased a new Winnebago Minnie in 2002 and still drive it today. I chose Winnebago since they made decent quality products in 2002, It has provided wonderful moments with the family and I was fortunate to have started early with the RV life. Also it provided emergency service for the family, (power outage, heat, pandemic). We are not big resort type vacationers, like to eat our own food, sleep in our own beds, and bring our dog.

Back then quality was not great in certain areas of the coach, focus on leaks. Inspect annually and repair. MPG was at 10 on average, gas was at .99 per gallon back in 2002. Gas prices and mpg was not a big concern since it is part of the lifestyle expense.

Same for a home and vehicles, being handy helps, buy quality tools and parts. As you know service centers are difficult to make appointments and good mechanics / coach services are tough to locate especially when there is so much demand. Of course you can get a new vehicle before large repairs are required or hire someone, but that is a different debate same as homes and cars. GoRv.

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