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Old 09-20-2008, 04:39 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me if the 350HP/3000 Trans option over the 340Hp/2500 Trans on the 390BH is worth it or not? It looks like a $10K option. I would like to tow a small car but not very often. Just do not want to be under powered. Will it regain the $$ on trade in? I am very new to this so I hate to make a mistake.
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Old 09-27-2008, 02:43 PM   #2
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I have the 340hp/2500 trans and so far I haven't felt that it is under powered. I haven't towed anything as yet, so I can't comment on that, but it is rated for towing 5000 lbs, so a small car shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:37 PM   #3
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I agree and now own the 340hp unit. I just did not see the $10k difference.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:46 AM   #4
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FYI, hadn't noticed it until now but the difference isn't so much in the power as it's in the transmission and rear axle. The 340 comes with an Allison 2500MH 6 speed, the 350 comes with an Allison 3000MH 6-speed. This is fairly significant because the 2500 significantly reduces your GVWR and GCWR over the 3000. The 2500 is rated to 27910/33000lbs, the 3000 is rated to 29410/39410lbs (i.e. the 2500 can tow 5000lbs, the 3000 can tow 10000lbs). I haven't seen any UCC / CCC numbers published but I suspect that the 350 does not weigh 1500lbs more than the 340 so the 350 likely gives you a higher CCC as well.

See this link for the specs on both http://www.freightlinerchassis.com/p...R0601-2009.pdf

Whether this is worth $10k or not is debatable (seems pretty expensive to me) - although if you want to tow a large vehicle / trailer than it's a non-issue ...
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:09 PM   #5
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Bought our 09 390BH in June. Should have bought double pained windows.We upgraded the invirter, but really should not have. Upgraded the generator and found out their is a design flaw so when we boondock we have to open the generator compartment or it cuts off because it gets too hot!! Seems there is not enough room for ventilation...
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:41 AM   #6
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Patty,
If you have the Onan 8K generator, it is liquid cooled and opening the compartment should not make a difference. Check the coolant level- it might be low causing the overheating.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:15 AM   #7
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Bill,

Which engine choice did you go with and are you happy with it? I am in the same predicament.

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engine size

I selected the smaller engine/trans. At times I could use the extra horses, but 90% of the time it is fine.
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