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Old 07-06-2019, 10:14 PM   #1
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New to forum, looking for advice.

Looking at a 2006 Charleston with a 330 hp Mercedes. I would appreciate any feedback or personal experience on the coach. I am considering using my GMC 3500HD as a toad and wondering if that would be a problem power wise. Thanks in advance for any information.
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:25 AM   #2
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I'm not aware on any 'mercedes' engine in any motorhome...

330hp sounds like the more typical CUMMINS engine for motorhomes, which is not a lot for a large coach like the Charleston, especially since it's ~45' and probably 40-50k lbs in GVWR... but back in '06 things were different than they are today.

Towing a 3500? No. I don't know of most any large coach or motorhome that would provide the power to do that - it simply weighs too much. No matter what the coach's tow hitch rating is, it's GVCWR minus the weight of the coach itself, fully loaded, will render the amount of 'towing' weight available. A 1500 truck, maybe, but a 3500 dully is highly doubtful.

Look up your specs for your RV's GVWR and GVCWR and let us know...
also, the engine and transmission info for the coach.
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I referred to Mercedes not being any any 'motorhome', but yes, there are several models and lines with different manufacturers using the Mercedes 'chassis', and changing it into an 'RV'.... but that's a whole different 'animal', and not what you are referring to if you have a 'CHARLESTON' model Class A DIESEL rv from Forest River.
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Thanks for your reply. I haven't purchased the coach yet, but it definitely has a Mercedes 330hp engine and an allison transmission on a freightliner chassis. It is an 06 Charleston 400QS, which I believe is 39 feet long, but I will have to check on the weight. I know my truck curb weight is about 6500 lbs and that is what I was concerned about.
I also had never seen the Mercedes engine in a motorhome, which is why I was looking for some feedback.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:11 AM   #5
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I believe you may need to reinspect that engine, as it's probably a CATERPILLER... matter of fact, I can ASSURE you that it is not a Mercedes.

here's a former sales for one: https://www.mhsrv.com/2006-forest-ri...er-tx-i1060250
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:16 AM   #6
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here's a data plate for the same model:
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:24 AM   #7
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BUT, then I see this online...

https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/used-r...eston_rv-35707

listed as with a 330hp MB engine...strange... though, I believe this is a typo... but if someone knows that FR installed/used MB engines in large diesel pushers back in 2006, let us know!
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...maybe it was an 'optional' engine package choice. Nice.
I also imagine that it added quite a bit of 'out of pocket' money, too!
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The specs listed on line for the 06 Charleston:
Powertrain
Fuel Type Diesel
Engine Manufacturer/Model Mercedes MBE 926
Type of Engine 7.2L TurboDiesel I6
Horsepower @ RPM 330 @ 2200
Torque @ RPM 1000 @ 1600
Alternator Amps 160
Transmission 6-sp. Auto - Allison 3000MH
Rear Axle Ratio 4.63
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Using the internet wayback machine (it lets you find older links that may or may not still be active) I was able to get this. which is the FR Charleston website. Maybe some of the links still work:


https://web.archive.org/web/20060502...hoice=brochure


Under standard features, it does show the Mercedes engine....so the OP is correct.
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