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Old 09-08-2015, 07:41 PM   #1
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Gas RV and driving out West

Looking very seriously at the XL 378TS and am wondering about anyone's feedback on driving a gas RV out West for an occasional vacation, once a year or so. I have been told that diesel is the way to go because of the safety and power, but am wondering if I can get any feedback from all you gas owners and your experiences with mountain climbing in your RV
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:04 PM   #2
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Drove from Minnesota to Seattle, to San Francisco, Back to Oregon and home to Indiana, Ford v-10 FR-3 30DS, climbed well, no problems. I ran with the diesel trucks sometimes in the steepest grades but seldom dropped below 45mph and I never reved over 3500 RPM.
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:05 PM   #3
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The new Ford v10 has 3 valves with more power and torque than the older 2 valve version. I had my fr3 above 8000 ft it was summer and hot no problem. It's fuel injected so vapor lock is not a problem. The v10 does like the rv's though a little loud but doesn't hurt it. Diesels will always have more torque and power. Not sure they are worth the cost plus you have to deal with DEF now. A DP has more storage underneath due to lack of drive shaft. BTW I was towing a corrola.
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Oh on my 7000 mile trip from FL to northern CA I did pass a DP that had burned to the ground on side of highway. Not sure of cause.
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:11 PM   #5
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I live and drive in CO. V10 does pretty well in the mountains. I even pull my Sonic up with few problems . The tow/haul feature really helps when braking down hill.


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Old 09-09-2015, 12:01 AM   #6
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I live in Oregon. Lots of mountain driving in my '08 350 with Ford v10. No problem. I miss the exhaust brake on my diesel pickup but the transmission tow/haul works pretty well. I the recommend the CHF. Google it.

Overall very happy with the RV.
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:10 AM   #7
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Having traveled extensively out West and climbed and descended alot of mountain passes, we are happy with the power of the 378 XL. The tow haul makes the descent a breeze. I do think the quality of the ride is an issue. We have found some very rough roads including stretches of some interstates where we thought the vibrations were going to shake the rig apart. A deisel pusher will give you a much smoother ride.

But, as said before, is it worth the extra money? We love the coach and are having a great time full timing.


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Old 09-09-2015, 09:12 AM   #8
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I will say we live in Montana and are surrounded by passes.. When we drive up these beasts we try not to exceed 4000 rpms and let off accordingly to stay at that limit.. We usually average 45 going up but may slow down even more going down the worst mountains in Tow/haul.. The V-10 works for us so we have a new one being built.. I cannot justify the sky high price of a DP when this gaser gets the job done..

Its funny but when the engine goes up to 4000 the DW always yells Gas Gauge!! But since we average about 63MPH we make up for the hills later
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Old 09-09-2015, 02:06 PM   #9
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Great coach. We just finished 5800 miles Fl. To Co. 300-11000 feet. Great engine. Pushers are nice but can't justify the bump in price. The entry DP is bare bones compared to the Georgetown XL378 ts.
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Old 09-09-2015, 02:08 PM   #10
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We live in Utah & have no problems pulling the canyons out here with our 2014 335DS pulling A 2008 jeep JK. we also love the tow haul feature it works really well when going down hill. the V10 preforms great.
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