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Old 11-18-2014, 01:03 AM   #11
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Make the 58-62 MPH! wishful thinking I guess!
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:10 AM   #12
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I appreciate all of your great comments. Thanks so much!
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:04 AM   #13
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oregonct, you do not save much - just a little when you compare diesel vs gas. Gas motorhomes are cheaper, diesel fuel is more expensive and so is maintenance. I average now about 14,5 MPG, (it went up by 1 breaking about 10k) it all depends on driving style and the a/c is a big factor! I got as high as 17 sightseeing through the Colorado mountains and as low as 13.5 in South Florida with the a/c running continuously...
In the long run - 100000 miles or 10 years for me - I estimate a savings of about 5-7000$ with today's fuel prices. (2.99gas /3.59diesel = Naples today)
More important for me is driving comfort. Take a seat in a sprinter, note your leg room from the driver and passenger side and get out of your seat to the back of the MH and do the same in a Ford or Chevy and compare.
I owned a E550 (2005 Jayco Granite Ridge) before - what a difference!
Cruising down the highway is another point - the diesel is more quiet and the downshifts are so smooth compared to my Ford!

It is not only fuel and mileage, compare and test drive!
Just my 2 cents.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:49 AM   #14
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Thanks Hans ... Yup. I figure $500 a year as well in real savings .. My thought is not only comfort but also able to use the unit as a 3rd vehicle in a pinch and as we get older they are so much easier to drive around that the bigger units.
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Old 11-18-2014, 03:00 PM   #15
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Then the solera is the right choice....it really drives like a van. What I did not realize when I ordered ......its width is less then the Jayco I had. Did not see the difference inside, noticed when I tried to park it on the existing concrete pads and it did not fit! Wherever you can park a pickup truck, you can park the Solera!
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:55 PM   #16
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Amen to that Loefflerh, I was in San Antonio TX and was able to park my Solera in a Parking lot near the downtown and because it didn't take up any more room than another large pick up the lot attendant only charged me for a regular space.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:20 PM   #17
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We drive our Solera as a weekend cruiser for errands etc. easy to drive, good mpg., easy to park. Nothing better then pulling into a shopping center and dropping off DW for some shopping and watching TV while having a cold drink.


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Old 11-19-2014, 08:17 AM   #18
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We just completed a trip of over 8500 miles in our 2015 Solera and average over 14 mpg traveling between 60-70 mph and adding DEF at 4000 mile interval.
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Old 11-19-2014, 11:59 AM   #19
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We have been on the road for 8 weeks now, Alaskan Hwy to So Cal and most of our fill ups were just over 14 mpg towing a 1969 vw bug, 16 was our best.

Some trucks stops have DEF pumps on each island, makes it easy to fill.

what hurt was +$6.00 per gal in the Yukon
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Old 11-19-2014, 02:32 PM   #20
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..... 8 weeks now, Alaskan Hwy to So Cal
Taylor, I am sure I am not the only one who would like to here about your trip, details on campgrounds ,pictures and just your experience!
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