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Old 04-28-2016, 09:46 PM   #91
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Had ask the dealer if they had the 17FQ, they said they are now pushing the 17FB...

Anyone report any leaks?

I am also looking at the R-pod only due to having a third person ( 13 yr old Grandson) coming with us most of the time.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:29 AM   #92
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Had ask the dealer if they had the 17FQ, they said they are now pushing the 17FB...

Anyone report any leaks?

I am also looking at the R-pod only due to having a third person ( 13 yr old Grandson) coming with us most of the time.
The 17FB is a Coachman Viking. The main differences are (1) the entry door is moved towards the rear and (2) the bathroom vanity with sink is removed to make room for a small wardrobe closet.

Also, the window above the sink area is off-center as opposed to the 17FQ where it seems more center-oriented over the countertop.

We personally preferred the layout of the 17FQ. We have a 10 year old and were also looking at R-Pods but none had the walk-around queen which was a big deal to us. Sleeping on the converted dinette is fine for him for now, I'm sure as he gets older and bigger he'll either pitch his own tent or we'll trade for something with bunks like the 17BH.
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What gears are you running? Sounds like you might be 4.10?


That sounds right, but I can't say for sure.
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We had an R-Pod when we started traveling again and let me tell you we could not get rid of it quick enough. No comparison to the 17FQ for convenience, storage and ability to move around one another plus a good sized bath. We were lucky in that someone wanted our Pod and it was sold off the back of our truck at the dealer when we signed the papers on the FQ. The Pod pulled great but it was miserable to live in like we did for several weeks.
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We had an R-Pod when we started traveling again and let me tell you we could not get rid of it quick enough. No comparison to the 17FQ for convenience, storage and ability to move around one another plus a good sized bath. We were lucky in that someone wanted our Pod and it was sold off the back of our truck at the dealer when we signed the papers on the FQ. The Pod pulled great but it was miserable to live in like we did for several weeks.
I'm really glad to hear that. R-Pod was on my short list and I was about to do the paperwork on one when I came across the 17FQ. It was really the only one that I found for much less than an R-Pod with a walk-around bed. And that really turns out to be a very big deal. I can only imagine how unhappy we would have been climbing over each other just to get in or out of bed.
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The walk around bed and the bathroom is what sold the wife on our 17 FQ. It was well within the tow rating on my Ranger sold me.
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Thanks for the R pod info. I saw the 178 I really liked only because my grandson will join us on most trips, The 17FQ I like due to the bathroom and queen size bed that is walk round... But the dinette is not that big.

Got to really think about it as I plan to pick up a 178 late next week. Getting a good trade for my current trailmanor 19RD.
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That sounds right, but I can't say for sure.
Running your engine at the higher rpms doesn't hurt anything, that is where they make their power. Sometimes lugging along in a higher gear can be worse on the drivetrain. I tow in 4th gear with my truck 90% of the time only using 5th if I have a good tailwind.

Sorry got off topic.
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Running your engine at the higher rpms doesn't hurt anything, that is where they make their power. Sometimes lugging along in a higher gear can be worse on the drivetrain. I tow in 4th gear with my truck 90% of the time only using 5th if I have a good tailwind.

Sorry got off topic.


Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.
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Running your engine at the higher rpms doesn't hurt anything, that is where they make their power. Sometimes lugging along in a higher gear can be worse on the drivetrain.
You are correct, problem is now days people have become accustom to the sound of their engines low RPM because of the overdrive transmissions. Before the common use of overdrive transmissions, engines normally ran in the 3000+ RPM range. If there is any doubt then look up the specs of your engine to see at what RPM it develops its peak horsepower.
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