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Old 11-29-2013, 03:50 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Topshelf3 View Post
Great advice Roll, we are now looking at a Coachmen Georgetown 378TS to replace our Sanibel 3500 5th wheel. Approaching with caution due to v10 ford engine. Some say oh ya great! Others say stay away, confusing to be sure.
I agree with all 1nshort said just above.

One comment however; The Ford chassis, which is what you will find under any manufacturer's box you buy if you choose gas, is an excellent chassis. It's time tested, plenty of torque (for gas) and dependable. You rarely hear anyone complain of problems with this engine (Triton) and chassis from Ford. What they do complain about are usually the differences between gas and diesel which has nothing to do with dependability or fitness for the application (motorhome) of the Ford chassis.

Forget the mileage arguments. You get more miles out of gallon of diesel but you pay more for a gallon of diesel so it's a wash.

Diesels are a bit quieter on the road and can be more civilized to drive because they are typically much heavier than their counterpart in gas.

Gas is far cheaper to service (oil, filters, lube) Gas $60; Diesel $350 to $500.

A growing number of RV folks are full timing or wintering in Gas coaches where in the past these buyers usually turned to diesel coaches. I think the idea that gas is for weekends or vacations only, no longer applies. However, if you are going to full time I suggest you work though your choice of coach carefully. Don't take anything for granted. Try everything and don't rush and most of all, don't take anything for granted, (this is important enough to mention twice).

As an example after months of research and walkthroughs in coaches I looked into the shower of ours and thought it was just fine. Turns out I can't take a shower without banging my elbows into the glass doors. I'm adjusting my behavior to compensate for the smaller space in the shower but a roomier shower would be nice.


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Old 11-29-2013, 04:01 PM   #12
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X2.....I don't hit my elbows when showering (6'2"), but then I showered on subs for 23 years. I agree they are a bit small. 11 years with V10 on Ford chasis units....never a problem.

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Old 11-29-2013, 05:58 PM   #13
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Thank you both for the comments, I really appreciate your candor. My wife and I both love the Encounter 377 as well as the Georgetown 378ts. It will be a hard choice if we go that big. I now pull with a 2006 mega cab Dodge 3500 with a 5.9 cummins, my wife is afraid of the combo, that is why thinking about MH

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