Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-29-2013, 03:50 PM   #11
Senior Member
Roll's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 473
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.


Gary, Cindy, Reacher (Maine Coon), and Vivian (in spirit only now).
Retired: July 31st, 2013 and loving it.
2011 Coachmen Encounter 37 TZ pulling a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. Many upgrades, additions, mods, and changes.
Roll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2013, 04:01 PM   #12
Senior Member
1nshort's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Annapolis Area
Posts: 239
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.

2013 Encounter 37TZ, Chalet Pkg, Escape Hybrid Toad,
Denis & Gail & Dixie the Blue Merle Sheltie
1nshort is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2013, 05:58 PM   #13
Junior Member
Topshelf3's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 21
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

Topshelf3 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:36 PM.