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Old 07-13-2015, 10:29 PM   #1
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I am a new user to this forum and I would like to ask a few questions of the more experienced motorhome owners. We currently have a 2008 Georgetown 350DS twin slides and a bunk house floor plan. With the 10 cylinder Ford Triton I am getting between 7 and 8 miles per gallon. I have read the new Berkshire diesels are getting 10 miles per gallon and over. Is this a true statement? Another question I have is about dealers. We are looking to buy a 2016 Berkshire 40BH with 4 slides. What dealer would you recommend and where are they located. and has anyone had any experience buying a motorhome from an online dealer and what were your experiences? Thanks for any inputs.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:08 PM   #2
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Yes, we are getting 10 MPG with our 2009 and have traveled 44,000 miles since 2010. Purchased ours from a local dealer and won't go back since the poor service. Take ours to the local cummins/frightliner truck place for engine etc. Worth a shot at getting the best price online.
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:59 AM   #3
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Yes - I get between 9-10 mpg on average and that's even when we tow a car. The things I like about a diesel -

* It does not seem like it's "killing its self" going up a hill.

* I get an airbag suspension

* I get air brakes

* I get an engine brake

* Since the engine is in the back it's quieter up front.

Since I've owned a pusher I don't think I'd ever go to a gas model.

Of course that's just my opinion.


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Old 07-14-2015, 05:54 AM   #4
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I just came back from a trip leaving in Ohio and to South Carolina, over the Smokies and pulling my Toyota and got a steady 10.1 MPG.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:10 AM   #5
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Look at MHSRV.com as they will be the price to bet. In Fort Worth TX ( just south of there). Rv one also got close... Use Freightliner for service! Just did 2680 miles and love my 2014 400bh-60


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Old 07-14-2015, 07:15 AM   #6
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We bought our 2014 390 BH-60 from MHSRV in Alvarado Texas while living in Florida. Best prices, great service and easy to work with through to the end.
We've been on the road since June 1st and with pulling a 4500 pound car and crossing the Rockies we are averaging 10.3 gpm. We keep our speeds between 63/65 mph. That's not all blue roads either. Plenty of two lane red roads.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:29 AM   #7
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I bought my Berk from Total Value RV Elkhart IN. I am happy with them for price and service. I have gotten 11.2mpg with 30,000lbs loaded no toad. 10.4 with toad. Have not got worse than 9.9 mpg. 5000 miles traveled.
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:07 AM   #8
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Welcome to the forum Fkaske!

We moved up from a gasser to a 2015 Berk DP just a few months ago. Getting between 9/10 while pulling a 4 door Jeep Wrangler. I expect when the engine breaks in a little, and my driving habits for the diesel improve, we will get over 10 easily.

Bought from MHSRV in Alvarado, TX. Easy purchase, great price, great selection of RVs on the lot. We are local so it was good to go see the RVs in person.

Best thing about a DP when coming from a gasser is you don't have the engine screaming at you right below your feet! It's 40' behind you and humming like an electric engine!

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Old 07-14-2015, 12:10 PM   #9
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I get about 9.0 to 9.2 and iam pulling a 1/2 ton four door pick up. and I keep the gen running all the time iam on the road
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:33 PM   #10
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Yes - I get between 9-10 mpg on average and that's even when we tow a car. The things I like about a diesel -

* It does not seem like it's "killing its self" going up a hill.

* I get an airbag suspension

* I get air brakes

* I get an engine brake

* Since the engine is in the back it's quieter up front.

Since I've owned a pusher I don't think I'd ever go to a gas model.

Of course that's just my opinion.


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+1 Rear engine = MUCH quieter AND MUCH cooler in the driver and passenger seat.

Try getting a ride in a DP and compare it against your current coach. You will be stunned at the difference. On a decent road it just "floats along on a cloud"

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Old 07-14-2015, 08:18 PM   #11
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I bought my Berk from Total Value RV Elkhart IN. I am happy with them for price and service. I have gotten 11.2mpg with 30,000lbs loaded no toad. 10.4 with toad. Have not got worse than 9.9 mpg. 5000 miles traveled.
Big Dave, is yours a 360 hp and 3500 trans?
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:27 PM   #12
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Have a 2008 Berk and on our current trip, I'm getting 9.8 - 10.9 consistently.... Love my Mercedes engine....


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Old 07-14-2015, 09:47 PM   #13
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I average between 9.5 and 10.5 depending on whether i'm towing or not. Usually set the cruise 63. Upgraded to the DP from a 2010 Allegro gasser and very very glad we did. All the comments above are 100% true.

Bought mine at dylans rv in sewell nj. They were great. matched the price from mhsrv but put 15k more in my trade. You could also try rvdirect.com. They have good numbers on the new coach but couldnt put as much in my trade as dylans.


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Old 07-14-2015, 11:05 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone for the replys. It looks like the worst is at 9 mile per gallon, and that is towing and running the generator when ever the engine runs. The only time I run my generator while driving is when I need additional air conditioning in the back bedroom because of my sleeping handicapped daughter. other wise I see no need.
I see the Berkshires are now coming out with a 380 HP model. I wonder what the mileage will be on those.
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I see the Berkshires are now coming out with a 380 HP model. I wonder what the mileage will be on those.

I'd say it's about the same. I'd be interested to hear what the coaches get that you see on their tail touting 500+ hp? I dream of having 500+ thinking I can take 6-7% grades at 55+. Dunno??


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My RT from East TX to San Diego loaded and pulling Wrangler Unlimited was 8.4mpg. I'm convinced I drive faster than you guys Seems like most of my routes have a lot of 75mph speed limits, and that's what I drive unless the winds or traffic don't allow it. Usually 9.5 without the Jeep.

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Old 07-15-2015, 10:15 AM   #17
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Tater I've read post on other forums about the 500+hp coaches and the best mileage I've read about was 7.5 mpg. Not very good, but if you travel regularly in the mountains it may be worth the extra umf. I don't think any of us bought our coaches because of good mileage....lol
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Big Dave, is yours a 360 hp and 3500 trans?
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Just an FYI, the transmission with the 360 hp engine is an Allison 3000 and with the 340 hp engine is a 2500.
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My Mercedes 340 has an Allison 3000....


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