Originally Posted by KeithQ
Howdy from north Texas. We are within a week of delivery of a new (to us) 2013 Forest River Berkshire 360QL.
We have been RVing for quite a few years but only been on owner for the past 3+ years, with a Jayco Greyhawk Class C.
We have also been a big proponent of the Texas State Park annual passes and have spent many nice days at parks all around the state. Our 3, annual summer out of state trips have been to see friends in Colorado and then stopping off for a few days in Santa Fe on the return. One thing we learned is that as great as the Ford V-10 engines are in their E450 trucks, they are no match for 6-8% grades! Really need the diesel for those hills up there.
Started looking for a Class A diesel just this past couple of months and settled on the Berkshire. Like the floor plan and this one came with a few extras we wanted like an actual oven (which I don't think the previous owners ever used!) and a tankless water heater.
Hope to have many years of travelling in this one and will also be taking advantage of what I assume is the gathered wisdom of these forums.
Keith & Teresa Quigley
It's not just the 6-8% grades, it's the "up there" meaning altitude.
I used to live in CO and made frequent trips up over the Continental Divide on I-70. Going up the hills before the Eisenhower Tunnel(s) was interesting. More than just a few Diesel pickups and even Semi's were struggling with exhausts looking like the engines were burning coal.
It's the "up there" that really hurts performance although turbocharging helps a lot.