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Old 01-20-2016, 08:10 AM   #21
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10-12 MPG is really good for an old rig like that,

The series 50 Detroit is the last year before exhaust eating requirement dropped mileage.

The 5 speed ZF locks up after initial take off.

The 2.92 rear is a good match for a torque monster that does not require the RPM of the older 6-71.

A good radius front and only a bit over 10 ft tall also is a big help.

The long wheelbase means east highway driving in cross winds , but a little bit more planning at downtown city corners.

A fair compromise for our current style of use.
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:10 AM   #22
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Love this thread! I have a Jeep Liberty and tow a 12' enclosed utility trailer that I fixed up into a mini toy hauler/camper. It's a lot of fun and is easy to tow and park almost anywhere. We can tuck into tight spots off the beaten track or hook up to electricity at a campground and life the luxury life on a small scale. Fuel mileage is not too bad at about 13-15 when towing and loaded down with camping gear and Stratoliner. Sometimes my sons and I will load up the dirt bikes and camp at the races, the trailer also works well for hauling lumber, engines or what ever else my project calls for. I'm pretty happy with it for now.

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Old 01-27-2016, 07:10 PM   #23
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Bought a "cheap" class A a few years ago and hated it. It was Ford V10 powered 40 something footer. It didn't have the air suspension-- just leaf springs in the back and front, and it rode like sh!t. Very unstable laterally-- felt like a slow trawler in beam seas when the wind was whipping.

If I would have had a nice diesel pusher with a good air suspension I might have stuck with it.
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Thats 2 of the main differences between the gassers and the DP's.

The air bagged diesels ride a lot better then the teeth jarring gassers, and the rear overhang of the gassers make them very susceptible to winds pushing them around. Plus nearly all gassers with a front slide out have buckled frames to some degree. Older ones can start looking like A frames from the side it gets so bad.

I've had lots of RV's, gassers diesels and 5th wheels. I like the DP over all of them.
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"The air bagged diesels ride a lot better then the teeth jarring gassers,"

The Flxible coaches were way ahead in the 1950 era with their torsilastic suspension.

Later copied by Eagle coaches , the choice for entertainer coaches , because of the better ride.
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Torsion bars are great until you try and replace them. They were the main reason I never had a conversion.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:58 AM   #27
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"Torsion bars are great until you try and replace them."

Its just currency , not money.

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