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Old May 5th, 2011, 12:45 PM   #21
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I believe it was in 01 that the chevy chassis went wider. I had a 2000 that was narrow and we looked at some 01's and they were all wide. HUGE difference in the wind!
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I have pulled the same enclosed trailer as Jim with both a gas and diesel. The gasser was a 2000 35' Fleetwood with two slides and the V10, I beefed up the hitch and from Canada to Tn. & Pa. and all around MI it was just fine. Like Jim I would not have went out west with the enclosed behind this unit!

Now I have an 06 39' diesel pusher with a 300hp Cummins. Other than not even feeling the trailer behind it I still seem to be traveling the same up and down hills and long grades. However the diesel does it at a much lower RPM and it has the Allison 5 speed which surpasses the Ford tranny 10 fold while towing. The Cummins also has the engine brake which I didn't realize I missed until i had it. Can't tell you how many times I stood on the brakes in that Fleetwood, even with the trailer brakes set tight.

So the go is just as important as the stop! The enclosed would push the gasser, the diesel does not know it's there. 5mpg in the gas MH towing the trailer, 8 without. 8.6 in the diesel empty or towing.

Jim's advice about a shorter 30'-35' with no slides and the wide front is solid advice imo.

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Old May 7th, 2011, 11:52 AM   #23
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I believe it was in 01 that the chevy chassis went wider. I had a 2000 that was narrow and we looked at some 01's and they were all wide. HUGE difference in the wind!
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Old July 20th, 2011, 05:50 PM   #24
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I'm back into wanting a toter or motorhome. I need something that will live driving to the west coast pulling an enclosed trailer, 4200 lb buggy, tools and spare parts. That's about 9K as I have mentioned before...

Anyone know anything about a gillig chassis? It seems like this would pull all day.
http://www.rvtraderonline.com/listin...-body-98726301

Oshkosh chassis, cummins motor
http://www.rvtraderonline.com/listin...USHER-98718447

freightliner chassis, CAT motor
http://www.rvtraderonline.com/listin...winds-98917625

any new input?
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I don't have any experience with any diesel rigs but make sure that whatever you get, it will blend well with a light tan enclosed trailer. :)
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I don't have anything to add that has any substance that may help your decision... But I'd buy any one of those... But I not has riches so I can't buy one
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i like the looks of the gillig.

all three are respected chassis builders, any of the three would work fine.

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If someone would just buy my F350 I would build a toterhome....
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