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Old 01-18-2015, 03:17 PM   #11
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Hi: t-twnbob... Had a virtual tour of a class A diesel pusher. Too bad it was so dark inside. They were only asking north of $900,000. Alf
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That must have been pretty fancy. The one we saw this last week was "only" $540,000. As for spending time together in a small camper, we spent a month touring Australia in one with no problems. There are couples full timing it in 17 footers and getting along fine and couples in big mansions that fight like tomcats.
It all depends on you and your mate. Loren
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Old 01-18-2015, 03:26 PM   #12
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... Had a virtual tour of a class A diesel pusher. Too bad it was so dark inside. They were only asking north of $900,000.
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That must have been pretty fancy. The one we saw this last week was "only" $540,000.
Half a million dollars is pretty typical for the high end of big regular production motorhomes; first-rate units built from Prevost bus "shells" start at about one million dollars. Although these motorhomes are big, the cost isn't really the result of size: $150,000 will get you a class A almost as big... of ordinary construction on a Ford F53 chassis that is about the same as the working bits under a school bus. Even the power isn't much different: an F53 has 365 horsepower, and the biggest and fanciest run from 400 hp to 550 hp.

I don't think the extra hundreds of thousands of dollars for fancy motorhomes make much difference to livability - it's mostly for luxury and to impress others.
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Old 01-18-2015, 03:42 PM   #13
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Brian, right behind the $540,00 home was one for $165,000 with a 365 hp engine. In looking at the specs, the one thing that surprised me was the rear axle ratio of 5.38. But to move that much, I guess you need that. Loren
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:21 PM   #14
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Brian, right behind the $540,00 home was one for $165,000 with a 365 hp engine. In looking at the specs, the one thing that surprised me was the rear axle ratio of 5.38. But to move that much, I guess you need that. Loren
That... and tire size. If it had 235/80R22.5 tires - normal for long motorhome on the F53 chassis - the tires are about 95 cm or 37" tall. To run at the same road speed and driveshaft speed as a vehicle with shorter tires, it needs more gear reduction.

There's little in these big things that's fundamentally different from smaller vehicles, since the principles are all the same. The same goes for the RV features - they have mostly the same components (although refrigerators tend to be larger!) as an Escape. That's one reason that livability isn't much different - it's mostly just about dimensions and other amounts.

Now, if you need two bathrooms, you will need one of these big rigs. Many of them have a second two-piece bathroom.
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