A common question we get asked is “How do we like our gas RV and did we consider getting a diesel?” The short answer is yes, we did explore getting a diesel coach – they are considered superior for many reasons (performance, ride, comfort etc) which is why they also have a much higher price tag which can be a premium of $100K or more than a similar gas coach. That’s a lot of moolah and far more than some of us are willing or able to spend on what we all know is typically a depreciating asset. Ultimately, we chose the coach that was a perfect fit for OUR needs – based on floorplan, layout, quality, build and the price we were willing to pay –and it happened to be a Tiffin Allegro Open Road, a gas coach with a Ford V10 engine built on a 22,000lb chassis.
Now, whether you’re already an RVer or an RVer wannabe, you probably also follow Gone With the Wynns – Jason and Nikki Wynn have been on the road as full-time RVers since 2011. They have mostly been driving diesel Class A motorhomes but recently published a video sharing their thoughts and experience driving a gas coach – test driving a Fleetwood Bounder during their Alaskan adventure. They covered the performance, noise, ride and fuel economy and while we thought they did a terrific job with the video, we did feel their message also pretty clearly conveyed they weren’t a fan of gas coaches. Upon hearing how noisy squeaky their coach was while driving, we wouldn’t be either! But, to be fair, remember they ARE driving on Alaskan highways, so perhaps that exacerbated their experience.
Our gas coach experience has been quite different to the Wynns, which inspired us to take you on a drive with us while we honestly share our experience and opinions on driving a gas coach compared with a diesel.
Having owned our pre-loved gas coach (2o12 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 35QBA) for almost 18 months now, we are still extremely happy with our choice – how it drives, the quietness of the engine (Ford V10) and the performance – while certainly incomparable to a diesel – is perfectly sufficient for our needs and we imagine for many others as well who can find other things they would rather spend their extra $100K on!
In this video, we share our experience of our gas coach, including:
- what is the performance like?
- how long does it take to get from zero to 60 miles per hour?
- what is our fuel economy?
- how is the noise while driving?
- plus tips for optimal driving.
We hope you enjoy the video and that it helps you narrow down your choice of whether a gas or diesel RV is right for you. Remember, there is no right or wrong, no better or worse, it’s all about finding the RV that is the best fit for YOUR needs and budget, based on how you like to travel.
And to finish up, we recap on Marc’s driving tips, as shared in the video.
Marc’s Top Tips for Driving a Gas RV
- Drive in tow/haul mode most of the time because it has better shift points for the transmission and will automatically downshift when you use the brakes which will help you slow down faster
- Use the cruise control on flat roads only, don’t use cruise control on hills – it will work the engine too hard
- Shift down to a lower gear before commencing your descent down a hill to keep your speed lower and thus reduce the load on the brakes
- Shift down to a lower gear before commencing your ascent up a hill to help it hold speed and avoid a crazy cruise control downshift
- For maximum fuel economy, drive at about 55-60mph, your MPG suffers dramatically above 60mph
- Plan your route in advance and know that if you’ll be driving at elevation or curvy roads, it’s going to take you longer (and perhaps consider an alternate route)
- Take recommended speed warning signs seriously – don’t try to tackle curves at a higher speed than advised
- Take your time driving and don’t push your coach to it’s limits, it’s not a race – remember it’s about the journey, not the destination