Getting deeper into our search for the ideal DP
We have had a lot of good comments throughout the course of this series of posts on finding the ideal DP. In this post, I am going to list the first 10 topics that were brought up, along with my thoughts on the subject. I would like to hear from all of you about your thoughts and experience with each topic. When we are finished, we should have a pretty good start on a roadmap for finding the ideal DP.
1. hydraulic vs. electric slides
Since I have only had electric slides, I can’t offer an opinion on hydraulic slides. I would like to open this one up for comments. Has anyone had hydraulic slides and is willing to offer an opinion? What would really be nice is if someone has had both and can offer a comparison of the operation.
2. three point vs. four point leveling
I have had both 3 and 4 point leveling systems. I understand the advantage and disadvantage of each. After using both systems, I think I prefer the three point over the 4 point jacks. This is not a hard core feeling, just slightly tipped in that direction.
3. electric vs. hydraulic vs. air leveling
Here is another situation where my experience is limited, specifically to hydraulic leveling systems. I would welcome comments on the other two systems from actual users, and particularly from those who have experience with two or even three of the systems.
4. single piece vs. split windshield.
Although I have only experienced the split windshield, I can understand the desire for a large, single piece windshield. The downside is obviously replacement cost. I recently had to have one side of my windshield replaced and I think the glass was about $250, plus the labor. I have heard horror stories about the cost of replacing a large, one piece windshield, but if you are willing to accept that possibility, the view is awesome.
5. rubber roof vs. fiberglass
I have had two coaches with rubber roofs and have never had a problem. I do spend a lot of time maintaining my roof and understand why the fiberglass roof is preferable. I think this is a hands down win for the fiberglass roof.
6. king size vs. queen size bed
Linda and I both prefer the queen size bed. I guess that is partly because we are both small stature and don’t really need the larger bed. We prefer the extra floor space we get with the smaller bed. However, I cannot fault anyone who wants, or needs a larger bed.
7. 2 vs. 3 vs 4 vs full wall slide
I have already written about my feelings concerning full wall slides. I think it is a waste of space and carrying capacity without providing any significant advantage. Maybe someday a manufacturer will come out with a good floorplan using a full wall slide. Until then, I am not a believer.
8. freightliner vs. Spartan chassis
Both of my motorhomes have been on Spartan chassis’s and I am a believer that Spartan produces a high quality product. I have no experience with Freightliner, but I am told by owners that they too produce a high quality product. I don’t know that there is any clear winner here.
9. solid axle vs. independent front suspension
My first motorhome had a solid front axle and my current motorhome has independent front suspension. Based on this experience, I will state that IFS provides a better ride and I highly recommend this system.
10. battery charger that charges both battery sets.
Is there a manufacturer that provides a system that reliably provides a charge for the chassis battery bank during long stays? I hear a lot of problems described on the various forums concerning systems that don’t properly charge chassis batteries. I have been a victim of this also and a while back I added the Xantrex Echo Charge which does a fine job.
Well, that is it for now. Let the discussion begin and I will see you next time.