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Man, I have been wanting to talk about it over here with my friends. I finally pulled the plug and bought a Winnebago Destination, Allison 6 speed and a Cummins ISB. It is 40 feet long and is a pusher. My family and I are really enjoying it. So far it is getting between 10-11 mpg. I have been a little "white knuckled" driving it but I am settling in. Our first big trip is planned in August when we go up to Annapolis to the Naval Academy to see our son after plebe summer. We really did not want to buy just yet but with the price of diesel fuel and the economy, the pricing was just to enticing.
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RIGHT ON!!! Can you post some pictures of it so I (we) can drool?

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Congrats on the new coach. You will enjoy it - even as hard as it is to open up the wallet and fill 'er up. The coach in my sig has been with me since 1996 and I've been to a lot of interesting places. I even pulled my '03 F350 behind it until I traded on the '08. I just haven't installed a base plate on it yet but I should soon. That's why I ordered the manual transfer case.

My coach has a mechanically injected 6CTA Cummins 8.3L with an Allison MD-3060 6 speed auto. The Allison has performed flawlessly as well as the engine. They definitely work well together. Mine is the 300 HP version. With it, I get about 9 MPG pulling the truck. GVWR for the combo is about 35k lbs.

Hope you put up some pics as I would like to see your coach. Driving it will become second nature. Just keep in mind you are 102" wide so you are using almost the full width of the lane plus you are 40' long. A little practice is all it takes. Getting used to full air brakes (if you haven't driven a rig with them) will come as well.

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I will get up some pictures. I took it on two "shake down" camp outs and found a few little bugs, so it is in now getting those taken care of. I am heading down to Palm Beach to the Breakers for a meeting and will not get back until Sunday, so I will probably not be able to pick it up until Monday. I had to do some stump grinding to get my situation ready to get it situatated at the house. In the mean time here is a link to what it looks like. Mine however is beige. 2008 Winnebago Destination. BTW mine is on the Freightliner XC chassis.

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Enjoy your coach. I have a Holiday Rambler Endeavor 40 ft. 330 Cummins with the Allison 6 speed. Your getting pretty good fuel mileage if your getting above 10. I usually average about 8.4. Driving 65-70mph. However I travel 4 western states and cross many mtn pass's. I use mine for work as a mobile showroom.

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Enjoy your coach. I have a Holiday Rambler Endeavor 40 ft. 330 Cummins with the Allison 6 speed. Your getting pretty good fuel mileage if your getting above 10. I usually average about 8.4. Driving 65-70mph. However I travel 4 western states and cross many mtn pass's. I use mine for work as a mobile showroom.
I am probably guilty of "babying" mine a bit, but they do say the new 6.7 is getting a bit better fuel mileage. I have not towed a toad yet, but I did get my dolly put together since my toad can not be towed 4 down. It is a light Honda Accord. I really like the 660 ft. lbs. of torque. I have not been over 65 in it except once going down a hill and I got a little anal tightness and slowed down. I really like the air brakes and have adjusted to them well, but on the interstate I get a little, well, you could not draw a string out when some trucks blow by me at 80 mph.
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I will get up some pictures. I took it on two "shake down" camp outs and found a few little bugs, so it is in now getting those taken care of. I am heading down to Palm Beach to the Breakers for a meeting and will not get back until Sunday, so I will probably not be able to pick it up until Monday. I had to do some stump grinding to get my situation ready to get it situatated at the house. In the mean time here is a link to what it looks like. Mine however is beige. 2008 Winnebago Destination. BTW mine is on the Freightliner XC chassis.
Sound like a great ride and better mileage than my dually!

Darn Tut, I'm leaving town tomorrow (Wed) or else I'd meet you at the Breakers for lunch this week! I have to chaperon 50 NJROTC cadets for a 4 day trip to Kingsbay Sub base and then back down to Mayport Naval base for the end of the year class trip.

BTW, my son flys out to Annapolis May 31st for Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) for High School Juniors and I pick him up June 6 for the ending ceremony, any chance you'll be around there then?

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SCHWEET ride, Tom.
That's the only way to take to the road and keep everybody comfortable and happy.
Enjoy!
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Sound like a great ride and better mileage than my dually!

Darn Tut, I'm leaving town tomorrow (Wed) or else I'd meet you at the Breakers for lunch this week! I have to chaperon 50 NJROTC cadets for a 4 day trip to Kingsbay Sub base and then back down to Mayport Naval base for the end of the year class trip.

BTW, my son flys out to Annapolis May 31st for Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) for High School Juniors and I pick him up June 6 for the ending ceremony, any chance you'll be around there then?
Dang, I have 6 hours dead time both Friday and Saturday, guess I will "settle" for a nice massage at the Breakers. Too bad, I would like to get together and give you some "updates" on the "process". The permit to report packages are going to be two weeks late. "Printing delay"........No we will not be around that early in June. We leave June 30th for him to report July 2nd for Induction Day.

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SCHWEET ride, Tom.
That's the only way to take to the road and keep everybody comfortable and happy.
Enjoy!
Thanks GC, that was a BIG deal for the wife, being able to pee and eat without stopping, and the kids can play video games on the roll.
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Thanks GC, that was a BIG deal for the wife, being able to pee and eat without stopping, and the kids can play video games on the roll.

I have several older friends that got RV's because they need to stop and pee often and don't like public facilities.

BTW: How much is a fillup $500?

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Costs my buddy $1,200 to fill up his KW...

At this point in our lives, who gives a dam*n what it costs..
You can't put a dollar figure on a good time.
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Costs my buddy $1,200 to fill up his KW...

At this point in our lives, who gives a dam*n what it costs..
You can't put a dollar figure on a good time.
Boat would be $2500 for a fill up. Fun I guess but that's a darn expensive piece of fish!

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Dang, I have 6 hours dead time both Friday and Saturday, guess I will "settle" for a nice massage at the Breakers. Too bad, I would like to get together and give you some "updates" on the "process". The permit to report packages are going to be two weeks late. "Printing delay"........No we will not be around that early in June. We leave June 30th for him to report July 2nd for Induction Day.
Tom I re-read your first post and I see that you're getting a Little less in the mileage department with the RV, a tad!

It's ironic that we're crossing paths this summer so much! I hope we end up meeting you at the Naval Academy next year.

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So far it is getting between 10-11 mpg.
Even with the price of diesel, I think you're still money ahead. I remember when most all of them were powered by 454's, 460's and big block Dodges, 4-5MPG---plus not enough power, constantly fighting overheating problems, etc.

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