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Old 11-04-2019, 09:34 PM   #1
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Was just wondering how many of you fellow RVers have used or are currently using a freightliner sport chassis, and if so would you recommend one and if so why, I have been considering one but I'm finding that even the pre owned vehicles are quite pricy and that has me second guessing. Your responses appreciated
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Old 11-05-2019, 05:21 AM   #2
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Might we ask what you will be towing with your Freightliner? We see them on the road and all around many campsites, and most owners seem satisfied. My DW loves our 450, but I couldn't interest her in a hauler as our daily driver so the 450 it is.
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Old 11-05-2019, 08:34 AM   #3
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Hi and thanks for the response, I currently have a f350 dully and I am pulling a 45’ Luxe fifth wheel our f350 is our daily driver when we snow bird in Florida
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Old 11-05-2019, 09:43 AM   #4
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I didn't own a Freightliner but an International and found the F trucks more decked out for the driver and passenger. Also cost substantially more than the International. Depending on motor, they also seemed to give a tad more fuel milesge than i could ever get.We tried making it our only vehicle and after about 6 months purchased a PT Cruiser my wife would follow me with and then use that as the go see stuff vehicle. Worked out well for us, the big truck to move our house and the car to use on a daily use.
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Old 11-05-2019, 10:13 AM   #5
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I could see where fuel mileage could be a factor, we are still kicking tires and talking about it before jumping in or out, thanks
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My International weighed 14,000 lbs and had the 300 hp with Allison 6 speed, 4:44 rear axle ratio and pulling the Mobile Suites at posted sppeds or about 62-65 mph gave up just at 8 mpg or 7.5 Many Freightliner rigs could go as high as 10-11 or even 12 mpg. So they would say. They seemed to be lighter trucks with Cat motors where i hsd the international motor.
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It sounds like a real work horse, how was the ride and handling? Iíve read some information about the international and have been impressed by the posts about it.
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I had air seats, air rear suspension, and air cab mounting. I thought it rode extremely well for a big truck with 22.5 inch wheels. Folks with the 19.5 inch wheels complained of a choppy rough ride, but don't know if that was because of the suspension or lack of cab air. Plus weighing 14,000 lbs it was a solid built truck. No squeeks or rattles in mine and seating position was much higher than any Ford or Chevy 450 series trucks. Gave a fanstastic view out the front and side windows. The new trucks can probably out pull those older trucks with the high torque ranges they have now. I had 300 hp and 800 ft pounds of torque pretty low at todays standards.
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That sounds like a sweet ride, did it have a tight turning radius?
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That sounds like a sweet ride, did it have a tight turning radius?
Oh Yes, tighter than any Ford or Chevy truck. Very easy to control when backing in a large trailer, at least for me..Was able to stick that thing in some spots folks asked "How did you get that trailer in there"??
I do miss my truck
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:12 PM   #11
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Sorry for delayed response was getting ready for next weeks snowbird travel down south ��. Your truck sounded like a real sweet set up makes me lean even further in looking at that type of rig��
Thanks for all of your input and information was very interesting and useful.
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:44 PM   #12
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I have an freightliner M2 with a 300hp Cat and 800 ftlb torque. We pull a DRV Fullhouse with heavy motorcycles in the garage. I wish i could say that i fear no hill but pulling this weight, the truck is labouring on the big ones. On the other hand, braking is not something i worry about. The truck has hydrolic disks and can stop the rig should the trailer brakes fail. It has rear airbag suspension and air-ride seats and a compressor run by the diesel motor.
We use it as a daily driver and it gets into most parking lots with a little planing. I have a deck with lots of storage. The cab is large enough to have a full size 12v plug-in
cooler between the seats for drinks and snacks when traveling.
If i had a wish list for this truck it would be more hp and more comfortable air seats. The seats can be replaced but motor not so much!
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:16 AM   #13
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That’s what I was wondering about was the pulling on steep grade and you answered my question about stopping power, but it does sound like something still to consider, your input was very welcome. I haven’t had any issues with my truck but was wondering about future trips that might require a little more muscle
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