The Great Diesel Pusher Debate

We’ve already touched on the key differentiators on diesel and gas motor home’s, now let’s compare some of the finest Luxury Diesel Pushers on the market.

There are a large variety of Luxury Diesel Pusher options to choose from. However, the three names that stand at the head of the industry include:

  • Forest River
  • Newmar
  • Winnebago

For purposes of this “debate”, let’s compare these 3 specific models:

A 2015 Forest River Berkshire 380RB

A 2015 Newmar Dutch Star 4312

A 2015 Winnebago Forza 34T

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Forest River

Forest River makes a variety of different motor home models, the most popular of which being the Berkshire, Charleston, and Legacy each loaded to the gills with so many amenities that it can be difficult to choose one over another. With that being said, we’re confident you’ll find something that is perfect for you.  Also of note, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has owned Forest River since 2005. Any organization affiliated with Buffett definitely adds some allure.

One of the first words that comes to mind when you think of Forest River units should be, “comfort.” Every single one of their units comes with large and spacious areas that will fit multiple family members or travelers. This comes in incredibly handy, and can make a huge impact when it comes to how you feel about your Forest River.

Another reason to consider Forest River is because of the amount of decor options that come with each unit. No matter how you want to personalize and specialize your unit, you can do so by contacting Dylan’s RV. Being able to make your coach your own allows for you to take it to the next level in terms of what you are looking for in a motor home.

Some of the specific features for the 2015 Forest River Berkshire 380RB that help it stand out amongst the others are:

  • 340HP Cummins Motor with Allison 6 Speed Transmission
  • 2 Slide Bunk Floor Plan
  • 1.5 Baths
  • Fireplace
  • Tons of counter space
  • Auto leveling jacks
  • Power Patio Awning
  • Dual ducted AC Units
  • 39 Foot, 2 Slide Outs
  • Sleeps 8
  • $189,988

Forest River has a great reputation and this Berkshire sits at an excellent price point.  Let’s see if the other 2 can hang in this debate.

Newmar

Where Forest River knocks it out of the park with comfort inside, Newmar should be applauded for the comfort that you’ll feel when driving. Thanks to their unique Comfort Drive system, travelers will have a smoother experience while they are on the open road. You’ll really notice how the Comfort Drive comes into play when you are on varying terrains. For example, Comfort Drive will make your adventure through the Rockies just as smooth as any stretch of Midwest flat land. Whether you’re a motor home veteran or are new to the life, Newmar’s patented Comfort Drive system makes navigating roadways in a 40-foot coach as simple as driving your everyday passenger vehicle.

Newmar also provides a multitude of different personalized and specialized options for inside of the motor home as well. If you want to have a fully upgraded kitchen, you can; or you can opt for more beds, if you plan on having more travelers. In either event, you can decide how you want your Newmar to look inside.

As for the 2015 Newmar Dutch Star 4312, check out these great features:

  • A one of a kind Full Wall Slide out with 1.5 Baths
  • Freightliner XCR Tag Axle Chassis
  • Cummins 450 HP ISL Motor
  • 3 Separate 15,000 BTU A/C Units with Heat Pumps
  • 2 Piece Washer/Dryer
  • 43 Foot, 3 Slide Outs
  • Sleeps 8

At $399,956 MSRP, the Newmar stands at almost double the price of the Forest River – however you get a much larger engine, a stronger chassis, and an extra AC unit.  And, of course, the Newmar Comfort Drive system.  And more space.

Winnebago

Winnebago is one of the most popular names and industry leaders when it comes to RVs and motor home. When purchasing a Winnebago, you can bet that you are going to get a quality unit that will last for years. And with many of the all-electric coach options that Winnebago offers, you’ll also save money while on all of your trips.

Winnebago’s are also beautifully crafted and specialized for what you need as a driver.

As for the 2015 Winnebago Forza 34T, you are looking at the most inexpensive of the 3.  Currently listed at $159,999 with an MSRP of $209,139, you still get a loaded Diesel Pusher.

Check out these quick list of features:

  • Freightliner XCS Chassis
  • Cummins 340 HP Motor and an Allison 6 Speed Transmission
  • Large In Lounge Sofa with Roll Away Dining Table
  • Fireplace
  • Loft Bed
  • Dual Ducted A/C Units
  • Auto Leveling Jacks
  • 35 ½ Feet, 2 Slide Outs
  • Sleeps 6

At $159,999 you are sacrificing a few things.  The Winnebago sleeps 6, and both the Newmar and the Forest River sleep 8.  This is a function of having a little less space in the Winnebago.  It sits 35 ½ feet long and the other 2 are either 39 or 43 feet long.  The Newmar also has an extra Slide Out as compared to the Winnebago and Forest River, thus it is priced accordingly and higher.

An investment into a new Diesel Pusher is something that should considered with plenty of debate.  And comparing and contrasting.  How much space do you need?  What is your budget?  At Dylan’s RV, we have a big on-site inventory of Diesel Pushers for you to choose from.  You really need to stop in and spend a few hours viewing them in person.  We hope to see you soon.  Our professional and experienced staff is ready to answer all of your questions and get you situated into your dream Motor Home today!

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

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