We are considering a 2006 Journey 34' with the Cat engine. Does anyone have any experience with this setup? Particularly interested in fuel economy and handling, as well as serviceability and reliability.
As a motorhome owner, I'm not sure that I could suggest any motorhome as fuel efficient! Our friends in a Journey like to brag about 9 mpg, if you consider that economical. It is a nice motorhome and comes from a company known for quality and customer service. But none of them are economical.
Thanks, Larry and Kirk. Our present motorhome is built on a GM chassis with the Duramax Diesel and Allison. The mileage is normally between 12 and 13, about which we are very pleased. I would think the Cat engine should be efficient; our newer Caterpillar farm tractor is extremely fuel efficient compared to the older Cats and others.
Fuel efficiency will for the most part be a function of how hard you push it at 55 to 60 mph you will certainly do a lot better than 65 to 75 and thats fact no fiction. It all has to do with wind loading on the front end.
At the lower speeds I would suspect you could get in the neighbor hood of 1o mpg at the upper mph iI woild suspect yo would be in the 6 to 8.
No pun intended but for me i love the comfort of a class A and 2 or 3 mpg difference helps me kick back and enjoy the slow journeys throgh this beautiful country of ours.
Oh when you add a toad the weighs about 3300 lbs you are only going to loose maybe 1 mpg.
I have a 2005 Journey 36' with the Cat 350 and Allison 6 speed. It has a lot of torque and performs better than any combination I have had in the past. Fuel milage is about 7.5 mpg. A 34' will not be as heavy. It may get a little better. I wouldn't think that it would be much better since the front is the same size. So far, I'm happy.