Diesel Motorhoming: One of my current passions

Motorhome Living

My wife and I are considered to be ”full-timers” since we now live totally in our 2002 Newmar Dutch Star motorhome. The motorcoach is built on a Freightliner XC chassis and powered by the 3126e engine by Caterpillar. Wherever we park it, we are at home. By the way, this lifestyle became effective for us on July 1, 2014 after completing the sale of our “sticks and brick” in Louisville, Kentucky.

The journey began for my wife and I in 2007 when we purchased a classic GMC motorhome. It had a two-year-old paint job and looked nice on the exterior. The interior, however, was original and was showing it's age. We had it completely redone from ceiling to floor and used it regularly through 2010. In 2010 we had decided it was time to move up to something larger so we could spend more time traveling. Our first diesel pusher was a 1997 Holiday Rambler Endeavor LE. It featured the same, basic combination we have today; Caterpillar on Freightliner. We got it learn about the diesel motorhoming experience. It needed new paint and new upholstery. After considering the cost of that project and what it would take to upgrade, we moved to an Airstream Land Yacht XC in 2012 after selling the Holiday Rambler. That coach was shorter and had less storage. When we decided to become full-timers, we sold that diesel unit and purchased the Newmar that we currently own.

Byron & Martha Motorhome 12-2019

Photo (above) was taken on December 23, 2020 when we got our motorhome
from Mike’s Custom Painting in Bremen, Indiana. We had been our of
our home for five weeks to have it repainted using my design.

The summer of 2021 saw my wife and I entering our seventh year of living full-time in our tiny house on wheels. The difference between a diesel-driven motorhome and a ”tiny house” is basically the chassis and drivetrain in addition to the generator for developing electricity (known as a “genset”). Oh, and we have underbody storage we call a basement. Otherwise, the square footage above the chassis is about the same (ours is about 440) with living space, kitchen, shower, and bedroom.

Articles of Interest

From here I invite you to view some of the material I’ve prepared for publication that have been primarily published in the Diesel RV Club's newsletter, "Travelore." These are presented as PDF files so they can be viewed online or downloaded to your device for viewing offline. In addition to these articles, other vector art used in supporting the lifestyle is provided on a separate page at this site. Go to Diesel Articles for the documents as originally published