General motors have been manufacturing premium quality, reliable Duramax engines for popular vehicles for years.
Yet, did you know that in the past, these engines could be found in Class C motorhomes, and they have made a resurgence in 2023?
Our blog will discuss three popular Class C motorhomes featuring Duramax engines that you can buy today. Two of the models we discuss can only be purchased used, but the latest and greatest to feature this engine can be bought brand new.
So without further ado, let’s take a closer look!
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What Is a Duramax Diesel Engine?
Before we discuss three popular motorhomes outfitted with a Duramax diesel engine, we want to discuss a bit more about this engine and its different variations, so you can understand why so many people wish more RVs were outfitted with one.
First and foremost, RVs equipped with a Duramax engine is far more reliable and robust because these engines are manufactured to be capable of handling any situation.
These engines are proprietary diesel engines, meaning that, unlike gasoline engines, they don’t rely on a spark for combustion to occur. This makes them infinitely more efficient and provides a higher torque output for towing and hill climbing.
Another reason Duramax engines are so revered is that they ensure a smooth and comfortable ride without sacrificing towing and carrying capabilities.
Below we have briefly discussed a few of the most popular types of Duramax engines, but you should note that the 6.6L version is the one outfitted in motorhomes:
- The 2.8 liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine: This version features four cylinders and can produce a horsepower rating of 181 and a torque rating of 369 pounds per foot. This means it can impressively tow up to 7,700 pounds.
- The 3.0 liter Duramax turbo diesel engine: The 3.0 liter Duramax engine can produce a horsepower rating of 277 and a torque rating of 460 pounds, allowing it to tow up to 9,300 pounds.
- The 6.6 liter Duramax turbo diesel V8 engine: The 6.6 liter Duramax engine is present in RVs because it can produce a horsepower rating of up to 455 and a torque rating of 910 pounds per foot. Additionally, this engine can tow an astonishing 18,500 pounds, allowing it to tow trailers, cars, and boats.
Here are a few RVs to consider [keep in mind that two of them will be sold used, so we don’t have any pictures].
What Are 3 Popular Class C RVs With Duramax Diesel Engines?
Now that you know more about the Duramax diesel engine and why it’s sought-after, you can look below to learn more about the motorhomes that have one equipped.
Two of the motorhomes can be bought used and are still worth the money if you can find one that has been looked after correctly.
The other RV we speak about can be purchased new and is significantly more expensive but well worth it considering its features, amenities, and Duramax engine.
We’ve also listed how much you should expect to pay for each model to show you how much you should budget when ready to make a motorhome investment:
1. 2008 Jayco Seneca HD Series M35 GS
Despite its age, the 2008 Jayco Seneca HD Series M 35GS is comfortable and luxurious.
This Class C motorhome has been built with premium quality materials, making it a solidly reliable model. Its Duramax engine ensures it can comfortably tow 10,000 pounds without causing any damage.
Additionally, this three-slide-out model has an uber spacious floorplan thanks to its 35-foot length, and it’s also capable of sleeping up to seven people, so it’s unsurprising that it retails for around $80,000.
The most noteworthy features you can expect if you choose this model include a large cab-over bed, a spacious dinette, a fully equipped kitchen with dual sinks, a faucet, stove, refrigerator, and microwave, and a bathroom with a toilet and a corner shower.
Yet, you’ll likely enjoy its 6.0 Onan diesel generator, power patio awning, solar charging system, and convenient power leveling system.
2. 2007 Bigfoot 40 MH35 ST
In the early 2000s, Bigfoot motorhomes were immensely popular because they were manufactured to be all-season coaches.
In 2007 one of the brand’s best-selling models was the Bigfoot 40MH35 ST, and part of the reason it was sought after and is still popular is its Duramax engine, modern features, and rear bedroom floorplan.
This Class C RV might not have the fanciest interior.
Still, it’s cozy, and it’s an antenna booster, surround sound system, television, queen-sized bed, bathroom skylight, and fully furnished lounge, kitchen, and bathroom with modern appliances and necessary comfort amenities.
If you’re a reader, you’ll also love that throughout this motorhome, there are multiple reading lights and comfortable spots to dig into a new book.
In addition, this reliable model costs about $79,000, but its cost is reasonable considering it’s a fully equipped house on wheels that’s roomy and convenient.
3. 2023 Nexus Rebel 30R
If you’re seeking a modern motorhome outfitted with a Duramax engine that is luxurious, spacious, comfortable, and constructed to last, you should consider the 2023 Nexus Rebel 30R.
This Class C RV has been carefully crafted to provide RVers with years of adventures thanks to its 4×4 capabilities, composite substrate construction, and lightweight alloy steel cage.
Unlike other motorhomes, the 2023 Nexus Rebel 30R features beautiful glazed maple wood cabinetry, updated residential flooring, a stainless steel under-mounted kitchen sink, and a gorgeous solid surface countertop which is likely why it has a $297,00 price tag.
Yet, this isn’t all. You can also look forward to a modern touchscreen entertainment system that ensures you have your go-to tunes blasting as you travel from one pace to the next and the automatic leveling jacks that make setting up a breeze.
This Class C model is also better with its power driver seat, 15,000-pound hitch, outdoor shower, heated and remote-controlled mirrors, 13,500 BTU air conditioner, 30,000 BTU furnace, and deluxe booth dinette with lockable storage.
Moreover, its 40-inch LED television, comfortable jackknife sofa, porcelain toilet, flexible shower head, and LED lighting make it highly desirable.