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I am considering buying a used class a for less than $30,000. Is one engine better than another in gas engines such as Ford or Chev.

What's the best way to determine the condition of the engine and trans?

Any help will be appreciated.
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Some people are Chev fans and other Ford. Is one better than the other..that depends which fan you are talking to.
Best thing to do would be to have a mechanical check done on older units. That way you can know what condition it is in and also you will know what you have to fix if you buy it.


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Definitely get a separate mechanic to check over the engine, transmission, etc. If you know someone who has an RV and knows about the systems, see if they will check it out for you.

We have a 2002 35' Winnebago that we paid $29k for. We did not have someone else check it and wish we had. Don't forget to check the recall lists and ask if the RV has had it done.

In deciding on whether to buy a gas or diesel, I also checked about maintenance since I don't change the oil in my car and we are retired. Check to see what the cost of changing the oil and filter for gas or disel in your area.

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You can get a pretty nice Foretravel DP for that price.

As far as picking between Ford and Chevy, the biggest advantage Chevy has over Ford is the availability and internet knowledge of after market ad on performance enhancement.


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Once it is out of warranty the best engine is the one that has had the best general maintanance. Unless you get one of the few with records you can have a mechanic make some tests or take your chances. Modern engines will take a lot of abuse so your risk is low in my opinion.


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Ask to see maintenance records. I got them with the $13,000 Trek we bought, one owner and 88,000 miles. Every oil change, every tire change, every battery change, modifications, problems, etc.





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Try and get a 2000 or newer MH on a Ford chassis. Wider wheel tread along with a good engine and tranny. Also many more places to get service and parts.

Do a search on Workhorse brakes to see why I wouldn't go near a MH on a Workhorse chassis.

As far as DP's, be prepared for higher maintenance costs and really expensive repairs if anything does go wrong with engine or transmission.


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The biggest disadvantage of a Chevy motor is the chassis it comes with! Go look at the threads on "Autopark" and on "Workhorse Brake Problems". All that grief sure turned me into a Ford preferrer.


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Regardless of which engine you choose you also need to do a thorough pre-purchase inspection.

You might find the Used MH Checklist in my signature below useful.


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