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Posted: 10/14/10 09:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can anyone explain why Class C RVs are, to my knowledge, only on cutaway vans? I see no reason why they can't use something like an F450 chassis with the cab cutaway instead of an E450. That way there will be no doghouse and the engine will be easier to work on. Notice I said easier, not easy

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Posted: 10/14/10 09:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They ARE available on a pickup type truck chassis.

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4Winds 23P I believe is built upon a Ford truck chassis. Here is an example:

http://www.rvt.com/rvdetail4454608.htm

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Posted: 10/14/10 09:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

PhilR. wrote:

4Winds 23P I believe is built upon a Ford truck chassis. Here is an example:

http://www.rvt.com/rvdetail4454608.htm


That's a truck camper. The interior picture looks like a walk through from the cab but it's actually the rear window of the cab that you're looking at. Also notice the bench seat in the cab itself.

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I know where there is a nice Sero Scotty Highlander for sale that is built on a 4X2 Dodge Ram 3500 CTD chassis with 5 speed manual transmission!
If you want a new one, and have LOTS of money, HOST is building them on the Ford 550 and 650 chassis, 4X2 or 4X4, your choice. I have seen them at the local RV shows. They are very nice.


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They are available, but I think they went with the van style, to shorten the length of the chassis, to allow for more RV on said chassis. The hood of the P/U would extend several feet beyond the front of the cab-over...and make make the RV longer. Which is why you will only see them on the shorter "C" RVs.....and, the van body seems to have a bit more natural headroom, which will allow for easier entry from the RV to the cab.

I don't know these for fact, but it seems to make sense

Personally, I'd like the "C" to be on a chassis that would allow a nice diesel to actually fit under the hood, rather than be shoehorned into the van frame.

More than likely, money is the issue....they can get a van for a better price than the pick-up?


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A TC is a removable slide in on a pickup, that is a dedicated class C. If we were purchasing such a unit, I would prefer that style over the van chassis in spite of the extra wheel base.I don't like the wheel well intruding on the floor space..

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Replant wrote:

PhilR. wrote:

4Winds 23P I believe is built upon a Ford truck chassis. Here is an example:

http://www.rvt.com/rvdetail4454608.htm


That's a truck camper. The interior picture looks like a walk through from the cab but it's actually the rear window of the cab that you're looking at. Also notice the bench seat in the cab itself.


It's not a TC, but they don't have a walk-thru. A TC would slide on/off of the truck....this on is on for the long haul!

I personally think that the cab height is the issue, and it would be difficult to make the walk-thru work, as the P/U chassis and cab are designed to have that back wall as part of the structure. In a van, it is natural for there to be an opening to the back! I'm guessing that the window is taken out of the p/u, so you can talk to the folks in front/back, and maybe even climb through.

I've seen one of these with a 4-door version....pretty impressive looking, and I'd feel safer with the kids in seatbelts up front

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mowermech wrote:

I know where there is a nice Sero Scotty Highlander for sale that is built on a 4X2 Dodge Ram 3500 CTD chassis with 5 speed manual transmission!
If you want a new one, and have LOTS of money, HOST is building them on the Ford 550 and 650 chassis, 4X2 or 4X4, your choice. I have seen them at the local RV shows. They are very nice.

Ouch. $$$$ I don't have. No S.S. COLA again this year.

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Posted: 10/14/10 09:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

1) more coach for the same overall length
2) Taller van cab integrates better with coach than a pickup cab
3) better turning radius for the same size coach.


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