My friends….I need some advice. I am in the process of replacing my 2002 Class C. I have an opportunity to purchase a low mileage clean 2007 Winnebago Outlook 29B built on a Chevrolet chassis. I have never owned a Chevrolet based Class C. All of my previous Class C coaches were built on the Ford E350 chassis powered by the V10 engine. How does the Chevrolet V8 compare to the Ford V10 as far as power and dependability is concerned? How is the ride of the Chevrolet chassis compared to the Ford chassis? Is the Chevrolet more or less trouble prone than the Ford? How does the Chevrolet gas mileage compare to the Ford gas mileage? I need to make a decision very soon so I will appreciate any and all recommendations and comments you may offer. Many thanks….
I vote for Chevy! Never owned a Ford! I did, however once, own a Volkswagon! It was between 1975 through 1978. It was a 1968 red Bug! I drove that poor thing to death commuting back and forth to college every day (60 miles 1 way). So, Ford is not an option in my opinion! Always drove and owned GM's.
2005 Chevy Silverado 3500 Dually Duramax 6.6L V8 Turbo
Century Truck Cap Commercial /Toolboxes
Northeast Outfitters Canoe
Chevy will drive a little more car-like. It also nets about 1MPG better than the V10, since it is geared higher. Either motor will outlast most motorhome owners. I would worry about longevity unless its a rental.
The Ford may have a little more carrying capacity, or a lot more. It depends on the GVWR of teh Chevy. Most Chevies are 12,300 GVWR although they did sell a few with a higher GVWR. All E450s have a 14,050 GVWR or 14,500 if its newer.
If that rig is built on the 12,300 chassis, walk away. It will be at GVWR empty.
Ford also has substantially more towing capacity. 4-6,000 pounds more depending on year.
The Ford has a better transmission with ratios that make better use of the power available, and it also has automatic brake assist downshifting, which the Chevy does not have.
2000 Ford E350 DRW Wagon (14-pass all captains chairs)
V10 w/ Banks PowerPack, Diablo Predator, 4.56 LS, ~350,000 miles
New Desert Fox in the works!
I'm not a partisan when it comes to Chevy or Ford. My rig is a 2007 Chevy and I'm quite happy with with. In particular I like that it has more leg-room since I'm on the tall side. Gas mileage is 8-11 MPG depending on conditions - if I'm on nice highway and I stay under 65 it's 11. I feel like I have plenty of power but I'm not towing anything. The rig is very stable and predictable when semi's pass and it's very easy to drive. Overall, I'm very happy with the Chevy.
2007 Four Winds 5000 28A
Chevy Workhorse Chassis, 6.0L Vortec
Just returned from a 7,200 6 week trip from NJ to Ca in my 2007 31' B+ on a Chevy. We got 10.1 MPG on the total trip and enjoyed a cab with bonus foot room, an engine enclosure that never got a bit warm, and a smoother ride than the Fords we tested. Much prefer the sound of the Chevy's V8 over the Ford V-10. I own Fords, but think this Chevy chassis is the better choice. Enjoy whichever you choose!
There are sure a lot less complaints on Chevy's driveability & handling than Ford's on here, even allowing for the bigger percentage of C's built on Fords. Also cab foot room, driver's seating comfort, and footwell heat. But yeah, the C on a Ford can be larger and / or have more load margin.
Jim, "Earn cash in your spare time... Blackmail your friends!"
'06 Tiger CX 'C Minus' on a Silverado 2500HD 4x4, 8.1 & Allison (aka 'Loafer's Glory') www.tigervehicles.com