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RE: 7.3 Ford vs 6.0 Chevy cockpit room

Gjac My current class C is a bit longer than the last one. Both had the same configuration of water tanks. The bed was in the back on both with lots of room for the same junk I carry underneath the bed. The slide adds pounds to the middle. As I said. What ever the pounds are does not make it more stable in my opinion. I had a Damon Challenge 36’ on a W22 chassis with the big block as you did or still do. Even though it was old with few miles on it. Koni shocks and a Safety-T-Plus made it a great drive. My E350 class C never had the same ride on the road, not close even after mods. The 4500 chassis does with no modifications. If my class A had a driver’s door, I would still own it. I had my perfect floorplan. But there was only one way out of the coach. Also, the driver’s door on a class C is so nice getting gas. Hey, I may have been in your shoes. Hate to say it but the Chevy is better. When mine is loaded for the road I will personal message what it weighs on each corner. Do not hold your breath.
AJR 04/02/21 06:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 7.3 Ford vs 6.0 Chevy cockpit room

I really do not know why I found so much of a difference. The 4500 seems to have a softer ride. I would think that would cause more push from big rigs to be felt. That does not happen. I know the Ford road handling was significantly improved by going to +5 castor. What I do know is the stock Chevy with now 48kmi on the clock drives better than the Ford I had with 25kmi on the clock. I really enjoy not having to have both hands on the wheel all the time. I smile every time if I notice that the engine wanted a lower gear on a hill. It is so quiet compared to the Ford. I am a life long Ford guy. Heck I even put up with the infamous early 6.0 Power Stroke Diesel for 100kmi. After driving the 4500 and my mechanic saying the Chevy 6.0 was a solid motor. I could not pass up the floorplan. Yes, this camper is a bit heavier than the last one. I really do not think that is making the difference. If three or even five more of "me" sitting in the center of a truck made it better in cross winds. I would say the truck has a design flaw. I was finally happy with the Ford chassis until I drove the Chevy. I hope this was helpful.
AJR 04/01/21 02:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Utilizing Refrigerator While Driving to RV Park

Please tell us the brand name and model of the fridge. What you have described is very confusing to me & just does not sound right.
AJR 03/31/21 03:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best time to buy new?

Best time to by new? Only if it is a lot queen. But there are not many of those around now days.
AJR 03/21/21 07:53pm Beginning RVing
RE: 7.3 Ford vs 6.0 Chevy cockpit room

I had an E350 class C. A 28A as I recall. I had spent a fair amount of money on it to get it to handle right on the road and not scream (5Star tune ($500)) up small hills. The selling dealer let me take my current rig 180 miles, round trip, to my mechanic for inspection. Now I was pre-sold on the layout. But the drive in strong cross winds and trucks passing me sold me on the stock Chevy chassis. Along with the ease of getting into the house from the driver’s seat. Btw, I only buy used. My current camper had 40k on it when I bought it. The previous Ford had 25k on it when I traded it in.
AJR 03/21/21 07:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is a toad necessary with a small motor home?

Is a toad necessary with a small motor home? No. But it is nice to have another vehicle if something breaks.
AJR 03/21/21 06:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Overhang construction

My current unit has a 60x80 queen in the back that is off set so there is lots of room on one side for getting dressed in the morning. The other side of the bed is a shin banger. But you can shuffle around that side. I looked at the same year & model I have now with a second bed in the cab over. That cab over was longer as I recall. I know my previous class C with a bed in the cab over had more overhang. I happen to like having a cab over. It blocks the midday sun while driving. Because the sun is not pouring in like on a class A. The chassis AC unit is all I need to be comfortable driving during the summer. On hot days when I stop for the day. The house AC is the first thing that is turned on because the bedroom will be warm.
AJR 03/21/21 05:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Coachmen Freelander Laundry Chute

THAT is a great idea & well executed.
AJR 03/16/21 03:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Overhang construction

My last class C had a full bunk over the cab with no forward facing bunk window. It did not have a full fiberglass cab over like the current one does. Never leaked as far as I know. I think those windows were a major leak source. Also older units had wood framing. Both of my units are/where aluminum framed. Another positive change is some manufacturers are using materials inside that are not damaged by water in the cab over. My current unit has a shortened fiberglass cab over because I have an “intertainment center” there that I never use. It still has a heck of allot of storage behind the TV that lifts up to get to the storage. The “B+” units do not have that amount storage. But they are more aerodynamic they say. The last thought is all RVs need regular exterior inspection when it comes to anything on or connected to the roof. I had a class A with a front cap leak when I bought it and did not see it for several years. Old caulking seams are deceiving.
AJR 03/16/21 03:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 7.3 Ford vs 6.0 Chevy cockpit room

Gjac I have getting around issues also. Maneuvering my shoes to get back into the coach in my Chevy is possible with no pain. To get up I rotate & grab the seat back and the overhead and viol la I am standing. I could not do that in my E350 class C. The dog house extended to far back with zero room for my shoes to get by the seat. Oh, have to add this. As a user experience. I have found, to date, no difference in performance between the V10 and the 6.0 Chevy. The big plus for the Chevy is it is quiet under load. Not screaming going up inclines barely visible on the horizon.
AJR 03/14/21 04:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 7.3 Ford vs 6.0 Chevy cockpit room

Find a class C new or used with a Chevy in it. I think you will be surprised.
AJR 03/13/21 03:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is a toad necessary with a small motor home?

I came from a class A. Since you have the toad try both ways. My first class C was 28’. I did a tour of Michigan’s UP without a toad. Also went to Lambeau Field without one. I missed things doing that. Ever since then I continue to tow. The one thing about a toad is you always have a second set of wheels, if needed.
AJR 03/11/21 03:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What to do about old gas in tank

OP, great idea. Especially since your generator has been loving the gas & starting. I run the gas tank down every fall at bed time for the camper & fill the tank with non-ethanol gas. Then I run the generator for a good hour under load. Just like all the old gas powered tools I had in the past. All was well the following spring.
AJR 03/11/21 03:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Maine to Yellowstone

I took I90 to you great state a number of years ago & would recommend it all the way to Yellowstone. I bypass Chicago by taking I80 west to I39 north. I39 ties back into I90 west. In Wisconsin at the junction of I90/I94 & state Rt33 is a nice campground that could be used to see the Baraboo area. Places like: Circus World Museum, Devil's Lake SP, Mid-Contenant Railway Museum, Mirror Lake SP. If you can get reservations at ether state park that would be my first choice. Both are close to the Wisconsin Dells. The Dells is a major tourest trap. Lots of family fun for a day or two. One of those been there done that places. Continuing west on I90 there is the Spam Museum along with the places already mentioned above by rr2254545. From the Black Hills area on I90 west one can make a day trip to Devil’s Tower. Hope this helps….
AJR 03/06/21 08:16am Roads and Routes
RE: Need a new vacuum cleaner

Of the two you mentioned I would go with the Bissel. I think they make a good product. I have had the big green machine for rugs for years. If money is not an issue look at Dyson. My DC25 pet vacuum is HEPA and has been very dependable. You could always just look for a model “42” and be done with the search. :)
AJR 02/20/21 12:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: South Lake Michigan

I stayed at Warren Dunes about five years ago. I really liked it. There were wild turkeys roaming the section I stayed in. Indiana Dunes is going to be more crowded. Leaving Indiana Dunes take I94 west and pick up I80 west. That keeps you out of Chicago. Getting to I80 will give you a feel of the traffic you will be skirting around. I80 west to I29 north is probably the fastest route to the Bad Lands.
AJR 02/20/21 08:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cordless blowers

I have a 20V Black & Decker two speed leaf blower. It is very light weight making it very easy to use. There is enough power to blow twigs & sticks off the walkways & deck. It uses the same battery as my hedge trimmer and pole saw.
AJR 02/20/21 07:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Need Help with a route from Yuma AZ to Illinois in mid April

I do not tow a Jeep. I know the car I tow has a sequence of things to do after it is hooked up to the camper. I suspect the same is true for a Jeep. Also, the car cannot be towed faster the 65mph. I do not know if that is true for a Jeep. Driving both home sounds like the best idea for the reasons Janss & Executive stated above.
AJR 02/11/21 08:07am Roads and Routes
RE: 6 liter V8 Chevy Vortec question

MDKMDK smiles & miles only till you need normal service or repairs. It is great you love it. All I know is my 2013 4500 chassis with its long wheelbase and a 6.0 engine is a great driving rig that is all stock. Great ride and the best wind handling class C I have had. My first class C was on a F350 chassis V10. I won’t go there for this discussion. I have to listen for downshifts. I can get my size 13 shoes past the dog house with no problem. My only issue is the 4500 chassis is several inches taller. So being an old geezer I have to have to put out a step to comfortably get into the rig.
AJR 02/08/21 05:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C Motorhome With My Wishlist

It would be nice if “2 Beagles” responded.
AJR 02/05/21 05:44pm Class C Motorhomes
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