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Posted: 10/27/15 03:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

kirbymurphy:
I can only relate to my own experience & research. The Ford V-10 is widely used because of it's dependability even with high mileage. On a Ford chassis built from 2005 on, the front end was reworked with much better suspension components resulting in better handling. It is the reason I went with the Ford vs the Chevy. That and the weight ratios for a given coach gave a little more wiggle room for towing and cc weight. The main drawback (for me) is the doghouse intrudes more into the cabin seating than does the Chevy. On the drivers side it is not too bad but you may find the passenger side a bit tight in legroom depending, of course, on you or your traveling companions height, weight, etc, etc.
Mechanically, I think Ford, after 2005, is the better choice. Of course this is my opinion only. I encourage you to drive both and sit in the passenger seat in both models for comparison. Good luck in your hunt!
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kirbymurphy,

I am sure that either one will serve you well. Todays engines are light years ahead of the older models. I went with the Chevy because I wanted a smaller RV and the leg room and quieter ride were important to me. I think generally I get about 10% better mileage than the Ford but my engine is 10% smaller and the Chevy has a 6 speed tranny vs the Ford 5 speed. On the other hand the new Ford has an 8000 lb tow vs the Chevy 5000 lb and when crawling under both the Ford has a beefier frame. I originally went in to buy the Ford because of the frame and tow rating but after the test drive in both I went with the Chevy. It really comes down to personal preference and how sensitive you are. If my plan had been to drive 400 or 500 miles to a resort and camp for a few weeks and come home I would have gone Ford but my plan was to drive the hell out of it across the country hitting as many National Parks as I could find. In the last 6 mos I have hit 15 parks and 11,500 miles so the driver seat noise and ride comfort became paramount.
Just an aside my avg mileage for the whole 11,500 has been 10.8 mpg calculated not the meter reading. SD and KS killed the avg with 30 mph cross winds the avg there was only 9.1 but through New England and the Rockies it was a solid 11.3 and most of the central US was in the 12's.


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Been following this thread and read the whole thing end to end when I discovered it :-)

I'm going to look at a class A at El Monte this weekend. I'd kind of prefer a Workhorse chassis, I think. I've recently test-driven a unit based in the W22 and sat in but didn't drive one based on a Ford. Both were comfortable to sit in, the seat in the Ford was maybe a bit more comfortable than the one in the W22, but both were way better than any class C, at least for me.

FWIW, my mechanic recommends the Workhorse and avoiding the V-10; he said it's not unusual for the spark plugs to break when removed, even on the newer ones, and that the 8.1 liter just runs and runs and runs. Plus, it's got the Allison transmission, and you sure can't go wrong with one of those.

If I buy it, I'll be sure to post back here with my experiences. Thanks to everyone for all the great info in this thread!

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I know you trust your mechanic, but the spark plug problem is overblown IMO. And fixable. Get the MH that fits you.


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That may be the case, Snowman, but that doesn't make you feel much better if you're the one sitting there with half a spark plug in your hand, and the other half is still in the head :-)

The plug change interval is 90,000, which is what the MH at El Monte has on it, so one of my Big Questions when looking through the service records will be if/when the plugs have been changed. If they haven't been, I'll ask for that as a condition of sale.

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Any rental RV for sale by the large companies would be built after Ford fixed the sparkplug problem. If I remember correctly engines built after 2005, RVs after 2006, have a redesigned head. There was a definite issue but it was was fixed.

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We've put a down on a 2011 (2010 chassis) Cruise America Class C 23A RV. It's the Ford E-350 V8 SuperDuty. We plan to flat haul a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport behind it and use a Brakemaster system. Any comments or suggestions?

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Just a mention here...

Was at Lowes here in Port Orange FL and in pulls 28A Majestic with tow dolly and Toad on back. Got out and talked to older French Canadian couple

They loved their Majestic. They been 3 times from Montreal to FL to California and back to Montreal with their Majestic class C. This is their 4th trip! No problems at all with their RV

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jonthebru wrote:

Any rental RV for sale by the large companies would be built after Ford fixed the sparkplug problem. If I remember correctly engines built after 2005, RVs after 2006, have a redesigned head. There was a definite issue but it was was fixed.


Is that the "PI" or "PE" head that is stamped into the head somewhere? "PI" or "PE" as in performance enhanced?

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FWIW, what my regular mechanic (at one of the top independent garages in my city) said about the V-10 is that even on the later ones, the spark plugs have a tendency to break in half when removed, so I should either:

A) Steer clear of the V-10, or
B) If it's anywhere near 90,000 miles, ask the rental company to replace the spark plugs before I buy it, so that the person sitting there with half the plug in his hand isn't me. This is what I call the "new plug problem." The old one was just blowing the plug straight out of the head.

The unit I'm looking at had its plugs replaced at 66,000, currently has 90,000. Going to ask them to put in a new set, anyway. It'd take me a long time to take the current plugs up to 90,000 miles, I think, but you never know. I'd almost certainly never have to replace a new set. Even my nine year old car only has 65,000 miles on it [emoticon]

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