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IAMICHABOD

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Posted: 06/01/14 09:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is the newest up date for you owners of Chevy Based Class C in Year models 2003 thru 2006 it also may affect other years.

It has to do with a posable steering problem and a warranty extension.

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There are 5 pages, just go to NEXT PAGE at the top right to see them all you may have to slide it over.

* This post was edited 03/02/15 12:52pm by IAMICHABOD *


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Thanks To Snowman9000 for the Info on Express Based RVs that may be towing.


Snowman9000 wrote:

I would think some Class C and many Class B owners would be affected by this. I'm trying to guess what the fix is going to do to the performance, MPG, etc.

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I have both the Ford and Chevy in the "C" size range. The Chevy offers a much better ride, is much more quite on the road and gets better feul economy. I won't buy the Ford again. The chevy power train seems stronger under load as well.....great package in my humble opinion...

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Re that bulletin, I would think it would apply to a Class C whether towing or not. It's not clear.

We are getting ready to go on a 5000 mile trip to AZ and back, and I am not taking it in beforehand. We aren't towing. But when I get back, I'll check into it. I'm concerned they will alter the performance. I could spare some HP, but I'd hate to lose any gas mileage. If they detune the power, though, I think mileage will suffer along with it. I am hoping to find more about this before I submit. [emoticon]


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Snowman9000 wrote:

Re that bulletin, I would think it would apply to a Class C whether towing or not. It's not clear.


I would think so too, since a motorhome is usually relatively close to its GVWR and is a high profile vehicle. Pulling a toad adds relatively little extra stress on the drivetrain.

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While looking at the Class B Forum I found a Thread that may be of interest to all the owners of Class Cs that are built on the Chevy Express Chassis.

Nice to know these things.Good Information on the thread, with a little Hyperbole thrown in.[emoticon]

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New to the site, first-time post. I just read all 20 pages of this thread [emoticon]

When I was a kid, my family had a 22-foot Tioga bunkhouse (Dodge chassis, 440), and I took turns at the wheel when I got my license. After my brother and I were out of high school and not vacationing with our parents anymore, they sold it and were out of RVing for a while, then later got a small Pace Arrow class A that they used for some years.

Wanting to show my kids how great RVing is, we rented a 31' Jamboree from El Monte in June and hit the road for a week, and I got to take my dad on a road trip the way he used to take me. The kids mostly liked it, but my wife (a first time RVer and not a good road traveler) said that if we do it again, leave her home with her garden. I'm pretty sure she'll never even set foot in one again lol.

Anyway, the Jamboree was built on the Ford E450, and I got used to the handling, but never liked it. It porpoised easily, and the slightest variation in the pavement would really turn the wheel; ditto for sudden gusts, the "bow wave" when passing semis, etc. I was constantly borrowing from Yakov Smirnov and saying, "In Soviet Russia, motorhome drive YOU!" because it really felt like that.

On the upside, low-speed handling was good, and I was pretty happy with the power of the Ford V-10. Even with 6 passengers and our gear, I only dropped below 60 on the steepest parts of the Buckman Springs Grade (I-8, east of San Diego) on the last leg of the return trip.

I liked RVing as much as I did when I was a kid, and will find some way to get my wife to agree to buy one :-)

The info about Chevy-based motorhomes in this thread has been very informative, and I now would like to drive one. Will certainly do so before buying. I'll rent at least one more time before then, too, and will try to specify a Chevy, although in terms of used vehicles, a Tioga 28T looks like it would fit our needs pretty well among non-bunkhouse model, and I have yet to see one on a Chevy chassis in the rental fleets. That the Ford is rated to pull a 5000 pound toad and the Chevy only goes up to 3500 is a plus for the Ford, and while the 6.0 Vortec is a pretty capable engine, I've got to wonder how it would do in a 28-foot motorhome hauling a toad that could seat 6 on steep western grades.

Would also consider a small (~34 feet) class A if it was a bunkhouse model. Whatever it has, it has to legitimately sleep 5 (myself, dad, my three kids) and who knows? Maybe my wife will join us again some day [emoticon]

Thanks again for all the info on the merits of Ford Vs. Chevy chassis. Sadly, it seems my beloved Dodge isn't in the class C chassis market at all, so I'll be sleeping with the enemy no matter what [emoticon]

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I have the 2014 Chevy 4500 in a 2015 Forester 2252sl.I road tested a Thor Chateau with the Ford and didn't like it for all the reasons mentioned. I had the recall and took it to a local Chevy dealer and it took about an hour. I get 9.7 miles to the gallon without a toad running 65-70 mph. I had Koni FSD rear shocks installed and I'm having the fronts installed next week. CI just came out with a deal 4 for the price of 3, I missed out.

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We rent Penske Box vans on a regular basis and our deliver guy (driver) prefers the GMC (same as Chevy) Box Vans vs the Ford because they have a more compliant ride and use less gas. Bags.


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I started a tread last night about a new GMC 4500 Cube/box van I bought yesterday. Empty, it rides like a Cadillac and within a week, we will be filling up the 17' body/box with about 6,500 lbs. of plastic bags and drive 105 miles up to Snover, Mi. in the Mich. "Thumb!" I'll give you a full report on how our new GMC handles this 210 mile round trip loaded to the max with the GM 6.0 V-8 engine. Bags.

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