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HelloImDavid

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IAMICHABOD wrote:

I do not want to start a war or a bunch of flaming, but I have to ask. What are the problems with a Chevrolet based Class C? Other than they are hard to find.

I have read a lot the posts about the Ford based Class C over the last year. They seem to be the majority of the ones out there.

It seems that the Fords have problems with the front suspension and have to be worked on a lot. I have not seen any posts about these problems on a Chevy.

The noise and heat that is generated by the Fords seems to be a factor especially on the passenger side. I drove several of the same type that I bought, all on Ford chassis, and I really noticed the noise and heat difference in the two.

The power and pulling and GVWR seem to be very close from what I have read by authors that have had both, also the fuel mileage seems to be close.

One thing that the Chevy has over the Fords is the Leg room up front. If you’re tall like me at 6’6’’ 225 then you need that room.

So give it to me guys. Where are the problems? What do I have to look out for?

So far no problems at all, drives straight, rides really smooth for what it is, it is quiet and cool up front with plenty of leg room. Plenty of power when needed and gets looks from other Class C owners.

As a disclaimer, I bought a Chevy based Tioga Class C 26Q 2006, I test drove about a half dozen or more of the same or similar types all on Ford Chassis and just one test drive in a Chevy based one and I was sold.


My 2008 Coachmen Freedom Express Class C. 24' long RV has a Chevy 6.0 litre engine, 40,000 miles ... and when the RV is loaded up with cargo and gasoline, she weighs in at close to 9,000 lbs. Ive been very pleased with the responsiveness of the engine to accelerate, pass, stop, and it is very smooth and quiet in operation. Gets 11 mph on the highway going 60 mph regardless of wind conditions so long as i keep it out of passing gear on the trans. Im 6'4" / 275 lbs and have plenty of leg room with the seat moved all the way back. I dont start getting tired till after a good 5 hours of driving.

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Posted: 12/14/12 02:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Adamroof I sent you a PM that may help.


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adamroof wrote:

dleslie125 - And how tall are you? 6'4 or over? And your feet are 13 wides or bigger? Thanks for insulting me, of course I know theres a seat adjustment.

IAMICHABOD, thanks for the updated photos, that looks pretty awesome, even tho it will sit a bit lower than the dinette, that is going to be a great addition to seating as i dont have the solo recliner or other couch. Im giving them a call here in a bit. Do I just tell them the Chevy 4500 cutaway chassis and they will know, or should i grab some measurements?


I take it you didn't see the smiley?

5 ft 9 inches. One of my sons is 6 - 4 (but feet are only 12's) and he had no problem.

On windshield covers, our E450 is a 2011 and they insisted the windshield cover would fit and were in fact annoyed that I questioned them. Ha, the mirrors changed and they don't fit that well. You might think about joining the Kodiak forum since basically all discussion is related to things GM and the sources of accessories that the guys use will often have products for other GM lines. A lot of good suspension experience and expertise on it as well. Also a good mix of diesel and gasser owners.


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ok, i accept your apology, however I saw this post as a Big & Tall post, so thats who I meant Ford neglected. Sure Fords aren't a "problem" at 6'4, but sit in a Chevy and you'll feel the freedom and space. My knees aren't trapped. I can enjoy long drives.

Please realize this is MY opinion for MY situation from MY experience, its all about me, not anyone else! [emoticon]





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adamroof wrote:



Please realize this is MY opinion for MY situation from MY experience, its all about me, not anyone else! [emoticon]


That applies to all posts here of course.

In my case I've been able to make a lot of cross product comparisons having owned (or some might say blown $$$ on F53, CAT C7 pusher, Cummins ISC pusher, Kodiak gasser and an E450. They all had their good points but some had more bad points than others.

Note I went up up down down - and next move, if there is one, will be down further.

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Sure Fords aren't a "problem" at 6'4, but sit in a Chevy and you'll feel the freedom and space. My knees aren't trapped. I can enjoy long drives.



Going from memory of past forum discussions and by looking at their front ends, I believe that the Chevy van has more nose sticking out than the Ford vans do ... hence Chevy is going to have a bit less of the engine doghouse portruding into the cab area.

The downside of this is that the overall length of a Chevy cutaway van based Class C - for any given coach size and interior design - will be longer than the overall length of an equivalent coach based on a Ford cutaway van.

In our case we wanted the shortest overall length motorhome I could find but still with the basic interior layout and comforts we wanted. Hence, the Ford one-and-a-half-ton cutaway van chassis perfectly suits us with respect to the coach built on it. FWIW I'm 6'2".

* This post was edited 12/14/12 06:06pm by pnichols *


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The Chevy is 6 inches longer than the Ford of the same model. That 6 inches is leg room in the cab. We tried each and went with the Chevy.


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RvBill3 wrote:

The Chevy is 6 inches longer than the Ford of the same model. That 6 inches is leg room in the cab. We tried each and went with the Chevy.
The Chevy is actually 9" longer. I think the front bumber sticks out forward the remaining 3".

The 9" difference means nothing to all but us who have a garage where the inches matter.
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I found this today on the Class B Forum and thought it might be of interest to other Chevy owners.

Throttle Position Sensor

I have had this problem and was told that it is a $500 to $600 fix.
I am going to My Chevy dealer to ask about this recall or extension of warranty on my Express.

Has anyone else had this problem? Has anyone else received this notice?

I have seen on other forums that Chevy had sent the same notices out to owners of Pick Up Trucks back as far as 2004 but could only find this one that was sent to an Express owner.

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ron.dittmer wrote:

RvBill3 wrote:

The Chevy is 6 inches longer than the Ford of the same model. That 6 inches is leg room in the cab. We tried each and went with the Chevy.
The Chevy is actually 9" longer. I think the front bumber sticks out forward the remaining 3".

The 9" difference means nothing to all but us who have a garage where the inches matter.
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ron.dittmer is right again as usual.The Chevy Based Class C with the same "house" on it is 9 inches longer. I know that because when I went looking for mine I also had a length problem but just 9 inches was not a deal breaker.

When I measured,there were 3 on the lot,2 Fords and 1 Chevy. All the same 26Q Tiogas of the same year.

With my trusty Craftsman tape I measured them inside and out after taking them all for a test ride.

Here is what I found.

Length The Chevy is 9 inches longer.

But the real story is the interior.

The area from the Dog House to the kick panel,the floor board where your feet are.

The Chevy is 18 inches wide and mostly flat on drivers side.

The Ford is 15 inches wide but has a 2 inch rise that is 5 inches wide leaving only 10 inches of flat floor. Only 9 inches on passenger side.

With the seat pushed back as far as it goes on both the Ford And Chevy. Both having Stock Factory seats
I found.
Foot well depth to front of seat. Chevy 31 inches Ford 27 inches

Seat back to steering wheel. Chevy 26 inches Ford 23 inches

Front of seat to Dash. Chevy 29 inches Ford 23 inches 6" More leg room!

Dog House width,measured at dash Chevy 15 inches Ford 23 inches, 4 inches less knee room for passenger and driver.

Dog House depth into cab from dash Chevy 8 inches Ford 11 inches

(These are not facts only the opinion of my Craftsman Tape Measure your opinion's may vary)

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