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ron.dittmer

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Posted: 10/30/18 05:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Chevy 4500 and the Ford E450 compare, as do the Chevy 3500 and the Ford E350. The Fords do handle a bit heavier load. Both brands are great for the right application.

The Chevy is more comfortable and quiet. But not every motor home manufacture offers their product on a Chevy chassis. The Ford is most popular for reasons we can debate for pages on-end.

Given everything else "RV" equal, you decide what chassis you are most comfortable with. I love our Ford E350, but maybe I would love the Chevy 3500 chassis better if I had a chance to own both.

Back in 2007 when we bought our 2007 E350 rig, 96% of the chassis was made in the USA, and the Ford E-series was rated best in quality. Both numbers gave me a good feeling that our Phoenix Cruiser was built on a Ford E350. Our rig did have it's handling issues back then of which I had gotten resolved with aftermarket suspension upgrades. I understand today the Ford has improved in that regard.

One other point worth noting. I believe the Ford is the preferred chassis for modifying the wheel base. It has a physically bigger frame making it better suited for modifying as the RV outfitter requires. It could also be that all the various lengths of related resized parts are also more readily available for the Ford lineup.

Somehow these parts need to addressed with a change in the wheel base.
- drive shaft
- brake lines
- parking brake cable
- fuel lines
- wire harness
- exhaust system

* This post was last edited 10/30/18 06:22pm by ron.dittmer *   View edit history


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Posted: 10/31/18 01:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bobndot wrote:

Some dealers will not work on either because they say the rv mfg altered it and then the warranty war begins between the chassis mfg and the rv mfg.

This should only be an issue on a used motorhome without a build sheet or a new motorhome where the owner lost the build sheet. With the build sheet, the responsible party is forced under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act to fix their problems.


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After owning 2 Lazy Daze on the Ford E450 chassis i would not have another. My present is on a Chevy 4500. The difference is like night & day ... for us. Both of my LD were on the previous generation chassis, the last was on a 06 chassis. I understand the the latest are improved, but I checked to see if the horseshoe was hot 2x, I’m a slow learner, but the experience finally gets thru to me.


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Posted: 10/31/18 11:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

gmctoyman wrote:

I understand the the latest are improved, but I checked to see if the horseshoe was hot 2x,


What do you mean by this?

(So far the 2005 Ford E450 chassis under our Class C has been fine, but then again an E450 is not worked hard under only a 24 foot rig.)


Phil, 2005 E450 Itasca Spirit 24V

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pnichols wrote:

gmctoyman wrote:

I understand the the latest are improved, but I checked to see if the horseshoe was hot 2x,
What do you mean by this?

(So far the 2005 Ford E450 chassis under our Class C has been fine, but then again an E450 is not worked hard under only a 24 foot rig.)
I had assumed he's referring to the exhaust crossover pipe that heats up the floor by the passenger seat in the E350/E450.

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Ron, that was my first thought too on what he might have meant but I wasn't sure ... hence me asking for clarification.

Our E450 floor does not do that due to heat shields that are mounted down below between the pipes and the underside of the cab floor. Setting the cab air flow to the mix position when using the A/C would pretty much counter this hot floor condition for those that have it, but this simple trick probably isn't well known.

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Posted: 10/31/18 04:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Being twice burned i guess needs a little explanation?

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