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Looking at my first class A. I've settled in on a used 29 or 30 foot Winnebago. It looks like they changed from a 4 speed to a 5 speed in 2006. I'm wondering what difference I would expect to experience between the two transmissions. Thanks in advance.

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Night and day from my two previous Tahoe four speeds to the 2015 six.


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The top two gear ratios are the same between the two transmissions, I believe, so there's not a whole lot of difference on the highway where it generally is in one of those two gears (and the gap between them is plenty large). That being said, the controller for the five speed is rather more sophisticated and it has tow/haul mode rather than a simple overdrive off, and tow/haul is a definite plus for a motorhome.

Both are pretty reliable transmissions if given appropriate care and feeding. The five speed might be a little bit sturdier overall, possibly.





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Hardly any difference, and no mileage advantage.


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Where you will notice the difference is in the gear spacing from a standing start. He 4 speed has a very wide spread. Meaning the rpm drop from first to second is ridiculous! It was very noticeable in my 02 V-10 Excursion. However a swap from 3.73 to 4.30 gears took care of that and made OD useable on the highway. The 5 speed got rid of that rpm drop. I have the 5 speed in our new to is 2012 V-10 class A. It is a much better setup for the V-10.


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The greater advantage to buying a MH 2006 or newer chassis is the increase of HP and 3 valve engine (362 HP).

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Gjac wrote:

The greater advantage to buying a MH 2006 or newer chassis is the increase of HP and 3 valve engine (362 HP).

Are you sure of this? I don't think my 08' had a 3 valve engine in my class C. I have it now in my 2019 class A. Noticeable difference, especially mated to a 6 spd. tranny.


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I have never had a stock V10, mine has the Banks Power Pack with Trans Control. I have read here that without some tweeking the old four speed trans on cruise control there was a lot of gear searching on very slight grades. I run on CC a lot and don't have that problem. I am very happy with my 2001 engine.


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I had a 99 coachman 33 foot with Im assuming the 4 speed.Transmission was so so.Bought and installed the Banks transcommand.Best money I ever spent.


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steved28 wrote:

Gjac wrote:

The greater advantage to buying a MH 2006 or newer chassis is the increase of HP and 3 valve engine (362 HP).

Are you sure of this? I don't think my 08' had a 3 valve engine in my class C. I have it now in my 2019 class A. Noticeable difference, especially mated to a 6 spd. tranny.


He's correct. I thought the changeover was 2005 but it might have been 2005. Your '08 definitely had the 3-valve. The 2016+ does make more low-end torque however, even though it's rated at less HP for greenhouse-gas emissions compliance.


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