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ron.dittmer

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LeBout wrote:

We're looking for a 21 or 22 foot unit, and I've noticed most come with a Ford V-10. What kind of fuel economy (or lack thereof) can one expect from a V-10 on the highway? Thanks in advance for the answers.
A rig in the category you state will be over 10mpg if it has the aerodynamic B+ over-cab front cap. Minus 1.5mpg if it has the big over-the-cab bed.

Our 2007 23'-8" long, 93" wide, and 9'-10" over-all height rig built on a 2007 E350-V10 rig SEEN HERE is most aerodynamic due to the B+ cap, angled transition walls, narrow width, and low height. Our trip average, we get 10.5mpg not towing, and 9.2mpg when towing our Jeep Liberty. That is considering that we typically cruise on the open road in the 67-68 mph range.

An E350 made in the past couple years will have 1.5mpg lower fuel economy than E350s made prior, primarily because the rear differential now is the same as the E450. It tows better yet, but at that sacrifice.

* This post was edited 10/13/19 07:04am by ron.dittmer *


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LeBout, its going to depend on how you plan to use the rv.
Longer term stays, you will need a larger rv with more storage space for all your stuff, larger water and holding tanks and comforts like a sofa with a tv that's mounted in a place where you can actually view it without acrobatic circus training.
It would then pay to have a floorplan with an island bed opposed to a corner bed so its easier for you to move about.

Short term overnight stays can be done in a smaller rv. If my intended use was simply back n forth as a transportation vehicle with an overnight stay or two, I would choose a class B, like a Winnie 'Travato 59k' which gets better fuel mileage than a C and has comfortable twin beds (with a possible king insert option) plus a good size bath/shower.

Once you get to your destination, you will need to determine if you need to stay in the rv or stay in your parents house. Again, the size of rv will come into play. Do you have room to park it ?

If you choose a larger multi-purpose rv , you might need to consider towing a car, only you can determine if you need to do that or not. Its an expense to set up a car to tow.

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We have a Freedom Elite 22e by Thor Ford E350 Triton V10, 22ft box, 25ft bumper to bumper. No slides. Just the 2 of us. Both mid 60's and not big people.
Bought it new in the fall of 2015. Three, 10 week,10,000 mile cross country and numerous trips through New England and no major problems so far.
Gas mileage: 8 mpg. Sometimes a little less, rearly more. Just put a new set of Michelin Defenders on at 42,000. Very easy to maneuver and comfortable driving.
This RV has served us well.
If we were to replace this RV right now, I would get the Winnebago 25B floor plan. That recliner,couch, is the one big thing our current RV needs. DW also has serious back problems but we have learned how to deal with the corner bed.
Oh. There is ample storage for us, but for the extended journeys I bought a "Pro Series" trailer hitch cargo carrier and attached one of those plastic pool side storage boxes to the hitch. Useful for those special items we pick up along the way.

* This post was edited 10/13/19 07:57am by docsouce *


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Look at as many floor plans as you can, in person. Move the slides in and out. Move from the cockpit to the living area and get a true feel for the vehicle. Take it for a good long test drive.

Do a lot of reading on the Ford and Chevy platforms. The Chevy is preferred by many but obviously the Ford outsells the Chevy, I believe primarily because of price. There are many Ford owners on this forum who like their rig. Read reviews and do a lot of study.

We have a 24 foot Sprinter by Thor. We like it, plenty of living space with the slides out. No slides and it would not work for us. We travel long distances in a short amount of time. Its been a very good rig for us.

Good Luck!

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Posted: 10/13/19 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you buy a 2017 and later Motorhome with a Ford V 10, you'll have the 6 speed transmission and your mileage will be superior to many older rigs. My 31 foot Jayco gets 9.9 mpg at 60 mph. Rigs are advertised as how many they can sleep. The bigger problem is how many they can walk. If your use to a respectable size trailer, it's doubtful you'll be happy in a small B. Take Lazy Daze for example. They generally know what pleases people, and they only sell three sizes; 24,27 and 31 foot. I've seen a number of folks here say 27 is a good sweet spot for size versus maneuverability.


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Ed_Gee

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I find it interesting that no one has pointed out any Class C shorter RVs on the Sprinter or Ford Transit chassis with diesel engines that get twice the mileage of the E350 and E450 Ford gas engines..... albeit they have less GCWR ratings though.


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I recommend Winnebago's "Minnie Winnie" line... everything from the 22' unit to the longer 32' models. The 25B is a great floor plan for someone who doesn't want slides but wants a bed, couch, and dinette. Went bigger (2017 31D) with no regrets. Very seldom am I unable to get in and out of a gas station even with the Honda CRV in tow. The extra space comes in handy but not absolutely essential. I like to set up for 14-21 days in one spot and use the toad for everyday use. With my Thousand Trails membership, most of my stays will be "free".

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ours is a sprinter leisure travel van freedom serenity II 5cycle diesel gets 17,,to just over 20mpg .might take a look before buying a gasser. the newer MB diesels get about 16mpg ,still twice that of a gasser.p.s ours is getting old a 2007 but runs great with only two minor repairs.

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We took a winnebago View - 25' Class C, Sprinter (Diesel) chassis, the version with a streamlined front, no overhead bed, Texas to Alaska and back, 10,000 miles.
16 mpg, great.
But very limited storage, only comfortable chair was the driver's seat.
Since 2015, we are on the road 80-100 nights a year. 25' was efficient, highly maneuverable, but just too small.
Selling it.


Buck: 2004 Wilderness Yukon 8275S, now memories.
Star: Open range LF297RLS. 2 air conditioners!
Togo: 2014 Winnebago View Profile, 2013 Sprinter chassis; 16 mpg
AJ: 2010 F150 ExtCab, 2WD, 6.5' bed, 5.4L V8, 6A, Max Tow: 2030# payload.
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We have a 2019 Freedom Elite 23H which is a Camping World specific model, but basically identical to the Thor 23U, for reference. Actual measurement bumper-to-bumper is 24'10". Corner queen (very common floor plan.)

I am a Chevy guy through-and-through. Since birth. My current rig is my third RV since 1999, the other two were Chevy chassis. I love Chevy, I love the LS V-8, my daily driver is a Chevy with the LS, we have several in the family. Nothing against Chevy. My "new" RV is n the Ford chassis, and its no joke. We bought it new this spring so only about 5k miles of experience, but in that short time owning this rig I have a new respect for Ford. We've been all over WA, OR, ID, UT, NV this year from sea level to 8k, and the Ford V10 is a beast in a rig my size (small.)

What I'm getting to is don't discount Ford's due to brand loyalty. I'm as Chevy as they come. But the Fords are super popular for a reason. We love our smaller Class C and wouldn't change a thing about it. We are only in 5k miles, but are averaging mid to high 9mpg (we have the 6 speed) and we are not easy with it(we did 70-75 through Utah and Nevada.)


Patrick

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