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I posted recently regarding opinions on Ford vs Chevy.
Last year I had a 2019 Forest River Sunseeker 2291. A 24’ with dinette slide and Ford 450 chassis. I really liked what it offered but one complaint was noise behind the driver seat with rattling and wind noise. I did like the V10.
I ended up sellIng it as I wasn’t using it.
Things have changed and I’m at a point where I’m cutting back on work and want to travel. I have always liked truck campers but a small Class C is just so versatile and for “travelling” every thing is useable within reach and depending on temperature you don’t have to park and get into a hot or cold RV. It’s also safer as you can park for the night and not have to get out. Our style is to travel and only spend 1-3 nights at a campsite.
Today I Looked at a 2020 Sunseeker 25’ with the same floor plan but did not have the slide out on the Chevy 4500.
It was very roomy with no slide and plenty for 2 people. Also, it was much quieter driving without the wind noise on the slide joint.
First, I don’t think you can go wrong with either the Ford or Chevy under a small C.
My observations.
Chevy cab has a little more leg room, less than I expected.
Seats and seating position about the same.
Ford seems a little quicker but close. Chevy has less engine noise and sounds more throaty with the V8.
Handling. Close but Chevy feels a little “sportier”.
This C was very quiet on the road. Only noise was a small amount of wind noise after putting a jacket under the stove top. MUCH less noise than the slide out I had.
Chevy doesn’t have a tachometer and the worst is no power mirrors?? Why would they not put power mirrors.
Again, power was close but I just got the feeling if pulling a load or a hill the Ford would do better.
Ford tow hitch is 750/7500 lbs vs 500/5000lbs on Chevy.
Chevy has a 57 gal fuel tank vs Fords 55. I hope Chevy gets a little better mileage.
Chevy is 6” longer overall.
The salesman said the Chevy brakes aren’t as good that’s why less tow rating and the reason they use Ford for all of the bigger class Cs.
I’ve decided on a non slide model and if I had the choice, I may lean slightly toward the Ford but I haven’t seen this model on the Ford.
Again, either will do a great job.


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For noise control add some air tabs.


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Double think not getting a slide. RVs without them are pretty much unsellable used.

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Enjoyed your report except for “The salesman said the Chevy brakes....” What source? What tests?


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I traded in my non slide class C and it was sold in under 30 days at what I thought it was worth if I were to have sold it.

My current class C had a slide that I almost never use because of the floorplan. It is also on a stock 4500 chassis that is great to drive.

The Chevy odometer can be changed to show a number of different displays with some buttons to the left of the steering wheel on my unit. As I recall tachometer is one of them.

I should also say my first class C was on a Ford chassis. I like the Chevy chassis better.

* This post was edited 02/09/20 08:13am by AJR *


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garyemunson wrote:

Double think not getting a slide. RVs without them are pretty much unsellable used.


This is complete and utter nonsense... that dog won't hunt, WOOF!

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Depending on where you travel (lots of hills/mountains) and what you carry/haul, F350/F450 Class C with the new 7.3L gas and 10 speed will be far superior to anything else out there !

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Depending on where you travel (lots of hills/mountains) and what you carry/haul, F350/F450 Class C with the new 7.3L gas and 10 speed will be far superior to anything else out there !

I believe you are going to need your magic wand to get that F350/F450 Class C.


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Any guesses when the new 7.3 will be available in the small class C models?
I’m thinking there is probably a pretty good inventory of V10 chassis left so at least 1-2 years.
I’m sure prices will go up as I believe the 7.3 is around a $1700 option for the pickups.
I thought about the resale value for a non slide but someone must be buying them.
For this particular model the extra 12-18” of floor space isn’t worth the negatives.
IE: mechanical issues with the slides, motor etc, noise, weight, air/water leak possibilities, slide topper canvas damage, less structural integrity with a large hole in the side, more closed up feeling with the slide in, etc. wow. More negatives than I thought. Lol.
if I were to setup at a campground and stay for several weeks the slide may be worth it but for the simplicity of traveling I think simple is better and less is more.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Depending on where you travel (lots of hills/mountains) and what you carry/haul, F350/F450 Class C with the new 7.3L gas and 10 speed will be far superior to anything else out there !
You will find with out a doubt value drops like a rock so say by to more money. Slide do count when this happens.


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