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Posted: 12/31/20 06:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do these exist? Current models on truck rather than van chassis? The smaller the better as long as it has a toilet and holding tanks.[emoticon]Thanks!





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Posted: 12/31/20 06:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Define "truck" for us.

There are a few specialty models based on a pickup truck chassie. Usually, these are small 4x4 MH and typically pretty expensive. Class C's normally use van chassies because it's a more space efficient chassie (no huge nose sticking out the front that provides no living space) but it doesn't come in a standard 4x4 variant.

If you are talking about the ones build on medium/heavy duty truck chassies...generally no. Those are typically the largest Class C units as the small Class C units don't need huge power or suspensions that can support 10 tons.


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Yes they do. I've seen several lately,but they have been leaving Elkhart area. Looks like on a f450 frame

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Possibly from duramax, who makes the super c on freightliner

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What's the difference between a truck chassis and a van chassis?

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Engine placement

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Dynamax, darn spell check

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I see them on E450, wondering if F450 exists. Thinking maybe better handling, engine placement, 4X4 etc. I'm thinking very small, closer to B size.

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gbopp wrote:

What's the difference between a truck chassis and a van chassis?


As was said, primarily it's the relationship of the engine, seating, and front axle relative to each other. On a truck chassis, the engine is in front of the dashboard and the seats are relatively low in the frame (and the floor often isn't flat around them, thanks to the driveshaft etc. running under them). On a van chassis, the engine is partly underneath the dashboard and the seats are mounted higher up, so the floor is flat and can be continued back along the chassis flat and level. Most class C motorhomes do still have a step up from the cab area, though, to provide additional underfloor space for tanks and storage space, so the floor isn't entirely flat from the cab back.

In terms of engines, frames, axles, transmissions, suspension systems, and that sort of thing, they can be approximately comparable, though rarely identical. Current Ford truck chassis are more advanced than their van chassis in many regards, particularly with the front axle design which is rather long in the tooth for the van chassis. The trucks also tend to have newer engines and transmissions and such like.

You can build a truck on a van chassis easily; smallish box trucks based on the E series chassis, for instance, are not all that rare.





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