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Posted: 08/28/21 07:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m interested in F550 based Super C motorhomes, but based upon my current THOR class C and the few THOR Super Cs I’ve looked at, I’m really unimpressed and disappointed in the quality of their products. Are there any other makes that use an F550 chassis in a Super C? This will probably be my last motorhome to buy, and I am fairly certain a Super C is the best fit for my style of RV. I’ve had a Class A gasser (good quality, but drove horrible) and currently have a Class C (good size, easier to drive, but noisy and need more towing power for mountain driving) and I think a Super C will be just right if I can have the quality of construction, finish, and trim that I desire.


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Do you have a target budget? Seems too me that super C rise quicker than the others, but I agree so does quality.


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The THOR 32’ sticker price is around $250K. Trying to stay below that, but demand may make that target price unreal. I’m only familiar with Winnebago Class A and THOR Class C. Hoping for better amenities and quality like the Winnebago Class A we had, (water, sewer, electric, every part numbered, etc) but can live with THOR amenities if build quality was better.

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I see Thor does build a Super-C on the F550 chassis. When we were considering a Super-C, everything we saw was on either an International or Freightliner chassis. And they are pricey


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Wheel base to length is fairly critical for good driving characteristics. The ideal ratio is 55%. On a class C that is filled by the 176" wheel base on a 26 foot body. Mine felt as if I were driving a large car.

As the body gets longer the drive becomes worse and worse. Tail swing rises dramatically. When I moved to a 28'5" driving became worse, and I had 5 tail swing incidents. I had replaced the rear bumper so there was little damage to my unit.

The possibilities on the F 53 appear to be 138", 158", 168", 176", 178", 190", 208", 228", 242", 252"

What ever maker you go to make sure to be close to the 55%, as you said, this is your last kick at the can, and you have already had one unruly motorhome.


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pianotuna wrote:

Wheel base to length is fairly critical for good driving characteristics. The ideal ratio is 55%. On a class C that is filled by the 176" wheel base on a 26 foot body. Mine felt as if I were driving a large car.

As the body gets longer the drive becomes worse and worse. Tail swing rises dramatically. When I moved to a 28'5" driving became worse, and I had 5 tail swing incidents. I had replaced the rear bumper so there was little damage to my unit.

The possibilities on the F 53 appear to be 138", 158", 168", 176", 178", 190", 208", 228", 242", 252"

What ever maker you go to make sure to be close to the 55%, as you said, this is your last kick at the can, and you have already had one unruly motorhome.


Good points. The OP is looking at Class C motorhomes built on the F550, not the F53 which is used for Class As. I looked at the Thor Cs (which I know the OP doesn't want) and they were all over 55% The largest one (actually built on the F600) has a 267" wheelbase! The heavy diesel engine up front helps too.

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I agree with you about Thor quality, as a Redwood 5th wheel owner I'm fortunate to have an older one that was better built, the reports on the newer ones are garbage. If you can find a unit NOT built in Indiana you will get better quality, all the manufacturers there have a piecework policy so that if the production is finished by 11 am the workers go home with a full days pay. Kind of like US car production before the Japanese arrived on-scene.





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How do you remove the cab of a Ford in a Super C to work on the engine?


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Ivylog wrote:

How do you remove the cab of a Ford in a Super C to work on the engine?

Good question, and something I had not considered. I own a F250. Haven’t had to have it worked on in 10 years, but I know the cab has to be removed to work on it.

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The Ford designed engine is supposed to greatly reduce the need to remove the cab. But the key word is reduce, not eliminate. I have wondered that myself.

But then, in my class A you have to take the master bedroom apart for certain engine repairs. Fortunately, I haven't encountered any of those yet.

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