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Hi All,

After having a terrible experience with a 2003 Holiday Rambler Gasser, and leaving the world of Class A RVs for many years, I think I am ready to jump back in.

I know the following question is a bit broad and can start some heated debates but here it is:

In your all's opinion, what is the best (as far as build quality) class A gasser manufacturer from about 2005 - 2012 range? Preferably something that was offered on the workhorse chassis as I have good experience with the 8.1 platform. Also when did Ford stop having the spark plug issues with their V10s?

Thanks all...


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What size coach are you looking for? I believe the last year of production of the WH chassis with the GM 8.1L engine was in 2010.

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Biggyniner wrote:

Hi All,

After having a terrible experience with a 2003 Holiday Rambler Gasser, and leaving the world of Class A RVs for many years, I think I am ready to jump back in.

I know the following question is a bit broad and can start some heated debates but here it is:

In your all's opinion, what is the best (as far as build quality) class A gasser manufacturer from about 2005 - 2012 range? Preferably something that was offered on the workhorse chassis as I have good experience with the 8.1 platform. Also when did Ford stop having the spark plug issues with their V10s?

Thanks all...


Fordx never had a spark plug issue with the V10's, just an issue with mechanics that over torqued the plugs causing the threads to weaken. There are thousands of '99-07 V10's still on the road that have never had plug issues though. That said, Ford redesigned the 3V head in 2008.


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rgatijnet1 wrote:

What size coach are you looking for? I believe the last year of production of the WH chassis with the GM 8.1L engine was in 2010.


Anywheres from 30-35 feet.

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Dutch_12078 wrote:

Biggyniner wrote:

Hi All,

After having a terrible experience with a 2003 Holiday Rambler Gasser, and leaving the world of Class A RVs for many years, I think I am ready to jump back in.

I know the following question is a bit broad and can start some heated debates but here it is:

In your all's opinion, what is the best (as far as build quality) class A gasser manufacturer from about 2005 - 2012 range? Preferably something that was offered on the workhorse chassis as I have good experience with the 8.1 platform. Also when did Ford stop having the spark plug issues with their V10s?

Thanks all...


Fordx never had a spark plug issue with the V10's, just an issue with mechanics that over torqued the plugs causing the threads to weaken. There are thousands of '99-07 V10's still on the road that have never had plug issues though. That said, Ford redesigned the 3V head in 2008.


Good to know - thanks

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The “roar” of a current gasoline Class A hasn’t subsided IMO. I’ve driven a few. Was that one of your issues?


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IMO, Newmar, Allegro (Tiffin).


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I had a Monaco Monarch, 2011, 31'.. full wall slide. That was a top notch coach. Ford V-10. Probably my favorite of all my Class A's. Next was a 31' Winnebago Sightseer.

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Dutch_12078 wrote:

Biggyniner wrote:

Hi All,

After having a terrible experience with a 2003 Holiday Rambler Gasser, and leaving the world of Class A RVs for many years, I think I am ready to jump back in.

I know the following question is a bit broad and can start some heated debates but here it is:

In your all's opinion, what is the best (as far as build quality) class A gasser manufacturer from about 2005 - 2012 range? Preferably something that was offered on the workhorse chassis as I have good experience with the 8.1 platform. Also when did Ford stop having the spark plug issues with their V10s?

Thanks all...


Fordx never had a spark plug issue with the V10's, just an issue with mechanics that over torqued the plugs causing the threads to weaken. There are thousands of '99-07 V10's still on the road that have never had plug issues though. That said, Ford redesigned the 3V head in 2008.


I agree


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Lwiddis wrote:

The “roar” of a current gasoline Class A hasn’t subsided IMO. I’ve driven a few. Was that one of your issues?


Haha no, doesn't bother me too much actually. Long story short, I had a horrible purchasing experience (also my first RV purchase so I was green and didn't know what to look for) with Camping World. Multiple leaks, slide seals that needed replacing and the icing on the cake was frame damage in the back...

Anyway.. I'm open to a diesel pusher, I just don't know much about them and prefer a rig I can do the majority of work on myself.

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