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Old 09-21-2005, 11:43 AM   #1
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We have an older 35' MH and want to go nearly full time. My question is that the present unit has the ford 460 v8 and the newer one were looking at has a chev 340 hp. It is also 2000 #'s heavier.

What can I expect from the chev.....will it lay down on the big hills more than we do now or is the newer technology getter more power to the drive line.

My thanks for any tech replies. That is before we spend a bundle to trade up.

By the war we just got home from 3 weeks and 4000 miles over NH,ME,PEI .....were hooked.
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Old 09-21-2005, 11:43 AM   #2
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We have an older 35' MH and want to go nearly full time. My question is that the present unit has the ford 460 v8 and the newer one were looking at has a chev 340 hp. It is also 2000 #'s heavier.

What can I expect from the chev.....will it lay down on the big hills more than we do now or is the newer technology getter more power to the drive line.

My thanks for any tech replies. That is before we spend a bundle to trade up.

By the war we just got home from 3 weeks and 4000 miles over NH,ME,PEI .....were hooked.
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Old 09-21-2005, 12:37 PM   #3
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gordan23, I been running the 8.1 liter since 2002 had no problems. Ed.S
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Old 09-21-2005, 12:48 PM   #4
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Your question is a little too general for any definitive answer. In general a fuel injected engine will outperform a carburated model. Also if you are looking to go the full time route I would recommend test driving one of the used diesel models that are in your price range. The massive torque seems to let them appear to float up minor hills effortlessly and mileage isn't much of a consideration since most are expected to go 500,000 miles or so before needing an overhaul.

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The unit in my sig. pic. is on the WorkHorse 22, 8.1/Allison platform. We've had it now for a little over a year. This engine/trans combo is the best thing going. 6% grades take me out of OD, and eventually back to 4th. gear, but I still maintain 55-60 MPH, w/o any toad behind. Now, w/ the enclosed trailer behind, (7000#) it's a bit of a different story, but I still climb in 3rd gear, and 45 MPH. Not too bad.
I would recommend this chassis, no matter which coach brand you select. I sure enjoy it.
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