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Old 03-02-2013, 01:45 PM   #15
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Thanks for all of the replies. I think the only question that remains is are the Ford V-10 spark issues more pron to certian years. In other words are they say pre 2008 or is it still an issue ? I am thinking of looking at 2008 and newer. Based on comments I may even explore entry level diesel pusher models.
I think the plug issues are fine. They largely impact motors where mechanics replaced the plugs like they would on a basic V8... If they over torque, under torque, or cross thread, there are going to be problems.

Ours needed plugs (2) at 60k.

A DP is definitely a better setup for the long haul, but they can be expensive to maintain. I'd consider buying another Ford - but I'd want one that's 2003 or better (5 speed) and that I know either hasn't had the plugs touched or has a very expensive receipt from the Ford house for replacing them.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:13 PM   #16
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Ford vs. Chev

Well, I decided to throw in my 2c.

Best said by a couple of posters, if you are looking at 2007, and newer, floor plan, build quality and amenities are more important than Ford v. Workhorse. Not too many 2008 models with WH, mostly Ford. The new (2006 and newer) Ford V-10's are probably as good as the WH was before GM quit making them. I drove a 2006 35ft MH w/Ford V-10, 5 spd w/tow-haul mode and found it had plenty of power and torque. Waited too long to make an offer and it was sold before I got to the dealer.

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Old 03-02-2013, 03:02 PM   #17
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Actually Workhorse is still in business; Navistar purchased it in 2009. They now use the MaxxForce engines instead of GM and list Holiday Rambler and Monaco as users of there chassis. It was independent for several years after GM sold it and was located in Union City, IN. I believe Navistar has moved it elsewhere but I'm not sure exactly where it is now.

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Old 03-02-2013, 06:29 PM   #18
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Thanks again for the very informative comments. I am satisfied with the Ford chassis so based on the comments I will probably lean toward Ford. As for manufacture I am intially going to focus on Fleetwood and Winnebago. But I am keeping an open mind a I will continue to read the Forum for insight as I search for our next coach.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:00 AM   #19
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Navistar has discontinued the Workhorse chassis. Since Navister is still in business they should support Workhorse for many years. I know you are leaning toward the Ford chassis. However, if you change your mind and go Workhorse, make sure the brake recall has been done before you lay down any money. I use to drive a F550 service truck, and really enjoyed the tow/haul mode and the way it would down shift to hold you back going down hill, wish I had it in my MH.

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This isn't a choice for me. After having a 02 Cadillac with 33 problems in 4.5 years and lost $35000 at trade-in I'll never have another GM product. Many more maintenance issues with WorkHorses too. My V-10 has been issue free.
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Funny, we bought a 2004 Cadillac SRX in 2008 for $15,100. Original sticker price was $51k... It's been an absolutely wonderful car. Very low cost of repairs, etc. Five years later; still looks like new, perfect leather interior, and my wife won't give it up for a newer one...
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:23 PM   #22
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Also the Ford service manual calls for spark plug change in all V10's at 100,000 miles.
I can tell you that we had some build up on 2 plugs of our V10 at between 50-60k. Also useful is to get those plugs out of there on the early V10s before they set up too well in the heads - use plugs with plated threads and lots of anti-seize.
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What is the plug torque using anti-seize?

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Ford didnt go bankrupt and leave thousands of suppliers up a creek. They also didnt take the Obama bailout and are not owned by the goverment as GM is (majority stock holder).
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If Workhorse was still active, I would not care between Ford and Workhorse. In present conditions I would go Ford for peice of mind, they don't appear to be leaving the strip chassis market.
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I'd go with Ford unless I went with Workhorse and that's a fact.
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I had an F53 6.8 V10 and a WH 8.1 V8. I didn't like the screaming of the V10 at high rev. also had a lot more heat in the front cabin from the Ford.

Got tired of both and am moving to diesel pusher.
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Since asking the question and reading all of the comments I have considered looking at diesel pushers. I am finding quite a few in my price range. We are driving a 2001 35ft on a Ford chassis and I am more than satisfied with it. We owned class c's for many years and bought a used class A to see how we would like it. We have decided that we really like the room in the A so we want to move to something newer in the next few months.. I mainly asked the question so I won't find the perfect for us floor plan on a workhorse chassis only to find the chassis had problems. I now have enough info to do more serious shopping. Thanks again for all the comments.
P.S. I also have a 2008 Cadillac DTS that I love and have had no problems with.
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