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Old 04-17-2019, 08:07 AM   #1
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So we have pretty much narrowed it down, again, lol to a Class A Gas except that my husband has never been a Ford fan. So this is hard for him,. lol What are your thoughts on the Ford engines?

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Rock solid. The V10 is pretty much bulletproof. And if you are looking for a new motorhome, the Ford chassis is your only choice for a gas powered coach.

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Old 04-17-2019, 08:18 AM   #3
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This makes the choice pretty simple. Walk away because it’s a Ford powered chassis or, buy one. Or I guess if you’re really that dead set against Fords, you can always drop back quite a few years and pick up one of the last years a GM powered chassis was used.
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:25 AM   #4
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Mechanics around here say the Ford V-10 is, like one said above, bullet proof. I like mine. These days if you take good care of your vehicle, they will last a long time. on the V-10.
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:50 AM   #5
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So we have pretty much narrowed it down, again, lol to a Class A Gas except that my husband has never been a Ford fan. So this is hard for him,. lol What are your thoughts on the Ford engines?

Your husband sounds like a wise man!

When we had a gas mh we had a Ford motor.
Not my first choice either but did get 60,000 miles out of it and sold it.
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:28 AM   #6
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Ford V10

If you want to be reasonable about the cost of your coach, gas is the way to go. I had a small diesel before and went to gas. We bought a used gas (see below) and have put more than 10,000 miles on it after we bought it. We have gone to Florida, been at 10,000 feet in Colorado, across the Nevada desert and the California mountains. The Ford WAS BETTER than I had expected. It pulled well, it downshifts so you can save your brakes.
The biggest problem with a gas coach from my perspective is the suspension, not the motor or transmission (which I must give credit to where credit is due). Get sway bars, get sumo spring and get a steering assist. Then insulate the dog house cover (if the sound gets to you). After those improvements, you will be very happy with both the performance and the ride of the gas coach.
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:52 PM   #7
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I'm not a Ford man either, or at least I wasn't, maybe because I worked on so many of them. I have been impressed with our Ford based MH, in fact we also have a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid now. This Ford chassis has been a real surprise to me. I would not be afraid to have another one.
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I think you have to go back to 2010 or 2011 to get anything besides a Ford gas class A. There's a ton of Ford chassis Class A motorhomes running around out there and I don't ever see much in the way of serious complaints.
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After years of reading across the internet, I might go as far to say that the F53 might make the top ten list of all consumer vehicles in regards to being trouble free. Particularly looking at drive train only.
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Great engine the v-10 revs high so they can be a little noisey.
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What are your thoughts on the Ford engines?
Good engine, tranny, and chassis. The Workhorse and Ford each have their peculiarities. I'm familiar with Ford F53, so I tend to speak of it in a positive manner. I believe Ford has a better consistency track record of who actually builds it, so finding parts is less of a hunt than for the Workhorse.

Either chassis will do just fine, but I recommend a Ford F53. :-)
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We have an old '94 Ford class A. The engine is tough. Never let us down. I am sure, 25 years later, the chassis is a much better ride. FYI, the '94 had set up a couple of years in the yard. Need it to work on a country farmhouse we have. Changed battery. Fired right up; no issues.
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Not a Ford person. I've only bought 3 new vehicles in my lifetime. 2 were Fords and the engines had major problems.

The Ford Ranger started using excessive oil, dealership said if it used less the 5 quarts of oil in 3000 miles it was within limit (are you kidding me). We had to pay for an oil change and they put dye in it to make sure it wasn't leaking. Used a quart in about 500 miles. They did agree to fix under warranty, but did not do a good job and the engine eventually failed.

The 2nd was a 1997 Class C with a Ford 460 engine. Had both exhaust manifolds fail within 2 years, the first one took 4 months to fix under warranty the second one I did myself. Lost a seal in the transmission, replacement seal came with a warning stating original seal was not made for heavy duty truck applications. Also had a problem with intermittent oil pressure drop. Took it to my mechanic, we both thought it was the oil pump, when he was replacing the pump we found that the pickup tube/screen had cracked off the mounting plate. This Ford was produced during the big Ford 6 sigma quality push (1 defect in 1,000,000). We blew that way out of the water.

I would have to be really desperate to buy another Ford.
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ford all the way. been a ford guy all my life. haven't had hardly any trouble out of any of them. I have had chevy's and had not any luck with them at all. my family is all fords as well. My dad's old 92 HR with the 460 at 90k didn't even use a drop of oil. the V10's are good my brother has a F250 with 220K on it without any issues, but now days they all seem to be pretty good though

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