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Old 01-25-2013, 09:17 PM   #1
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hello all , I am shopping for a new used class A 34' gas MH with 2-3 slides 2006. my current coach has the smaller workhorse motor (2001 7.4) that seems to have plenty of power for a 33' with no slides , my question is how do ford owners feel about their V10 moving a coach around 22,000lbs and possible toad?(2011 chevy impala on a dolly) thanks
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:27 PM   #2
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I have a 36' class A on a 22,000 ford chassis. I tow a Honda Accord on a tow dolly. I've driven it about 6,000 over the past 2 years. Drove 1100 miles each way to Florida from NJ. It was great. I would buy it again.
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I bought a DP yesterday but ask almost this same question a few weeks ago. most answers i got were very favorable of the V-10'S and lots of them really liked the chevy Vortec's also, but said to stay away from the ford V-8's and the chevy 454's. I believe chevy has quit making the 8.1 L Vortec but still have a smaller one. I hope this helps you out . just keep monitoring the post some more people will chime in shortly
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We have a 34' Ford V10 gasser with 2 slides and a Jeep Wrangler toad. Absolutely no issues; plenty of power.
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Welcome!

Using the search feature will find threads with same/similar topic.

I drag a 5000lb toad behind my 37' coach. Sure, a DP with it's torque will pull better. But the v10 gets the job done.

One has to consider their usage and common travels areas.
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The Ford 460 engines are very good engines.
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they are good engines and so were the chevy 454's
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I cannot comment on the Ford, but my vortec 8.1 on my 35 foot Bounder pulls my 2500 pound toad on a 420 pound dolly like it's not there. Last mpg check on my last fill up was 8.01 mpg! Of course that is cruising around the south east with little or no hills, and at 60 mph, but I will take that any day! I can only assume the Ford will do the same or very close.
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Thanks for the advise. I am looking at a 2006 forest river georgetown 340 with three slides in very nice shape. The only thing that concerns me is it has 46,000 miles and i wanted to stay between 30,000-40,000. Has anyone had problems around 50,000 miles with the driveline? I have the price negotiated down to $37,000 with new tires and they would give more for my trade than i paid 2 years ago.I think its a good deal ,just a little nervous with the mileage.
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I had zero complaints about the performance of our 2007 Allegro Open Road with that same drive train, and that includes a number of trips up and down I40 between Sevierville TN and Asheville NC. We pulled an '07 Wrangler Unlimited that I'm sure weighed as much, if not more than your Malibu and dolly.

As an aside, I know at least some drive train combinations in the Malibu are towable, 4 down. Any reason you want to complicate your life with a dolly?
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thanks for the advise, my tow vehicle is a impala and not 4 down friendly (per the dealer) but you are right the malibu can be towed 4-down. It would be nice to get rid of the dolly but i bought it when i towed a corolla and it has surge brakes that work well.
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Missed the "Impala", had Malibu on the mind. Regardless, it should do the job for you.
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