It's a class A body on a Ford 350 class C chassis. Has 16" wheels on a sprung suspension. Because they are not on lots yet, I would find an Axis to test drive and you would be driving the same thing, essentially.
For a gas powered rig, if you want performance, the shorter the rig the better. I'll bet the Axis and Vegas are pretty snappy in performance, as they are much lighter than a long class A or C with the Ford V10.
I would not hesitate to have a custom performance tune from Diablo or other vendor to release more power from the engine. Believe me, there is always room for more power in a gas engine, if you so desire. Just need to get the fuel mapping correct to avoid detonation.
This kind of coach sure has its appeal because it's small and manageable. If you want a better ride than what a sprung suspended coach has, the only way is to go diesel with air ride.
What I would do if I could afford to lay down $70k or thereabouts, I'd look for a five or six year old DP and be done with it. They are plentiful. If you must have new, then, you're more limited, for sure.
A good move would be to put a Ford Powerstroke or Mercedes diesel in this setup. There is a Super C diesel Ford out right now. Don't see why that can't be translated to the Axis/Vegas.
I wonder how much of a hassle it would be to service the engine, as it looks like they've really crammed a lot into a little space with the design.
1999 HR Endeavor 37WDS
Handicapped Lift Equiped