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Old 01-05-2006, 08:38 PM   #1
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208" WB 31'>33' long.

Fords seem to have 1,000 more pounds GVW,

BUT

Ford OR Chevy??

Particular things to watch out for from that era??

I KNOW more coaches have been killed by "sitting around" than by over use.
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208" WB 31'>33' long.

Fords seem to have 1,000 more pounds GVW,

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Ford OR Chevy??

Particular things to watch out for from that era??

I KNOW more coaches have been killed by "sitting around" than by over use.
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Ford had an issue with bad fuel pump located in the tanks on models of those years. Chevy always had a problem with the front suspensions.
I guess that wasn't much help.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BOOKWORM:
208" WB 31'&gt;33' long.

Fords seem to have 1,000 more pounds GVW,

BUT

Ford OR Chevy??

Particular things to watch out for from that era??

I KNOW more coaches have been killed by "sitting around" than by over use. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Fords had a tendency to pop the rear studs on the exhaust manifolds. Repairs to the heads could cost over $1,000 when it happens. Indication would be an exhaust leak that would at times seem minor and would go away when the engine warmed up.

I just went through this and all the Fords I looked at had the exhaust manifold problem so I finally settled for a Chevy that had the least amount of issues of those I looked at.

I settled on a 1995 Winnebago Vectra on the 16,000 lb Chevy chassis.

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Morning guys, I had a Ford 460 in my class C and I can attest to the 2 problems mentioned above regarding fuel pump failure and exhaust manifold rear studs I had both happen to mine. Otherwise it was a good performing engine. I don't know if the newer ones still have those problems.
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Both have their problems. We have a '95 Chevy P30 Chassis ('96 motorhome).

P30 is notorious for problems with the Auto-Park brake. Ours is no exception.

As others have mentioned stock suspension isn't great on these; however, with the right aftermarket parts you can really make them handle very well. We've had some suspension work done at Brazzels in Centralia, WA. Shocks and swaybars made a big difference.

Bottom line I think is to pick a motorhome that you LIKE (floorplan, features, options, etc.) and then have a mechanic check out the engine/chassis. If it's in good shape, I don't think it matters much if it's a Ford or Chevy.

Of course, I'm a Chevy guy, so I wouldn't own a Ford But that's just me.

Here are some links to mechanical work on our motorhome:

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