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Old 05-23-2013, 09:27 PM   #15
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I have the Ford and it has served me well, never left me stranded. I have never been a Chevy fan but like has been said, they both are good and it just depends on how the maintenance has been done and how they are driven. Find one with a good house on top and one that meets your needs and don't sweat what is under it. They all break and they all need maintenance and repairs.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:46 PM   #16
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ford didnt take any federal dollars, nor did ford file bankruptcy leaving many suppliers up the creek. You know what you can do with your chevy
Actually the did take 5.9 billion as an ATVM loan for development of fuel efficient vehicles. I wonder how much they're going to pay out to settle the lawsuits over the false advertising claims on fuel mileage?
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:52 PM   #17
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Ford= ford engine, ford trans, ford chassis. Chevy=chevy engine, allison trans, workhorse chassis.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:10 AM   #18
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i drove a 97 P-30 Chassis (Chevy 454 TBI). The only problem with 454's is that the the right exhaust manifold gets hot at the rear near the rearmost cylinder and the exhaust bolts have a tendency to snap off. This happened on my 454 p/u and this motorhome.

I drove an 01 Ford V-10 motorhome for 82K miles and never had one problem with the engine. It was still running strong when I traded it in.
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At this point the chassis/engine is almost moot. After 15-16 years the kinks should be out of both. Would be more concerned with layout and overall operation and physical condition. A good professional inspection (running gear and appliances) might prove valuable..
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:12 PM   #20
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At this point the chassis/engine is almost moot. After 15-16 years the kinks should be out of both. Would be more concerned with layout and overall operation and physical condition. A good professional inspection (running gear and appliances) might prove valuable..
Right, but the OP is asking about a 1997. So we've got the benefit of retrospective knowledge in regard to the motor choices...

And I agree - I think either big block V8 options will do the job.
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I've had two Ford V-10s and currently own a Chevy 8.1. They were all excellent engines. That said I have to agree with Ford engine,transmission and chassis as being made for each other.
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You talk "Apples & Oranges"..............Don't forget the "Lemons"
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:06 PM   #23
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I am a chevy man but prefered a 460 ford with an f53 chassis in my motorhome. Chevy had some problems and changed to what they call a workhorse chassis. Ford changed to a v10 for more power as coaches got bigger. Most chevy's I've had used oil. My ford in my MH has never used any oil between oil changes. Thats 5,000 miles and no oil usage.
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I'm buying an RV tomorrow, but I was just wondering, what chassis is better? The ford or the chevy? Different people say that the chevy is better, I need opinions please, which one is more prone to break down?
It's a 97 fleetwood pacearrow V8 35 footer...
Any opinion would help, tell me your experience with each one, please and thank you..
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