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Old 09-08-2013, 05:56 PM   #15
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I would suggest avoiding anything with a 1999 or 2000 Ford Triton V-10 engine. Ours blew out a spark plug at 50,000 miles, and my research (after the fact), seems to indicate those two years were problematic.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:16 PM   #16
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I have a W20. Parts and service are no problem. The Cummins dealer near my home services Workhorse, as well as Onan generators (if needed). I prefer the Allison Transmission, but both drivetrains work well. Look for the floor plan you like at the price you want
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:32 AM   #17
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You have to be the judge!!

I have owned both, the newer Fords are better, but I now own a WH W-22 and it drives and handles much better than the Ford. The WH is also much quieter on the road (one of the first things my wife commented on). I got a little better mileage with the Ford (full Banks system) but have better power and much better shift patterns with the Allison tranny and the 8.1. To each their own.

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Old 09-10-2013, 01:13 PM   #18
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We have a Workhorse chassis and have had no problems with it at all. Engine and tranny work well and we maintain it on a regular basis. Problems we have had are related to awnings and plumbing issues but the coach is 7 years old so we expect minor issues.
From what I have been told the Ford chassis that are gas are just powerless for hills etc. Ours is a GM 8.1 gas and it has plenty of power.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:43 PM   #19
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If you get a Ford, get a newer one that has the 362 hp 3 valve engine and the newer 5 speed tranny.

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I also have a W20D chassis. There was a Brake recall which was handled. Other than that no problems. Rush Trucks handles my service and have no problem getting parts. The MH does not require the diesel additive and gets 11/12 mpg towing a CRv. I would say that is great.
11/12 mpg, really? Multi tank average?
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I also have a W20D chassis. There was a Brake recall which was handled. Other than that no problems. Rush Trucks handles my service and have no problem getting parts. The MH does not require the diesel additive and gets 11/12 mpg towing a CRv. I would say that is great.
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Dennis...if you are in Salt Lake City don't bother to go to Rush Trucks, who is the authorized Workhorse dealer. They said don't work on gas rigs. I pointed out Workhorse had a lot of gas engines....too bad, can't help you.

I found this out in July when I wanted my MAF sensor cleaned. And, to make matters worse, they couldn't recommend a place to get my gas engine worked on.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:32 AM   #21
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I had a 2000 WH and what a problem on 6 wheels.

Front suspension bottomed out on the tiny coil springs.

After the pedal was half way down then you started to stop some what.

The potential PARK BRAKE LOCK UP AT ANY SPEED, it happened to my friend on his WH.

Fuse box location, a nightmare, The newer WH chassis is better.

When I got into my 02 Itasca with the Ford chassis, I was sold.

Exc. brakes, manual park brake, good power, good steering, smooth running engine.

Chassis is also set up much better for maint. and access of the various systems. Also batt. location is great.

It does lean a bit. I'm not in a hurry. I don't go fast around the curve when entering the freeway.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:49 AM   #22
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Workhorse chassis is on thousands of commercial vehicles. GMC dealers handle the service just fine.

But you are already concerned so don't waste your time on something that you will worry about, buy a Ford.

Hopefully it will provide you with the same uninterrupted service and ease of service I have found with my Workhorse.
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I have had so much trouble with GM in my past life I personally wold never buy another one but then many people have no trouble at all. Ford has created a whole new industry for aftermarket suspension vendors as well. if you are in the state of Washington I believe I have read that Brazels RV in Chehalis or Centralia do extensive work on the WH chassis and have all the latest and greatest fixes for them no matter what the problem is. Might not hurt to call for peace of mind. I have bought a great many suspension parts from them for my Ford and they are good people to work with.
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My Ford trucks have been flawless.

My GM vehicles have all been substandard and lots of problems

My WH chassis has been just fine
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If you get a Ford, get a newer one that has the 362 hp 3 valve engine and the newer 5 speed tranny.

11/12 mpg, really? Multi tank average?
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CJ7ole: Perhaps you missed the "D" in his chassis model. THAT is a "fred" and they almost all get that, or better........or so I've heard......I'm getting about HALF of that moving 28K.
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I've owned both and my preferrence is WH. We have a W22 chassis and have what was considered the heaviest gas Class A built and have not had any problems at all. The 8.1/Allison trans combo is a tough one to beat. It's a pleasure to drive and we have ZERO mods of any kind done on the chassis. Why? Because it doesn't need any. If you do decide on the WH if it's a W22 just make sure the brake re-call has been done. I don't think you would be dissapointed. JMHO Good Luck on whatever you decide and enjoy your travels.
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