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Old 02-27-2014, 11:53 PM   #1
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Newbie from a C to a B - loving our '05 Chinook Concourse

I'm grinning ear to ear after a 2 hour drive back home with my new '05 Concourse. (30k miles). I have to admit that I was a bit leery of the 4" suspension upgrade (actionvansuspension.com) / bilstein shocks and air ride changing the driving dyamics and adding sway, but I don't see any problems. The ride feel is vastly better than my prior rig - 2001 Jamboree Class C 24D. This upgrade, along with Alcoa rims, 5Star custom tune using the SCT 3000 flash series from sctflash.com, Borla intake & exhaust round out the chassis upgrades.

We're just tapping into understanding the true benefits of a shorter length Class B. (This one is 21 feet). While ours can easily tow 5000lbs, we expect that our 03 Chevy Tracker will stay @ home more often than with our C unless we're wanting to do little excursions on the beach and off the beaten path. Our first shakedown campout is a few weeks away - we're looking forward to it and day trips in the Pacific Northwest (including this weekend) that we expect will bring us more spontaneous experiences than our Class C.

Chinook's molds and rights/details of the design were purchased by Wagon Trail RV (Nevada). (Chinook was built by Trail Wagons) They are currently preparing to bring them back into production and are in talks with Mercedes (Sprinter) and Ford (Transit) for the upcoming model year.
I'm pleased with the build quality of the Chinook.

We looked at a Pleasureway of the same vintage (nice, too) but settled on the Chinook. I like the all fiberglass body, larger double-door fridge, cherry cabinetry, rear entry door, a little bit more width, thermopane windows, heat pump, great bathroom, etc. and get a kick out if it having a built in commercial vacuum. The wife likes the couch being on the side rather than across the rear as well as the dinette. Seat belts for 9? Crazy.

Looking forward to hearing more stories and advice from fellow "B" class members while I make this transition from a C.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:38 AM   #2
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Looks good, thank you for sharing.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:31 AM   #4
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Nice RV. Great floor plan.
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:04 AM   #5
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Looks really nice, and I can see how it would be easy to drive. Wouldn't it be classified as a small C( or B+) instead of a B(van conversion)?
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Old 02-28-2014, 03:09 PM   #6
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Congrats on the purchase. I really liked this model when I was on the hunt for a Class B RV and, although I bought an '04 Great West Van, it's built on the same Ford chassis as the Chinook.

Thanks for posting the photos.

Enjoy your travels!

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Old 04-02-2014, 10:00 PM   #7
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Will be interested in hearing what mpg you get in mixed driving and on the road.
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Old 10-19-2016, 01:40 PM   #8
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New Chinook website: www.chinookrv.com


Chinook Countryside (introduced in 2016) and the all new 2017 Chinook Bayside are currently coming off the production line on the Sprinter chassis. The Chinook Glacier along with the iconic Chinook Concourse and even the Chinook Baja 4x4 will be reintroduced in the near future, all on Ford E-350/E-450 platforms.


There's even talk of bringing back a Toyota Chinook.
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Old 10-23-2016, 03:50 PM   #9
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Looks like a nice setup that you have, and the sprinter chassis models look good as well.

The E450 is a really nice chassis for RV builds.

If it were me, I would skip going to anything with a lower GVW and do an offering using a MDT chassis - sort of a "super sprinter" if you will. These have a tighter turning radius than the E350 / 450 based models.
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Old 10-23-2016, 06:06 PM   #10
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We looked at Chinooks way back in 1976. The production of this RV over these many years must mean that "bigger is better" doesn't fit everyone's needs .

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New Chinook website: www.chinookrv.com


Chinook Countryside (introduced in 2016) and the all new 2017 Chinook Bayside are currently coming off the production line on the Sprinter chassis. The Chinook Glacier along with the iconic Chinook Concourse and even the Chinook Baja 4x4 will be reintroduced in the near future, all on Ford E-350/E-450 platforms.


There's even talk of bringing back a Toyota Chinook.
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Interesting

I just bought a coachmen starflyte, I gather a predecessor, competitor for the chinook. So far I like it a lot. Chinook was out for me because of the rear door and the layout in the starflyte with the rear bed dinette with separate small bed up front for kid works better. (I cannot have a bike hanging off the rear hitch and have access on the Chinook)

The ford chassis drives really well compared to my coachmen b this starflyte replaced. I got as high as 11.5 at 75 mph and as low as 10.3.

Will see how this develops
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Chinook Concourse/Destiny rear door access

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I cannot have a bike hanging off the rear hitch and have access on the Chinook
Actually, you can. Thule makes a bike rack called the Revolver 964 that plugs into the rear hitch, but swings over to the passenger side, allowing rear door access. I have one on mine, which is capable of carrying up to four bikes.

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No,

The bike is a motorcycle..
Like this
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Chinook Concourse/Destiny rear door access

Well, that's an entirely different matter...
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