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Old 02-20-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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Hi I am new to the form. I am looking for A used motorhome 28 to 31 ft. My question is what are the advantages and disadvantages to the V10 triton and the workhorse chassis. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks Kenny
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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Hi I am new to the form. I am looking for A used motorhome 28 to 31 ft. My question is what are the advantages and disadvantages to the V10 triton and the workhorse chassis. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks Kenny
I think you will find that the most common comment will be that the floor plan is more important than which chassis you use. Owners of both will generally give favorable comments.


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Old 02-20-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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Hi I am new to the form. I am looking for A used motorhome 28 to 31 ft. My question is what are the advantages and disadvantages to the V10 triton and the workhorse chassis. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks Kenny
What years are you considering?
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:42 PM   #4
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. Both chassis are proven and will get the job done. Which motorhomes are you considering?
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I've seen many posts from 6.8 liter Triton V10 owners that were very pleased with their drive train. Same for the most common comparison, the GM 8.1 liter Vortec V8. Floorplan as many mention is pretty important, but I like to weigh in the running works too. Ours is a Chevy 8.1 (496 cubic inch V8) mated to an Allison transmission. Personal opinion - Allison transmission's are as rugged as they come and is the top choice for a gasser. As far as engine, I like that the 8.1 develops its full hp and torque at a much lower rpm than the ford. Less rpm's = less wear? Maybe, I guess engineering determines the ultimate outcome. Old school saying, there's no replacement for cubic displacement.
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Welcome to IRV2. I am a Ford guy when it comes to MHs ( cause I had two ). As others have said , pick a floor plan that you'll be comfortable with. Enjoy.
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Probably between 2005 and maybe even new. Kenny
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I have owned both. I preferred the Chevy engine just because it seemed to be quieter a bit and didn't seem to have to rev as high. As for the chassis. Our 05 Sightseer with the chevy engine ran hard and pulled great. The brakes were dangerously poor and it took several trips to the dealership to get them even reasonably correct. I would test drive them both and buy the one your wife likes.
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Probably between 2005 and maybe even new. Kenny
I'm thinking of selling my 2005 Southwind 32 foot (8.1 Chevy) with 1991 Dakota toad, tow bar and all. Want a larger unit for full timing and taking grandkids out.

I've had both the Ford V-10 and the Chevy 8.1 and was happy with both of them.
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I have a 2004 Ford F-250 SD Diesel and in my MH I have the 8.1 Vortec and I really like them both.When I did a road test I drove both the MH with Ford engine and the Chevy engine and I think the Chevy had a little more power and like the others have stated it seem like it didn't need the high rpms to get up to full speed.Good Luck and Many Safe and Happy Miles and Smiles.
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Never owned either, just had friends who have owned both. They said the Chevy gets better mileage.
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thanks everyone.I will just keep looking and asking. You have all been very informative. Thanks again
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thanks everyone.I will just keep looking and asking. You have all been very informative. Thanks again
I see that you have kind of signed off on this post , but thought I'd throw in 2c worth.
A lot of the older Ford chassis, had 19.5" tires where the Workhorse had 22.5" the larger tires made a big difference in handling and the latest Ford that I noticed had switched over to the bigger tires.
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Floorplan, floorplan, floorplan.

At least in the model year I purchased, the Ford had a taller dog house and less room in the basement; the compartments were not as tall. May not be true anymore but it was enough to persuade me to get the Workhorse.

The Allison transmission had one more gear which I liked.

I love my Workhorse but I have a Ford truck at home, so no prejudice here other than the practical things I mentioned.

Did I mention floorplan?
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