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Old 10-24-2014, 09:01 AM   #1
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Diesel Class C units

I am perplexed.

Okay, quit laughing.

I have looked at a thousand Class C units, and am surprised that none of them with the Ford "E series" chasis have the Power Stroke Ford diesel power-plant.

This a quiet and efficient engine, so why don't the RV mfgs. produce some of these. All I have seen are the Mercedes diesel powered C's and B's

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I also have looked for the diesel powered C models with little luck, why we wound up with a 5 yr old Foretravel A class, been very pleased with every part of it, just would like a little smaller. had tried the MB Sprinter View, not big enough to be comfy, need a motel stop every other night for rest. Makes the Foretravel a great choice for us.
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It might be that the 6.7 Scorpion diesel that Ford is now manufacturing is an $8000++ adder to the base 6.2 V8 or 6.8 V10. This would be a direct pass on to customers and in many cases put the unit out of the desired price range. Also, the cost of diesel maintenance, once the savvy buyers added that to the equation, might also help tip the sale back to a gasser. That M-B powered diesel Class B according to a couple dealers I've talked to say it isn't selling as well as they had hoped, with most them starting at over $100K (135K for one I liked) and in the ballpark of lower end 'A's and mid to upper end 'C's.
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The full-sized E Series will be phased-out by the end of 2016 model year by all reports. That means no bodies for the E-Series Cab-Chassis used in Class C's.
Why invest in a lame-duck foundation when the clock is ticking to the end?

What will continue to be available is the E350/450 stripped chassis (gas only at this time) being used under the Axis/Vegas "mini" Class A and the F550 (with 6.7L Diesel) being used in the FourWinds, Chateau, and Outlaw Super C.
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What will be new is the Dodge (err, sorry RAM) Promaster and Ford Transit (Eurovan style) Cab Chassis...now in the US. These vans have TurboDiesel options in Europe and will probably be in the US in the next few years - direct competition for the Sprinter.
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You might find some older E series motor homes with diesel engines, but the newer ones, not so much. I believe the old 7.3L was a good engine but that was done in by changes in emission standards. The 6.0 L replaced the 7.3L and had a lot of issues. One issue in the E series was inadequate air flow, which wasn't really a problem in the F series. That was also done in by emission standards. It's my understanding that the 6.4L which replaced the 6.0L doesn't physically fit in the E series.
All of the above is what I've read/heard over the years, so that information might not be worth any more than what you paid for it.
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