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Old 08-19-2014, 04:33 PM   #1
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Chevy and Ford Class Cs: Pros & Cons?

In doing research prior to making my purchase of a 4-8 year old Class C MH, I find that most are built on the Ford chassis with the big Triton V-10 motor. However, some are built on the Chevy chassis with the smaller V8.

I would certainly love to hear from folks who can attest to the pros and cons of both. I lean toward the Chevy. A mechanic in another thread recommended Chevy. What do you say?

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Old 08-19-2014, 07:02 PM   #2
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I find that most are built on the Ford chassis with the big Triton V-10 motor.
I think that pretty much sums it up. It's the best selling chassis for a reason.
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Chevy rides better.
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:38 AM   #4
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The Chevy V8 in our RV does a great job. We are new to the RV world, only a little over a year so no mountains out west yet. We have done east coast I-95 Fla. to Md. and I-75/I-24/i-65 Fla. to Nashville and through Ky. to Ohio. Pulled the I-24 grade out of Chattanooga at about 45 if my memory is correct, some trucks were slower. No issues on 75 in Ga. Tn. Ky. Southern and eastern Ohio no issues. Typically cruise 60-65, 8.0-9.5 mpg no toad. Our unit rides and steers well.
House sits a little down hill so to speak when on level ground. Speculate that this may be due to house not being adjusted to level during build and manufacturer not paying enough attention to differences between Chevy and Ford chassis.
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:32 AM   #5
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I had a V-10 Ford gas mpg was 8.5 with a K&N Filter and one slide and no towing..
I have a Chevy 6.0 with 3 slides no K&N Filter yet and tow 3600 lbs and get 9.5 to10.2mpg

and love the power.. Only have 5100 miles on it and will get K&N filter when I return home....Hope this helps!!!!

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I had a V-10 Ford gas mpg was 8.5 with a K&N Filter and one slide and no towing..
I have a Chevy 6.0 with 3 slides no K&N Filter yet and tow 3600 lbs and get 9.5 to10.2mpg

and love the power.. Only have 5100 miles on it and will get K&N filter when I return home....Hope this helps!!!!

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Hmmm.... I think Chevy is pulling ahead slightly.

By the way, what's the length of your coach? And what's the CCC? I'm hoping to find a Class C coach in the 28-29' range with 2,400 - 3,200 lbs of ccc.
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We have had 2 Fords and now in the bounder we have the Chevy v8 with the Alison trans. Runs great but loves the gas LOL. Also pull a 2door wrangler

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This is beginning to sound like a NASCAR thread...lol. Each brand has its loyal following. It appears that the RV mfg industry goes through phases. Anyone remember when there used to be a lot of Dodge units out there?

BTW, we have a Chevy.
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I've owned both. The big block Chevy got about 1 MPG better for similar weight RV. Ford has a bit more power. Ride in my case is about the same. Handling of the Chevy was a bit better until I added the rear sway bar to the Ford (big improvement). Some like the doghouse on the Chevy having a bit more room for the passenger. I changed the cup holder / console part on our Ford for a smaller one from a different model year for more room. Some don't realize that you can remove it completely for a lot more room. I personally find the fit and finish of the cab (both outside and in) to be better on the Ford.

All in all, I have been satisfied with both.
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I've owned both. The big block Chevy got about 1 MPG better for similar weight RV. Ford has a bit more power. Ride in my case is about the same. Handling of the Chevy was a bit better until I added the rear sway bar to the Ford (big improvement). Some like the doghouse on the Chevy having a bit more room for the passenger. I changed the cup holder / console part on our Ford for a smaller one from a different model year for more room. Some don't realize that you can remove it completely for a lot more room. I personally find the fit and finish of the cab (both outside and in) to be better on the Ford.

All in all, I have been satisfied with both.

1 mpg difference adds up when you're talking about driving 12-14k per year. So, maybe Chevy still has a teeny edge. But once ready to purchase, if it's a Ford I fall in love with ...

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Just as a side thought GM has not made a vehicle in the last 20 years that hasn't been recalled
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Yet recalls don't seem to dissuade the Toyota and Michelin zealots...
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