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Old 10-31-2014, 01:56 PM   #1
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Class A to Class C

We're thinking about going from a 38' Class A (GAS Ford V10) to a 30 plus foot Class C. It looks like most class C's only have 1 Air Conditioner unit and are 30 amps.
My questions are:
1. How does it drive / handle at 65 plus MPH on the expressway with passing trucks.
2. How is cooling in the heat of summer in 90 plus degrees with 1 air unit.
3. What MPG does the V10 get?
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Old 10-31-2014, 02:16 PM   #2
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We're thinking about going from a 38' Class A (GAS Ford V10) to a 30 plus foot Class C. It looks like most class C's only have 1 Air Conditioner unit and are 30 amps.
My questions are:
1. How does it drive / handle at 65 plus MPH on the expressway with passing trucks.
2. How is cooling in the heat of summer in 90 plus degrees with 1 air unit.
3. What MPG does the V10 get?
Thanks
We went from a 31' class-C (Thor) to our current class-A (33' Dolphin), so I can tell you what I remember, although it was over 9 years ago.

1. It drove great on the interstate, but when towing our jeep wrangler 65 mph was pushing it. With all RV's, the big trucks passing you will push you around. You have to pay attention at all times. We have friends that bought a new class-C and hated the way it handled. Maybe I have just been lucky.

2. We lived in the DFW area when we owned the class-C, and went to Lake Texoma and other parks in the area with our boat. No problems whatsoever with the single AC keeping things cool.

3. Seems like the class-C did get a few MPG better than our Dolphin, but that has never been an issue with us. They all get crappy MPG, so why worry about it.

We purchased the Dolphin after deciding to go on longer trips for months at a time. We have no regrets with that decision, and have discussed doing what you are considering if we decide to slow down. Probably will not happen anytime soon, but I have always liked the looks of the Lazy Daze class-C's. Good luck with your choices, let me know if I can answer any other questions.

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Old 10-31-2014, 02:53 PM   #3
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We have a 31 ft class c, no problem on the highway at 65. So far 1 air conditioner has done fine we love our unit. We have an Itasca Spirit.
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Old 10-31-2014, 02:55 PM   #5
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Went just went from a 1999 Coachmen Mirada 34' class A to a 2001 31' Jayco class C.
I love the way the class C drives both on and off the highway. It's like driving a SUV. Bought the class C because we really wanted the large overhead bunk for the kids. It's actually a full queen size bed up there. MPG is about the same 8-9! No regrets here yet! Haven't towed a car with it yet so I can't help you there.

The only con is that the front seats don't become part on the living area like in the class A's. But we love the overhead bunk!
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Old 10-31-2014, 03:07 PM   #6
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Had a V-10 Atlantis got 8.5 mpg with K&N Filter No Towing... Now have a 27.5 ft
Chevy V-8 get 9.7 towing 3700 lbs no K&N filter 3 slides Sunseeker.. love it. Both
class C's handled great...



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Went from a 2002 36’ Challenger to a 2012 28’ Four Winds Chateau and love it. All the junk I had in the Challenger is now in the Chateau with room to spare. It handles very well at 70mph but the mileage sucks, won’t do that again. Grandson loves his “cave” in the cab over.
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I would suggest you drive a new Jayco with the J-Ride and the compare that to the others like Winnebago. I think you will find Jayco's finish and ride superior to the big name. Just make sure the tires have the proper inflation before the test drive. I would do a minimum of 100 miles RT on various roads to see if you agree.




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We have a 2014 Thor Four Winds 31F. Traveled from Colorado to California and Oregon this summer and averaged 9.1 mpg. We usually drove around 65 MPH on Interstates. Could have gone faster, but weren't comfortable doing that with all the semi rigs. No problem climbing mountains.
We think the ride is great but you have to expect those semis to push you a bit. Nothing major, but definitely noticeable.
Haven't owned a Class A, but when test driving both types, we liked the tightness of the Class C and having a door next to the driver. We found a floor plan that we love with a side aisle and have had no major issues, just a few little things needed tweaked. Good Luck!
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One thing I never see mentioned when people talk about Ford chassis Class-C units is the very small foot space for passenger side. I strongly suggest you and your passenger spend a few minutes sitting in that seat and imagine what you will feel like after hours and hours of travel.
That is one of the main reasons we decided to not go with a Ford. It cut down our selection but at least we are more comfortable.
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I would suggest you drive a new Jayco with the J-Ride and the compare that to the others like Winnebago. I think you will find Jayco's finish and ride superior to the big name. Just make sure the tires have the proper inflation before the test drive. I would do a minimum of 100 miles RT on various roads to see if you agree.

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Old 11-02-2014, 01:12 AM   #12
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For the passenger on the Ford rigs, you can ease that a bit by purchasing a console that fits on the doghouse from a different year. Better yet, many folks don't realize that the console easily removes all together while leaving the doghouse (engine cover) intact.

I have the smaller console installed.
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Do most of the class C RV's have leveling jacks or stabilizers?

We have a friend with a new Born Free class C and she said they can't put leveling jacks on it.
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My 2015 Thor Freedom Elite 23H does not have leveling jacks.
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