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Old 08-17-2013, 12:34 PM   #1
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Class c 27 feet or less, sleep 8??

Looking for a $10,000-15000 Class C MH that will sleep 8, 27 feet or less. Found one, a 1996 Dutchman. How about some other names I should look for? Did they make any with the bunk over the cab, sofa across from dinette booth and rear sleeping area that would sleep 2 in a queen or twin bunks that were less than 27 feet? This is the configuration I want. (I realize the sofa and dinette probably only adequate for kids). If so what names should I search in the under 27 foot length?

How about engine hp, size, etc. for the under 30 feet Class Cs. I had a 24 Foot 1997 with the chevy 350 and it was marginal on power. Now days ford is the big player with the v8 460 or the v10. Is there a strong preference there?

How about the 350 vs 450 Chassis. For all of this think 30 feet or under. Tail overhang looks excessive on some models. Did a 450 chassis get you a longer wheel base?

Starting over again. I searched for a big class c, daughter, paying half wanted a diesel. Bought a diesel. Too big 40 feet and expensive to maintain. Bought a 35 foot dolphin. Daughter filled it once with fuel and as a just retired school teacher realize it was gong to cost to much so that is for sale.

I decided I wanted something to haul the family in so I am looking for the above mentioned class c. My cost for everything, purchase, fuel, maintenance etc. so big compromise between that and the Monaco diesel we had to start with. Thanks for your help.
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To sleep 8 you may need to pull a pop up behind the C
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:54 PM   #3
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I guess rather than "sleep 8", it would have been better to define configuration. Cab over sleeping and rear queen or twin bunks and than the dinette across from the sofa for convenient conversation by family while going down the road. Can play cards, read, or now days for kids I guess it is Iphone or Ipad, or???. Thanks.
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Sounds like a 2001 Jayco Eagle I had. It was 28 ft with a Ford E450 V10. It ran great and had plenty of power.
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That Ford E450 is a powerful engine, have one and so far , love it. Sleeping 8 in 27 feet or less is really going to be cramped, and traveling for more than a 100 miles with 8 in there, well it is not going to be very comfortable, hope everyone gets along well. The seats around the table are not that comfortable to sit in for very long . . . You definitely do not want anyone to ride in the berth above the driver, very dangerous pus putting extra strain on that appendix every time you hit a bump and that spell LEAKS. I guess you could count on someone using the bed for a while to stretch out on, but that too would get old with all the bouncing around, however on a short trips such as going tailgating to a game etc., it would work. When we take off it is usually 400 to 500 miles till the next stop. Good luck.
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Dr. Den, you mentioned a table and the seats--we want a booth and have found that to be acceptable in the 5 different Class A MHs we owned from 1979 to 2000. Also in a short Class C we briefly owned in 2010. Agree about over the cab while traveling. With three seats on the sofa, 4 in a booth and two up front can seat 9. On the one and only Class C I had, I added a couple of belts where there weren't any and was able to "belt" 9. It was a small one and didn't have the rear bed of any kind. On the Class As we had the rear bed/beds-twin, were OK, and my daughter and her friend used to stretch out and read back there. I realize it is probably a function of road condition, chassis, and size of the MH. Class A might be more forgiving than the Class C regarding ride in the rear bed area. Good to know that might be an issue. No experience with a rear bed Class C. Thanks for your insight from your experience.
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My unit is supposed to sleep 5. However, I wouldn't have more than 3 or 4 in mine.
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