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Old 10-28-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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Class C with Ford v10 E450 engine

I am looking at buying a Class C motorhome and was wondering how this handles mountain driving out west in the Utah, Colorado area. I am use to a diesel motorhome and this is a big change. I am not sure how the class c will do with the down hill. Has anyone had any problems driving mountains?

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Old 10-28-2012, 07:47 PM   #2
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I have driven a 36 foot class A and now a 25 foot class B+ in NM, CO, UT,ID,WA,OR,CA,AND AZ. All I do is down shift and let the tran do the work. very seldem touch the brakes.

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I have a 2008 class c on the Ford E440 platform. I've driven all over California, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and have enjoyed every mile. The ford pulls any and all grades with ease and going down the other side is a breeze. Simply turn on the tow function by pressing the button on the trans shifter.

I have driven several older class A gas and diesel units and find the E450 a joy to drive.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:23 PM   #4
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Just made a trip to CA. With a 4100# toad. The E450 made the trip well. Just turn on the Tow Haul going down hill. Trans will down shift as needed.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:24 PM   #5
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we did a trip this summer from mn to yellowstone & jackson hole in our 2001 24ft class C on an E450 V10, with a 4 speed tranny, and it was fine. However, my unit spent a fair amount of time in 2nd gear on some of the uphill climbs, and most of the downhill as well. We have the tow/haul button and it was put to use quite a bit.

Our friends had rented a new 2012 31ft class c on e450 with a 5 speed tranny, and he was able to pass me going up some of the steeper grades because of the extra gearing he had available to him. the extra gearing he had made a ton of difference, I wish i had a 5 speed tranny.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:13 AM   #6
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The V-10 works fine just don't be in a hurry.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:41 PM   #7
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Smile v-10 power

Hi, new to Class C's and wanted you to know that Texas is nothing compared to NM, CO, UT but I just purchased a Four Winds 28A with 31,000 miles on it and drove from San Antonio to Brownsville. I drove 55 in overdrive and didn't have to slow down or lose any speed all the way down. It has good pickup, drives well, power to pass, also the gauges were either glued in place or that did not move, except the gas guage, which feel more that I would have liked.

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