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Old 06-18-2012, 10:26 PM   #1
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Ford v10 vs. Chevy V8?

Hi,

A major difference in the two Class C's we're considering is that the Four Winds Chateau 21 has a Ford V10 and the Freelander QB21 has a Chevy V8.

We're heard that the V10 gets about 2 mpg less and that it heats up the cab.

Please comment on your experience with v8s and v10s - such as the benefits and drawbacks of each. Thanks!!!
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:35 PM   #2
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Buy the one with the floor plan you like best, you will spend a lot more
time living in the coach than you will driving it.....

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Old 06-18-2012, 10:55 PM   #3
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Buy the one with the floor plan you like best, you will spend a lot more
time living in the coach than you will driving it.....

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I wholeheartedly agree with Sequim Guy, however to put your mind at ease, take an extended test drive in both models you're considering to verify whether what you've heard is true.

Good luck
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:12 PM   #4
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I personaly would go with the Chevy based. Chevy parts are cheaper and much easier to find.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:35 PM   #5
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Then again, Ford under more Class C then anything else, can't be to hard to find parts for those rare v 10's.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:43 PM   #6
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While I have no 'dog' in this fight, I am a Dodge/Cummin fan, when we did have Class 'C' MH I always went with the Ford Chassic. We have have both the 460's and the newer V10's. Liked them both as they had a lot of pwoer to tow toys. I was not concerned about what my MPG were as that is not something I paid attention to. As has already been stated 'get the floor plan that you want' and live with the power train/chassic. They can all be fun!
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My 2012 Ford gets about 7.5 mpg on highway pulling toad or not, maybe 5.5 mpg in town. Good power, but your not gonna win drag races or sail over mountains. I have not noticed the cab heating up from the motor? Might be a good thing in the winter. Tow/haul mode works well. Buy the one with the best floor plan.
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IMHO, any answer you get will be filtered through a lot of different experiences and biases. I have owned 3 MHs, 2 Chev's, 1 V-10. Although different lengths, they were about the same on power; in my experience, more road feel with Ford, a bit softer ride with Chev/WH. I agree with others, go for the rest of the rig, mainly floor plan comfort, because power, mileage, handling, and ride are just too subjective and you'll get ten different opinions from ten drivers.... IMO, get a rig you love to play in and have some fun! My 2 cents.
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Chevy V8.......4.8 or 5.3 or 6.0 or 8.1? Makes a BIG difference.

Which V8 are you talking about?
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cant say Ive seen a "newer" class C with chevy drive train past the early 90s?
The Cs I looked at a few years ago were exclusively powered by Ford.

The "heat" issue might be the manifolds... easily cured with headers.
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We have the 21QB with a chevy V-8 5.3 and like it better than the Ford. We test drove one with a Ford and we found it to be noisier than the Chevy. The floor in the Ford got pretty hot where the Chevy does not. There is also more passenger leg room in the Chevy. The model we bought came with both Ford and Chevy so we opted for the Chevy - plenty of pick up and power. We have a 2011 so it is not too old.
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I have not owned a MH with a V-10, but have, driven several. I found them all to be extremely noisy when under power, esp. climbing a hill. The Class C legroom was poor for both the driver and DW passenger and the doghouse was quite large. What a difference the Chevy was. Much quieter, more legroom, and so far, 11.1 MPG over 1800 miles per the computer. I have not yet done a MPG computation by actual gas usage, primarily because it doesn't really matter to me. I will be using it regardless of the MPG. If it was up to me, I would go for the Chevy.

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Gas mileage-Chevy
Torque-Ford
Horse power-Ford
Engine specs-Ford
Noise-Ford (louder)
Cargo-Ford
Towing-Ford
Ride-Chevy
Leg room -Chevy
Cab body length-Chevy
Braking problems-Chevy
Front end alignments -Ford
Long term commitment to RV chassis-Ford
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Ford Vs Chevy? Whodathunk?
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