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Old 06-04-2019, 09:58 AM   #1
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Looking at 2 small Class C motorhomes

I test drove two class Cs. A 25' 2017 Thor Citation, 2 slides, diesel w/diesel generator. Vehicle drove very nice and engine and generator were very quiet.
Vehicle was a little smaller and more expensive than the other vehicle I drove, which was a 2018 25' Four Winds, with the V-10 Ford engine. The Ford has a little more room, also 2 slides. The Ford drove pretty good but, was more noisy and rode rougher than the Citation.
Anyone have any experience with either of these vehicles. As I am an old 5th wheel trailer guy, I will appreciate any comments. Thanks to all. Nick
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Our rv is on the 2017 Ford E450. It is a little loud, but it's easy to drive. I've heard very good things about the diesel chassis. Evidently it's like driving a car (comfortable and easy). I suspect you'd also get much better mileage from the diesel, but there are maintenance considerations.
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I test drove two class Cs. A 25' 2017 Thor Citation, 2 slides, diesel w/diesel generator. Vehicle drove very nice and engine and generator were very quiet.
Vehicle was a little smaller and more expensive than the other vehicle I drove, which was a 2018 25' Four Winds, with the V-10 Ford engine. The Ford has a little more room, also 2 slides. The Ford drove pretty good but, was more noisy and rode rougher than the Citation.
Anyone have any experience with either of these vehicles. As I am an old 5th wheel trailer guy, I will appreciate any comments. Thanks to all. Nick
Your summary of the most noticeable differences is pretty accurate.

The Sprinter based Cs can be "OCCC challenged" depending on how much of the GVWR the upfitter has used up in building it. They are generally quieter, and handle better.

In my experience with both engines, the 3.0L V6 turbo diesel easily gets twice the fuel economy of the V10 gas engine under similar driving situations. At a price difference of between 10% to 25% between gas/diesel the Sprinter wins that battle. They are usually pricier to begin, and some say the maintenance costs are higher. Some owners can mitigate that by doing simple maintenance themselves.

The Ford V10 is a good engine. Lots of power at higher RPMs. Simple parts are cheaper. Oil changes are 1/5 the cost of the diesels but the frequency is higher, so that may be a wash. They probably are less expensive up front to buy.

We looked at the Four Winds a few years back, and they have a decent enough reputation such that they are used as rentals by a lot of companies. Mostly due to their simplicity and durability.
Our Sunstar had the newer V10, 3 valve, with the 6 speed transmission. It drove pretty well, but the shorter wheelbase did make handling in crosswinds and against semi-truck "bow wash" a little harder to manage, but you get used to it. Very loud when challenging hills.

Either unit will probably work well for you. Compare the floor plans and see what works for you. We prefer the Sprinter based Navion. Works best for us overall, for now.
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