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Old 12-08-2015, 04:57 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a new Class C

Ok guys.

My wife and I are in the market to buy a class c and have narrowed it down to 3 unless some one else can chime in and direct me in another direction. we will be using this mostly on the weekends about 2-3 times per month. travel and racing motocross. I will be pulling a 6k tandem trailer with it so keep that in mind. My wife is big on lay out of the coach it has to have apposing sofa/dinette to even be in the conversation. we have narrowed it down to 3 that we like. looking to stay under 30' but not a deal breaker.

1. Thor quantum 260rs e450 v10
2. Coachmen leprechaun 260ds E450 V10
3. Thor Chateau Super c 33sw F550 6.7dsl

Our budjet in under 100k and we would like to get the best quality and customer service that we can afford.

If any one else has one that fit this criteria please chime in.
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Your trailer is going to be the limiting factor. Be sure to verify how much weight your selection can actually tow. I believe that most Class C MHs are 5,000 lbs( or possibly less.)

However, a Super C will usually be 7.5k or even 10k lbs.

Good Luck, I'm sure someone else will chime in and add more to my thoughts.
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:38 PM   #3
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6k might be generous. 2 bikes 500lbs, 1 rhinow 1500lbs, fuel and gear 500lbs 2000lbs trailer . so 4500lbs is closer to what it would actually be. Good point though. Got me thinking.
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:28 PM   #4
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Even at 4500lbs you are close to the limit for most class C's. Try looking at some of the small Class A's
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looked at lots of class A. Did not find one that has a lay out even close to the ones we liked.
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Old 12-09-2015, 12:18 AM   #6
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Take a look at the Winnebago Vista 26HE/Itasca Sunstar LX (Class A) models. They are very popular in your price range. Uses new Ford F-53, V-10, 6-speed motorhome chassis. Should work better for your towing and features interest. Happy camping!

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Old 12-09-2015, 09:51 AM   #7
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Thumbs up Another possibility...

Here is one to consider:

2016 Redhawk 31XL | Jayco, Inc.

About $ 65,000.00 on sale, 7,500 pound towing capacity, 6 speed tranny, and the floorplan that your wife is looking for.

There are lots of units out there from many manufacturers, so when you find several that you like and will fit your needs, pick the one with the longest warranty. I've always felt that if a manufacturer doesn't have enough faith in their own product to offer at least a standard 2 year warranty, that is a red flag!

Whatever you decide, happy and safe camping.
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Old 12-14-2015, 09:30 AM   #8
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... I've always felt that if a manufacturer doesn't have enough faith in their own product to offer at least a standard 2 year warranty, that is a red flag!
Warrantys are insurance policies. It costs them less to buy an insurance policy than the cost of extra quality.

Plus many manufacturers skip quality control and inspections at the plant with the idea they will fix it later (under warranty). It is another cost-cutting practice at manufacturing time.

The problem is you spend your time and lose use of you Rv while it's being fixed.
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If you are going to purchase a Class C, and with your towing requirements, you should be looking at manufacturers using Ford's E450 chassis. The E450 uses Ford's V10, has a six speed transmission, hitch rating of 7500 pounds, and a "tow-haul" mode that changes the shift points when towing.

When I was looking this fall to downsize from my Class A Diesel Pusher, I had to consider that my dinghy is a Hummer H3 which weighs really close to 5,000 pounds. So I looked at manufactures using the E450 chassis. I chose a Forest River Sunseeker for a variety of reasons and so far I have been pleased with my selection.
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Ok guys.

My wife and I are in the market to buy a class c and have narrowed it down to 3 unless some one else can chime in and direct me in another direction. we will be using this mostly on the weekends about 2-3 times per month. travel and racing motocross. I will be pulling a 6k tandem trailer with it so keep that in mind. My wife is big on lay out of the coach it has to have apposing sofa/dinette to even be in the conversation. we have narrowed it down to 3 that we like. looking to stay under 30' but not a deal breaker.

1. Thor quantum 260rs e450 v10
2. Coachmen leprechaun 260ds E450 V10
3. Thor Chateau Super c 33sw F550 6.7dsl

Our budjet in under 100k and we would like to get the best quality and customer service that we can afford.

If any one else has one that fit this criteria please chime in.
3. Thor Chateau Super c 33sw F550 6.7dsl I looked at this RV at the show last year, Nice rig.
If I was to buy new again I would go with the Ford F550 6.7 diesel. Cab room is great and towing power is far better than the V-10. The E450 cabs lacks leg room, especially on the passenger side. I had a new 2011 Fleetwood Jamboree 31m. I took this Chevrolet cab Fourwinds in trade when I sold the Fleetwood. Much more cab room than the Ford. I liked everything about the Ford other than the leg room and the heat coming from the floor and doghouse.
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Look at Forest River Sunseeker Class C's. The ones on the Ford chassis come with 7500 lb hitches, as of some time in the 2014 model year.
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Whenever the topic of towing with a motor home comes up, there also seems to be a lot of wrong information that comes along.
With respect to the E450, Ford has been rating it to tow 7,500# (14,500#GVWR - 22,000#GCWR), for a number of years now, however some manufacturers still don't rate their offerings to tow that much. Another issue could be what they allow for tongue weight.
A common belief seems to be that a small A is rated to tow more than a C. That is frequently not the case. One common chassis for As has a 22,000GVWR and a 26,000#GCWR which gives it a 4,000# tow rating. There are also a number of diesel pushers that are fairly limited in what they're rated to tow.
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Whenever the topic of towing with a motor home comes up, there also seems to be a lot of wrong information that comes along.
With respect to the E450, Ford has been rating it to tow 7,500# (14,500#GVWR - 22,000#GCWR), for a number of years now, however some manufacturers still don't rate their offerings to tow that much. Another issue could be what they allow for tongue weight.
A common belief seems to be that a small A is rated to tow more than a C. That is frequently not the case. One common chassis for As has a 22,000GVWR and a 26,000#GCWR which gives it a 4,000# tow rating. There are also a number of diesel pushers that are fairly limited in what they're rated to tow.
That 4,000 lbs is true if your MH alone is loaded up to GVWR. If loaded to, for example 20,000 lbs, then you could tow 6,000 and still be under the GCWR. There are other variables such as tongue weight, but just pointing out the trailer is not limited to 4,000 at all times.

However, it is never good to be loaded to the max rating for either value if you can avoid it.

For OP, the F-550 with diesel engine will pull your trailer better than the other options listed. Heavier chassis and stronger engine.
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TMC is putting ClassIII-plus receivers on their E450 Class C's (8,000lb), and Class IV (10,000lb) on the Super C w/F550 cab/chassis...possible right off the showroom floor.

The Super C's are really fantastic RV's for the chassis capabilities...and do not move the owner into Commercial makers for driveline maint like other Super C's on Navistar or Freightliner chassis. And with the regular pick-up cab on the F550, the overcab bunk space is huge.

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