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Old 08-20-2014, 08:17 AM   #1
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Potentially new to Class C HELP

We currently have a 5th wheel,27 ft pulled with 2011 dodge ram hemi. Are seriously looking to acquire 2010 Itasca 32 ft class C ford v10 on a 450. Have taken it for a good test drive75 miles,much to the chagrine of the dealer.Drove good on both dual lane & secondary hwys/roads.The unit is perfect for our needs.
Here are my 2 concerns with the unit 1) seems underpowered with 6.8 ford 305 hp as it revs about 2300-2400 rpm at cruising speeds of 110km or 65 mph.this I am comparing to my Ram at 1800rpm which is with trailer weights combined slightly lighter 2) we plan on pulling 2013 soft top Wrangler 2 door. Ibelieve I am OK with all weight issues.
Am I over reacting to the perceived RPM issue & will it pull,4 down,the Wrangler without struggling. We travel 2 months per year generally covering 6500 miles ,10000 km.
All you class C out there your feedback/comments both positive or negative are very much appreciated.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:27 AM   #2
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The cruise speed RPM, is similar to what I've seen in other V-10 posts.
The question is are you ready for the drop in fuel economy. I'm thinking the " C " will be 20% heavier in fuel use than your current combo.
The Wrangler shouldn't be an issue, with a good braking system.
Also the leveling, stabilizing in a site; compared to a 5er.
Many C class have low CCC. but being on a 450 chassis , may not be an issue with this one . Did you look at the weight sticker for , CCC & tow weight ratings?
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:46 PM   #3
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I think you were noticing the difference between gas and diesel power. Your Ram develops it's best power at under 2,000 RPM, a Ford V-10 doesn't until it's winding up over 2,500 to 3,500 RPM. Not only the difference in engine speed, but the radiator fan also really hums at high RPMs. Ford V-10 is the most popular gas engine put in RVs, Class A and Class C, so it may seem underpowered, but it's adequate.
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Glad you're aboard. Best of luck in your decision. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:32 PM   #5
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Welcome Aboard!!

We have 2012 Thor Freedom Elite 26E with the V-10 E-450 Chassis that we tow a 2011 2 Dr Jeep Wrangler Hard Top - power wise I was very impressed with it - we went from a Southwind 34' Class A to this last year - on grades without a toad it would bog down to 40 mph our Class C fully loaded towing our Jeep and Harley on back has never dropped below 50 mph on the steepest grades on 90% of our 2 trips from WV to AZ it maintained 60 mph with no problems.

Down side is that we avg 7.5 mpg with our best at 8.9 mpg out west. but I also cruise at 65 most of the time on the interstate and 70 mph out west. You will get better mileage if you run at 60 mph.
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:54 PM   #6
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Have 31' Itasca with V10. Just completed 2500 trip. Averaged 9.17 MPG with computer numbers. Once I got used to the RPM's I love it. Pulled 2004 Avalon on a dolly. But never went over 60.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:14 PM   #7
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Welcome to the club! I pull a 2013 Wrangler Rubicon with a hardtop behind a 2014 Itasca Cambria 27k, which is actually a hair under 30 feet. I get right around 10 mpg. Got the same with my previous Winnebago with the V10 too.
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