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Old 11-28-2010, 07:06 AM   #1
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Question - What are the top 5 Class C's?

Who would you say are the top 5 manufacturers of quality Class C's?
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:44 AM   #2
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Any one of these MFG's on a good day will produce a good class "C".
If a Monday or Friday is when you run into trouble.
What you need is a good PDI list to find the faults that were produce on the bad days.
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A lot depends on what you are looking for in terms of style, build quality, size, etc., but here's my list:

Lazy Daze
Born Free
Dynomax
Winnebago/Itasca (several models)
Jayco
Fleetwood
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Old 12-11-2010, 07:34 AM   #5
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Winnebago #1 Jayco #2 Lazy Daze #3
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I will agree with Gary on including Born Free, we have spoken to more than a few owners, some of whom had serious problems and they had nothing but praise for how the Company responded and ditto the Dynamax if we are going to blurr the C/B+ class.
They have a shorter model, QST260 ? on a Freightliner medium duty chasis with MB power that has to be one of the most intelligently designed coaches ever made and latter model examples with low mileage can be had for short dollars, relatively speaking.
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I will agree with Gary on including Born Free, we have spoken to more than a few owners, some of whom had serious problems and they had nothing but praise for how the Company responded and ditto the Dynamax if we are going to blurr the C/B+ class.
They have a shorter model, QST260 ? on a Freightliner medium duty chasis with MB power that has to be one of the most intelligently designed coaches ever made and latter model examples with low mileage can be had for short dollars, relatively speaking.
I find some of the Dynamax features pretty attractive. Some negatives though. On the QST260 (assuming it is the same as the current DQ260ST) there is no bed other than a sofa bed. Its tanks, given its size, are only 36 and 33 gallons for waste. I'd much prefer the 302 in that series with its twin beds.

GCWR is 54,000 lbs and GVWR is 26,000. If you want to tow.......

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Shadow, I agree that the areas you mention do -limit- use with full timers perhaps, and the sofa bed, yes it is not as comfortable as a permanent rack, BUT I sure would get me one if I could. There is just too much that makes sense about these, first service people would not run away when you pulled in, second the MB diesel would probably get you into the 16mpg neighborhood, you have some sheet metal in front of you, the list goes on and on.
Of course my usual caveot applies, pre emissions only ('07 ? and earlier) I have seen multiple examples of one owners, under 15k miles with asking prices in the $70k range, like I said, in a heartbeat if I could.

Just what class coach are these anyway??
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Shadow, I agree that the areas you mention do -limit- use with full timers perhaps, and the sofa bed, yes it is not as comfortable as a permanent rack, BUT I sure would get me one if I could. There is just too much that makes sense about these, first service people would not run away when you pulled in, second the MB diesel would probably get you into the 16mpg neighborhood, you have some sheet metal in front of you, the list goes on and on.
Of course my usual caveot applies, pre emissions only ('07 ? and earlier) I have seen multiple examples of one owners, under 15k miles with asking prices in the $70k range, like I said, in a heartbeat if I could.

Just what class coach are these anyway??
Class C. When you talk about service you are right on. Darn buried rear engine diesels are a pain to mechanics. When we took both of ours in the techs groaned as we'd drive through the gate hoping they wouldn't be selected to work on it. In one case the Tech took me over to an OTR truck that had the hood up and said this is how I'd work on this and look what I had to do with yours. It took us an hour to get at the 04 Journey's engine bay - 3 covers and they were a dog to open.

Nice thing is heavy duty everything. In my case I'd have to go for a higher rated license - but if given my druthers I wouldn't mine one either.

A couple of years ago we were camped outside Indianapolis in April on the way back from Florida. We were going to the Jayco factory to have some work done. Parked next to us was a guy with a VERY large Haulmark who was towing a matching trailer that was also huge (nice to have that towing capacity) and had a few cars in it. We got talking to him and his comments were interesting. He had owned a trucking company and had driven tractor trailers for years. When he retired he figured he get big diesel pusher. Well, he took out some pretty upscale models (his Haulmark was $400K) and was horrified. He said with the light front ends they were all over the road. He said he could not tolerate driving something like that - and thus he had the Haulmark built to his specs.
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Just what class coach are these anyway??
Many call the ones built on an HDT chassis a "C+" or a "Super C".

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Many call the ones built on an HDT chassis a "C+" or a "Super C".

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On the Kodiak forum many consider these to be a cut above a Super C or C+ (like the Kodiak) and some would call them super duper C's.

Amazingly, there are parks that will not allow them in - even if the owner paid $400k to $500k.
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'Super duper C' gotta like that-for the reasons you mention it really does seem like the most intelligent design.
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Maybe we should start a designation - I'll offer up "Hyper C" and "Maxi C" as candidates.

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I really like super duper C, Shadow I would not have a pusher for exactly the reasons you mention, regardless of how nice they are.
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