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Old 07-20-2015, 09:13 AM   #1
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Ride quality of Ford chassis

We own a Winnie Aspect 26A (2005) on an E450 chassis and in the market to change MH's. My question is, does the Ford E350 ride any better than the E450? I have changed tire pressure, loaded different ways and nothing stops the pounding on an uneven road or when driving over a repair on the road.
We are considering going to a smaller unit and maybe even a Sprinter chassis bases MH. Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance, John.
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:19 AM   #2
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Short answer is no. If you are going to a Sprinter you towed choices are very narrow. All of them are trucks and will ride like a truck. That said some trucks ride better than others.
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We opted for the Sprinter based - View over the Ford based Minnie Winnie for this reason. It drove so much nicer.

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Old 07-20-2015, 09:43 AM   #4
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Take a look at what Jayco is doing w/ their J-Ride (Redhawk) and J-Ride Plus (Greyhawk) units. Plus units have a balanced drive shaft, rubber isolation pucks, Hellwig helper springs, added sway bars, and upgrade Bilsteins. The drive is absolutely better. That + a front end alignment makes for a very good ride, all things considered.
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:59 AM   #5
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Wow. There is a difference of how an RV handles even within a model line. I have a 2008 Aspect 26a and it handles great! I does have airbags in the rear and I inflate them to 80 #s. It is a HD truck chassis that carries a lot of weight so it will never ride like a car. But there is no constant pounding.

Second thought. The PO installed a good set of new shocks on mine just prior to my purchase. Mine has 45,000 miles now. Maybe yours just needs new shocks?
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:12 PM   #6
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Wink IMHO: Yes

A comparable (same year or two), E-350 will ride much smoother than an E-450. The 450 will be 2 to 3,000# heavier and consequently will have a stiffer suspension (though loading them heavy is reputed to smooth the ride out somewhat). The 450 will have a 4:56 rear end vs the 350's 4:10 assuring significantly worse mileage (especially when loaded/towing heavy).

Don't get me wrong, I think the 450 is one hell of a chassis and if you actually need that much truck it is definitely the way to go. If however your Class C is 25' or less the 450 will be more than needed. Over 25' the 450 becomes the better choice.

The 450 does a decent job humping up to 32'+ Class C's but, it has the exact same motor and transmission, 6.8L 305 HP (at 4,250 rpm - 420# of torque at 3,250 rpm), V-10 mated to the excellent 5 speed Torque Shift trans, found in a late model 350. Hmmm, in which one will you get up and down the mountains more efficiently?

Candor alert: Yep, I have an E-350 in our 24' Nexus Class C. After nearly 2 years and 23,000+ miles I could not be happier with the performance of our motorhome. I just started towing a 9' motorcycle trailer to carry my BMW R80 RT, bike and trailer weigh in at a paltry 850#. Can't even see it in the mirrors and the V-10 sure doesn't seem to notice.

I thoroughly enjoy having the smoother ride and better mileage that we get with the E-350. We bought used but given a choice (350 vs 450), I would have stayed with the 350. We lucked out in that the original owners opted for the 55 gallon fuel tank as many 350's come with just 40 which is less than ideal.

If you are going to load light and tow next to nothing you can get by with the Mercedes chassis but 188 HP and 320# of torque can only do so much. The ride will probably be smoother (if you can ignore the atrocious Mercedes seats), but you will be giving up half or more of the payload/storage of a Ford (or Chevy). It all comes down to how you are going to use the rig.

As always.... Opinions and YMMV.



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We own a Winnie Aspect 26A (2005) on an E450 chassis and in the market to change MH's. My question is, does the Ford E350 ride any better than the E450? I have changed tire pressure, loaded different ways and nothing stops the pounding on an uneven road or when driving over a repair on the road.
We are considering going to a smaller unit and maybe even a Sprinter chassis bases MH. Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance, John.
put sumo's on it...


I also upped the tires to 19.5s... they carry the weight better and don't have to be pumped up like rocks
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