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Old 03-03-2007, 09:33 PM   #1
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I am looking at Class C motorhomes. Today I looked at a 2002 Coachman Freedom 25'8" that was just about exactly what my family wants, but it was way overpriced ($33,000 with 52,000 miles). However, since it had the Chevy 350 V8 and I may end up buying one with that engine (or the smaller Ford 5.4L V8), I wonder if these smaller V8s are up to the task.

This one I looked at was 8900 lbs with fuel and LP full and I won't be towing anything, but I will be doing a lot of driving in the west through mountians.

My last C was a 26'8" weighing about the same but with a 7.5L Ford and it did very nicely in the mountains.

Also, do these smaller V8s provide a fuel mileage advantage?

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Old 03-03-2007, 09:33 PM   #2
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I am looking at Class C motorhomes. Today I looked at a 2002 Coachman Freedom 25'8" that was just about exactly what my family wants, but it was way overpriced ($33,000 with 52,000 miles). However, since it had the Chevy 350 V8 and I may end up buying one with that engine (or the smaller Ford 5.4L V8), I wonder if these smaller V8s are up to the task.

This one I looked at was 8900 lbs with fuel and LP full and I won't be towing anything, but I will be doing a lot of driving in the west through mountians.

My last C was a 26'8" weighing about the same but with a 7.5L Ford and it did very nicely in the mountains.

Also, do these smaller V8s provide a fuel mileage advantage?

Thanks
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Old 03-07-2007, 02:42 PM   #3
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My Dad had a 23 footer with the 5.4 and he loved it. Got great gas milage and had pleanty of power. he put 7500 miles on it on one trip and averaged (so he says) 11.5 mpg.
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Old 03-07-2007, 04:13 PM   #4
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TP-I have a 2005 FourWinds 28A(29'7") with no slide and don't tow. It has a 6.0 Chev V8 that is 300HP and 360ft lbs torque. It has plenty of power. We have been over the Rockies twice and all over Wyoming and Utah and never lacked for enough power. The gas mileage on our last trip of 4500 miles averaged between 11.5 and 11.89 MPG depending if we were on the flats or in the mountains. I had 2 Ford coaches and the ride on the Chev beats them hands down. Also much quieter,smoother shifting, more cab room,doesn't lean in sharp turns, and doesn't jar you when going over expansion joints. The only way you can tell is to test drive several coaches. Good Luck! Road Dog
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:01 PM   #5
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Thanks. I guess the small V8 in the smaller rig is the way to go, but first I have to sell my 32 foot Itasca with the 7.5L that gets 7 mpg.

I heard the 6.0 Chevy is much more powerful than the older 5.7 Chevy. The 6.0 has more hp than my 7.5 and almost as much torque.
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Old 04-29-2007, 05:19 AM   #6
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Well I bought a newer motorhome, but it the Chevy 7.4L. Too nice of a deal to pass up. It's a 2000 Gulfstream Conquest Sport, 28 foot, Class C, with only 9700 miles on the odometer and only 65 hours on the generator. I have heard this engine gets better mileage than the Ford 7.5L, but I suspect not much better.
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Old 05-06-2007, 03:14 PM   #7
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I had the Vortec 7.4 in a 34' calss A. Ran gereat and I got better MPG with it than I do now with a Vortec 8.1. But th other MH was a light lighter.
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Old 06-03-2007, 08:22 PM   #8
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Well just took a 4400 mile trip from Michigan to TX and NM and back. Avged about 8.75 mpg including maybe 20 hours with the generator. That beats my previous Class A by 1.75 and the older Class C I had before by 1. So I am happy.
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