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Old 09-07-2015, 01:24 PM   #1
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Why more Ford than Chevy on the used market?

It seems that 9 out of 10 used Class C units for sale around here are Fords. Does anyone know the reason for this? I did a search, and saw some info comparing the 2, but still can't determine if there is a bigger demand for Fords, or if there are just more of them produced.

In general, I've owned GM vehicles for most of my life, and tend to prefer them, and also like the visual appeal better. I'm leaning toward looking for a late 90s, early 2000s Class C Chevrolet, in the 22 - 24 ft size range, but it seems like it will take a while to find a good one.

Anyone who knows the pros/cons of the Chevy vs. Ford, or prefers one over the other for certain reasons, please feel free to share.

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Old 09-07-2015, 01:32 PM   #2
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We just bought Ford based Class C and I found the same thing (Ford/Chevy/Dodge) while I was looking. I believe there were just more Fords produced rather than any brand popularity. That being said, I personally wanted the Ford chassis and 460ci power plant.
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Old 09-07-2015, 02:00 PM   #3
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There were a lot more Fords made, if I remember the stats properly. I would make one caution/suggestion in the model year spread you're looking at. We started out with an '85, 26' C with the 460. What a mechanical turkey that turned out to be. Many US automakers didn't find out about electronic fuel injection until the early 1990s, and a lot of the early ones were throttle-body injection. Inlet-port injection didn't become common until about 1995.

Our '85 had a 2-barrel carb and enough smog gear for a small city. It got 6 mpg at sea-level and that dropped to around 4.5 mpg at altitude, and there's a lot of that around here. We sold it after just one season and saved up for something newer.

That was an '02 Georgetown 32' Class A on the Ford F-53 chassis and with the V-10 and EFI. Even with the extra weight and length, we got a consistent 7.5 mpg, irrespective of altitude.

We're now out of the RV life after 4 seasons with the Class A, as it just got too expensive for our income.
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Old 09-07-2015, 05:17 PM   #4
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It seems that 9 out of 10 used Class C units for sale around here are Fords. Does anyone know the reason for this?
One reason The ones owning Chevy powered ones are not trading them in. They are happier then the Ford owners. And keeping them longer.
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One reason The ones owning Chevy powered ones are not trading them in. They are happier then the Ford owners. And keeping them longer.
LOL ... I think the REAL reason is that there is no sense trying to sell something that has no resale value.
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I've been a Chevy man all my life, bought a used Ford class c and love it, the 460 is a work horse, will pass the diesel pushers up hill all day and still get 9 mpg !
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Workhorse stopped making the chassis in 2012.
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:26 PM   #8
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For a number of years if you wanted a longer Class C, it was only available on a Ford cab/chassis. Smaller one's you could find Chevy/GM's but normally not on much longer than 25 or26' Class Cs, I believe .
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Up until recently, the Ford E450 chassis had an advantage with higher chassis limits. If you went with a larger MH, or with slides, the Ford was the only chassis available for a Class C with that much weight. For instance:
2006 Thor Four Winds 28 A - 30 ft. No slides - available with Ford E450 or Chevy 3500
2006 Thor Four Winds 29A - 30 ft. Two slides - only available with Ford E450
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