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Old 05-20-2022, 05:29 AM   #1
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How do I know what chassis?

Looking at a 2005 Itasca Suncruiser 38J. Broucher says it has the Chassis E – Workhorse™ 8.1L Vortec V8, 340-hp, Allison 1000 electronic 5-speed overdrive transmission, 145-amp. alternator, 4-wheel ABS, Wheel Liners stainless steel,
Tires 22.5"

Is that the Workhorse 24W chassis?

Is that a good chassis?

I have only owned Ford F53 chassis in the past.
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Old 05-20-2022, 07:24 AM   #2
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The 22.5 wheels make it a W24 Workhorse.

A good chassis?. Absolutely. Back when these were new, a motorhome with a Workhorse chassis would command a higher price than a Ford chassis. Of course, Workhorse went out of business, and Ford continued to upgrade their chassis.

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Looking at a 2005 Itasca Suncruiser 38J. Broucher says it has the Chassis E – Workhorse™ 8.1L Vortec V8, 340-hp, Allison 1000 electronic 5-speed overdrive transmission, 145-amp. alternator, 4-wheel ABS, Wheel Liners stainless steel,
Tires 22.5"

Is that the Workhorse 24W chassis?

Is that a good chassis?

I have only owned Ford F53 chassis in the past.
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Old 05-20-2022, 07:30 AM   #3
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The 22.5 wheels make it a W24 Workhorse.
With all due respect, this statement is not true. A few W20s and a lot of W22s had 22.5" wheels.

The OP needs to post his VIN number and Ed will look it up for him!
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Ooops, my mistake but Workhorse is still a great chassis; especially with the 8.1 Chevrolet engine & Allison transmission

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With all due respect, this statement is not true. A few W20s and a lot of W22s had 22.5" wheels.

The OP needs to post his VIN number and Ed will look it up for him!
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If the brochure also lists GVWR , then there's your answer .

22,000 GVWR = W-22 chassis
24,000 GVWR -W-24 chassis .

If you have the serial number this chart will help .
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Caution ; you NEED to look carefully at the OCCC ( Occupant & Cargo Carrying Capacity ) listed on the coach weight sticker .

B-in-L had a 35' Tiffin on a W-22 with only 1,100 lb OCCC , the coach was nearly always over GVWR loaded for travel and handled very poorly as a result .

At 38' even a W-24 chassis could be close on weight ; overloading in the longer coaches ; was the main reason Ford strengthened their chassis and produce the 26,000 Lb GVWR chassis now.
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Vin# 5b4mpa7g163414102

serial# 70g88g247750
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Whatever WH chassis it is, you'll be happy to know that it probably won't have many of the handling issues that seem to plague Ford chassis like the F53. This has lead to the "Cheap Handling Fix" (CHF) and many other threads on trak bars and other suspension mods. Before you get too deep into a handling thread here or on other forums make sure it's not a Ford thread.

You should also consider joining Winnieowners.com. It's a sister site to IVR2 and will connect you with a ton of Winnebago/Itasca owners. You can use your same login name and password:

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Whatever WH chassis it is, you'll be happy to know that it probably won't have many of the handling issues that seem to plague Ford chassis like the F53. This has lead to the "Cheap Handling Fix" (CHF) and many other threads on trak bars and other suspension mods. Before you get too deep into a handling thread here or on other forums make sure it's not a Ford thread.

You should also consider joining Winnieowners.com. It's a sister site to IVR2 and will connect you with a ton of Winnebago/Itasca owners. You can use your same login name and password:

https://www.winnieowners.com/forums/
Thanks I joined that forum. I had to put about $2500 into my Ford F53 chassis to fix it's handling problems on my old 2013 Tiffin. Did Koni shock, rear tracbar, Safety steering, and Sumo Springs front and rear.
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How do I know what chassis?

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Vin# 5b4mpa7g163414102



serial# 70g88g247750


The “A” in the sixth vin number position means it IS a W-24 series chassis. The “6” in the tenth position means it is a 2006 model year. I have no idea why WBGO would have called it a 2005 model. Usually the chassis model year can be older than the coach, not vice-versa.
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