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Old 07-02-2020, 09:23 AM   #1
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Choosing between 2 Class As

Looking at 2 Motorhomes, ones a 98 Winnebago Adventurer on the Chevy P30 chassis (454 engine)
The other is a 1999 dolphin with the Ford V10 engine.

Winnebago pros: seems well taken care of
Older guy retired who is selling.
Outside looks nicer.
Like the basement storage better

Cons: interior has a lot of wood look.
Floor plan works but isnt that great.
Needs inspection


Dolphin Pros: Wife loves the floor plan.
One year newer.
Interior looks more updated
No inspection required

Cons: outside looks more dated.
Basement storage is clumsy to me.
Needs a couple things done to it, but all the stuff is there to do it (slide awning for example)

I guess its coming down to Ford V10 or the Chevy 454. I hear the Chevy can wander and be quite expensive to maintain the front end.

I currently have a 1996 Fleetwood with the 460 and the drivetrain has been pretty rock solid for me.

However they are each about 4.5 hours in opposite directions. So my kicker is that I really only want to go see one if possible, and Im going tomorrow.

Any advice?
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Old 07-02-2020, 09:50 AM   #2
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I guess it’s coming down to Ford V10 or the Chevy 454. I hear the Chevy can wander and be quite expensive to maintain the front end.


Any advice?

My Dad had a 454 Chevy engine in an older RV, and it was always something with that engine.. He even had the short block replaced once... but that was a late '80s/early 90's vintage...

The Ford V-10 has a stellar reputation... with one caveat..

From 1999-2004 the Triton V engines had an issue with spark plugs blowing out from the heads... I believe it had to do with shallow thread depth of the plug holes in the aluminum heads, and the plugs would only be held into the heads by a small number of threads... There were some that just blow out plugs under high load, numerous only had issues after a plug change, and many were problem free...

It was serious enough that Ford issued a TSB about it... If you had the issue under warranty, they replaced the heads... after warranty, there was a thread kit (helicoil insert ??) they would install in the older threads/heads..

Probably worth asking the Ford motorhome owner if he has had any problems, or repairs in that area...

Something to think about buying that vintage Ford V-10.... Newer than 2004, I would say go with the Ford v-10 hands down, if everything else was equal between the two......

good luck with your search...
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Appreciate that feedback. Something i will ask the owner of the Dolphin.
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"My wife likes the floor plan."

Hey, OP - you have no decision, it's already been made.
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"My wife likes the floor plan."

Hey, OP - you have no decision, it's already been made.
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