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Old 06-20-2021, 04:37 PM   #1
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Class A engine access

Hoes does class A engine access compare to class C based on F550 chassis?

I realize there are different kinds, like diesel pushers and the ones with the engine in front.

Spark plugs, belts, whatever. Class C that are E-based (van front) seem like a nightmare as half the engine is hidden versus a fully open truck front.
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Old 06-20-2021, 06:25 PM   #2
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The F550, as well as any Super C, are going to be the best a Class C for engine access. On Class A diesels, anything with a side radiator will have easy access. A Diesel Class A with a rear radiator will probably the most difficult followed by Class A gas (front engine) coaches.
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Old 06-20-2021, 06:36 PM   #3
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Actually , after having worked on many Class A and Class C motorhomes, I prefer the Class A. The class C has too much behind the hoodline and it is harder to reach.IMHO.
Not to mention the doghouse on a Class C is a real bummer, and usually loaded with junk.A class A has a couple hasps and voila, yank it out
Everything on the class A is easy to get to and you can hang right over top, or crawl under.Usually more ground clearance on an A as well.

Hands down for me I prefer the class A.
The only thing on a class C that might be easier is a radiator swap
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which class A brand/model in your opinion is the most maintenance-friendly one? In terms of easy access.

I am thinking about something relatively compact, 30' or less.
I get it that compact and Class A don't rhyme together. In the 26-30' range.

With class C I was only considering F550 based ones, with the truck front. I think van front complicates everything.
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I have only had Class A gassers, but they are not too bad to work on. Much nicer than the C class rigs I have seen.

Pop the doghouse off, and the whole top end is right there. Also most of the front engine accessories are there too.

Pull the front wheels and the side of the engine is not too bad to get at also.

Just my 2 cents.
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They are pretty much all similar
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On the Class A gassers, pull the dog house cover off and take the extra time to pull the front wheels, and you'll have quite a bit of room to pretty much access anything on the engine.
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I have a gas class A, and I just throw a couple furniture blankets down, pop the engine cover off, and fire up the generator. Then you have a nice heated and cooled work space.
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Access to the engine on my side radiator class A is excellent from the rear or overhead under the bed. I don't have a bedroom slide so that makes it a little easier.
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Access to the engine on my side radiator class A is excellent from the rear or overhead under the bed. I don't have a bedroom slide so that makes it a little easier.
Interesting. I assume this is 2000 Monaco Dynasty.

I generally don't care for slides. So lack of a slide is not an issue. At least rear.
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Interesting. I assume this is 2000 Monaco Dynasty.

I generally don't care for slides. So lack of a slide is not an issue. At least rear.
Yeah, itís a 2000 Dynasty. I have great access from rear and top. The engine actually looks small from the top.
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Where can I find all the options for that year?

What's the shortest they made, I thought I read 32'. Possible to get one without any slides?
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