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Old 02-12-2020, 07:24 PM   #1
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Considering a new Class A with a F53 Chassis ?

Most people by now have heard that Ford has a new V8 engine and 10 speed transmission that produce more power than the old V10. But they have made more changes to the chassis that should make your driving "experience" better !

While the primary focus of this video is about the new engine and transmission Ford is bring out, there is a lot of info on changes to the F53 Class A chassis.

Ford 7.3L Van vs RV vs Chassis

At 3:40, notice the larger sway bar and that the rear shocks (which previously been stated as "new") have a Sachs label on them. Sachs is know in the suspension world as the manufacturer of Nivomat shocks and struts which have a built-in self leveling functionality. This must help a lot with body roll.
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The V8 is coming in 2020 Motor Home chassis, but with the 6 speed transmission.
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The parking brake drum on the front of the rear axle gear housing actually makes more sense than on the transmission tailshaft housing, but reminds me of the problems I am having with the actuation of the autoparkbrake on my 1999 GM P32 chassis. I wonder how the park brake is actuated on new Ford chassis.
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The new chassis doesn't seem to have any higher towing capacity for the heavier GVWR's, at least not that I found.

Does anyone know if it is now above 5,000 lbs? Even 6,000 lbs as the lighter chassis's have would be a big improvement.

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The new chassis doesn't seem to have any higher towing capacity for the heavier GVWR's, at least not that I found.

Does anyone know if it is now above 5,000 lbs? Even 6,000 lbs as the lighter chassis's have would be a big improvement.

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I would hope so, my 2017 E450 has a 7500 lb towing capacity.
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The E450 typically has a higher tow rating than the F53, simply because it has a high GCWRbut only modest GVWR. Plenty of capacity left even with a max size "house" on top. The F53 has a relatively high GVWR and typically gets a bigger, fancier house body.


The max GCWR available on a 2020 F53 is still 30,000 lbs and the GVWR can be as high as 26,000, so a worst case configuration leaves only 4000 lb tow capacity when fully loaded. More typically it will run 5000-5500, but that depends on a couple of configuration choices (made by the coach builder) plus how the owner loads it. The coach builder, not Ford, chooses the chassis configuration and hitch receiver, so check the coach brochures for specs.


See all the F53 specs here:
https://www.ford.com/commercial-truc...f53-motorhome/
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The E450 typically has a higher tow rating than the F53, simply because it has a high GCWRbut only modest GVWR. Plenty of capacity left even with a max size "house" on top. The F53 has a relatively high GVWR and typically gets a bigger, fancier house body.


The max GCWR available on a 2020 F53 is still 30,000 lbs and the GVWR can be as high as 26,000, so a worst case configuration leaves only 4000 lb tow capacity when fully loaded. More typically it will run 5000-5500, but that depends on a couple of configuration choices (made by the coach builder) plus how the owner loads it. The coach builder, not Ford, chooses the chassis configuration and hitch receiver, so check the coach brochures for specs.


See all the F53 specs here:
https://www.ford.com/commercial-truc...f53-motorhome/

So the only difference I see is the engine. Same 6 speed trans, frame, steering, suspension and brakes. So what's the big hoopla. My 2018 26K chassis 6 speed trans and 5star tune actually has more hp and TQ.


https://5startuning.com/got-2016-6-8l-v10-rv/


Maybe that's why their stock is down to 8 bucks a share?
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I kinda like Reacher - my 2019 V10 / 6 speed does all I need it to do, so cant get real excited about the new version, although it may well be an improvement, suspension wise.
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So the only difference I see is the engine. Same 6 speed trans, frame, steering, suspension and brakes. So what's the big hoopla.
The suspension has been upgraded. The 7.3L will be better fuel economy. Personally, I am very surprised that they did not include the 10 speed. I'm sure it will be there in next (2022) model year.
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My concern would probably be reliability, the new motor may very well be great we wont know for a while but the V-10 is a strong and proven reliable motor that is extremely smooth. I am not typically a Ford guy but the V-10 is a great motor. The new design has a lot to live up to IMO.

If the chassis is otherwise the same and I had a choice of the two after previously owning a V-10 I would buy it over the new V-8.
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[QUOTE=The 7.3L will be better fuel economy. .[/QUOTE]



That remains to be seen/proven.
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Old 02-16-2020, 08:36 PM   #12
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OK - so much for the synopsis.

Title is a question. What IS your question?
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