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Old 05-14-2021, 08:14 AM   #1
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F53 26,000 lbs chassis

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Is there a list out there with a list of MH models based on the 26,000 lbs chassis?

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Old 05-14-2021, 09:23 AM   #2
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I don't know but if you are interested in particular brands and makes just look them up and see what chassis they are on.
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Old 05-14-2021, 09:30 AM   #3
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My 26k Ford was a Dog. Too much weight, not enough power. Went to a DP.
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Old 05-14-2021, 09:42 AM   #4
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You most likely will not find the 26K chassis on MH's less than 36 ft. I also agree with other posts we had a 39ft 2013 Newmar canyon star it was a real dog. It was especially doggy in the mountains.
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Old 05-14-2021, 11:07 AM   #5
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We've had good luck and have enjoyed ours on our 2016 Winnebago 38Q (actually 39.5 ft). Not sure but don't think 'bago offers that chassis now??? Have crossed the country and both east and west mountain ranges with no problem-- all the while pulling a toad on a dolly. Never have had the rig in the shop for a major chassis repair with 55,000 miles on it. We're very pleased with the power, ride and serviceability
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Old 05-14-2021, 11:37 AM   #6
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We've had good luck and have enjoyed ours on our 2016 Winnebago 38Q (actually 39.5 ft). Not sure but don't think 'bago offers that chassis now??? Have crossed the country and both east and west mountain ranges with no problem-- all the while pulling a toad on a dolly. Never have had the rig in the shop for a major chassis repair with 55,000 miles on it. We're very pleased with the power, ride and serviceability
Thanks. The 38Q has been our target. Looked at the 37F and was "warned" the 24000 lbs chassis not as good. We are researching other models with a similar layout and the DP's as well. Just concerned regarding repair cost horror stories on DP's eating my retirement savings. The large gasser will suffice with what we want to do, travel the beaches of the east coast, gulf coast to Texas fulltime flat towing a 2door wrangler..
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Have crossed the country and both east and west mountain ranges with no problem-- all the while pulling a toad on a dolly.
What is reasonable power and ability to climb steep grades is a subjective thing. I was very happy with our F53 gas chassis for 14 years, but we went on the road to relax and avoid any need to rush about. It does take a little bit longer to climb a mountain, but it fit our budget and it got us everyone that the biggest diesel would have.
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Old 05-14-2021, 01:58 PM   #8
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What is reasonable power and ability to climb steep grades is a subjective thing. I was very happy with our F53 gas chassis for 14 years, but we went on the road to relax and avoid any need to rush about. It does take a little bit longer to climb a mountain, but it fit our budget and it got us everyone that the biggest diesel would have.

Agree with the above statement....

I'm no stranger to performance vehicles..... My two favorites:

I have a Harley Bagger with 124" engine at 135HP & 151TQ.... it hauls butt...!

I had an '04 Corvette Z06 w/ a Kenne Bell supercharger at 537 RWHP and 500 RWTQ... it was stupid fast...!

My 2014 Canyon Star 3920 toy hauler, on an F53 Ford Chassis, is obviously no where near those two in performance... But I don't expect it to be..

I pull a Jeep Wrangler behind it, and occasionally have a Harley in the garage. It's slow up some hills, but does quite well on the flats.... I'm pleased with the cost/performance of this motorhome...

If I were to win a big lottery jackpot..... I would probably buy a Super "C" on a Class 8 chassis, and pull a stacker trailer....

But until then, I am quite content with my current set-up....
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Thanks. The 38Q has been our target. Looked at the 37F and was "warned" the 24000 lbs chassis not as good. We are researching other models with a similar layout and the DP's as well. Just concerned regarding repair cost horror stories on DP's eating my retirement savings. The large gasser will suffice with what we want to do, travel the beaches of the east coast, gulf coast to Texas fulltime flat towing a 2door wrangler..
Our sentiment and concerns have been exactly the same as yours. Living on a fixed income we have been able to easily maintain and sustain an enjoyable RV lifestyle in the 38Q with the 26000 lb chassis. I have been so pleasantly surprised that with regular and somewhat easy maintenance, this chassis has been so reliable and more than adequate to meet all our needs. We had a 2014 smaller F53 rig with the old 5 speed, and 19.5 wheels before we move up to the 38Q with the larger wheels. The 26000 lb chassis made RVing so much more enjoyable for us. The match up with the then new 6 speed on the 2016 rig made all the difference in the world in noise and power.

In the past 5 years we've visited almost every state with the rig and toad and it has been so reliable for us. While I have not needed repairs I still take the rig to a shop for heavier maintenance needs (i.e. had bearings repacked, new tires, alignment etc.) Most Ford dealers don't want the rig in their shop because of the size. But it had been easy to have independent shops that do mid and heavy truck repairs work on the rig. I'm fortunate that while we don't live in a major city, that I have 2 reliable independent local shops close by that welcome repair on our F53 at unbelievably reasonable prices.

All that said I find it easier to maintain the F-53 (oil, lube etc) by myself than I do on our cars. The handling on the rig has been comfortable and easy at highway speed. I did the famed CHF (Cheap Handling fix) myself and added a Safe T Plus. Its an easy rig to work on.

The ride is smooth and the rig holds the line well without wiggling around all over or being blown around by passing trucks. Nor do I have to work or fight the wheel constantly. I enjoy driving the 38Q.
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Our 2019 CS 3719 was a F53 26K. We live on the East Coast, never had any issues with climbing hills. We didn't pass anyone on hills, especially with toad attached, but were able to keep up with truck traffic in right lanes.

We moved to DP to get more space in rig, and better handling characteristics on highway. DW never got used to push from semi's or jarring ride that suspension is famous for.

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We have a 2019 Newmar Bay Star 3709 on the 24K F53 chassis and it performs just fine out here on the left coast, mountains and all. We arenít the first up the hill, but we get there just fine. While the 26K chassis would have been nice, the 24K works just fine for us. We have plenty of cargo capacity and the full 5K left over for towing as our gross combined weight is 30K just like the larger chassis.

From what I can tell there is really no difference between the two chassisís when it comes to suspension and the 22.5Ē tires.
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You most likely will not find the 26K chassis on MH's less than 36 ft. I also agree with other posts we had a 39ft 2013 Newmar canyon star it was a real dog. It was especially doggy in the mountains.
Our Precept 31UL is an F53 26k# chassis with v10. Has close to 5k# in CCC. Itís our first RV so I donít have anything to compare it to, but... we took it from AZ to FL keys with a toad. We did hit a couple sections in northern and then southern NM where we couldnít get above 45mph because of the grade.
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