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Old 10-23-2020, 07:07 PM   #1
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Are all Ford E-450's built on the same Ford chassis?

Hi Guys, This may be a stupid question but i'd rather ask it and know the answer than think I know it and be wrong.

When you buy a glass C that's over 30 feet on the Ford 450, are they all on the "Super Duty Chassis"? Or do some manufacturers use the Ford 450 on a different Ford chassis?

If the answer is "Yes, the Ford 450 is available on different chassis"... Then why would a manufacturer use one chassis over the other?
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Old 10-23-2020, 08:05 PM   #2
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The E450 is the same no matter what the length of the coach is. The Mfg sends the chassis to an outside source to have the frame lengthened. My Thor Four Winds was done by Mor Ride. I'm sure there are other company's that do the work also.
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My Thor Axis is on a E450 stripped chassis. No cab.

The class C's are on cutaway chassis.

My older 30 ft C had chassis extensions behind the axle. It had a 13 ft overhang.

My 26 foot Axis is cut and lengthened in the center for a longer wheelbase.

They are both E450s.
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Ford has a very detailed manual for chassis lengthening that those companies must follow to maintain the Ford warranty. Ford makes a couple of different wheelbases, and depending on the needs of the upfitter/coach maker, they pick one and use it or lengthen it.

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Thanks guys, I thought that was the case and wanted to make sure. I should have realized if one company built on a chassis better then another they would have made the point. Thanks again
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As CharlesinGA mentioned the current E450 Cutaway Chassis is offered in two wheelbases: 158 and 176 inches. Both are 261.1 inches in length. On longer coaches the manufacturer has the frame lengthened by welding extensions on the frame to support the added length of the coach body.
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As CharlesinGA mentioned the current E450 Cutaway Chassis is offered in two wheelbases: 158 and 176 inches. Both are 261.1 inches in length. On longer coaches the manufacturer has the frame lengthened by welding extensions on the frame to support the added length of the coach body.
Not to muddy the water any worse Ford is also offering two trim levels as well. It used to be crank windows vs. power but now it seems to be driver aids vs. none. The driver aids are adaptive cruise control with emergency brake assist, lane keeping assist, and driver monitor. To my knowledge only Winnebago has adopted the assisted chassis. There may be other differences between the two but I am not sure what.
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Not to muddy the water any worse Ford is also offering two trim levels as well. It used to be crank windows vs. power but now it seems to be driver aids vs. none. The driver aids are adaptive cruise control with emergency brake assist, lane keeping assist, and driver monitor. To my knowledge only Winnebago has adopted the assisted chassis. There may be other differences between the two but I am not sure what.
Lazy Daze offers the new Ford Driver Assist Technology Package as an option. The package includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, post-impact braking, adaptive cruise control, distance alert and auto high beam control. The package requires the Ford factory AM/FM radio with Bluetooth, USB port and steering wheel mounted radio controls.
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As CharlesinGA mentioned the current E450 Cutaway Chassis is offered in two wheelbases: 158 and 176 inches. Both are 261.1 inches in length. On longer coaches the manufacturer has the frame lengthened by welding extensions on the frame to support the added length of the coach body.
Yes , no maybe..

I would like to verify but not sure how, I have been under my old RV and many others, my winnie is the 190" wheel base.. the center section is definety done with a Factory kit.. forged formed pieces, no cut splice cap... ford part stcikers on them, ame for the wiring running frame lenght as well as fuel lines, brake lines, all carry ford part number stickers..
NOW the rear extention of almost 60 inchs looks like a local votech school added it.. I realized why they ony want a 3500lb tow.... lame..
I fixed that up as my son did chassis design/fab/welding in an advanced motorsports course.. Still not to tow alot more but piece of mnd..
The wheel base of 190 and I have seen a 200 or so is done by centersection mods , not the add on..

Back to the post.. here are 2020/2021 specs..
I should have post ambulance prep.. as that addes a second chassis batter.240 amp altenaer, posi rear.. some things the serious RV nut may want..
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