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RE: Ford V10 vs Pending V8

The new 7.3 is a beast on paper, no doubt. One of the reasons we expedited our purchase new in 2019, after many years of lollygagging, is because we were worried the V10 would disappear in 2020. That fear pushed us over the edge. The V10 was proven reliable in the long term, with cheap parts, cheap maintenance, and plenty of power for Class C. So we upgraded. The 6 speed trans was more recent, but it is used in rigs with much more power than the V10 and much more GVWR and GCWR than any class C I would ever purchase. I went with the proven reliable V10 and 6spd and have zero regrets. I'm sure the 7.3 has a good bit more performance, but additional performance to me wasn't worth the risk with less-proven equipment. Just my opinion and I don't know anything about anything. ...I'll bet your bride will vouch for that last statement, pretty funny. friends have or had V-10's in various vehicles and after 300K and 495K in the other one, I am amazed at what little parts failed. Mostly coils and both had water pumps.
klutchdust 01/23/20 12:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10 vs Pending V8

Just a word of caution from an ex Ford employee. Years ago it was usually a bad idea to buy the first generation of anything new. I'm not saying Ford hasn't improved over the years, but, IMO, it's a good idea to let Ford work the bugs out. (in the field) Time eventually heals almost everything. Think: popping spark plugs on the first gen V10. Failed COP coil packs. Timing chain tensioners. Phasers. The list goes on. Etc., Etc., Etc. Chum lee Great advice and true. If you look at most new products be it auto's or cell phones etc. The consumers are the test pilots and the manufacturers learn from true life use. Now, I'm not sure of how different these engines would be than what they have manufactured before or is the idea of having a V-8 in a motor home something new to them. If a buyer is wondering if fuel mileage will increase I honestly doubt it.If it does it will be a small increase. I find it amusing that a friends 42 foot Entegra bus gets the same MPG as my 29 foot Cambria. Fun costs money, and I gladly pay it.
klutchdust 01/22/20 10:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dually Valve Stems

For those with the stems in the rim, how do you handle tire rotation? An RV owner who rotates his tires ????? I didn't think such an animal existed. Really folks.....for the 95% or so of owners who do NOT rotate their tires.....just put a short, straight stem on your outside dual and be done with it. Simple, cheap and easy. :) I guess I'm a rare breed. It seems like a really cheap cost to get them inspected and rotated. Because of that, I never understood why a person would install a valve in the rim that was tire position specific since it would no longer serve it's purpose when tire is moved to another location. But, if rotating tires isn't something most RVers do, guess that answers my question. My outside rims are aluminum and the inside of the duals are steel. To rotate, the tires have to be removed from the rims etc. When it went in for alignment the shop did that for me but I won't do it again. When a tire shows wear it will be replaced. I was trying to keep all the tires in the same tread pattern but the new michelins are slightly different than the older model tires. On my other vehicles tire rotation AND including the spare on my new JL is important, the motorhome not so much. In all my travels I have yet to find a need to add air to my tires when on the road.
klutchdust 01/16/20 09:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dually Valve Stems

I have standard valve stems, I installed valve stem caps that cover the stem yet allow air to go into the tire and use long reach air chuck and tire gauge. No problem. Add a drop of paint pen on the rim where the inside stem is so you know where it is. https://i.imgur.com/ZzLrWdYl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/K6KSD28l.jpg
klutchdust 01/14/20 09:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Slideouts Stalling

mine does the same thing and I had the battery checked and they say it is good to go. I even had it plugged into shore power. never did find out what was wrong with it Here's what I found to be true with my Itasca Cambria bedroom slide. The rails get gummed up and the motor will shut off on the internal protector, cool off, then operate a bit again. I removed the bedroom platform, cleaned the rails then lubed them up. Be careful what lube you use as wd and similar end up causing gum and you are back to square one. Get and use a lube designed for sliders. My rig gets a lot of attention. After each trip whatever needs repairs gets it, however I noticed my bed slide was still having issues. I removed the platform,(easy two screws and its off) and paid closer attention. I have small cutouts for water and electrical to come through the floor, dust and such was coming into that area and gumming things up EVEN THOUGH I was using slider lube. Well, I sealed those holes and have had less issues than before. We camp in the desert and on dirt parking lots so with the slide out it is a magnet for dirt.
klutchdust 01/06/20 09:11am Tech Issues
RE: 2006 fleetwood tioga bedroom slide

Yes, remove platform under mattress. The slides have to be maintained and cleaned on a regular basis. It doesn't take much for the gum deposits to jam the mechanisms and cause the motor to not push the slide out or in. These motors have internal protectors and if put under strain will click off. I wonder how many have paid to have these motors changed yet all they needed was cleaning. Be careful what you use to lube also. wd or like lubricants attract dirt and cause the mess.
klutchdust 01/06/20 08:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Down a truly rough road in my class C?

My experience crossing a "dip" in the road resulted in the rear of my coach getting hung up as the wheels sunk in a soft spot. Using the hydraulic levelers and wood/rocks we lifted the coach filled in the dip and were once again on level ground. The overhang in the back can be deceiving. I travel down washboard roads and allow sufficient time so as not to have everything fly out of the cabinets. patience grasshopper.
klutchdust 01/03/20 03:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2018 Forest River Forester

Was said " Don't fear the 3500 Sprinter chassis. You'll like the fuel economy, if nothing else. " until you go in for repairs. Having owned and worked on vehicles that have the MB emblem on the front be prepared to pay top dollar AND search a little to get those repairs. The fuel savings will quickly be depleted once a MB mechanic gets under the hood, and parts are ridiculously costly. A Ford V-10 can be worked on just about anywhere and costs are reasonable. A Ford V10 mounted IN A PICKUP TRUCK can be worked on just about anywhere. Put it in a 27 foot long, or longer, 10+ foot tall, 8+ foot wide Class A or C motorhome, and "just about anywhere" becomes a lot harder to find. I know because I owned a 27' Class A Sunstar and couldn't get it worked on by any Ford dealers or qualified service centers within 60 miles of where I live. Not even the local big truck shop could get me in, in a reasonable amount of time. Only truck stops were able to get me in and out quickly, assuming they had big truck repair shops attached. Add the lousy fuel economy to the cost of driving the distance required for service, and the "cheaper parts" advantage gets whittled down pretty quickly, too. You might pay $40 for an oil and filter in the V10? At $2.50 a gallon for regular, you'd easily spend that much in gas, just finding and getting to a service center, if you only had to drive 100 miles round trip. That $40 oil change just doubled in price. I've got 25,000 miles on my 3500 Sprinter and it's only had one oil/filter change. That's it. Like I said, I've owned both, and there's no reason to fear the Sprinter. Merry Christmas. 25k and only one oil change? Good luck with that. My diesel had an oil analysis at 35k and it was recommended it be done every 6500. Now that’s a Duramax in my pickup. MB suggests that long intervals ? There was a good post showing the cost of the diesel vs gas, you should read it .
klutchdust 12/23/19 07:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2018 Forest River Forester

Was said " Don't fear the 3500 Sprinter chassis. You'll like the fuel economy, if nothing else. " until you go in for repairs. Having owned and worked on vehicles that have the MB emblem on the front be prepared to pay top dollar AND search a little to get those repairs. The fuel savings will quickly be depleted once a MB mechanic gets under the hood, and parts are ridiculously costly. A Ford V-10 can be worked on just about anywhere and costs are reasonable.
klutchdust 12/23/19 12:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Generator in Class C Rental

Well, here's my opinion. Assuming the price of gasoline is $2.50 a gallon (US), and the on-board generator uses 1 gallon an hour, for the $225, you can run the on-board generator for 90 hours. That means over a 14 day period, you can run the generator for 6.42 hours each day and will cost you $225. If you rent, you have to pay the $225 for the generator and then still pay fuel. If the price of gasoline is $2.50 a gallon and the generator burns 1 gallon every 4 hours, to run the rental generator for the first 90 hours, it will cost you $56.25 for fuel and $225 for the rental for a total of $281.25 If it were me, I'd just use the on-board generator and have nothing else to worry about. yep, and where and how are you going to transport this generator/and extra gasoline. bumpy Yes, and then chain it up or put it inside each time you leave the rig. I say go with the onboard unit and add it into the cost of having an enjoyable time. Fun costs money.
klutchdust 12/17/19 12:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Opinions Appreciated (yeah about tires)

After my blowout I put 2 new Michelin defenders on the left rear. Then I decided to replace the right side as well. As luck would have it the 2 defenders i purchased were the last ones available in my area. I replaced the right side with the Agelis and side by side the tread patterns are pretty close.
klutchdust 12/16/19 07:34pm Class C Motorhomes
Battery monitor gauge upgrade

Looking for suggestions to monitor 2 trojan T-105 6 volts I presently use in my 30ft. Class C.
klutchdust 12/13/19 09:21am Tech Issues
RE: Protection Plans for new Entegra Odyssey 24b

70% of extended warranties ARE NEVER used. The "piece of mind" concept is amusing. Rarely do entire engines or transmissions fail before they have been used for awhile, by then the warranty is useless. Take the cost of the warranty each month, put it in the bank and self insure, guaranteed you will have money left over at the end of the term. Find a mobile RV mechanic in your area and get to know them. Avoid the dealer at all cost.
klutchdust 12/11/19 10:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: V 10 mpg

I HAVE 2018 CLASS C 27' SUNSEEKER V10 6 SPEED. ON 5000 MILE TRIP IN OCTOBER I AVERAGED 8 MPH. I HAD A 2004 CLASS A 34' WITH V10 AND IT GOT 8 MPH.BOTH BOUGHT NEW. FANTASTIC HOW ABOUT REMOVING YOUR CAPS IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE YELLING ????
klutchdust 12/05/19 12:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: V 10 mpg

Been thinking about getting a newer class C for some time, seems the most common 24 foot or under on the used market is the V10. After following this thread and reading about repair costs on the V10, The community has convinced me to keep my Toyota V6 until it falls apart like some Keystone Cops movie. I would like to have more power so will be watching for a Toyota 3.4 donor vehicle.You can get um with a 5.4 Ford (which yields no benefit to the V10, really) and 6.0 Chevy. Either way, you're comparing apples to oranges between an old mini C Toyota chassis and a full size class 3 or 4 chassis with a much larger "house" on the back. If Ford V10s scare you for repairs, then, maybe better off with a bicycle. One of the most dependable engines out there, save for spark plug spitters, which anymore is a somewhat rare occurrence and known and easy, economical repair. Other than that, bulletproof. Honestly, I wouldn't let the internet scare you away from a V10 Ford.....and I'm not even a Ford fan! lolI do agree with Grit dog that the Ford V10 (at least ours) has been trouble-free for 12 years. We do park it indoors which helps immensely. There are a rare few 5.4L-V8 E350 chassis rigs out there, but they will max out around 22 feet in length. From threads posted over the years, I gather it yields a 10% improvement in fuel economy which compares to the Chevy chassis with it's larger engine. If shopping around for a low-priced used shorter rig maxing out around 24 feet, I advise to limit yourself no older than a 2005 (or is it a 2006) not only to avoid the earlier spark plug issues with the V10 engine resolved in 2004, but most beneficial to get the next generation transmission that yields better engine performance along with improved fuel economy. As far as the Ford V-10, and I AM NOT a Ford fan, they are reliable and no more expensive than any other comparable engine out there. Two buddies have had Ford V-10 pick-ups. One went 495,000 miles until one cylinder went bad and the other over 300k miles before he was T-boned by an elderly man. Both trucks replaced water pumps, alternators and a few cylinder coils, that's it. The totaled truck donated a bunch of spare coils that I carry with me, along with my engine analyzer, just in case. Years ago, GM produced the 283. Maybe one of the best engines ever made, of course there was the slant 6 . Mercedes made the 5 cylinder diesel, arguably the best engine ever produced and then the Ford V-10. All great reliable engines, IMO. Toyota and their R-22. Keep the oil clean, the coolant maintained and drive away.
klutchdust 12/04/19 09:39am Class C Motorhomes
RE: My generac diesel generator only runs with prime button

My first thought is fuel filter, with a diesel it's often the fuel filter.
klutchdust 12/03/19 10:02am Tech Issues
RE: diesel class c

Everyone seems to like the fuel economy and perhaps quietness (depends on what models one is comparing) of a diesel but what about the initial cost? Every diesel based Class C (eg. Winnebago View or Fuse) is $30 to $40 thousand more than a comparable Ford E350/E450 based motorhome. You can certainly buy a lot of gas for that price difference. Not everyone wants to pay over $100,000 for a motorhome. That's why Ford still sells many thousands of the E350/E450 cutaway chassis to the RV industry each year. AND, as soon as you mention Mercedes Benz in a parts store or repair shop their eyes light up. Been there, done that with MB autos.Loved my 300D though . My thoughts point mainly to this. If you need service as you venture across the fruited plain, your chances of getting a Ford V-10 repaired and down the road far exceeds your chances of having your MB repaired. For the sake of fuel consumption and the initial cost, do the math. Love my Duramax in my pick up though. AND be sure and be putting some fuel lubricity additives in your tank if you are using Diesel. With the sulphur content being lowered and now the added DEF fluid, injectors are not lasting as long as they once were. My local small diesel engine man in town has lots of trucks waiting for such items. On the Duramax ,it's 3K for 8 new injectors. Just wanted to point out that your last paragraph sounds like DEF is part of the combustion process which it is not. DEF is part of the exhaust system and not the engine which would not effect the injectors. And, new/newer diesel engines are geared/designed for ULSD (Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel). Most engine manufacturers say to NOT add anything to the fuel. Safe travels, MM. I failed to explain the DEF injector and it's failure issues.I updated that. Independent studies, and the best study I have found, my friends repair shop, have shown an increase in fuel system failures. Ford diesels are having the highest failure rates of injectors and cylinder heads. My Duramax does not require the DEF fluid however the lubricity or the ability to lubricate,is lacking in the newer diesel fuels. Sulphur is a lubricant. I add a supplemental fluid and will continue to do so. In my 300D Mercedes it got an occasional bottle of Marvel Mystery oil. The injectors were spotless. When the fuel system fails on the Fords, the entire body is lifted off the chassis to access the fuel system, pretty easy to work on then. especially replacing those cylinder heads.
klutchdust 12/03/19 09:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: diesel class c

Everyone seems to like the fuel economy and perhaps quietness (depends on what models one is comparing) of a diesel but what about the initial cost? Every diesel based Class C (eg. Winnebago View or Fuse) is $30 to $40 thousand more than a comparable Ford E350/E450 based motorhome. You can certainly buy a lot of gas for that price difference. Not everyone wants to pay over $100,000 for a motorhome. That's why Ford still sells many thousands of the E350/E450 cutaway chassis to the RV industry each year. AND, as soon as you mention Mercedes Benz in a parts store or repair shop their eyes light up. Been there, done that with MB autos.Loved my 300D though . My thoughts point mainly to this. If you need service as you venture across the fruited plain, your chances of getting a Ford V-10 repaired and down the road far exceeds your chances of having your MB repaired. For the sake of fuel consumption and the initial cost, do the math. Love my Duramax in my pick up though. AND be sure and be putting some fuel lubricity additives in your tank if you are using Diesel. With the sulphur content being lowered and now the added DEF fluid which also has an injector and is subject to failure, fuel injectors are not lasting as long as they once were. My local small diesel engine man in town has lots of trucks waiting for such items. On the Duramax ,it's 3K for 8 new injectors.
klutchdust 12/01/19 10:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: V 10 mpg

2009 Cambria 30ft. Every mile, every gallon documented for the last 45K miles averages out to be 8.5. Average speed 62 or so. Toad or no toad, same. Generator use, doesn't matter. If mileage per gallon is a concern then a motorhome may not be right for you. Mileage stinks, enjoyment is fantastic. Tuning upgrades. I see no value in them. This vehicle that resembles a box of kleenex on wheels goes fast enough up hills and down and pulls my toad just fine. Enjoy the holidays my friends.
klutchdust 11/30/19 05:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yes boys and girls, you REALLY need to carry a spare...

This post is almost carbon copy of what I recently experienced. Now I would add that you should check or have checked, the mounting of your spare tire. On mine, the turnbuckle was rusted and we had to unmount the spare tire carrier to be able to drop the tire. I was pulling my side by side on a 12 foot trailer so we threw the damaged tire on there. Once home I updated the mounting hardware and lubed all necessary parts. The spare tire carrier got whacked a few times by who knows what and was slightly bent as well.
klutchdust 11/19/19 09:47am Class C Motorhomes
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