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carolina skies

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From what we understand, the Chevy tends to cost more from the very beginning, so the dealers want their lots stocked with the lower priced option(Ford). We love our '08 Gulfstream/Conquest BTouring Cruiser with the Chevy 6.0 liter V8. We have not yet driven in mountains higher than in VA, WV and PA, but even towing our CRV we average 10-11mpg. as long as we manage our speed sensibly. Safe travels!

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We have been looking at new Class C motorhomes. We have found some of the Companys are listing Chevy in the extra's with 2nd AC and TVs ect.


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I have had both the Chevy and the Ford. The Chevy was in a 2006 Four Winds 29'. It felt underpowered and the suspension was mushy. Felt like it was floating. The gas mileage was close to 10 gpm overall. I have a 32' Coachmen Leprachaun (2008)now with the E-450. It has more power and rides better. It does have the air bag suspension that the Four Winds did not. The gas mileage is close to 9 overall. I have not noticed a heat issue and my DW has not said anything. There is more foot room in the Chevrolet than the Ford.

I would have never considered a toad with the Chevrolet but I am thinking about it with the Ford. All in all, I like the Ford better but of course that is my my opinion.


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Carolina, we ordered our unit new and the Chevy chassis was discounted $600 vice a Ford chassis. I'd lke to know how you're getting double diget mileage numbers, expecially towing a CRV. The absolute best I've ever gotton was 8.3 mpg and that was towing nothing doing about 60 on the intersate.


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Chevy is currently making a push for more class c business. they have lowerd their 4500 chassis price. I got this from a Forest River rep.

I noticed at thor rv(fourwinds) etc on their updated website that they seem to be offering all models ford or chevy 4500.

I think this is because the long term prognosis for ford chassis is unknown because of the transit van conversion.

before you say ford will never stop making chassis-remember the economics of rv chassis were tied into the total e-series van numbers.

it may not be ecomnomical for ford to run a plant for just rv chassis.

i think rv manufacturers are now hedging their bets. I don't think a transit chassis can take the heavy weight of big c.

* This post was edited 08/09/12 07:04am by gerrym51 *

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I have a Coachmen 22 (99) with a Chevy, whatever the biggest engine is. 8.5 to 9 mpg. It pulls more than fine. I have pulled a Mazda Miata toad with zero problems up and down mountains all over the country. Don't even notice it is there (but a max weight of about 2500 lbs). The one issue that I have noticed is that the Chevy's "words" seem to limit towing to a hitch with a towing max of 3500 pounds while the Fords go to 5000 lbs. I figure that is either a difference in the frame rating or, and perhaps more likely, the "risk aversion" level of the lawyers at GM vs. Ford.


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Somebody posted specs awhile ago with the dimensions of the frames and the thickness and tensile rating of the steel. AT THE TIME (because it did not include the new GM 4500), Chevy was the weakest, E450 the strongest, E350 in between.
Not that we ever should, but I've heard: "You can overload a Ford but never overload a Chevy."


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My Chevy is the new 4500. It has a 5000 lb. Capacity hitch. I have not towed anything yet, but I am very pleased with power, handling, leg room and everything else.


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ford e-450 14,500 chevy 4500 14,200

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Forest River seems to be using 450/4500 chassis under most of their units, even the smaller ones. Good for them.

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