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With GM having released the numbers on the new 6.6 gas engine, Ford is no doubt playing with rev counts to get the best looking stats versus the new competition. And with the new Jimmy's looking at 17400 pound top towing stats, You know Ford is playing around with how much to beat that number by.

We should see numbers leak from the printers of the brochures by mid August, if Ford doesn't beat that with a press release.

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I certainly hope they addressed the abysmal handling of the F53 as well as the power! Hopefully they now have independent front suspension as well as an air ride option. I'm sure I can speak for everyone when I say the handling is bad enough that it should've been addressed before the power.

While I certainly like the idea of IFS and air ride, I sure wouldn't say our last gasser handled poorly. Also, with as many as there are on the road they can't all be bad or they wouldn't be selling.

I think in many cases it's more how the house builder balances weight and chooses specs most so than the chassis itself. 16K to 26K chassis. 19.5 wheels vs 22.5 wheels. 158" to 252" wheelbase.

Same chassis design, different options chosen = different results.


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Bruce Brown wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

I certainly hope they addressed the abysmal handling of the F53 as well as the power! Hopefully they now have independent front suspension as well as an air ride option. I'm sure I can speak for everyone when I say the handling is bad enough that it should've been addressed before the power.

While I certainly like the idea of IFS and air ride, I sure wouldn't say our last gasser handled poorly. Also, with as many as there are on the road they can't all be bad or they wouldn't be selling.

I think in many cases it's more how the house builder balances weight and chooses specs most so than the chassis itself. 16K to 26K chassis. 19.5 wheels vs 22.5 wheels. 158" to 252" wheelbase.

Same chassis design, different options chosen = different results.


I tend to agree with you. However Ford is the only chassis builder right now so there is no competition. I would like to see Ram get into the game and offer a superior chassis like I mentioned with a Cummins option up front. Ford needs more than a new engine and trans offering. I mean the F53 was introduced back in he 80’s I think. And other than the brake system is basically still the same.


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Bruce Brown wrote:



I think in many cases it's more how the house builder balances weight and chooses specs most so than the chassis itself. 16K to 26K chassis. 19.5 wheels vs 22.5 wheels. 158" to 252" wheelbase.

Same chassis design, different options chosen = different results.


No lie. My 34 foot Tiffin on the 24k chassis and 228" wheelbase with a short rear overhang handles fine. An improved ride would be nice.

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dodge guy wrote:

Bruce Brown wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

I certainly hope they addressed the abysmal handling of the F53 as well as the power! Hopefully they now have independent front suspension as well as an air ride option. I'm sure I can speak for everyone when I say the handling is bad enough that it should've been addressed before the power.

While I certainly like the idea of IFS and air ride, I sure wouldn't say our last gasser handled poorly. Also, with as many as there are on the road they can't all be bad or they wouldn't be selling.

I think in many cases it's more how the house builder balances weight and chooses specs most so than the chassis itself. 16K to 26K chassis. 19.5 wheels vs 22.5 wheels. 158" to 252" wheelbase.

Same chassis design, different options chosen = different results.


I tend to agree with you. However Ford is the only chassis builder right now so there is no competition. I would like to see Ram get into the game and offer a superior chassis like I mentioned with a Cummins option up front. Ford needs more than a new engine and trans offering. I mean the F53 was introduced back in he 80’s I think. And other than the brake system is basically still the same.


The basic chassis used today was introduced as a 1999 model, well past the 80s. It's been updated a few times since then, although they were evolutionary, certainly not revolutionary.

I'd love to see Ram get into it too - they make decent stuff.

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