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FireGuard

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Lwiddis wrote:

Enjoyed your report except for “The salesman said the Chevy brakes....” What source? What tests?


I agree. That’s the first time I’ve heard about Chevy having inferior brakes?


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FireGuard wrote:

Lwiddis wrote:

Enjoyed your report except for “The salesman said the Chevy brakes....” What source? What tests?


I agree. That’s the first time I’ve heard about Chevy having inferior brakes?


Actually the Chevy 4500 rotors are a bit larger than Ford.

Ford is 12.9

Chevy is 13.58


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IAMICHABOD wrote:


Actually the Chevy 4500 rotors are a bit larger than Ford.

Ford is 12.9

Chevy is 13.58


This is incorrect. This Ford specs are:

Front Disc
13.58 Diameter Rotor
Dual Piston Caliper (2.36" Diameter Piston)

Rear Risc
13.58 Diameter Rotor
Dual Piston Caliper (2.12" Diameter Piston)

Either chassis is likely traction limited at full stop, rather than braking-power limited.


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We have a 32' C on the 4500 chassis and tow a 4500# Wrangler. We travel from NC to the CO, MT and WY every Summer. It does run a tad slow on those long grades but always makes it to the top. My thinking is the altitude seems to impact power. Mileage wise, we run between 8 and 11 depending on wind and terrain. Handling seems pretty good...We have added Bilstien shocks and dialed in as much positive caster as we could.

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"My thinking is the altitude seems to impact power. "

You are correct sir...

For every thousand feet of elevation a naturally aspirated gas engine loses 3 percent of its power. At 10,000' you are down 30 percent.

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"The salesman said the Chevy brakes aren’t as good that’s why less tow rating and the reason they use Ford for all of the bigger class Cs. "

First off was he selling Fords, secondly if a salesman lips are moving he is usually lying. That is about the dumbest thing I have heard yet, nope wait......extended warranties and "piece of mind" that tops it all.....

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FireGuard wrote:

Any guesses when the new 7.3 will be available in the small class C models?
I’m thinking there is probably a pretty good inventory of V10 chassis left so at least 1-2 years.
I’m sure prices will go up as I believe the 7.3 is around a $1700 option for the pickups.
I thought about the resale value for a non slide but someone must be buying them.
For this particular model the extra 12-18” of floor space isn’t worth the negatives.
IE: mechanical issues with the slides, motor etc, noise, weight, air/water leak possibilities, slide topper canvas damage, less structural integrity with a large hole in the side, more closed up feeling with the slide in, etc. wow. More negatives than I thought. Lol.
if I were to setup at a campground and stay for several weeks the slide may be worth it but for the simplicity of traveling I think simple is better and less is more.


We bought our non-slide model for all of the reasons you stated above. Have not regretted our decision for even one day, and get along just fine and dandy without the slide.
To the person saying they are "unsellable" used......I have a friend who constantly asks if/when we will sell ours to him. He knows I would ask top dollar. Just like anything else, if you take care of it and keep it in good condition, there is always a buyer willing to pay for something nice.


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I'd say that the OP needs to couple the RV manufacturer and floor plan to the Ford or Chevrolet he chooses. There's tons of Class C cutaway manufacturers.

I'm just partial to believing that I'd choose a Mercedes Benz 3500 Diesel Sprinter chassis with the 24' slide by Winnebago the next time I buy a new C. I am in an orphan brand Class C right now, with the Ford E450 7.3 liter turbo diesel power plant.

It's a matter of finding and choosing the right manufacturer for your liking.

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