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et cetera

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I am DIY person and looking for a class C that's easy to fix, by that I mean it has a truck-like, easily accessible engine bay. Think F250 engine bay and you got it. I had an older F250HD and everything was accessible, spark plugs were no issue at all. One could do water pump, belts, mostly anything. Now I never got inside the motor nor did any tranny work. I mean situations where the radiator hose bursts in the middle of nowhere, or a belt.

I get concerned about these van-type designs where repairs become considerably more difficult. As half the engine is not accessible.

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The engine in the Chevy Express cut away is very accessible to plugs and top engine work once the dog house is removed (very easy to do).

Front engine work is doable just on your back underneath rather than on knees from above.


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Question, would class A have easier engine bay access than a class C? I get it I am generalizing.

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et cetera wrote:

Question, would class A have easier engine bay access than a class C? I get it I am generalizing.


Working on my Class C with the doghouse is the same as working on any van type vehicle. I removed the doghouse only twice and that was for general inspections and routine checks.

The usual items on top would have to be removed to service water pump, alternator etc. If you are a decent mechanic it should go smoothly. Find a RV lot with some pre owned and

start lifting some hoods.

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are there any class C with a truck front, not a van front?

Also, what about Sprinter based class C? Do these have easy engine access?

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Pretty much the only truck-based class C's are the super C's built on heavier duty platforms than the van chassis, and also typically have heavier price tags to match.

You'll usually be doing a lot more maintenance and repair on the house part of the motorhome, and access to appliances and systems there is highly variable but usually, per Murphey's Law, really tight for that one thing that is currently giving trouble. The engines and transmissions do not need a lot of repair generally speaking.





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DrewE wrote:

Pretty much the only truck-based class C's are the super C's built on heavier duty platforms than the van chassis, and also typically have heavier price tags to match.

You'll usually be doing a lot more maintenance and repair on the house part of the motorhome, and access to appliances and systems there is highly variable but usually, per Murphey's Law, really tight for that one thing that is currently giving trouble. The engines and transmissions do not need a lot of repair generally speaking.


Exactly. A rv'er do it yourself'er should focus more on house repairs than drive train. I drove 45K miles and other than routine oil, filter type items found no need to get into the engine.
Do a search on RV for sale and you can view the front ends. Sprinters have MB on the label, add $$$ to repairs and limited access to mechanics.

The Ford V-10 is a reliable engine, as friends that have driven 300K plus miles on their V-10's one recommendation comes up frequently, ignition coils.
Buy some extras and carry them with you.
As mentioned, brush up on your electrical and plumbing skills.

My vehicles get meticulous maintenance using the best oils and filters. each trip I have a list of items that need attention before next trip, it's almost always house related. Did have a leaky washer fluid tank once.

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et cetera wrote:

Question, would class A have easier engine bay access than a class C? I get it I am generalizing.


Gas Class A's generally require removing the doghouse and working from inside the coach for some engine maintenance items other than routine oil/transmission/coolant checks/fills and those items normally done from the bottom of course. Diesel pushers often require accessing the top of the engine through a hatch under the rear bed for some maintenance items. In general, Class C's have easier engine access than Class A's, with Super C's having the same external access as many the medium/heavy duty truck cab/chassis they're built on.


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I want to look at smaller super C models, are there any around 26' with a gas engine? Still trying to figure out if that makes sense.

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et cetera wrote:

are there any class C with a truck front, not a van front?

Also, what about Sprinter based class C? Do these have easy engine access?


Here is my dream go-anywhere Class C (if the DW and myself were a bit younger) that they will build for you starting out with a one-ton 4X4 Ford/Chevy/Ram pickup truck chassis:
https://www.tigervehicles.com/tiger-models/


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