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Old 08-23-2015, 03:00 PM   #11
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BTW I did not include the Ford as an option because I don't want the twin I beam suspension. I have had it on three trucks and they ride rough and handle lousy. Also the Chevy gets better fuel economy than the Ford gasser

What are your thoughts? If you went with a diesel, why? if you went with a gasser why? Thanks
Unless you can find a Chevy based unit you want on a dealers lot you have a problem. FR quit using the Chevy van chassis in Class C's a few weeks ago due to supply issues.

The biggest reason we went with the diesel MBS is the M-B cab is much more comfortable the the Ford or Chevy. The Ford's "doghouse" was the worst followed closely by the Chevy. The Sprinter has much more room. The added gas mileage won't offset the purchase price differential any time soon but I want to be comfortable while on long trips.
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Old 08-23-2015, 03:20 PM   #12
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Unless you can find a Chevy based unit you want on a dealers lot you have a problem. FR quit using the Chevy van chassis in Class C's a few weeks ago due to supply issues.

The biggest reason we went with the diesel MBS is the M-B cab is much more comfortable the the Ford or Chevy. The Ford's "doghouse" was the worst followed closely by the Chevy. The Sprinter has much more room. The added gas mileage won't offset the purchase price differential any time soon but I want to comfortable while doing long trips.
That's bad news. I am looking at next spring for this new unit, maybe I can order one around Christmas time if I decide if they are available. I definitely don't want the Ford. The wobble in the steering of their design has been bad for years and they don't want to fix it. I have added better shocks and steering stabilizers which helped a little but would prefer an IFS.
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Old 08-23-2015, 09:30 PM   #13
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Josh, do you expect FR to resume use of the Chevy chassis next year? Is this just a temporary thing or a permanent thing? I am on my third FR product and really don't want to jump ship to get a Chevy.

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We aren't sure when or if Chevy will ever come back with a Cutaway chassis for us or any other Class C. We are all in the same boat. GM decided to use the same plant to build the Colorado. From I have heard is they are making every 5th or 10th one a Cutaway chassis which isn't enough to supply for the RV industry.
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To your original question, I went through much of the same decision making process a while back. I came to the conclusion that fuel economy and price are not the real driving force between gas and diesel considerations. I think that the main reason to go diesel is if you need the extra muscle for towing, weight capacity or better chassis/ suspension. Of course when comparing ford/Chevy gas versus a sprinter, the sprinter loses on all but the suspension/handling. I was looking more at the bigger freight liner/cummins models. My conclusion was that I didn't really need the diesel chassis for the way I was going to use my motor home. Would I have liked it? Sure, but not enough to go in debt!

When I am ready to buy again I am hoping that FR might offer the option of an F550 chassis. It is an interesting compromise that I would consider.
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Old 08-24-2015, 03:14 PM   #17
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Just traded our MB Solera on a e450 gas Forester. Couple of reasons we did this. Needed a little more room. Also we had a few problems with the MB. The nears dealer was about 3 hours away. So it was a pain to get repairs done. We have Ford dealers everywhere.

You also need to take into account the oil changes on diesel. The MB takes 13 quarts of oil at about $10 a quart.
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Keep in mind that 2014+ MBS's are full synth and only require an oil change @ 15K/annually.

Other pros are the smooth power and quiet operation of the MBS Turbo Diesel. Also a more comfortable ride and seating position.

Cons: At checkout time at the campsite, people will want to know all about it and delay your departure...
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:52 PM   #19
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I use Rotella T 5W-40 full synthetic in my 6.7 Powerstroke. Costs me around $20 gallon at Walmart. As long as it meets the specs that MB calls for there is no reason to use any oil that costs $10 quart. Since I wouldn't drive 15k miles anyway it would be a once a year change so the extended life does me no good. If you are still worried do a Blackstone and have your oil analyzed
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Don't think the Rotella meets MB spec. Has to be ultra low sulphur oil.
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