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Old 09-04-2015, 11:48 AM   #1
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No more Chevy

Saw this talked about somewhere. Couldn't find it on search. Evidently Chevy is going to be making less cutaway chassis. Forester still has it as an option on there website. RVW does not have the chevy option for the Forester 2501ts today
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:51 AM   #2
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GM stopped production of the chassis cab to focus more on another line that is being built at the same plant. They may list it as an option, but don't think you can order one, at least not at this time. Production will most likely resume when demand for the other vehicles slow.
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I guess it's more accurate to say that they "suspended" production.
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:58 AM   #4
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Thought I saw that they dramatically reduced production, but not suspended. Doesn't matter, if I can't get one
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Old 09-04-2015, 12:29 PM   #5
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You would be ordering for less horsepower, torque and towing capacity…than its Ford counterpart.
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less torque and towing capacity for sure, but more than the MBS rigs. I have no experience with either the ford or chevy chassis. From reading it seems there are some issues with the ford chassis front end, as well as less room in the cockpit. I would be content with either motor, but the chevy 4500 chassis appears to have better reviews. I would never need the fords towing capacity. I guess its pretty much a crap shoot any way you do it. Just realized the MBS was too restrictive with payload and towing capacity. Found the forester 2501ts to be similar size and better floor plan. Lot more inside storage and about the same outside storage as the MBS I was looking at. They both suck, but the 2501ts will pull a small enclosed car trailer, which can carry dingy and make up for poor outside storage. Kayaks, smoker, lawn chairs etc. fold bote with small outboard. Do that with a sprinter
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Old 09-04-2015, 01:33 PM   #7
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less torque and towing capacity for sure, but more than the MBS rigs. I have no experience with either the ford or chevy chassis. From reading it seems there are some issues with the ford chassis front end, as well as less room in the cockpit. I would be content with either motor, but the chevy 4500 chassis appears to have better reviews. I would never need the fords towing capacity. I guess its pretty much a crap shoot any way you do it. Just realized the MBS was too restrictive with payload and towing capacity. Found the forester 2501ts to be similar size and better floor plan. Lot more inside storage and about the same outside storage as the MBS I was looking at. They both suck, but the 2501ts will pull a small enclosed car trailer, which can carry dingy and make up for poor outside storage. Kayaks, smoker, lawn chairs etc. fold bote with small outboard. Do that with a sprinter
Purely looking at the engine and transmission specs, Fords RV chassis are superior. There is a reason that Forest River and others do not post the towing capacity of the Chevy. Granted, you will never need to tow anything. If the RV manufacture is doing their job, they install sway bars as needed, to match the requirements of what they are building on top of the chassis.
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Old 09-04-2015, 01:45 PM   #8
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I definitely like the ride, seating comfort and visibility of our Chevy over the Ford. I also like 10.5 mpg when I'm in a hurry, and 12.5 mpg when I'm not in a hurry.

The Ford is a strong motor, but the Chevy has more than enough power for my needs (for now at least LOL).
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Old 09-04-2015, 01:54 PM   #9
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No issues with the ford powertrain. It is good. Reports of poor ride performance make me lean to the Chevy chassis and the Chevy motor will be adequate for my needs. And a little better fuel mileage never hurts anything. Fuel mileage isn't that big a deal. DocsDad summed it up pretty well above
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Old 09-04-2015, 02:16 PM   #10
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Right now the only choices we have are Ford and Mercedes. That's industry wide not just us. There are still some Chevy's out in the field but once those are gone they're gone and may not be replaced.


When I read about the poor ride quality of a ford (Other than the leg space for the passenger) it normally follows up with " We were weighted down in the rear" which in turn "Lifts" the front end up off the ground. This is why we implemented the Firestone air bags, if you are weighted in the rear then you can pump those air bags up to level out the coach and put the weight back towards the front for better ride quality.
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