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Old 09-22-2015, 03:20 PM   #11
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SunSeeker 3100SS E450 V10. 2012. Tow open car trailer and vintage car. Live in the north east. Arizona, Iowa, Florida, Colorado and every where in-between. Very close to 50000 miles. Bags in rear, sway bar in rear and panard bar in rear. Put Banks program in to change down shifting. Great package and MH. I have no complaints. Gets 8.5 plus mpg. And not afraid of passing trucks. Also had a proper front end alignment done.
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Old 09-22-2015, 05:03 PM   #12
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For what it's worth, if you want a Chevy buy it quick. There's another thread on the forum about no more Chevy vans coming off the assembly line this year.

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Old 09-22-2015, 08:55 PM   #13
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You Chevy folks are makin' me feel bad. I have a 2300 on Ford Chassis. Never considered a Chevy because my late hubby (a top notch mechanic and auto electrician) was a strict Ford guy. ( and the price was great!) I'm happy with it but I don't tow, even tho I got a CRV so I could. A 2300 fits anywhere, don't usually need a car. I pretty much echo Knockando's comments. I imagine the pluses and minuses are pretty consistent. I expected better mileage but I don't have the skills he did to tweak the most out of the engine. You will like your 2300, regardless of the chassis. Not sure you can get the swivel front seat on a Ford C. I'm taking the uncomfortable dinette out in favor of a recliner.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:17 PM   #14
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Assuming the two previous posts haven't driven a Ford chassis, I'd love to hear from someone that has actually driven both, otherwise there is no way to compare.

Drove both the Ford and Chevy before purchasing the Chevy.

I've only shared the good experience I have had with the Chevy. Not saying anything negative about the Ford except the obvious lack of passenger leg room.


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Old 09-22-2015, 09:21 PM   #15
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Assuming the two previous posts haven't driven a Ford chassis, I'd love to hear from someone that has actually driven both, otherwise there is no way to compare.
I've driven a similar size model (different brand RV) with a Ford chassis....I'll keep my Chevy. I'm not a Ford hater...I was an LEO for 40 years and every vehicle that my life depended on at work was spelled FORD running Goodyear tires. But I still like my Chevy better and I put Hankook tires on my personal vehicles!
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:00 AM   #16
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Not sure you can get the swivel front seat on a Ford C. I'm taking the uncomfortable dinette out in favor of a recliner.
We are ordering a 2290s ford (same length as 2300 but w/ dinette slide) w/ swivel pedestals and NO DINETTE) . Swivel pedestals are only on ford.
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I'm a newbie here. I'm ready to purchase a 2016 Sunseeker 2300 and have the option of buying one with the Chevy 4500 chassis or ordering one with the Ford 350 chassis. I've seen some of the postings discussing the pros and cons of each, but am looking for some real-world experiences similar to what I expect to encounter. Although I drove the Chevy and it seemed adequately powered, the drive was limited to flat land and no dinghy. I plan to tow a Chevy Sonic (a little less than 3,000 lbs.) and spend time in the mountains. I was wondering if any of the Chevy chassis owners would share their thoughts if they drive in the mountains and pull a dinghy. Do any owners of the Chevy wish they had gotten a Ford instead? The cheaper cost, extra cockpit room, and reputed 1-2 mpg advantage in gas mileage make me favor the Chevy, but I wonder if the lesser torque or some other negatives should change my mind. Is finding places to work on the Chevy an issue since most motorhomes are Fords? Also, I wonder if the gas mileage advantage would disappear and even favor the Ford if the Chevy has to work harder than the Ford when towing or climbing. The lower cargo carrying capacity of the Ford doesn't bother me since I will be the only occupant.
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Is the Chevy 4500 & The Ford E350 the same size chassis ???
Our 2500TS,,, is on a E450 chassis !!!
Very happy with V10 power,,, MPH about 9,,, it's up from 8 !!!
But it has less than 4K miles on it !!!
My opinion would probably help much,,, because I am a Ford Guy !!!
Nice to know there is another Roger out there !!! LOL !!!
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I thought I heard that F R was going to stop using the Chevy chassis ???
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I was never a big Ford fan. But then we bought a 2013 Sunseeker 3170DS with the E450. To be honest, I really like it. The people we bought it from had only used it for some trips to Pismo out of the central San Joaquin, so it was "gently" used. The first thing I noticed was that after bumping air pressure in the tires to the proper specs, and adding 50 psi in the air shocks, that the ride improved markedly ( fuel economy too). So far we have had it over Donner (X2), Echo Summit (Hwy 50), Monida , Homestead , Bozeman, and Emigrant Passes. It does great with power to spare. I like to run it at around 2500 RPM on the flats (or nearly so), which is about 66-67 MPH, and over the passes at 3500 (if possible), but will do 4500 on the steep ones. Engine compression is excellent on the downhills, and only had to downshift a couple of time on 6-7% grades to keep from using the brakes too much. We went out of South Lake Tahoe to Minden Nevada on a steep and winding road, and it was the only time I had to pull over and let the brakes cool. I figured out pretty quickly why I didn't see anyone else on that particular stretch of road in a motor home! I have had to get the beast up and around some slower traffic (trucks) and it will do 75-80 no problem when needed (V-10). I figured about 10 MPG average over all terrain. But like I said, I have been pleasantly surprised with the Ford so far. We ran into another Sunseeker in Mesquite, Nevada who was towing and told us that there was no issue with pulling a toad at 65 MPH. We haven't towed anything yet, but that is soon to come. I plan on something fairly light like a Jeep Wrangler. I've seen a couple of Chevy class C's that I would love to drive too!
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I was never a big Ford fan. But then we bought a 2013 Sunseeker 3170DS with the E450. To be honest, I really like it. The people we bought it from had only used it for some trips to Pismo out of the central San Joaquin, so it was "gently" used. The first thing I noticed was that after bumping air pressure in the tires to the proper specs, and adding 50 psi in the air shocks, that the ride improved markedly ( fuel economy too). So far we have had it over Donner (X2), Echo Summit (Hwy 50), Monida , Homestead , Bozeman, and Emigrant Passes. It does great with power to spare. I like to run it at around 2500 RPM on the flats (or nearly so), which is about 66-67 MPH, and over the passes at 3500 (if possible), but will do 4500 on the steep ones. Engine compression is excellent on the downhills, and only had to downshift a couple of time on 6-7% grades to keep from using the brakes too much. We went out of South Lake Tahoe to Minden Nevada on a steep and winding road, and it was the only time I had to pull over and let the brakes cool. I figured out pretty quickly why I didn't see anyone else on that particular stretch of road in a motor home! I have had to get the beast up and around some slower traffic (trucks) and it will do 75-80 no problem when needed (V-10). I figured about 10 MPG average over all terrain. But like I said, I have been pleasantly surprised with the Ford so far. We ran into another Sunseeker in Mesquite, Nevada who was towing and told us that there was no issue with pulling a toad at 65 MPH. We haven't towed anything yet, but that is soon to come. I plan on something fairly light like a Jeep Wrangler. I've seen a couple of Chevy class C's that I would love to drive too!
Timmy Jim - We're nearly in the exact same position and everything you mention about RPM and speed seems right on. I tend to stay around 65-67 mph on the flats because that is what the previous owner told me. What speed do you cruise at on the flats/interstates?
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