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Old 09-13-2012, 10:55 PM   #1
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Chevy vs Ford chassis for 2860DS

Looking at the 2860DS and can't decide on a Chevy or Ford chassis. I have heard more cab room, better handling and MPG for the Chevy. Anyone out there have any reliable info. Since my family were GM workers in Kokomo, Ind..I am a bit biased.

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Old 09-14-2012, 12:16 PM   #2
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I am by no means an expert, but...

at the only RV show I have ever attended, I saw MANY more built on the Ford V-10 chassis. As a matter of fact, of the dozens of gas MH's I saw, only 1 was built on the GM chassis. I personally think the GM would be fine, but I would wonder why so many are using the Ford if the GM is superior???
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:19 PM   #3
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Something to keep in mind also is the Ford GVWR is 14,500lbs. where the Chevy is only 14,200lbs. 300lbs of storage capacity is a pretty significant when it comes to units with slide-outs and then the outside kitchen and stuff like that...
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:56 PM   #4
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Nationwide preference seems to be Ford. However I have had dealers with the Ford and Chevy in large rental fleets and they both performed just fine. In fact one year they said the Chevy was their favorite, had little or no warranty claims over 2 years, roughly 40,000 miles (then they started selling them off). Chevy has more passenger leg room (but the cab is a little longer as well). Chevy "claims" more horsepower, but at higher RPM's. Ford has more torque, again at lower RPM's. Ford has tow/haul mode which is nice when towing something. Chevy has a longer power train warranty...but good luck seeing 100k on a motorhome.

The main reason you see Ford's is that the front axle weight on the Chevy is lower than Ford...so it really limits us in what we can build.

Here are the specs. I think both chassis work well.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:26 AM   #5
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Good comparison. FYI Chevy also has tow/haul mode.
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Interesting that the Chevy Express 4500 shows GVWR of 14200, with Front Axle of 4300 and rear axle of 8600. New math?
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:54 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the info..Looks like it will be a 4500 for me..
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:26 PM   #8
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Interesting that the Chevy Express 4500 shows GVWR of 14200, with Front Axle of 4300 and rear axle of 8600. New math?
Pretty sure those are off. When it was Workhorse, it went to 4,600 front, 9,450 rear on a 14,050 rated chassis. It's now a 14,200 today. I can't find the rating though.
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OK, so it's 4600 front and 9600 rear
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:04 AM   #10
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Well we ordered the 2860 with the Chevy 4500. Sometime in Dec they say.
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