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Old 01-02-2014, 06:25 AM   #11
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original thread post kind of misleading. I know it said "chassis", but lots of people might not of known what you were asking about.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:40 AM   #12
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Having driven both and sold both for 12 years....ignore everything on paper. The Chevy says it has more Horsepower than the Ford but they ran the engine RPM's way up to get that. I don't mean to over simplify it, but of course I will

Either one works just fine. In my opinion the difference is too slight to feel strongly either way.

To explain...

The Chevy is 6" longer than the Ford and is a V8 versus Ford V10. So there is less dog house coming into the cab area, which makes it appear that there is more leg room in the Chevy. People complain about the passenger leg room in the Ford because the dog house is offset to that side so it looks tight. But frankly I'm 5'11" and have sat in the passenger side for long stretches. I've never had an issue. My wife is about 5'3" and her feet don't even make it far enough for the dog house to be an issue. The Chevy "center console" does not protrude into the cab area as far as the Ford...but the Ford is removable.

There are only two times that I would recommend one over the other.

Towing: If you do a lot of towing and intent to tow more than 5,000lbs. Go Ford.

2250: I would typically go Chevy. On this floor plan we use the big Chevy (14,200 lbs) and the E350 Ford (12,500 lbs). We still use the V10 but you don't get the 7,500 lbs hitch.

I think the Chevy rides a bit better straight from the factory (softer) but the Ford rides better when loaded (probably because of the higher torque).

So there you have it. Clear as mud. Pick either and you're absolutely right.

(The mercedes Sprinter actually has the best cabin comfort...but you're limited to 24')
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:52 AM   #13
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Thanks Bclemens, you gave me the info that I needed. Like I said in my previous post, my DW is disabled and if I can get her from the passenger seat to the coach without entering from the coach door it make life a little easier. Another question for you. Would FR add assists bars inside the coach with a special order out? I know there are assists bars upon entry could they be added for the exit side of the coach door way, and also in the potty on the 3010ds or 2860?

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Allegiance to one brand over the other does not always come down to specifications. Each brand tends to have its supporters and loyalists. You sort of have to make the decision for yourself what works for you.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:02 AM   #15
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Thanks Bclemens, you gave me the info that I needed. Like I said in my previous post, my DW is disabled and if I can get her from the passenger seat to the coach without entering from the coach door it make life a little easier. Another question for you. Would FR add assists bars inside the coach with a special order out? I know there are assists bars upon entry could they be added for the exit side of the coach door way, and also in the potty on the 3010ds or 2860?

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We don't really offer any custom options like that at this time. We don't stock the parts needed for things like that.
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original thread post kind of misleading. I know it said "chassis", but lots of people might not of known what you were asking about.
I changed the title of the thread - hopefully it clarifies things.
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Thanks Bclemens, you gave me the info that I needed. Like I said in my previous post, my DW is disabled and if I can get her from the passenger seat to the coach without entering from the coach door it make life a little easier. Another question for you. Would FR add assists bars inside the coach with a special order out? I know there are assists bars upon entry could they be added for the exit side of the coach door way, and also in the potty on the 3010ds or 2860?

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I think Bclemens mentioned this in passing... You can remove the big "console" thing from the doghouse on the Ford. That will make it easier to get around inside. There are smaller consoles out there as replacements. Factory Ford ones, I think.
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Not sure what floor plan you are considering but with a Ford the 2860 dinette restricts the rear ward movement of the passenger seat. There is a cutout in the dinette seat back which helps allow the seat to recline a little. My wife is 5'6" and it was deal breaker for her. Don't know if the Chevy is better in this area. If you are looking at a floor plan with the entry door there then it would be a non issue.
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I think Bclemens mentioned this in passing... You can remove the big "console" thing from the doghouse on the Ford. That will make it easier to get around inside. There are smaller consoles out there as replacements. Factory Ford ones, I think.
I replaced the original console with another Ford one that is smaller. It helps but the area really opens up if you just remove it but then you have no cup holders.
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On our trips nobody rides shotgun. I get the entire cab to myself. At first I was shocked no one wanted shotgun in there new coach but it's pretty cool to have everyone lounging in the coach.
The Ford console does come apart but I like the full console.
On the Chevy, the part I found squished was the room around the steering wheel. If the driver seat adjusted up/down it would be better (the Ford doesn't have this option either). I like the Ford dash a tad better than the Chevy.

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