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Old 12-31-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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Ford vs Chevy for Sunseeker MH

What is the difference between the ford chassis vs the chevy. I am interested in driver and passenger comfort plus v10 vs v8. Most interested in leg room.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:42 PM   #2
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According to Forest River brochure the Chevy V-8 6.0L is 324HP with 373 torque and the Ford V-10 6.8L is 305HP with 420 torque.
I have the Ford 450 and I have been very impressed with torque (and pickup). I did have a Chevy 2500 with the 6.0 that I towed a 12,000lbs trailer with and I find the V-10 is a better workhorse than the Chevy 6.0.
I find the creature comforts of the cab are better in the Ford (van chassis).
I am just over 6' and I am very comfortable in the Ford. I checked out the Chevy 350 chassis on a similar floor plan and I felt a little less legroom. It may be the same space wise between the two I just felt less squished in the Ford.

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Old 12-31-2013, 09:47 PM   #3
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before you make a decision, put your but in each of them. Both are a good vehicle, but everyone has different likings on the interior
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:35 PM   #4
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I would agree the Ford in my opinion has a much roomier interior and better design than the Chevy. I sell all 3 of the American made trucks. 4 out of every 5 trucks our dealership sells is Ford. Having sold several V10's for TT towing purposes I have received many favorable responses. Just my thoughts. As the previous thread mentioned go try both for yourself. Best of luck!
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:08 AM   #5
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I've always been a GM guy. Had numerous blazers and suurbans over the years. Two years ago I went looking for a solid 3/4T tow vehicle. Really wanted a Chevy, but ended up in a 05 F250 cc V10. Compared to my work truck, a 04 2500cc 6.0l v8, it is a beast. Much better towing comfort and, at least seemingly to me, more available power when needed. My Ford doesn't downshift nearly as often as the Chevy. Now, the newer trucks with 6 speeds may be different. Also, the back seat has lots more room.
That said, if I decided to look at used diesel trucks, I'd be looking for a duramax!

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Old 01-01-2014, 06:53 AM   #6
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We looked at both the Ford and Chevy 2300 when purchasing. We chose the Chevy chassis. The interior space of the Chevy was much better. You can get up from the seats and get to the back much easier. The passenger has much more room to put both feet on the floor.

As for power train, this is a 4500 with 6.0 v-8 and 6 speed transmission. Ignore comments that aren't talking about this combination. I have a Chevy Avalanche with 5.3 and 4 speed tranny. No comparison. I have driven 12,000 miles and never felt like it didn't have enough power or pickup. The towing capacity of the Ford is a little better on paper. I don't (yet) tow anything. This may be a concern to you, especially if you are looking at something much bigger than a 2300. The gas mileage is slightly better on the Chevy (based on forum comments). I get 10.5 at 59 mph running about 1700-1800 rpm on flat interstate.

From these forums I read that many have had some initial handling problems with the Ford (corrected with an alignment). I have done nothing to the Chevy except change the oil. It handles so well, I can't tell the difference between it and my Avalanche except in the most extreme cross winds. I have often driven 550+ miles in a day.

I'm not knocking the Ford. Other than taking each for a short test drive, I have no way to compare. Just telling you I am completely happy with my 2300 on the Chevy 4500 chassis.
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Ignore comments that aren't talking about this combination.

I'm sorry if anyone took offense at my comment. None was intended. What I meant (and obviously didn't say well) was that comparing 5.3l Chevys,etc., did not answer the OPs question. The Chevy chassis comes with a 6.0l and 6 speed transmission. Comparing it to other power trains, then comparing to Fords did not answer the OP. I did NOT intend to imply that other posts should be ignored-just that information about the power trains (both Ford and Chevy) that FR builds on were relevant to the original question. I appreciate all the comments on these forums. Again, I'm sorry if I offended.
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Ok, I appreciate all of the inputs and I like both ford and chevy my reason for the question is to better understand creature comforts in the cab. The wife is disabled and I am just trying to get feed back on front leg room and ease of getting into the coach without getting out and going to the coach entrance. We will be going to the dealers in the next few days to crawl around the models but need to see a break in the Wisconsin weather.
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:56 PM   #9
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Some of the replies are about pickups. Since this is the Sunseeker forum I'm assuming you are asking about Sunseekers. I don't find a big difference in the leg room for the driver. The passenger's leg room is much better on the Chevy.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:58 PM   #10
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Your are correct. Interested in MH so just looking for real life MH info on the chassis. Hopefully will be able to get the dealers to pul the units out of the snow for us to check.
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