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Old 09-07-2015, 06:12 AM   #11
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X3 Once you have tires and bags pumped up right Ford drives fine. Our 2650s was a nightmare driving it home first time. Checked tires and when everything was right pressure have had no problem hosts or back road

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Old 09-07-2015, 10:09 AM   #12
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We are all here to help but I am curious as to why you would ask about mileage on the 2500TS Ford and then say you would never buy one

"I would definitely have a ford to pull my TT, but I am staying away from them in my search for a motorhome"

"good luck with the ford. Too many threads all over the place about suspension issues"

Look around next time you are on the road and see how many companies are using the Ford vs the Chevy platform. I would rather buy from a company that did not need to get a government loan during the recession in order to keep their head above water. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 09-07-2015, 10:50 AM   #13
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When I first found the 2500 platform was unaware Chevy provided a chassis as well. Did not know of the suspension issues that some were having with the ford. Some of the problems are not just bags and tire pressures. This is a slow learning curve. Just trying to be careful where I spend my money. When multiple different forums have many threads about Ford suspension issues, it makes me a little nervous to purchase the ford platform, even though I would like it for its better towing capacity. I may would get one that never had issues. And I may not.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:36 AM   #14
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tinasdude, there's really nothing wrong with the Ford running gear/chassis. Some owners have found nothing wrong from the start, but a lot of us have had to "tweak" it a bit.
You have to remember that the Ford and Chevy chassis are aligned to specs at the factory for just the cutaway unit. Then Forrest River, and other manufacturers go and pretty much load that chassis almost to the max. Pretty sure this would throw off any factory specs. Think of your pick up, speced at the factory, and then go and throw a 2500 lb truck camper in the bed. It's going to change how that truck "works"
Don't have and haven't owned a Chevy based rig, but from what I've read it's got an entirely different set up, so maybe it isn't affected like the Fords are.
I've added a set of adjustable camber bushings, re-aligned it, setter/stronger front steering damper, and a set of Sumo aux. springs. Cost so far is around $500.00. May get a set of Bilsteins or Koni's later, but not needed now. My 28 foot Lexi handles just fine, one handed steering, no wander, and I can and do regularly put 8 or so hours behind the wheel, and I'm 66 years old.
Ford once it's set up, if needed, is a super strong chassis, and the V-10 is a good engine. Can cruise all day long, towing our Subi Crosstrek at 62-65 mph (seems to be the "sweet spot") without any strain on the engine.
I have the 5 Star tune which adds a few hp, but much more importantly changes the shift points so the engine/tranny dosen't scream when dropping to a lower gear.
Problem with the smaller MB rigs is a lack of "grunt" when towing, a lack of payload as their almost at the max when empty, smaller fluid tanks, and generally limited to 24-25 feet with maybe one slideout.
My Lexi E-450 has a weight rating of 14,500 lbs. Has 3 slides, plenty of room and storage. Weighed it via truck scales, with full gas tank, half tank of water, full prophane, came in at 12,200 lbs. Leaves me over a ton of extra capacity.
Granted, the Ford chassis maybe old in design, and rough around the edges, but it works. Properly maintained the engine/tranny are easily good for 200,000 miles. And, if chassis/Ford gear needs repair, pretty much any Ford dealer can take care of it.
You have to remember, with class c's your basically stuck with one of three choices, Ford, Chevy, or MB.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:38 AM   #15
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I have not had any handling issues with my Ford. If the airbags in back are low on pressure, it will sway more on the road, but I try to keep them at 70 psi, and she handles fine. I have read about alignment issues from the factory, the proper alignment numbers have been posted on this forum and others to give to an alignment shop if needed. I'll take the twin I-beam front end over stamped A arms any day as far as strength goes.
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:37 PM   #16
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Motorhome Magazine Open Roads Forum: Ford vs Chevy Chassis for larger divers
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Sorry was trying post a link to the interior cab measurements. My phone not cooperating
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Old 09-07-2015, 01:16 PM   #18
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Don't think anyone, even me, a Ford lover, is going to argue about the Chevy having a better cab interior layout as far as room and foot area are concerned. But as far as strength, longevity, and plain old grunt, the Ford is tops.
Just look at what the vast majority of shuttle busses, ambulances, and fire rescue units are built on. Fords. Also most delivery cube vans are Ford based. Its designed as a heavy duty work horse.
Only thing I could wish for in the Ford cutaway chassis would be that they offered the 3 valve V-10 as an option over the 2 valve (360 hp, vs 310 hp).
I'm a hp nut, and bigger and more is always better.
That, and a class c with a 50 amp option so adding a second ac unit wouldn't be such a hassle.
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Old 09-10-2015, 05:21 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by grumpy0374 View Post
I'm a hp nut, and bigger and more is always better.


So it must pain you to know that my new 6.0 Chevy has more ponies.

I do agree with your premise on fuel mileage- get what you want.
I decided on saving 30k (Chevy vs MBS) - buys a lot of gas...and fun.
And I can tow more.
Not as much as the venerable V10 Ford but adequate.

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Old 09-11-2015, 10:12 PM   #20
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Two years in with a chevy 4500 topped with a 2300 at about the 8000 mile mark. Love the ride and handling. Traditional good chevy front end manners. The only maintenace has been tire pressure, which has not been very sensetive....

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