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Old 07-15-2015, 04:37 PM   #1
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2015 vs 2016 Greyhawk

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Okay so I'm looking for some collective wisdom here. Briefly, I was going to buy a 2015 29MV, however when I got close to talking money it sold. In rolled a 2016 - with all the new bells and whistles. In my mind, the highlights were the 6 speed Torqshift on the 2016 E450 chassis and the fiberglass roof.

My test drive of the 2016 revealed a strong vibration around 60mph. Dealer sent the unit to Ford. Ford sent the driveshaft to a place that specializes in such things. Ford got the driveshaft back today - 2 of the three sections were NOT balanced at all. They are now though. So - you would think we're good to go right?

Nope - Ford put it all back together and the vibration is still there at the same mph. Now they are trying to see if its a angle issue or something else. Lots of people working on this unit now. On top of that, the other 2016 29MV on the dealer's lot exhibits the exact same problem at 60 mph.

I wonder what Jayco's chassis extender is doing?

SO - to make it murkier; the buyer for the 2015 bailed. The dealer has graciously allowed me to 'hold' both the 2015 and the 2016 pending whatever Ford finds.

Given all this - would you guys go w/ the 2015 and the TPO roof and 5 speed Torqshift? Also, the 2015 has Bigfoot Levelers, the 2016 has Equalizer. Or wait it out and see how the 2016 fares at Ford? Or would you even care at that point given all the work thats been done on the 2016 already?

FWIW, the DW likes the interior on the 2015 more. Price savings is around ~$1500. Added bonus, the 2015 has ~165 pounds more cargo capacity ringing in at 2089 pounds of OCCC.

Very confused - but I'm almost leaning towards the 2015 now. For all I know the 6 speed transmission in the 2016 changed the undercarriage geometry somehow. Who knows? Not sure about the roof though.

Help ?!

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Old 07-15-2015, 05:23 PM   #2
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Here is my 2 cents i dont know much about the trans but 6 speeds would be better for acceleration and fuel economy. But iid this trans new to ford or just motorhomes. If this is a new ford transmission i would give it a few years for them to perfect it.

As for the roof fiberglass is a huge plus if done right. I have lurked over on the forest river forums and they have many issues with new fiberglass roofs cracking and splitting. Whch is a bigger deal then just caulking or parching a rubber roof.

Extra CCC is always good since class c motor homes are useally to the limit anyway.

I have the big foot levelers and they are great i have not read anything bad about them so i dont know why jayco changed them.

The interior im sure that your wife dosent care about the other stuff as rhe old saying goes happy wife happy life.

The 2016 also has the increased towing capicity but i personally wouldnt pull 7500lbs anyway.

But i wouldnt rush into to it see they can fix the new one or give you one hell of a deal on the 2015.

You are actually in a good position right now because they want to sell you one and you have the leverage to walk at any moment.
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Old 07-15-2015, 05:34 PM   #3
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You know Jo, the big question is... R U willing to spend all that money on first Generation modifications ? (6 Speed transmission/Fiberglass roof/increased tow (which could be part of the problem.))

As I mentioned in a previous post, the possibility that the frame mod to increase the towing capacity has something to do with the drive shift issue with balance.

Yes, the 6 speed would be great. Yes, the fiberglass roof is great... the majority of bugs (other then the normal fix) have been remedied up to the 2015 models.

And the main point is.... Your DW likes the 2015 more then the 2016 models (mine was the same way!) It's a tough decision but once again.... spend $$$ only to say later... I should've gotten the 2015 !

Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth !
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Old 07-15-2015, 06:16 PM   #4
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The 2016's also have a bigger window on the entrance door, different backsplash, the furniture design has been changed, King Control Jack tv antenna which requires no cranking, MCD roller shades and the TV has been upgraded to a Furrion. Also, the hitch has been upgraded to 7500lbs. That is a huge number of changes and upgrades, to me, well worth several thousand dollars when the fiberglass roof is factored in.

I disagree with Greyhawk01 that he would pull 7500lbs with a 2015. The 2015 has a 5000lb hitch, you CANNOT tow more that what the hitch or the vehicle is rated for. Therefore, unless you are willing to upgrade the hitch, the tow capacity on a 2015 maxes out at 5000lbs.
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Old 07-15-2015, 06:22 PM   #5
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What i meant is i wouldnt be pulling 7500 reguardless just seems like too much for a class c


Fixed my original reply im typing on my phone so i make a liot of errors
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I'm not concerned about the hitch weight one way or the other. I don't want to tow anything; that's what Enterprise is for.
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Old 07-15-2015, 06:48 PM   #7
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I like the idea of the six speed transmission and the Fiberglas roof, but I am always a bit leery of Version 1.0 of anything. And with your wife preferring the 2015 as well as it being less money, I'd be leaning in that direction. YMMV
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Well this was a short lived wrap. The frame on both 2016s is crooked, per Ford. The drive shaft doesn't line up straight over the rear differential.

Pretty poor job on the chassis extender's part, and I'm going to have nothing to do w/ frame issues.

Time to look hard at that 2015.
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:38 AM   #9
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I'm going w/ this one - should be picking her up on 7/25. Very excited, and very much relieved.

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Old 07-16-2015, 12:50 PM   #10
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Congrats!
Make sure to ask the dealer to adjust the rear bedroom TV. If you're laying down, you'll only see the shadow. They need to mount it at a downward angle in order for you to see. (if they don't do it, all you need are washers and longer screws).

Also, don't forget to ask where the "reset" button is on the Tank-less Water heater!

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