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Old 03-04-2015, 09:53 AM   #1
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Boring Ford cockpit

DW and I were at the RV show the other day and I couldn't help but notice the bland cockpits in new the class c motorhomes that were built on the Ford chassis. The steering wheel is the same one that's in my 2002 f250. The gauges are lacking as well. Very few frills compared to modern well equipped ford pickup. When I upgrade from a travel trailer, I plan to go cross country and back and the extra creature comforts will make a difference. Why should I have to go with a class a to get what I want? JMTC
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What can you do to a steering wheel to make it more "exciting"?
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You are right, very much of just an Econoline van look and feel. However, I don't really want my money in the dash, I'd rather put it in RV features and functions.
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Your not going to be distracted from the beauty of world around you on your cross country journey !

Class C are built on a van chassis not on a pick up chassis. Guess you need to speak with Ford regarding the looks of their vans. I would suppose most vans are used for business rather than personal use.
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You are right, very much of just an Econoline van look and feel. However, I don't really want my money in the dash, I'd rather put it in RV features and functions.
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Your not going to be distracted from the beauty of world around you on your cross country journey !

Class C are built on a van chassis not on a pick up chassis. Guess you need to speak with Ford regarding the looks of their vans. I would suppose most vans are used for business rather than personal use.
+1 to both of these. And I agree, those Class C chassis are pretty spartan. But then they are intended for commercial applications, no gadgets or creature comforts needed.

They do make some Class C MHs on pickup chassis, those I think are pretty neat, but there aren't a whole lot of them out there.
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+1 to both of these. And I agree, those Class C chassis are pretty spartan. But then they are intended for commercial applications, no gadgets or creature comforts needed.

They do make some Class C MHs on pickup chassis, those I think are pretty neat, but there aren't a whole lot of them out there.
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That cockpit is still pretty bleak though...
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Noticed that when were shopping.We went with it I prefer not to have excess electronics and gadgets. what sold me on the Jayco jayhawk was the comfort of the drivers seat and the leg room. many class c that we looked at had to pull the drivers seat up when the slide was in which made for an uncomfortable drive.
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One of the things that was a plus for us was the clean and simple cockpit. We didn't want the distractions of a "high-tech" star wars cockpit... just the important stuff presented in an uncluttered way.

The other thing that we like is that Ford has maintained continuity in their cockpits across my last three F150's, starting in 1990. Everything is still just where I expected it to be, so there was very little "learning curve" with the new motorhome.

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It just seems that for 80+ grand I should be getting modern accommodations in the cockpit. Wifi, Bluetooth, hands free phone, gps, soft touch plastic...etc. If in 2015 an economy car can come equipped with these things, why not a class c ? Some of them made me feel like I was in a U-Haul truck. Yuk!!!
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