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Old 05-26-2015, 02:06 PM   #1
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class C Ford chassis?

My Wife has decided that she wants to add a Jayco class C to our current RV availability.Never mind why,I am married 48 years and learned long ago just go with the flow.
jayco is currently only using the Ford 450(550?) with the V10 on the class C's.I am not a Ford guy so I don't know much so any gotchas on this combo to know about upfront.Last ford we had was a 79 crew dually with 460,couldnt pass a gas station.
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Old 05-26-2015, 02:09 PM   #2
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We had a 2001 before going to the SENECA in 08 and my SIL has an 08 both were/are very reliable. I also know numerous people with other JAYCO years mixed in that are very happy. I averaged 7.5 mpg towing a Canyon pu.
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Old 05-26-2015, 02:17 PM   #3
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If its an E450, absolutely a fantastic chassis IMO. The V10 has plenty of power to move a vehicle of that size around. I service a bus fleet of 28 E450s all except a few are the V10s. I have several that are over 250000 miles and many aproaching 200000. In 12 years of working on these vehicles, Ive not once had a major mechanical failure on the V10s, not even a water pump outside of warranty. Just a flat out nice drivetrain. Even brakes are going 80+ thousand miles before needing replacement (as long as the caliper pins dont sieze). You can plan on putting ball joints in it before 60000, but if you put in a good quality set from NAPA, you will only do them once. I wasnt ever a ford guy until I started working on them. Now all I can say is my tools spend a lot more time in the tool box than when I was working on GM's
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:27 PM   #4
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Not that many class C motorhomes on a Chevy/GMC frame around to look at when I settled on the Jayco E450 31FS. Those that I did see had a decent coach on them but I felt the engine was underpowered for some of the mountain roads I would be driving on through Colorado. Based on the reputation of the E450 through research, I still think I made the better choice.
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Just logged about 1600 miles over the weekend going up 95 from FL to NC and back. My rig is the one in my signature, and I didn't have much to complain about. I was watching my GPH and MPG like a hawk because my last rig I never had to worry about it much (sprinter got about 13mpg). I do like the way the oil filter is mounted remotely for easy servicing. I will be taking it over to a parking lot soon and doing my own oil change, so more on that later. Power was better than expected, but she is no racer.
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My 2012 was my first ever Ford purchase. V10 is a solid performer. Allison transmission is strong. Disc brakes all the way around with anti-lock. Stopping is not an issue. If you are looking for gas mileage buy a VW Jetta, this is a massive vehicle and diesel is not an option. I havent tried towing, but if I can keep my speed steady, it will get 9mpg. I have heard people getting 11-12, but they must go downhill everywhere they go.

The only other RV I have to compare it to is a 1978 Mobile Traveler. I cant think of one item that could compare to the quality of todays chasis.
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We had a 2006 Four Winds on an E-450 chassis prior to our Seneca. Like the others said, the V10 and allison transmission are excellent. I was particularly impressed with the tow/haul mode on the transmission - came in handy when pulling a toad down steep grades. We averaged 7-8 mpg, not great, but at least gas isn't $4+ a gallon now.

The best part was that my local auto shop could work on it with no problem.
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When did Ford start using the Allison Trannsmission? I thought they had the 5-speed TorqShift® automatic overdrive transmission with Tow/Haul mode
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When did Ford start using the Allison Trannsmission? I thought they had the 5-speed TorqShift® automatic overdrive transmission with Tow/Haul mode

DOH!! You're absolutely right. My Seneca has an Allison in it - crossed the streams for a minute there. Thanks for the correction!
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I do like the way the oil filter is mounted remotely for easy servicing. I will be taking it over to a parking lot soon and doing my own oil change, so more on that later.
Doesn't get any easier for changing oil than on a V-10 on the E-450 chassis. Everything is easily accessible. Did our first one (picked up 6 quarts of Motorcraft Oil and the filter for less than $30 at Walmart) in a campground (took advantage of the front tires already being up on levellers) enroute home from picking it up at the dealer and was under there for all of 3-4 minutes to let it drain and then about the same amount of time to put the new filter on and button things up.
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