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Old 06-21-2018, 08:55 PM   #1
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Diesel C-class

Does, or did Jayco ever build a diesel C-class. Not looking for a Freightliner chassis. Would like to get something in the 24-28 ft range but all I`m finding are the Mercedes chassis which are big bucks. Would like a GM chassis or Ford.
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Old 06-21-2018, 08:57 PM   #2
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The first generation Seneca is built upon the Chevrolet Kodiak chassis and is powered by the Duramax 6.6L diesel engine.
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The first generation Seneca is built upon the Chevrolet Kodiak chassis and is powered by the Duramax 6.6L diesel engine.
I guess I should be more specific. I don't want a full size truck chassis. Need pickup or van cab only.
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I can't recall any Ford E-chassis diesel Class C motorhomes, one factor was the diesel is quite a bit heavier. With an overhead bunk AND the diesel the front axle would likely be overweight.

I do recall seeing some Class B units with no cabover bunk having a diesel, but not many.
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Old 06-21-2018, 09:24 PM   #5
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This is going way back and it isn't a Jayco, but Serro Scotty built class C's on a Dodge 3500 chassis with the Cummins throughout the '90's. If you can find one, they bring quite a hefty sum.
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Old 06-21-2018, 09:56 PM   #6
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Several MFGs built on the Ford E450 with Powerstroke engines.
I have not seen one newer that a 2006 or so.
I spoke to an owner who said it got around 11 mpg and towed a trailer well
but working on it was a nightmare due to tight cab.
There are a few new RVs built on Ford F350 frames, Pick up cabs
with long wheelbase.
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:13 PM   #7
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Coming from a previous diesel guy...unless you have really deep pockets stay with gas. The Ford V-10 6.8 Triton is a beast. It's 415 cubic inches of power and it is easy to work on and very reliable.

In a Class C it will tow up to 7500lbs and never miss a beat. I can change the oil myself and it doesn't cost a arm and a leg. No special filters to worry with...no DEF tank to fill...no diesel smell.

Remember with a diesel motorhome you will also get a diesel onan gernerator. I had one of those in my diesel motorhome. The weight starts adding up fast.

I doubt you will find many diesel motorhomes that aren't a freightliner like the Seneca. If I wanted a diesel I would get a Seneca. I really like the front engine Cummins.
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Old 06-22-2018, 05:05 AM   #8
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Danno, in my search to downsize from a Class A to a Class C I did find a 2010 Ford Diesel 6.0 Class C for sale. It was at Phoenix Cruiser but has sold. As cabinetmaker expressed it is a bear to work on because there is not much room in that engine area. That company apparently is building them and they even offer a 4 wheel drive version. Happy searching, Jimmyd
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Old 06-22-2018, 07:01 AM   #9
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Dynamax makes a very high quality class C RV (never thought I’d say that about a Forrest River product) on a Ram 5500 cab and chassis platform. That’s where I would have love to have gone for my next RV but due to the price, I went with a class A diesel pusher instead. I must be in the minority. I hate the Ford V-10. It is easy and cheap to work on but once you’ve gone diesel, it is very hard to go back to gas.

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Have you considered a B+ like thor makes on the ford transit platform? Those come with the 3.0 power stroke. My in-laws have one that they enjoy quite a bit. It gets 16+ mpg. I do tease them, though and tell them that when they get tired, I'll put it in my Seneca's storage bay and they can ride with us!!
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