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Posted: 06/27/21 05:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You might not like the amount of leg room on a Class C (specifically a Ford chassis), especially on the passenger side -- it's very limited.

Also, we found that our former Class C had it's own quirks as far as handling, driving in windy conditions, etc.

And, FWIW, fuel mileage is no better on a gasser Class C than a gasser Class A, if that's a consideration.


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I downsized from a 43 foot pusher, to a 28 foot class C on a Chevy chassis. It handles great without any engine heat, and I don't feel wind or passing trucks. Cockpit leg room is not like my class A, but is more than enough.......Bruce


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    Downsized from a 38DP to a MB VS-30. Rides better than a car and gets 17MPG. No noise or handling issues. Love the solar and residential refrigerator.


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    I went from 36’ a gasser class A to a class C Chateau 28V on a E350 chassis. I liked the class C so much more I traded it in for my current class C that has a walk-in shower & lots of kitchen counter space. The Leprechaun 290QB is on a Chevy 4500 chassis. The stock 4500 chassis rides & handles much better than the E350. Also, almost no engine noise. The only issue I have had to deal with on the 4500 is the first step going in is about two inches higher than the Ford chassis. I had to buy a collapsible half step to put out when I park.

    I found as I got older the fewer steps getting in & out the better. Both of my class Cs have/had only three steps. The cab over blocks out the sun during the day making the cab cooler. The cab over also adds a lot of inside storage space. I really appreciate pulling up to a gas pump and just opening the driver’s door and getting out.


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    We have a 2004 Fleetwood Tioga 26Q, Ford E-450. I think that the ride over typical rough worn highways is harsh and tiring for sustained hours of driving. Rear springs are probably one "size fits all" and having softer springs installed might help improve ride. Class C's with stock suspension tend to get pushed around by passing semi's and wind turbulence. As suggested, rent a couple of C's and give them extensive enough road tests to help you decide A versus C and MB's vs Ford or Chevy. Some Class C people who spend $3000 on suspension mods, claim great improvement in ride comfort.

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    A simple change in caster, beyond the factory specs, will make a world of difference on any Class C.

    Better rear shocks and sway bar also help.

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    Look into a Super C on either Ford, Chevy or Dodge truck 550 cab and chassis. I have the Thor Omni on the F550 chassis and the ride and drive comfort is so much better than the van chassis.

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    Posted: 06/28/21 05:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    I downsized to a c from a foretravel but mine is on a f550. I love it and it is easy to drive and has loads of power and muc more carrying capacity and towing ability.


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    Thanks for all the advice folks.

    At first, I found that getting accurate info (ie, floor plans, length, wheelbase, etc) on Class Cs was a bit challenging. For example, Class C ads frequently listed incorrect info so I turned to manufacturer brochures whenever possible. However, some floor plans weren't listed in the brochures. I found that PPL Motorhomes usually had the correct floor plan as they draw their own for each RV they sell.

    FYI . . . I started with a 34' Class A gasser (National SeaBreeze) in 2004 then switched to a 41' Newmar Mountain Aire DP in 2010. So I guess I'll complete my "RV type tour" with a Class C that's about 30' or so.

    Wish me luck.

    PS If I could afford it, I'd buy this 32' Country Coach in a heartbeat.

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    TechWriter,

    That is a NICE rig you linked to. It looks to be in great shape for a 2002. Even so, I would say the price looks high, but I also realize that this is a seller's market, not a buyer's market.

    So what is your budget for your next rig?

    Maybe you could sell your current rig now and then next year when RV prices plummet (a prediction I just made using my crystal ball! LOL) you might be able to pick something along the lines of that Country Coach for a better price.

    Good Luck on your search,

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