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Class A Motorhome Gasser

wtmtnhiker
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Hi all,
I'm trying to decide between 2 motorhomes. One is a 2005 with a GM drivetrain 8.1 engine and Allison transmission with 11,430
miles. The other is a 2006 with the Ford V-10 drive train and 34,000 miles. I remember reading that the Fords had trans issues on some earlier years but were improved upon later. To those of you who know what year did they make that upgrade to the Ford tranny? Also should I be worried about the very low mileage on the 2005? Both of these coaches meet my price point and look to be in very nice condition with floor plans that I like. Thanks for reading , any thoughts and input are appreciated.
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dodge_guy
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Yes, keep looking. Water leak repairs are the worst! I stumbled across mine at a dealer, but I found info from the previous owner that he kept it stored indoors. And when I looked it over you can tell it was stored inside! I would keep searching. There are plenty of nice RVs out there that are well taken care of. I would even spend more on one that was stored inside.
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Between the two, based on engines and parts, I'd look hard at the V10, assuming the layout works for you.
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wtmtnhiker
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I do greatly appreciate all the replies too.
bgbassman(bluegrass bass man)

wtmtnhiker
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ArchHoagland wrote:
wtmtnhiker....What did you decide on?

Hello,
I have looked at 7 motorhomes from 2006 to 2012 and every single one had a serious water leak that the owners denied any knowledge of. Some i believed some not. Still looking. Likely will end up with a Ford chassis just because they're more numerous but never know.
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A diesel…lol
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ArchHoagland
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wtmtnhiker....What did you decide on?
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rjstractor wrote:
pianotuna wrote:
4x4van wrote:
pianotuna wrote:
I'd never buy a diesel again.
And that is relevant how? :h


If you take it out of context you are the one making irrelevant.


Maybe you could explain the context. The OP was comparing two gas powered coaches and never mentioned a diesel.


Pretty sure the tuna just misread something. Because the word diesel was never even part of the original conversation or any sidebar stuff.
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John&Joey wrote:
The V10 was designed for commercial applications and was never installed into personal use cars. Bullet proof.


Say wut?
I mean of course the Triton V10 never made it into a production CAR, but there are 100,000s of them in light duty trucks and vans.
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LouLawrence
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This should be an interesting answer! I sometimes discuss the advantages of diesel despite someone asking about gassers but I can't figure where this comment came from. Just to inject a bit more worthless info, I would never buy a gasser!

rjstractor
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pianotuna wrote:
4x4van wrote:
pianotuna wrote:
I'd never buy a diesel again.
And that is relevant how? :h


If you take it out of context you are the one making irrelevant.


Maybe you could explain the context. The OP was comparing two gas powered coaches and never mentioned a diesel.
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pianotuna
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4x4van wrote:
pianotuna wrote:
I'd never buy a diesel again.
And that is relevant how? :h


If you take it out of context you are the one making irrelevant.
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4x4van
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pianotuna wrote:
I'd never buy a diesel again.
And that is relevant how? :h
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camper_ron
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I am afraid this will not help, but after looking at all the replies I can only add My 2004 8.1 Vortec has 100,000 miles plus and runs great don't burn any oil and has pulled my 38 foot moterhome towing a Jeep Liberty over the rockies many time. Good Luck.

Chum_lee
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The 2006 Ford should be the 2nd generation V-10 (3 valve engine with 315 HP) coupled to the 5R110W five speed automatic/overdrive transmission. It has improved head design that doesn't tend to blow spark plugs. It should have 10 lug wheels, not 8. That's a good thing. It is possible that the chassis is NOT a 2006 model year so it's IMPORTANT to confirm that before you buy if you choose the Ford.

At that age, check the roof condition, in person. Look for water leaks. Seriously deduct your offer if you find ANYTHING wrong with the roof or exterior walls. (leaks, bubbles, delaminations, etc.)

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