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blw2

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Posted: 06/01/14 08:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What model do you have and how much does it weigh with your typical loading?

I've been considering a used C for my family. We're currently in a pop-up and the thought of a motorhome is apealing.

A couple years ago, I was seriously researching bunkhouses. What I remember was that they were heavy and didn't have much cargo or towing capacity.

As I'm loooking again, i'm thinking non-bunk houses might be a workable option.
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My concern is that one I get the unit loaded with
family of 5, plus maybe one or two of my kid's friends
chairs, food, and oher "stuff"
I figure it's not uncommon to want to travel with some water in the tank, some grey and black water on board
full propane
full gas or diesel

I don't need a huge surplus in capacity, but i don't want to be overloaded or constantly on the edge...... and I would likely want to tow a car or on occasion a trialer with golf cart.

These super C's such as Thor's 33SW are appealing, but they're expensive and it seems like they haven't been out long enough to have much of a used market
The Thor 31W floor plan looks intesting to me, but I'm interested in learning the actual weights accross the class.

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I have an older (1998) C 29 foot bunkhouse with the double dinette floorplan and no slides. It has about 2000 pounds of CCC, but when loaded with family, food, water, beer, etc I was getting close to max on the rear axle. The rear axle weight is really the one to watch, because EVERYTHING you put inside the rig adds weight to the rear axle. Items placed behind the rear axle actually add more than their weight to the axle. The 31-32 foot Cs with slides are really heavy and very difficult to not overload unless you travel light.

As far as towing, I towed 3 different small cars weighing 2600-3200 pounds and even with an older V10 with "only" 265 hp I had what I felt was adequate power.

On edit I thought I'd add that I have an E-Super Duty (later called the E450) with 14050 GVWR and 9450 RGAWR.

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1998 Four Winds 22rk without water, or tanks filled, but loaded with normal complement of people, Front:4500 lb rear 6600. Rear tire air at 78 lb, front tire air at 74 lb. Max gross front 4600 rear 7810, total gross 11500. You can see I have about 200lb in the front and about 1200lb in the rear left to use. Tires can handle about 2600lb each, four in the rear two in the front.
This will give you and idea of what to look for. Found the above info on the Thor document web site that matched the sheet of paper Thor put on the wall of my MH closet. Most RV's should have this info posted my the manufacture some where in the unit. From here do you own math.


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Hi,

Look for one built on the E-450 rather than the E-350


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Posted: 06/01/14 11:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

Look for one built on the E-450 rather than the E-350


Or for larger cockpit, better ride and handling look for one on a Chevy Chassis. [emoticon]


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Posted: 06/01/14 11:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My current one weighs 12000-ish depending on what I have on board. That leaves a little wiggle room. Your main concern is the load on the tires. A 31 foot C with a slide is about at the limit of the tires without much additional weight.


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Hi,

While it is true the ride is possibly better, the weight capacity I believe is some what lower on the Chevy. The 4500 series of Chevy is 14,200 gvw

The Ford E-450 cut away is generally 14,500 lbs. I'm at 14,308 fully loaded. I was overloaded for my tires (but not the axles) and so replaced the wheels and tires last summer going to 235/85r16 to correct that.

IAMICHABOD wrote:

pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

Look for one built on the E-450 rather than the E-350


Or for larger cockpit, better ride and handling look for one on a Chevy Chassis. [emoticon]


* This post was edited 06/01/14 02:52pm by pianotuna *

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pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

Look for one built on the E-450 rather than the E-350


Not necessarily, my 2012 E-350 has 3,368# of payload and few if any E-450's can top that. My Gvwr is 11,500 and fully loaded (one third in all 3 tanks), tools, toys,firewood and the backup Honda 2,000 we scaled out at 10,050# leaving nearly 1,500# of additional, available payload.

The ride is smoother and with the 4:10 rear end I get better mileage than an E-450. Going with a 24' C has a lot of advantages if you like the floorplan and good CCC with room to spare is just one of them.
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yeah, I suppose the sub 25ft class offers more in many ways. Also easier parking, more availaible sites, etc.....
Too bad though, it seems that the floor plans that are more attractive to me are the larger 30ft to 32ft ballpark.... with three kids I want a walk around rear bed, the overcab bunk, and a sofa

pianotuna, your comment about your tires is interesting to me. I find it facinating that a company would derate their product with tires like that. I would think that they would at least match the tires to the axle! Something else for me to look at I suppose.

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Hi blw2,

The OEM tires were Michelen load range E. They were 9.5 years old and had 66000 miles on them. No problems were encountered.

My favorite size is a 26 footer.

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