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Old 10-03-2018, 11:24 PM   #1
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Class C Ford Cutaway vs MH Wheelbase

I'm confused.

I've noticed that some of the Winnebago Class C Motorhomes on Ford E-series chassis have a wheelbase which is not listed as available in the Ford E-series cutaway data.

Specifically the 25B has a wheelbase of 182", but the Ford placard on the door jam lists the 158" WB option. And I can find no Ford cutaway data that lists 182" as an available wheelbase option.

So, does Winnebago lengthen the chassis?

Can someone enlighten me?

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Old 10-04-2018, 08:22 AM   #2
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Yes, Winnebago lengthens various Ford chassis on many of their models. They even used to shorten certain high GCVR Ford chassis to get the capacity they wanted on a shorter coach but not sure there are any like that right now.

Ford has guidelines on how to lengthen / shorten that Winnebago follows. They have a chassis shop with laser alignment equipment in Forest City that does it.
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Old 10-04-2018, 09:55 AM   #3
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Randy,

Thanks, I consider myself properly enlightened with the concise information you have provided.

But the lengthening does beg the question; is the Ford warranty affected?
Anyone aware of this?

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No Ford warranty is not affected, because Winnebago does it per the Ford guidelines.
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Randy,

Thanks, appreciate the quick info.

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Old 10-05-2018, 01:50 PM   #6
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Just as a For What It's Worth comment:
I'm just old fashioned enough to not trust anyone but Ford on how to construct/mess-with one of their chassis including install a longer driveshaft that will never vibrate.

I don't even completely "trust" the small extension that Winnebago welds onto the end of the stock Ford frame so as to provide a trailer hitch. I have to live with that on our small Itasca Class C ... but don't tow anything heavy with it, either.
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:33 PM   #7
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Chassis length

So if you get under your rig. And look at the frame. You will notice that the frame was cut and extended 3 or 4 feet. They weld in a piece of channel to do this. The welding job on ours is scary as heck. I was a welder for many years and we called welding like that bird **** welds. Because it looks like bird **** instead of a good smooth weld. One side is perfectly welded the other side looks like a beginner did it. But lifes been long and if i go out because of a winnebago welding job. The family will be taken care of after the lawsuit.
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