Shayne said:That's why they make more than one kind to choose from.
the Allison transmission alone warrents a premium of some size.
Camping Time said:"But none of the Terra models that I know of are built on the W20 or W22 chassis, so the Allison tranny is not germane to this question. I believe WH/Terra uses the W16 and W18 only. The Ford/Terra models are on the 18,000 lb version of the F53 and it does indeed have the Ford 5 speed, so it may be that Ford has an edge in this particular comparison."
New member here, found this thread while searching Terra LX 34N. Just to clarify, the 34N is available with the W22, Chevy 8.1, 6 speed Allison tranny. This is part of why I was searching.
We currently have a 29 foot Class C with the Ford V10 5 speed. This drivetrain seems quite powerful and the tranny is great for climbing.
My question is: Is there any reason not to opt for the Chevy with the 6 speed. It seems the price difference is not that signifcant. I have owned Ford, GM, and imports, so I'm not brand loyal. It just seems more speeds on a tranny is better, especially here in So. Cal. were we are constantly going up and down hills.
Thanks for any insight
Tsalla Apopka said:Not sure if it's still true but at one time the Workhorse chassis had more height and the basement compartments were bigger because of that. The doghouse was also significantly lower in the workhorse as well. Since Ford upgraded the V10, the difference in power and torgue is not all that much. I do like it that the Allison tranny will engage on slow-down to work much like a jake-brake in a diesel.
Just to clarify, the 34N is available with the W22, Chevy 8.1, 6 speed Allison tranny.