It’s V8 vs V10 for RV-moving power!
It’s Ford V10 vs its replacement, the 7.3-liter “Godzilla” gas V8, both were built for moving massive trucks like these Newmar Bay Star motor homes. They are similar, but not the same. In this video, Andre have a 2020 V10 (3414) and a 2021 V8 (3014) to compare against each other. In this class, both RVs are fairly affordable with a base price of about $175,000 for the 2020 model.
Believe it or not, this is a bit of a bargain for a new Class-A motor home with these types of amenities. Andre is quick to point out that, while $175,000 is a lot of money, comparable RVs can easily double this price – and then some. It’s all relative. Diesel pusher RVs can easily exceed the $400,000 mark. There are quite a few Class-Cs that cost about the same amount as well.
Ford’s new “commercial grade” 7.3-liter V8 makes 350 horsepower and an estimated 475 lbs-feet of torque. The older 6.8-liter V10, which has been in production for about two decades, makes about 320 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque in most of its current applications. Another benefit of the newer V8 powertrain is an increase in fuel efficiency too. The newer RV has a new chassis and suspension, making for a better handling vehicle.
Our friends at TransWest gave Andre and the crew access to both RVs.
Andre takes you on a detailed tour of both units. Not only does he talk about the technical components, he discusses his likes and dislikes with both RVs. He also takes us back to the time when he drove a stripped chassis on a drag strip. What’s important to remember here is: it’s rare to get two different generations of RVs together with completely different drivetrains, yet comparable amenities. Especially, from the same coach-builder.
Which one would you get? Watch the video and let us know!