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Old 02-18-2017, 01:32 AM   #1
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Question Is there a difference in Axis chassis from 2016 to 2017

I'm looking at a few 2017 Axis & Vegas 24.1's that are for sale and a couple are on a 2016 chassis vs 2017. I've searched here and online and can't find anything detailing any changes in the chassis from 2016 to 2017. Is anyone here aware of any differences? I can save $$ by buying the 2017 model on a 2016 chassis and may do that if there's not a significant difference. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-18-2017, 02:41 AM   #2
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I'm not aware of any major (or minor) changes from 2016 to 2017 Ford "MODEL YEAR" chassis, but it's easy enough to compare the specs. I have and didn't notice any changes, but that doesn't mean I may have not overlooked some detail.

What's most important is that you are actually talking about "Ford" model year, and not "Thor" model year. There may easily be new 2016 Thor Axis that are on 2015 Ford chassis. And the 2015 Ford MY is certainly different.

At the West Palm Beach RV Show yesterday I saw a 2017 motorhome that was on an E-350 chassis (it was not a Thor). Thinking it was odd since all companies went to E-450s due to emissions regulations, I checked inside and found it to have the 5-speed transmission. That makes that claimed 2017 motorhome a 2015 or earlier chassis.
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Old 02-18-2017, 03:58 AM   #3
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Thanks Chance. According to the window stickers they're 2017 Thor model years with a 2016 Ford model year chassis. I'll definitely confirm it's an E450 with 6 speed.
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Old 02-18-2017, 04:02 AM   #4
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Thanks Chance. According to the window stickers they're 2017 Thor model years with a 2016 Ford model year chassis. I'll definitely confirm it's an E450 with 6 speed.
Just use one of the online VIN decoders and type in each's VIN. They will tell you the Ford model year of the chassis and if its a 350 or 450.
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Old 02-18-2017, 04:41 AM   #5
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They're 450's, just trying to confirm there aren't any major differences between 2016 & 2017 chassis. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 02-18-2017, 12:52 PM   #6
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The chassis' Thor uses are usually one model year behind the coach model year, i.e. a 2016 coach is on a 2015 chassis.
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Old 02-18-2017, 01:32 PM   #7
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All the 2017's on my local dealer's lot have 2017 chassis, but I have seen older 2017's that have been sitting on other dealer lots for several months that have the 2016 chassis. I get that. My question is are there any differences. I've also been looking at a Winnebago Fuse and there are big differences in their Year model chassis, hence my question about Thor.
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Old 02-18-2017, 01:49 PM   #8
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TexAXis, I think you'll find it's an industry-wide practice because RV manufacturers start the new model year around February or March, whereas Ford may not change model year until around May or so -- that date seems to vary depending on how much they are updating chassis.

In case of Axis the chassis has to get reworked at MorRyde so by the time it gets to Thor and motorhome is built, I'd assume more than half of them were built on different model years -- chassis versus house.

I can provide the link to Ford specs if you want to compare for yourself, but as I stated before, I don't recall any real change between 2016 and 2017 for the E-450 chassis.

The next big chassis change "may" be when Ford goes to V8 as an option to V10, but I think even that is unlikely to make it into Axis/Vegas line.
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Old 02-18-2017, 02:12 PM   #9
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Got it. Thank you for the feedback. I think I have the info I need.
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Old 02-18-2017, 11:06 PM   #10
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We ended up buying a 2017 Axis 24.1 with a 2017 chassis today so this thread is a moot point (can't see a way to delete it or I would). Thanks for all the info. I'm sure I'll be posting a lot more once we take delivery on Thursday. 😊👍🏻
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Old 02-19-2017, 12:59 AM   #11
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We ended up buying a 2017 Axis 24.1 with a 2017 chassis today so this thread is a moot point (can't see a way to delete it or I would). Thanks for all the info. I'm sure I'll be posting a lot more once we take delivery on Thursday. 😊👍🏻
Congratulations. Good choice. Load it up and get the front end aligned. If you have your RV service center weigh the coach, they will recommend the tire pressures you should run. On my 24.1 I run 80 psi in front and 70-75 in the rears. Enjoy and keep checking this forum. It will be worth your while.
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Old 02-19-2017, 01:08 AM   #12
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Thanks. I've been scouring this site for months and I'm sure I'll be back for more info now that we finally purchased ours. This forum has been a great resource!
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Old 02-19-2017, 01:16 AM   #13
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Congrats on the new coach and welcome to the Forums.
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