Is a 350 ci Chevy Engine Powerful Enough for a Class C RV?
I am looking at a 1985 24' Minni with a 350 Chevy carburated in a class C. Is this motor strong enough to really pull this motor home? I would also like to put a small trailer on it and pull my Goldwing which weighs 950lbs plus the trailer.
Any thoughts/ suggestions on this?
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Yes, the engine is powerful enough to power the size RV your are looking at and as long as the RV is properly setup for towing you should not have any problems towing your bike on it's trailer.
One reality that you are going to have to face is that this RV is not going to be setting any land speed records; nor is it going to be passing a lot of other vehicles when climbing a hill. A larger engine might improve the hill-climbing a tad, but not by that much.
Since you are dealing with an RV that is over 20 years old I have a question for you; Have you performed a complete used RV inspection on this RV? If your answer to this question is "INSPECTION!!!!! WHAT INSPECTION?" then you are not quite ready to buy this motorhome yet. Yes, the last step in buying a used RV is to inspect it inside and out to make sure it is in good shape before you sign on the dotted line.
Why? Because you are spending your hard-earned money (I am assuming that you work hard for your money):-) to buy this RV. I am pretty sure that the reason you are buying this motorhome is so you can enjoy your leisure time by camping with it.
Without a used RV inspection, your leisure time may be spent repairing problems on the RV, that could have been discovered during a pre-purchase RV inspection. As the old saying goes "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" (you gotta love those old sayings).
We have some good guidelines on conducting used RV inspections on our website. The inspection guidelines are divided up into two sections.Section 1:
is for motorized and non motorized RVs. It covers the guidelines for reviewing important documents about the RV, the inspection of the interior and exterior of the RV.Section 2:
is for motorized RVs and covers the guidelines for inspection the engine and the guidelines on what to look for during a road test of the RV.
Once you have completed these inspections, you will have a pretty good idea of the condition of the RV that you are considering buying.
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