Ford Motor Co. has unveiled the pricing and plans for production of the E-550 cutaway chassis which could blur the distinction between Class C motorhomes and entry-level gas Class A’s.
Production of the E-550 will begin “within the next month” at Ford’s assembly plant in Lorain, Ohio, the company announced Thursday (March 21).
Prototypes of the E-550 were shown at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville last November, and it will allow motorhome builders to produce a Class C that can “get into the bottom end of Class A’s” in terms of size and features, said Ken Farr, recreational and commercial vehicle sales manager for Ford.
The E-550 will come with either a 17,500- or 19,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). The prices for 17,500-pound GVWR chassis will range from $28,780 to $31,240, depending on wheelbase length. The 19,000-pound GVWR version will cost an additional $440. All prices include destination and delivery charges of $715.
The base manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for a 17,500-pound GVWR unit with a 159.5-inch wheelbase will be $28,780. For a 177.5-inch wheelbase, the MSRP will be $29,415, and for a 191.5-inch wheelbase, the MSRP will be $30,000.
For a 17,500-pound GVWR unit with a 209.5-inch wheelbase, the MSRP will be $30,635, and for a 233.5-inch wheelbase unit, the MSRP will be $31,240.
The standard Ford gas engine will be a 6.8-liter V-10 Triton and a 7.3-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel V-8 will be available as an option for an additional $4,385.