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Old 09-27-2009, 07:14 PM   #15
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I've been towing my 1995 28 classic around with a 1998 Ford E350, 7.3 TD. This is a conversion 15' BOX TRUCK.

The rear overhang is a bit much and not to be ignored

I've put 120,000 on the truck and it now has 249,000 miles.
It carries Yahama XT225, a freezer, 6 batteries, solar panels on it's substantial roofastate, let's just say I refer to it as "My rolling garage"

U-joints, AC compresses, Vacuum booster, alternator, tension pulley, steering box.

The cab IS NOISY, the ride when hitched is smooth.

All GVW's are maxed out. I get 11 MPG towing, and 13 MPG without the trailer. I've been up Monarch Pass too many times. Yes, I crawl at around 20MPH. It's the DOWN HILL that will kill ya!

I'm on my 2nd trannie. I also use an "AIR RIDE" hitch with a Reiss dual cam with 600# bars.

I had front end separation when I purchased the 28. I repaired the front end and installed the AirRide, the front end has remained tight as a drum after 100,000.

I'm a full timer
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:56 PM   #16
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Hey Micheal,

Great looking rig. Too bad the "Airstream" concept is behind the "Rolling brick" concept. I do see that you have a little wind deflector up there though..It has a big job to do!


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Old 09-27-2009, 11:56 PM   #17
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Towing with an E Series Ford Van

Thanks for the input. While fishing for replies to this question on another forum (Sportsmobile), someone suggested using a PullRite Hitch setup if towing with an extended body van. It supposedly moves the pivot point from the hitch ball back to the rear axle of the van. Anyone out there have any experience with these? They have an interesting website and video demonstrating the hitch.

The other thing I came across is that Ford V10 & V8 that are put in the vans are detuned compared to the same displacement engines in the F Super Duty Series for 2010. I checked a Ford web site for both the 2010 Super Duty and then one for the E Series Vans. They show the following HP/Torque combos for Super Duties versus the Vans for 2010.

Super Duty V10 = 362hp / 457 ft # - V8 = 360hp / 365 ft #
Van V10 = 305hp / 420 ft # - V8 = 255hp / 350 ft #

Anyone know what is behind that? Of course either option is an improvement over my '99 Super Duty V8 which was rated at 235hp / 335 ft # of torque.
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:00 AM   #18
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Anyone know what is behind that?

Probably lack of airflow/heat management. The numbers reduction isn't that significant, anyway (TQ is what matters, IMO, and the point where peak number is achieved).

Try to find a copy of an engine dyno graph, or, the percentage of peak torque available from about 2000 rpm.

Nice thread, all!
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:49 AM   #19
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Just completed a 5000 mile round with a E250, 5.4 373 rears pulling a 34ft Stream most of the way. got 8.5 loaded, 14.5 empty. Only small problem was wiggle from 18 wheelers passing from the back on the superslab.Was hooked up with the Reese dual/cam. 600# bars. Van is RVed with heavy suspension. Great setup, IMOP
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:32 AM   #20
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update on my orig post and info on my 1994 e350

Well, I got my 94 van's ECM reprogrammed-no new ones to be found. It apparently had begun dying some time ago, because, my old rig is like driving a new one now! I had the unit detailed after the ECM repair and it drives and tows and smells and looks like new! The local dealer won't budge on the 2007 he has, and it is his loss. My old 94 will keep me going for a long while now. This van has one ton + suspension in it-the ratings are the max for the 1994 year. This van rides very smoothly-not rough at all, it is exceptionally easy on the trailer. i am using 1k bars, but do not have them very tight. This van is completely insulated and the inside is completely carpeted. I am talking 3-1/2 inch batts type insulation and the floors have double layer of carpet while the sides have 1/8 inch masonite covered with indoor/outdoor carpet. You cannot get quieter than this rig. all the glass has privacy tint. it is a keeper, i am estactic that I got it fixed. plus saved me enough gas money to go around the USA about 4 times. let's see; 18k divided by $4/gal would be 4500 gallons of fuel times 10mpg equals 45000 miles.yep that oughta do 'er. (all math figures rounded to worse case scenario) In the past this van would get 15mpg empty and 11-12 at 70-75mph towing. I've gotten older and with the AS drive about 60 max, so I expect 11-12 again, if not more. we'll see. sure revived the power.
An E350 makes in my estimation the best tow rig out there. 'course family size, trailer size, etc can make for a different idea-give'er a try.
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Just completed a 5000 mile round with a E250, 5.4 373 rears pulling a 34ft Stream most of the way. got 8.5 loaded, 14.5 empty. Only small problem was wiggle from 18 wheelers passing from the back on the superslab.Was hooked up with the Reese dual/cam. 600# bars. Van is RVed with heavy suspension. Great setup, IMOP
You may want to try 4 links and the bars should have a bend in them, took the semi issue out of my rig for good. Real tight set up and you have to drop the unit on the bars or risk back injury from the lift. The reese is just a wonderful example simplicity. I find this interesting, and the suspension of a e250 is just right. Many of the fleet used window vans are the 350 series. I worry about beating the streamer to death, our f150 just soaks it all up.

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