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Old 06-10-2010, 11:18 AM   #1
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E350 with 6.0L, V10, or 7.3L - which powerplant?

Hey All,
First time poster, long time lurker...

I am looking for E350 Van for weekend adventures and to tow my wakeboarding boat behind. The boat and trailer weight about 4,000 #'s combined. I will eventually add a camper top and a Camburg lift.

I live in Tempe, AZ and it is generally really hot! The trip to the lake includes a tow of about 30 miles with a few long grades. I currently have a Chevy Tahoe that I tow with, it has a 4.8L and 3.73's in it. It gets the job done, but has a little trouble with the hills. When I go to other lakes I have to go up a very long uphill grade through desert. The last time I did it in the Tahoe I blew the transmission. I would like to be able to tow the long grade from Phoenix to Flagstaff and then to Lake Powell. I would never attempt this in the Tahoe.

I have looked at lots of vans and even a couple of ambulances and really like the E350 or even a Chevy Express with a Duramax. I am not looking for a fancy van, a cargo van will do fine.

Is the Ford 6.0L really as bad as its reputation? I have found some really great deals on E350's with about 100,000 miles on them, some less. I am looking for something relatively trouble free, is the 6.0L for me or should I just look for a V10? The 7.3L's that I have found all come with a very high asking price. I tow every weekend. I want to stay under the $10K price range.

Thanks!
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:41 PM   #2
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Re: E350 with 6.0L, V10, or 7.3L - which powerplant?

FWIW, I can tell you that the 7.3 works great for towing. I live at altitude (7000+ ft) part of the year and I tow a trailer with 4-wheelers and dual sports over some of the passes and I'm really glad I have the 7.3 to pull it.
Also driving highway miles from NY to CO, towing a trailer has never been a problem.

Hope that helps

Gary
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:59 PM   #3
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Re: E350 with 6.0L, V10, or 7.3L - which powerplant?

I would suggest you check out the "No More Gas or Diesel Threads" post here: viewtopic.php?f=39&t=1157

... and see if this question fits somewhere in that collection.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:07 PM   #4
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Re: E350 with 6.0L, V10, or 7.3L - which powerplant?

Either diesel in the van is going to be detuned, so you don't get the power of a pickup nor quite the problems the 6.0s are known for. Also what he said...
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