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Old 08-11-2014, 01:08 PM   #1
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Difference between the E-150 and E-250 Sportsmobile

I am currently looking at a E-150 and believe it's a decent buy. However I want to make sure it will do what I need. Daily driver, tow 7k or better as I have been there before with my current daily driver. Thoughts?
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:13 PM   #2
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Re: Difference between the E-150 and E-250 Sportsmobile

Need more details. What year E150? Engine size? Newer E150s (2008+) are the same as older E250s, more or less, as they upped the weight rating, brakes, and other parts.

For a pre-2008, I'd seriously consider at least an E250 if you want to tow anything. Even without towing, the weight of a camper build-out can quickly overwhelm an E150, and that's before you even start loading it up for a trip.
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:15 PM   #3
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Re: Difference between the E-150 and E-250 Sportsmobile

Thanks, I called the owner he says V8 but doesn't know displacement size. I guess I could ask him to look at the label under the hood....

1992 is the year.
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:17 PM   #4
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Re: Difference between the E-150 and E-250 Sportsmobile

If anyone knows how to decode the vin this is it,
VIN: 1FDEE`4H2NHB43792

As he doesn't know the engine size maybe he doesn't know it's an E-250??

Here's the listing,
http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/4606451537.html
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:24 PM   #5
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Re: Difference between the E-150 and E-250 Sportsmobile

There's an error with the VIN you posted.

BTW, Ford VIN decoder here:
http://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/vin-decoder/


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Old 08-11-2014, 02:21 PM   #6
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Re: Difference between the E-150 and E-250 Sportsmobile

Most earlier E and F series had dual tailpipes if it has a 460 and a single tailpipe if it has a 5.8.

Just noticed your WTB ad. In that ad you say you are looking for a 2000 or newer. Why are you considering this one?
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:29 PM   #7
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Re: Difference between the E-150 and E-250 Sportsmobile

FWIW this van has been for sale for a long time.. I'd be cautious.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:13 PM   #8
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Strickly price. Ideally 2000 or newer as the wife likes the dove gray not the wood colored cabinets and newer colors. Good catch by the way. You know - happy wife,......twist my arm though, newer less miles SMB. I am not complaining!!
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:43 AM   #9
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Re: Difference between the E-150 and E-250 Sportsmobile

..guess and patch up the VIN and it decodes nicely. Its a 5.8 (351), 1992 E150.

A quick view of the picts and it looks like its built out already .. so its near or close to its weight capacity for a E150 of that vintage. (If I remember correctly that PH top weighs about 350lbs.)

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Old 08-13-2014, 11:02 AM   #10
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Re: Difference between the E-150 and E-250 Sportsmobile

Yes it certainly does help! That's probably why its still available for sale. For me it's not going to work. As I find myself towing here and there from something light to say 6-7k. Most of the time it's 4-5k. So I don't think an E-150 is going to work. One of the reasons why he isn't selling to is he doesn't respond to emails.
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