Concerned and Confused
As a professional natural landscape photographer, I want to outfit and convert a van to 4x4 that can handle the rigors of off-road terrain. I thought I did my homework and bought a 2012 Ford E350 XLT 15 passenger extended van (5.4L V8) with less than 60k miles. I have no plans to do any towing or extreme rock crawling, so I didn't think a 6.0 power stroke diesel would be absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, now that I've read some posts here on SMF, I have some real concerns. Given the added weight of the vehicle, did I make the wrong choice with the 5.4L V8? Even more worrisome is that I read that SM won't convert a 5.4L to 4x4. Is this true? Can anyone weigh in on my concerns, or offer solutions to working with what I've got?