Originally Posted by TexasFordFreak
Otter, you having the E350 as a starting point is a huge plus. ....... Am I daydreaming or should we just wait till we find a larger rig with a bit more engine? This one is in fantastic condition for the year and the color I would want even in a larger rig. Pros and Cons I guess. Just happy to finally own one.
Texas, I don't see where you should have any concerns at all about the power in this rig. Given the light pulling you're doing and the absence of heavy build interior, you should have plenty of oomph to do what you want to do. Yes, my E350 is heavier duty, but it has to haul it's heavy a** up those hills, and can only trailer 6600 lbs, so it's not that helpful when you're looking at a dual-purpose vehicle. And my trailer is about 5000 lbs full.
Your vehicle can pull 6600 lbs, too, so you have plenty of room to spare. See this spec sheet here, page 11: https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...0/bbcamper.pdf
I don't have time tonight to look for it, but google the GVWR for your van (or look on the post), subtract the actual weight of your van (which includes the pop top) and the tongue weight of your trailer load (I'm guessing it's pretty light), and you'll have a really good idea of the amount of weight you can put in your van before you'll have problems (that includes people weight, too). And a 4x4 conversion only adds about 500 lbs. From what I see, you shouldn't have any problems at all with what you're looking to pull and haul.
With these vans, you're either fitting them out with all kinds of heavy interior work and not planning on trailering much, or you're keeping it light, keeping it basic, maybe a slide in bed with a few basic camping needs for a few nights out, and then reserving the rest of the engine capabilities for what you pull on a trailer. It's working for me so far and I like the transformer capabilities of this kind of setup. Your van should perform just great. Enjoy!