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Old 02-01-2010, 03:36 PM   #11
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Re: E250 2WD trail capabilities?

Impressive! At least you had no lack of weight on those rear drive wheels.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:04 PM   #12
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Re: E250 2WD trail capabilities?

All fun and games til the sand dries out

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Old 02-02-2010, 02:18 PM   #13
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Re: E250 2WD trail capabilities?

Oh quite stuck I see :-)
You see 2WD ok till things get soft LOL
Did you have the possibility to air down?
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:20 PM   #14
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i did air down but probably not enough, I had to get towed out with a winch
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:22 PM   #15
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Re: E250 2WD trail capabilities?

Reminds me of Lucy - The long trailer movie
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:50 AM   #16
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Re: E250 2WD trail capabilities?

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All fun and games til the sand dries out
Let's note that shifting to 4wd at this point may well have just dug your front in too... the real solution would have been to already be in 4wd. Of course having sand ladders would probably work just as well.
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:50 PM   #17
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Re: E250 2WD trail capabilities?

A pull pal and a winch can help a lot. http://www.4x4wire.com/reviews/pullpal97/
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Re: E250 2WD trail capabilities?

A wench could help too...
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:55 PM   #19
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A wench could help too...
A nice girl to help push you out? Wait...maybe just glad you're stuck
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:56 PM   #20
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Re: E250 2WD trail capabilities?

I'm looking at the recenty-acquired specification/order sheet for my 2005 E350 2WD, printed for me by a Ford dealer last month. I bought the van used (3rd owner) last fall; it started its life as a fleet passenger van.


Buried in the list of specs it says:

AXLE - FINAL DRIVE RATIO - SINGLE SPEED
EGAJB . . . . 3.73 FINAL DRIVE RATIO

AXLE DIFFERENTIAL - REAR
EGJAB . . . . NON-LIMITED SLIP REAR AXLE


Is a non-limited slip rear axle the same as an "open" axle? This would be a bummer since the second owner told me it had a limited slip rear axle.

Does this mean that going off-pavement (NFS roads, logging roads, even loose gravel roads) would be a bad idea in this van, even with quite a bit of weight on the rear axle? (And what is "quite a bit of weight" -- a few sandbags?) I'd like to be able to take it anywhere my 2WD Ford Explorer could go.

It did pretty well on the rough dirt roads on the Navajo reservations in October, as well as some NFS dirt roads, but those were pretty well packed. I'd hate to think that this van is limited to pavement!
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