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2014+ Ford V8's and V10's

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So I'm looking for motorhomes in the 2014 plus range, and they are built on Ford chassis' primarily. Seems to be 2 engine options, the 8 and the 10. I seem to remember the early v10's where not well loved. Is it still the case?

Gas mileage while always important really doesn't play a factor in my decision. RV will tow an open trailer and race car in new england. So engine grunt combine with a stout transmission are more important.

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^This is what I remember hearing about them.... You don't get much more oomph for the 2 extra cyl you can't get with a V8.

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I know the early 2000s V10s had the spark plug spitting issues just like the 5.4 V8 and the one complaint I heard was the engine was so far under the firewall the back spark plugs were impossible to get to. I've heard really good things about the newer 6.2L V8. Friend of mine is the vehicle manager at one of the casinos and they have a bunch of the new Fords in their transport busses and plow / maintenance trucks. He seems to speak highly of the new 6.2 V8.

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What I've read thus far, is the 10 cylinder needs to rev more, which isn't really what I think of when I think of a motorhome.

I'm leaning towards the V8 anyway, as they tend to be in the shorter wheelbase chassis.

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Have they started putting the Ecoboost V6s in motorhomes yet? It has very comparable numbers, but not sure on the longevity of the turbos always pulling that kind of weight around.

6.2L V8    385HP @ 5500RPM / 430 Ft. LBS Torque @ 4500RPM

3.5L Ecoboost    375HP @ 5000RPM / 470 Ft LBS Torque at 2500RPM

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pay very close attention to the GVW and GCVW..

 

Rv manufacturers are all over the place when it comes to weights. Most of the time gas motor homes on ford chassis are already pretty close to maxed out. none of the mfg actually say how much the conversion weighs. before buying one ask to take it to a scale to have it weighed.

the v10 although it dosnt have much more power, the chassis usually has a higher gcvw

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I assume that is the difference between the E-350 and E-450 chassis, but they each have options of the 8 or 10 cylinder. My goal is an E-450 chassis.

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Here's what you want:

E-450 with a 26ft RV model (or less), with the V-10.

You will get you the ford full frame all the way to the back bumper which is critical for towing any real weight. Anything over a 26ft model will have the RV frame ad-on and you can't put a real hitch on it. Skip slide outs. This will also keep your base weight down.

Mine was a 2008 Jayco Greyhawk Sport 25DB on a E-450 with no slides. It weighed 10,600 empty, and about 12,000 full of fuel, water, gear and people.  GVCW was 20,000 (E-350 will only be 18,500). So this left me 8,000 worth of total trailer. Mine had the V-10 (E-450 also comes with way bigger trans cooler), and I can't speak highly enough about this package. It hauled 7 people, an aluminum 24ft enclosed with the bro-lite in it down to VA and back with zero issues. Does it REV when you are climbing a hill on the freeway....yes....but it doesn't care when its doing it. Takes getting used to it, but it works just fine.

This is the PERFECT RV for what you are trying to do. Cab-over bunk and a dedicated twin bed in the back corner. 

 

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i like.

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29 minutes ago, toyworx said:

Here's what you want:

E-450 with a 26ft RV model (or less), with the V-10.

You will get you the ford full frame all the way to the back bumper which is critical for towing any real weight. Anything over a 26ft model will have the RV frame ad-on and you can't put a real hitch on it. Skip slide outs. This will also keep your base weight down.

Mine was a 2008 Jayco Greyhawk Sport 25DB on a E-450 with no slides. It weighed 10,600 empty, and about 12,000 full of fuel, water, gear and people.  GVCW was 20,000 (E-350 will only be 18,500). So this left me 8,000 worth of total trailer. Mine had the V-10 (E-450 also comes with way bigger trans cooler), and I can't speak highly enough about this package. It hauled 7 people, an aluminum 24ft enclosed with the bro-lite in it down to VA and back with zero issues. Does it REV when you are climbing a hill on the freeway....yes....but it doesn't care when its doing it. Takes getting used to it, but it works just fine.

This is the PERFECT RV for what you are trying to do. Cab-over bunk and a dedicated twin bed in the back corner. 

 

Sounds about right. Now to find me one under $30k, under 25 would be dreamy.

To be honest 23ft seems ok, but I'm not convinced it's quite enough room inside.

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I had a 23ft.  It's small.  I went to 29 from there, that was just about right.

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The issue for longer(FOR ME) is towing the hillclimb car into certain events. The campgrounds are small and the bigger ones have to shoe horn in. Then I also have to store it. That's why I'm capping it at 26. There are lots of good deals on 31's.

One of my fellow hillclimbers has run a 28 footer, and dropped to a 26 footer, and feels that was the right move.

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