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Old 12-01-2012, 09:34 PM   #1
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Motorhome toy hauler w/ V10 gasoline

Thinking about buying a used 05-08 class A or class C, 32-37 ft motor home w/ a 8x10 garage in the rear.

Would like diesel but even the 4-6 yr old MH w/ such a motor is bigger $ than I want to pay.

Seems the other choice is the Ford V-10. Anyone know much about these power plants ? Good news or the bad is much needed.

Thanks for any & all input.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:40 AM   #2
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got one in our 36ft coach. works great, and its no that bad on gas. we have the banks power system on ours too.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:32 AM   #3
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Have a v10 in a 4500 chassis for our Class C. The motor runs quite strong. MPG around 8. Might get 9 mpg at 55 mph drafting a semi downhill.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:56 AM   #4
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:21 AM   #5
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Last time I drove a V10 it got exactly 6 miles to the gallon. Buy the diesel or save until you can-- my advice.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:38 PM   #6
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Last time I drove a V10 it got exactly 6 miles to the gallon. Buy the diesel or save until you can-- my advice.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:41 AM   #7
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I've got a V10 in my 02 Ford E350 extended cargo van. It has 187,000+ miles, get's 10-14 highway mpg if I'm easy on the gas, uses no oil between its 3,000 mile changes and runs like a champ. It's a dedicated motohauler and mainly gets driven on highway trips. I'm really pleased with the V10.

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Old 12-04-2012, 11:50 AM   #8
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I like diesels. However, a VERY successful farmer told me "hell, a gas motor will wear the truck down. Why would I pay for a diesel?" Made sense to me.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:26 AM   #9
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THe Ford V10 is a strong engine, but it gets shit mileage, even in the pickups. You'd be much better off saving for a diesel. At least with a diesel you may occasionally hit double digit mileage, you'll never see that with a gasoline engine, unless you mount a sail and learn to tack down the interstate.

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Old 12-02-2012, 08:31 AM   #10
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also, the v10 fords like to spit out sparkplugs.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:08 AM   #11
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also, the v10 fords like to spit out sparkplugs.
Only the 01's and older.......there was a head redesign in the middle of the 2001 model year that corrected the issue.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:25 PM   #12
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The Ford v-10 is an excellent engine. The price you will save over the diesel will buy a lot of fuel.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:34 PM   #13
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as stated get the redesigned heads. It depends on how you are going to use it. If you are going to drive lots of miles from rally to rally or something like that then get diesel. If you are going to head south for the winter and stay in one spot or one area for a while, drive under 10K miles a year then gas is better.

Diesel at 8 mpg 10K miles $4.00 fuel is is 5K

Gas at 5 mpg 10K miles 3.50 fuel is 7K. how many years will the difference in purchase price between diesel and gasoline take.

I have observed the quality of the body and other parts is much better on the diesel units too.

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Old 12-02-2012, 06:53 PM   #14
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I have an 05 Itasca Cambria by Winnebago 24 ft. We try to follow the rally scene towing 2 bikes and also visit sunny Florida in the gets between 9-10 mpg...The chassis is E3500 and the v10 has covered 87,000 trouble free miles from Colorado to Florida and pretty much all states in rig I have owned and I would not change to a diesel...If you can....... always go for the newer rig..they produce a few more H.P and that is always a good thing....
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:31 PM   #15
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Whatever you don't get one with a cummins, as for the v10 its gonna be thirtsy but you're pushing aton of air in front of it.
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