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Old 12-04-2009, 04:21 PM   #691
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I have a 07 E350, 5.4 Trident V8, AOD 4 speed automatic. 15 pax window van. One ton, long wheel base, vinyl interior, and NO power options. Cruise and a great stereo (which I put in myself.)

Pull the seats out and it's cavernous.

I'd like to say it gets 17 mpg. But that'd be a lie. It gets about 14 in town, and perhaps 16 out on the open road, running about 70. Fuel range is an easy 400 miles. Gets kinda wobbly above 70, so we keep it under control. Pulls a cycle trailer like it aint there. With the class 5 hitch, it could probably pull a mobile home.

It was a pickup and delivery van for a daycare, preschool. & I bought it form a used car lot two years ago for $6 grand. 42,000 miles, it was like new. Please don't detail the vinyl floor with Armorall, tho.

Nicest truck I've ever owned, Ford built a quality van in this one--not judging any other Fords by this one, but mine is dead reliable and really (except for the squeeks) comfortable. It was in heavy commercial duty for a while (I was driving it as an airport shuttle in Tucson.) In 50k miles, it's needed tires, front brakes x2 and a set of disks, and new sparkies.

BTW, if you buy an used van, get a white one, the clearcoat doesn't seem to peel at all on them. In Tucson, it seems like everything peels.
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:07 PM   #692
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I have a 07 E350, 5.4 Trident V8, AOD 4 speed automatic. 15 pax window van. One ton, long wheel base, vinyl interior, and NO power options. Cruise and a great stereo (which I put in myself.)

Pull the seats out and it's cavernous.

I'd like to say it gets 17 mpg. But that'd be a lie. It gets about 14 in town, and perhaps 16 out on the open road, running about 70. Fuel range is an easy 400 miles. Gets kinda wobbly above 70, so we keep it under control. Pulls a cycle trailer like it aint there. With the class 5 hitch, it could probably pull a mobile home.

It was a pickup and delivery van for a daycare, preschool. & I bought it form a used car lot two years ago for $6 grand. 42,000 miles, it was like new. Please don't detail the vinyl floor with Armorall, tho.

Nicest truck I've ever owned, Ford built a quality van in this one--not judging any other Fords by this one, but mine is dead reliable and really (except for the squeeks) comfortable. It was in heavy commercial duty for a while (I was driving it as an airport shuttle in Tucson.) In 50k miles, it's needed tires, front brakes x2 and a set of disks, and new sparkies.

BTW, if you buy an used van, get a white one, the clearcoat doesn't seem to peel at all on them. In Tucson, it seems like everything peels.
Thanks Brian. That's what I expect. My 98 V-6 Explorer gets 15 towing the bikes on an open trailer, maybe 17 without. I rented an '08 explorer and it didn't do any better. I'll keep the '98. It's only got 100k on it.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:10 PM   #693
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I have a 07 E350, 5.4 Trident V8, AOD 4 speed automatic... Cruise...
I'd like to say it gets 17 mpg. But that'd be a lie. It gets about 14 in town, and perhaps 16 out on the open road, running about 70. Fuel range is an easy 400 miles. Gets kinda wobbly above 70...
The reason why I wanted and bought the 7.3 Turbo Diesel.
if I take it easy I can get 21-23 mpg / 600 miles on one tank and it never wobbly or unstable even at 100mph.

Oh and my van has 763,000 miles with the stock untouched motor. Bomb proof and I hope to see 1,000,000 miles :)
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:00 PM   #694
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I get 18-20 outta my Lifted 01' E350 2WD w/the 7.3. I'd 'prolly do a little better if I took the roof rack off but I'm a dork & like how it looks
How bout a pic of the van?
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Old 12-05-2009, 05:15 AM   #695
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Is this a van?

Van or small bus? I do know it was a very cool surf wagon.



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Old 12-05-2009, 06:26 AM   #696
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That is wild!
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:10 AM   #697
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Just picked up(well I traded my motorhome for it)Sweet low mi 83' Chevy van,made in the era when factory conversions looked more like custom vans. it's a Bivouac conversion in Quad-tone copper with a creamy tan velour interior with nice deep brown shag carpet. I thought i'd gut it to haul bikes, it's just too nice for that so hopefully I can sell it to finance a more suitable E250 panel.

Anyway it has a Chevy 350 with a four barrel gets 9-10 MPG??????, seems to run alright any ideas on why it gets such bad gas mileage,I'd expect somewhere around 13-16 or do they just get this poor of mileage
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:22 AM   #698
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:36 AM   #699
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Just picked up(well I traded my motorhome for it)Sweet low mi 83' Chevy van,made in the era when factory conversions looked more like custom vans. it's a Bivouac conversion in Quad-tone copper with a creamy tan velour interior with nice deep brown shag carpet. I thought i'd gut it to haul bikes, it's just too nice for that so hopefully I can sell it to finance a more suitable E250 panel.

Anyway it has a Chevy 350 with a four barrel gets 9-10 MPG??????, seems to run alright any ideas on why it gets such bad gas mileage,I'd expect somewhere around 13-16 or do they just get this poor of mileage
That's about right for a Carb V-8. Fuel Injection is probably required to get better mileage.
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:53 AM   #700
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Anyway it has a Chevy 350 with a four barrel gets 9-10 MPG??????, seems to run alright any ideas on why it gets such bad gas mileage,I'd expect somewhere around 13-16 or do they just get this poor of mileage
Had the same engine in a 82 Cutlass. Mileage seems to be the same.
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:57 PM   #701
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How bout a pic of the van?
Who can I email a pic to ??? I'm certified photarded.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:12 PM   #702
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Here's my white 94 Sportsmobile and a 97 Green trim one next to it. They just pulled up next to me in the night. It has a long couch, microwave, and less closet / cabinet space than mine.

I would get a scolding by people if I told you where I was. But I can tell you that it's Thanksgiving week.

Here's another shot of my Sportsmobile and my good friend, Gordon's AWD van that he just had installed two windows and all the insulation and carpeting in the back. He made himself a bed frame that fits a futon and folds away for his bikes.

Here, we are at Panoche Hills BLM nearby Mercy Hot Springs. That was 2 weekends before Thanksgiving,
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:46 PM   #703
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I get 18-20 outta my Lifted 01' E350 2WD w/the 7.3. I'd 'prolly do a little better if I took the roof rack off but I'm a dork & like how it looks
newcastlebrown's van. Sharp! Is that a long travel suspension? How's it work off road?




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Old 12-06-2009, 08:27 PM   #704
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newcastlebrown's van. Sharp! Is that a long travel suspension? How's it work off road?





Thanks for the pic help.

6" 2wd lift, rides great. As far as off road, I'm not gonna get to crazy. I know now to us a little more momentum when crossing a sand wash

I'll have to put the light bar back on AND learn how to post up the pics myself.
Thanks again LD
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:57 AM   #705
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Just curious, what was your gas mileage with that rig. I keep thinking about going back to the van/trailer, but remember getting 8mpg towing my Airstream with my 302 E-300 econoline (of course, that was 'back in the day').
Well we averaged about 10mpg thanks to the 31" tires and 4:10 gears. Next year it will have 33" tires and will most likely get a huge increase in MPG. The van would literally pull that trailer with 8 people and gear in it at max speed ~85mph with no hesitation. It needs bigger tires to compensate for the gearing.

He plans to get a programmer for it as well to help squeeze a few extra MPG out of it.
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