Motorhome toy hauler w/ V10 gasoline

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  1. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    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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  2. kojack

    kojack My Hardley is a POS

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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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  3. nunzo

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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.:D
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  5. Schlug

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    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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  6. Wargasm

    Wargasm Been here awhile

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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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    also, the v10 fords like to spit out sparkplugs.
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  8. MN_Smurf

    MN_Smurf Capt_Confusion

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    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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  9. cirrus365

    cirrus365 beaned

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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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  10. ragtoplvr

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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.

    Rod
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  11. Limey 1

    Limey 1 Been here awhile

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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 winter....it 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 between...best 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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  12. 1greenmachine

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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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  13. ghostrider.y2k

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    Stay away from ford diesel, on other hand Cummins is a good engine. Unless you going to drive 35K miles a year buy a diesel RV.

    I pull my toy hauler with a V10 F350 ford with no issues, those a great motors.

    Let say you hurt the diesel and is not hard to do, the replacement cost could be up to $16K, gas V10 is a $4500.
    Fuel consumption will not effect you much if you drive 10K a year vs extra cost at front for diesel powerplant.
    Diesel maintenance is a more than gas and anyone and his brother can work on the gas motor.

    I got 347K miles on my 06 F350 V10 and this truck pulls full time,no issues except normal wear.
    Don't be afraid of the V10, change oil and drive, those engines like clean oil.

    In a past I had 05 f350 with 6.0 pos in it and by time I hit 100K miles I had 7 egr coolers, two turbos, countless injectors and 3 new engines installed under warranty.All repairs add up to total cost of $84K all covered under warranty, I guess ford make a killing on this $41K truck,:rofl.
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  14. Beemer Bob

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    I drive a Becker Excursion and it averages less than 11 MPG. I think this a Ford 4.6 with a couple of extra pistons.
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  15. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    I have a 99' Southwind 32V with a big Ford V10, Full Banks exhaust package and chipped. It is really nice to drive, passes other motorhomes and trucks going over mountain passes. Pulls my boat or the jeep with ease. If I keep it under 70 on cruise I regularly get 10 MPG. Towing the jeep or boat or running faster it gets 6 to 8 mpg. Not bad at all and so far no mechanical issues. I keep the oil and filters changed. Great chassis.

    My last motorhome was a Dodge 390 that got as good as 8 and as low as 6 and it was only 22'. We are very happy with the V10 and we got a killer deal on it though in todays market you will likely get even a better deal on one.
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    There are a couple versions of the V10. biggest ones are the 2V and 3V. Power went up on the 3 Valve. anything newer and that is what you will probably find. Came out in '04(?)

    Yes the early ones (I think the comment about up to '01 is about right) did like to spit spark plugs.

    Yes the gas mileage will suck. But how much will you drive it a year? If it is only a few trips and not too far then take some of that money you saved and use it toward the gas bill. If you plan to really drive it everywhere and put on mileage like an over the road trucker then I would hold out more for a diesel. diesel will have higher maintance costs, oil changes cost more, filters cost more, a set of spark plugs every 50k (or more) is pretty cheap in comparison. Fewer batteries to replace to keep a gas engine starting too.

    The stories about a diesel lasting longer, longer then what? I can find old motorhomes that the bodies are dead but the chassis and drivetrain are still original and running strong, and they are gas engines.
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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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  19. Carlo Muro

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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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  20. Wolfgang55

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    Guys I VERY much thank you all for your input.
    Am looking at bout 15k miles a yr . Mostly all headed to a place, couple of days drive away. Then hang for a few days to a month & make my way back to the stable.
    Just trying to get the best bang for my little bucks.
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