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Old August 6th, 2012, 10:38 AM   #1
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Default E-series Ford vans for towing

Considering getting a e-series converision van for towing and camping. Probably 5-7K total trailer weight behind it.

Most likely a 5.8L or 5.4L van. Thoughts on those who have owned and towed with them?
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Old August 6th, 2012, 12:04 PM   #2
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Obviously not a ford, but I did it with a chevy conversion van that had the 5.7. It was okay...It didn't break any land speed records, or get 64 MPG like a cummins, but it did it.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 12:07 PM   #3
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we got a work van an 2003 ford E2500 van with the 5.4 Its got over 280k on it and it runs like a champ, doesnt give us any problems. Orginal transmission and all.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 12:37 PM   #4
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Had 95 and 96 E350 with 351W. 80K and 230K miles on it. They are passenger van with 15 seats.

Make sure van you look have sway bar on rear axle. Or you be in for fun boat that rock back/forth to sides.

But my opinion I prefer 5.4L or 6.8L V10 over 5.8L it just louder and not move van with load really well at highway or hills.


We tow once overlimit gvwr it was ok but 5.8L run out of power with 15 people in van tow 10K pound load.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 12:42 PM   #5
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I used a 5.4L E-250 to tow my '70 C10 from Indianapolis to Lansing and back. It was okay, couldn't go over 60, but the fuel mileage was surprisingly good. Luckily it was flat because I don't know if it would've climbed any hills.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #6
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they'll do it safely.. you'll be comfy doing it.. but its gonna guzzle gas doing it.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 10:21 PM   #7
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Muddypaws did it for years his had the 351 in it
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Old August 7th, 2012, 03:06 AM   #8
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i towed my tj on a heavy steel equipment trailer to drummond behind my friends 1999 e150 4.6L.
it actually towed pretty good, i was impressed. the factory beds suck ass.
get a cargo van and set the interior up yourself.
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I had a 2005 E-150 with a 4.6L that I towed my CJ-5 on a flatbed and it did great. Now I have a 2008 E-350 with the 5.4L and tow a 6,500 lb travel trailer and it does OK. I would rather have the 6.8L V10 with the 5 speed trans, but oh well. It is very nice to stretch out a little with the vans over the crew cab pickups.
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Muddypaws did it for years his had the 351 in it
Yep, I pm'd him when I first considered a van, I remember he towed with one from the thread he rear ended himself in
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