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Old July 29th, 2009, 01:16 PM   #1
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Curious about the conversion vans for tow rigs anybody use one? If so how does it work/tow fuel mileage etc. Tanks
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96 E350 15 passenger with 351W I get 14 mpg with 15 people inside. It alright but not for pull heavy trailer since rear axle have 3.55. It would tow if I have 4.10 in axle.


any E350 with 5.4L could get 14-20 mpg on how you drive but for tow it would be 8-15 mpg. If V10 you be struggle to get 12 mpg.



E150 I wouldn't dare to pull no more than 6,000 pounds they are too light.

E250 cargo you could get under $3,000.
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Old July 29th, 2009, 01:52 PM   #3
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When I was a kid my buddies parents towed a 30 foot travel trailer with a dodge ram conversion van (360) and it pulled it fine from Macomb to Alpena at least two dozen times.

What are you pulling and how far?
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What are you pulling and how far?
A tj on a 1490lb trailer, hopefully anywhere I want to go

Im gonna guess total weight will be around 6000lbs
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What type of van? I would think that as long as you get the V8 and tow package you should be fine pulling that.
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What type of van? I would think that as long as you get the V8 and tow package you should be fine pulling that.
Still shopping you cant beat one for the price these days but yes tow package and v8 are a must
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I towed my Jeep all over in a 2003 E-150 Ford Van with the 4.6L V8 and it did great. I now have a 2008 E-350 with the 5.4 V8, have not towed with it yet. Heck, I even towed with a 2003 F-150 with the 4.2L V6.
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v6 4.2L would have struggle tow heavy.

but back 1996 or old have ford 6 inline cylinders 4.9L could tow anything no problem.
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96 E350 15 passenger with 351W I get 14 mpg with 15 people inside. It alright but not for pull heavy trailer since rear axle have 3.55. It would tow if I have 4.10 in axle.


any E350 with 5.4L could get 14-20 mpg on how you drive but for tow it would be 8-15 mpg. If V10 you be struggle to get 12 mpg.



E150 I wouldn't dare to pull no more than 6,000 pounds they are too light.

E250 cargo you could get under $3,000.
I tow with a 1993 E 350 extended 15 pass. with only 2 buckets in back (seats 4 total).351 W with a fresh top end 132,*** miles 3.55 gears and never got 14 mpg I was lucky to get 13 on the high way empty.And I drive like a little old lady.9-10 in town on a good day.
The tow rating on my E 350 is 6,500# I will double check in the morning if you want.
Buggy wieghs 3500# trailer was 2000# 2 dirt bikes ,Tools and spares camping gear for the week end ( was load to the top wife and kids went LOL) runnig 65, 70 mph not a problem.

I will be putting in 4.10s when I start hauling the 2 place car trailer

a 1/2 ton conversion is going to wiegh more than a E 250 or E 350 Cargo in my opinion.
I would not worrie about it .With the right hitch and brakes

And a van is much more comfortable to sleep in than a truck bed or cab.

The over hang on extended vans kills the tow rating.

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as long as you don't flat tow your Jeep through a snow filled ditch, you will be fine....lol

I sold my 4 door 1 ton and will replace it with a 15 passenger 3500 Chevy van so i can tow and fit 4 kids and a wife and when the kids are gone during the summer use it as a tent
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My dad had a 94 E150 conversion, it had a 302 with 3.31 gears.

It couldnt pull a boat up a ramp.
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diesel E-350's are the coolest.
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It's been said many times on various forums, but I will mention it. The 7.3L Powerstroke Diesel Turbo is in my opinion they best non commerical diesel engine ever built. Find a E-350 with one in it, and you will not be disappointed. Those engines have tons of power and most make it beyond 500k miles.
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Agreed... but what do you mean "non commercial diesel engine" Sound like you have spent to much time on a dodge site...


Take a look sometime at how many trucks/bus's/etc, have T444E's in them..
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Old September 15th, 2009, 05:49 PM   #15
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I had a 93 Chevy conversion van,305 v8,I put a turbo350 trans in it ,pulled my Jeep on a trailer, It slowed down on the hills , but pulled fine . about 15MPG.
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