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Old 05-17-2012, 04:45 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by C-Leigh Racing
How are you guys getting 295 HP out of a 275 HP engine.
I make DW push. Although after our trip back from Fl, I thinks she's down to about 10hp.

Actually my 295 was a brain fart. Probably power of suggestion for the rest.

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Old 05-17-2012, 06:12 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by toneumanns

Don't know how you got 5500 rpm. The rev limiter on that engine is set at 4800 rpm.
Not the new ones, it'll go just over 5500.

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:24 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by toneumanns View Post
Don't know how you got 5500 rpm. The rev limiter on that engine is set at 4800 rpm.

DOOH!! Geese Marge why didnt you tell me that before I put my foot in my mouth
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:26 PM   #32
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:27 PM   #33
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Not the new ones, it'll go just over 5500.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:32 PM   #34
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A few mixed replys on the power..
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:51 PM   #35
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Last year we purchased our first motorhome, a new to us 2005 32' National RV built on a Ford F53 V10 chassis. We've now logged nearly 6,000 miles from as far north as NH, west as Niagara Falls, and South as Virginia, with all but a couple of hundred of them pulling our 2010 VW Tiguan on a flatbed trailer. With the car and the trailer, we're just under 5,000 lbs being towed.

In most cases when we're traveling on the highways we can stay out of the slow vehicle lane and keep up to a modest 55/60 MPH. On some of the more severe, or longer duration grades we do have to use the slow lane and at worst, have slowed down to about 42 MPH. This was on a climb through the mountains on our way to Lake George, NY.

Would I like more power ... heck yeah - who wouldn't, but from an "everyday" usage standpoint, I feel that our V10 F53 chassis more than delivers on what I give it.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:47 PM   #36
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I have a 99 35' w/v-10 pull a 28' enclosed trailer with sand rail and rhino and 2 kids quads was a dog till i installed the 5 star tunner.now it runs much better.i go from az to Idaho 2000 mile round trip up and doun hills no problem. Did that trip 3 years and went to Alabama and back.3500 miles round trip.still runs great.yes i will get another DP 1 of these days but this works for now
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I'm pulling a Jeep Wrangler behind mine with no problems. I can hardly tell its back there and I have the older V10. It certainly isn't a dog.

Be aware of the spark plug issues with both old and new motor. The heads are aluminum and this can result in issues deriving from something as simple as changing spark plugs. The older engines have four threads per plug. Improper torquing will weaken or strip the threads and you'll be blowing plugs right out of the engine. The newer engines have a two-piece plug that can break in half when you try to remove them, leaving the lower half in the head.

I was aware of this issue before I bought the coach, but with proper knowledge the issue can be mitigated. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another V10 powered vehicle. Its been an impressive power plant.

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Old 05-18-2012, 05:22 PM   #38
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Originally Posted by C-Leigh Racing View Post
How are you guys getting 295 HP out of a 275 HP engine.
F53 chassis from 98 to 2000 had 275 hp, 2001 to 2007 310 & over that 362 HP.
Now the 6.8 V10 like in pickups, vans & suvs, had a lower hp rating, 210 for the pickups so I guess it would seem underpowered.

I can tell you like this, I have a 98 F53 chassis, 99 M/H with 275 hp 6.8 V10, 4R100 4 speed, & every time it pulls out of the driveway it is grossing at least 25,600 with 24' enclosed behind & I am NOT crying about HP or climbing a hill.
I live in the east & any way I travel I got to cross a mountain to get to where I'm going.
Would I like more HP, of course I would, who wouldnt, but I know its a M/H & not a race car or one of them BIG hp/torque logging trucks like up in Canada.
Far as I know, nothings been done to or added to this engine, except a few weeks ago I added an extra trans oil cooler, trans temp gauge & return inline filter for the fluid.

Now I did check out the hitch & frame real good, before we bought it & several times afterwards to be sure it was up to the task of pulling that 24' 5500 lb enclosed & not seen a problem yet.

  1. Horsepower and Torque
    • In 2000, the Ford V-10 had a 6.8 L engine with 310 horsepower at 4,250 rpm, powerful enough to tow large amounts. It also had a maximum torque of 425 foot-pounds at 3,450 rpm and two valves per cylinder, with a single overhead camshaft configuration

Read more: 2000 Ford V-10 Specs | eHow.com 2000 Ford V-10 Specs | eHow.com
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:44 PM   #39
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I've had both engines, one in a 2005 Fleetwood Fiesta and the newer engine in current Mh is a 2009 Southwind, 3 valve, with the 5 speed xmission. My experience is daylight and dark with the newer engine performance being much better than the older version. I never had a problem with the 05 model but at the same speed (62mph) and the 09 being a heavier coach, the rpms and fuel consumption are less. The 05 V-10 on the 32S got 6.6-7.0 mpg pulling an 06 Accura TI on a car dolly. The transmission was constantly downshifting and running up to 33-3600rpms at the slightest hill. The 09 Southwind on the same chasis is getting 9-9.2 pulling the same load. The difference in Rpms is about 400 less on the new model V-10 at the same speed as the 05 model. Handles hills much better with no deafening down shift and high rpms. I am really impressed with the newer version of the V-10 but certainly not discounting the performance of the old version. Both in my opinion are excellent engines. Having said all of this I've found a vast difference in HP and performance.

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