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Old 08-30-2010, 05:26 PM   #1
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Red face Triton V10

I am new to irv2 My wife and I are going fulltime probably next year. We are considering buying a 36' Southwind with a Triton V10 and would like to get some feedback on this engine. Anybody with a clue? Thanx. R
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What year is the coach? We had a 1999 Minnie Winnie class C with the V-10. It is a strong engine and the later 3 valve per cylinder has a bit more power. The engine revs pretty high to get the power but has a pretty broad power band for a gasoline engine.

There was a time that the engine had an issue with a few of them blowing the spark plug out of the head. You can get a Ford dealer to run an Oasis report on a used coach to see what warranty work was done by Ford on the chassis.

The earlier ones had the 4R100 transmission which was pretty good, as long as you got the oil changes at 25,000 to 30000 mile intervals. The later ones had a 5 speed transmission.

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The Triton V10 is THE largest gas engine you can buy. It's a good engine but a 36' footer is a bit much for it. The motor and chassis 36' combo will tend to be sluggish, squishy sway ride, have little reamining cargo weight capacity and a dog when climbing hills. Flat ground, no wind, etc.. Does OK

MPG should be around 6-8. Are you towing? You'll probably have a 5k hitch.

At 36' Plus.... I'd get a Diesel Pusher. The power, MPG, ride, stability, cargo weight capacity, Durability, everything will be much better.

You'll swear, the engine is about to jump out from under the hood when climbing.

Aluminum heads run cooler, but the spark plugs have a reputation for spitting out. I had this happen to me. It sounded like the engine just fell out from underneath.

When the tech showed me the spark plug, it only had 4 threads holding it in place.

What???? Yep. 4 threads???..

That's why over time, it let loose. The only fix was a heli-coil or replace the head. We did the heli-coil which worked, but there's no way to know how long it will hold.
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im on my 2nd v10not a whole bunch of miles yet but my 07mark lt has a 5.4 triton 60 k no problems and my previous truck an 02 had a 4.8 triton at a 130k only problem was a bad ignition coil it still around town i seen it a few moths bacck its over 170 nowand new owner says no problems he loves the truck ford build good stuff
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The Triton V10 is THE largest gas engine you can buy. It's a good engine but a 36' footer is a bit much for it. The motor and chassis 36' combo will tend to be sluggish, have little reamining cargo weight capacity and a dog when climbing hills. MPG should be around 6-8. Are you towing? You'll probably have a 5k hitch.

At 36' Plus.... I'd get a Diesel Pusher. The power, MPG, ride, stability, cargo weight capacity, Durability, everything will be much better.

You'll swear, the engine is about to jump out from under the hood when climbing.
I respectfully disagree. I have had two triton v 10 my and have logged 62,000 trouble free miles. Both were / are 36'. Sure a dp has more umph but for my money it does just fine. I've been over every mountain range in this country
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I had a Ford Triton V10, 36' footer and traded it for the unit I now have. There is a world of difference between the two. The Triton spark plug spitting problem happened in another Ford vehicle. The 36' MH was just too wobbly and no power. The unit had no problems other than those mentioned, I just didn't like it.

Poor motor and chassis... Just too much for them

I think it has a lot to do with your expectations, personal choice and life-style.

Many I have met are very happy with their gasser.
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I have to agree with Cliff. A diesel would give you more push, but depending on how much you will travel and how fat your budget, a gasser may be fine. The few that I have see with serious engine problems were basically abused. They were not meant to run 75 and 80 mph for hours on end. Climbing hills will be a bit slower, just let it gear down and crawl to the top. No you won't win any races, but the engine will get it done.

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Full time, disel only way to go. I have had two Ford V10 engines and for short trips and under 10,000 miles per year it is a great engine. My current 35 foot Windsprot with a 2007 V10 is great. The unit is 22,000 lbs and we have no problem with hills.
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I have a 2008 Safari Damara 22ft. with Ford e350 V-10, I also tow a small trailer with RZR (atv) about 1200lbs. I live in AZ and travel to the Mtns. a lot. The V-10 does great, only slows to 45 on the steepest grades. I like it and would recommend it.
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Batman-777 if you had a V10 with only 4 threads for the sparkplugs it had to be a 1st generation 1997 - 1999 with only 275 hp. In 2000 Ford upped the hp to 310 and the plugs were held in the heads with 8 threads. In 2006 they went to a 3 valve per cylinder version and upped the hp to 362.
Things have changed a bit since the first V10s came on the market more than 11 years ago
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362hp?? Are you sure? Here are the stats for my 2008.

6.8L Triton® V-10 Gasoline Engine with Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection (SEFI), 305 HP @ 4,250 RPM / 420 lb. - ft. Torque @3250 RPM
5-Speed TorqShift® Automatic Transmission with Overdrive; In-tank Oil Cooler
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A lot of folks have successfully full-timed in gas powered coaches. We're not full timers but our 2000 37'8" coach with the v10 does very well for us. Granted DP's may blow by us climbing mountain grades, but we still get wherever we want to go, although perhaps a bit slower, but that's OK with us. Our coach now has 67k miles on her and has been virtually trouble free (knock on wood).....

safari! those specs for the 06 and later v10's is correct, check it out here:

2008 F53 F-Series Super Duty Class A Motorhome Chassis - Technical Specifications | Ford Motor Company Newsroom


P.S. There's a typo error in the compression specs, it's not 18-1 but rather should be 9-1.
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362hp?? Are you sure? Here are the stats for my 2008.

6.8L Triton® V-10 Gasoline Engine with Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection (SEFI), 305 HP @ 4,250 RPM / 420 lb. - ft. Torque @3250 RPM
5-Speed TorqShift® Automatic Transmission with Overdrive; In-tank Oil Cooler
Ford upgraded the the newer V-10 engines to 362hp.

This summer with 17,800 miles our 2006 V-10 engine started knocking on a trip. We were towed to a Ford Dealer and they said that our noise was a rod. We were out of warranty so we paid to have a rebuilt V-10 installed. That engine had the internal cam shaft sensor fail filling the engine with metal shavings. Ford said to install a third V-10 engine.

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Thanks for the info, I thought 305hp seemed low for a V10. Lots of other sites confirmed those 363hp numbers. Not sure why the numbers on my info sheet says 305hp when it is a 08 model.
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