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Old 05-25-2015, 06:01 PM   #1
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What? A Born Free with a Ford Diesel engine. + or -

Well, after reading the replies to my other post on here about comparing Diesel to Gas in small RVs, I am not as cold towards having a diesel now.

I have found two 26' Born Frees which I love and match my needs to perfection. Both have a Ford 6 Liter Direct Injection Turbo DIESEL, Ford E450 Super Duty Chassis, and I am wondering how good that is? Would it be good, better, or comparable to a mercedes class B set up you diesel lovers seem to like alot. The Born Free is a small class C I suppose. Here is a link

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I think diesel is superior to gas for most applications. I'm not too familiar with the Ford diesel, but do know a thing or two about German diesel engines. The reason older Dodge, (Cummins) Ford, and Chevy diesels were so much louder than German diesels was that the injectors dumped all the fuel in the cylinder at once, causing a loud clatter. German diesel engines meter the fuel injection and the sound is much reduced. I'd listen from outside (and in the driver's seat) of the Ford and a Mercedes diesel and see if you can hear a difference.


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I am not familiar with class c diesels, but if that is the same 6.0 that they use in pickup trucks, I would pass on it. That doesn't mean it is a bad unit, but that engine has a high failure rate and I personally wouldn't want to take the risk. JMO

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To start with it depends on the year.
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