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Old 03-12-2008, 06:41 PM   #15
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I have a 2002 F-350 SRW with the V-10 and a 4.30 axle. We recently sold our Citation cabover and bought a fifth wheel, but we hauled that 3200lb camper with a trailer full of atv's all over the western U.S. with no trouble. I have owned the truck since new, and I can tell you it will suck some gas. Unloaded the best I have ever seen is 12.5 mpg, and I average 10.5 empty. Driving in mountainous terrain with camper and trailer in tow, I have seen as low as 6 mpg. Power is adequate on ours and I understand the newer ones are even more powerful. My only problem in 90000 miles is that recently it has begun to consume more oil. Nearly 2 quarts in 3000 miles. Ford says it's within spec, and it doesn't smoke. Despite this, I will probably trade it in a new one (V-10 again) soon. You might check out www.fordtrucks.com too. They have some good info on these trucks.

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Old 03-14-2008, 04:56 AM   #16
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My 2000 Ford with a V10 and 4:30LS is an outstanding combination. My truck weighs 4300 lbs. with the tool box loaded. It does use gasoline, but the fuel cost for diesel makes it a wash. I get about 7.5 towing my Newmar and around 12 solo.

The 4:30 rear end allows the motor to work at the 2300 RPM doing 55 MPH. This engine will crank to 5000 without a problem.

My friends in the Ford Power Train and also local dealer recommended that if I replace my truck that I purchase a V10 again. They are very reliable and will pull.

You really need a DRW with a bigger slide on unit. I would also make certain that you have enough springs to handle the camper.

Happy Trails!!!!

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Old 03-23-2008, 07:28 PM   #17
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You are getting some very good advise here. I agree that the V10 is a great choice. Diesels are expensive and the fuel (at least in California) is insanely priced. I also would recommend the manual trans over an automatic. I have a Silverado 2500HD 4x4 and had to replace the auto trans, $3200 for a factory rebuilt one. Automatics in light trucks are not built tough enough for heavy work load.
Good luck with your new truck.
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:28 PM   #18
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go with the diesel, they dont lose power in the mountains when the air get thin like gas buggys do Better gas miliage to v10, a killer on gas

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