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Old 05-06-2016, 08:47 PM   #15
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Does your van have a rear anti sway bar. Your E350 more than likely has one, but I believe that's what dustyone was referring to, not the sway bar controller.
Your bushings could be worn down, if you do have the bar.
Years ago I towed a 22' or so trailer with an inline 6 F150 supercab, long bed pick up. It towed fine without any issues, but the weight was near the max for that vehicle. I replaced it with an E150 V8 van with trailer towing pkg. It was horrible/scary pulling that same trailer. After adding a rear anti sway bar to the van, it made all the difference in the world, with the way it handled the trailer.
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Does your van have a rear anti sway bar. Your E350 more than likely has one, but I believe that's what dustyone was referring to, not the sway bar controller.
Your bushings could be worn down, if you do have the bar.
Years ago I towed a 22' or so trailer with an inline 6 F150 supercab, long bed pick up. It towed fine without any issues, but the weight was near the max for that vehicle. I replaced it with an E150 V8 van with trailer towing pkg. It was horrible/scary pulling that same trailer. After adding a rear anti sway bar to the van, it made all the difference in the world, with the way it handled the trailer.
I am a bit slow, but I do catch on, eventually. So, you are saying there is available a second anti sway bar that is permanently attached to the van under carriage?
When I get my van back, I will crawl under there and look to see if I have it. Honestly, after this latest round in the repair shop, my faith in the V-10 is seriously shaken.
Thank you for info. I kind of think it is there because it used to tow just fine.
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:07 AM   #17
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Honestly, after this latest round in the repair shop, my faith in the V-10 is seriously shaken.
What year is your van? A couple of years of the V10s were known to have spark plug problems. It was corrected in the later years. There is a Ford service bulletin that was issued on proper repair.
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Thank you all for the input. I will make adjustments when I get my van back. We blew a spark plug on our V10 engine today - the same one from a few weeks ago. This is going to hurt the pocket book.
There are spicific instructions for each type of Ford V10, spark plug replacements. It goes by year and design of head.

If not followed, the plugs blow out or break off in the head.

Insist that the proper procudure is understood and followed.
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If you get the class 'A' that you want it will probably have the same V-10 as your van has.
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If you get the class 'A' that you want it will probably have the same V-10 as your van has.
Not quite the same. The class A has 3 valves per cylinder, while the class C has 2 valves per cylinder. The class A has 362HP, while the class C has 305 HP.
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Not quite the same. The class A has 3 valves per cylinder, while the class C has 2 valves per cylinder. The class A has 362HP, while the class C has 305 HP.
The 3 valve came out in 2005. Before that they only had 2 valve, 275, 305 and 310 hp V10s.
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I would definitely check the tongue weight if you have the means. Also, I haven't seen this addressed, but are you towing the trailer level (i.e., do you need a drop or raised hitch ball)?
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What tires are on the van?
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Thanks Dusty. I am wondering if the friction strips in the sway bar controller are just too old and hard to do the job. I will also look at the height issue.
While good intentions, Dusty and Mitch are confusing the issue by discussing the anti-sway bar that is mounted under the rear suspension of the van....not the anti-sway friction bar that is mounted on the trailer's tongue/hitch and not explaining the difference.

The van's anti-sway bar could indeed cause some of the van's towing instability, but we need to be aware of the two different devices.

Magellan, you really need to weigh your trailer and know the weights of not only its GVW (actual weight...not the rating) and its tongue weight. Typically, a trailer needs to have approximately 12% to 13% of the trailer's GVW on the tongue. Anything lighter or heavier may cause problems. In addition, and as mentioned above, you need to measure the height of the van's front fender well lip before and after attaching the trailer and adjust the weight distribution unit's chains such that there is no more than 1" difference in the two measurements. You might also have to tilt the hitch ball head mount a little to achieve the desired measurement.

I sure hope you get it worked out...

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He should also consider the use of a Hensley Arrow or a ProPride hitch if he wants to keep the van and stop the sway. After confirming all the suspension is in good shape, including the rear sway bar he may not have.
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[QUOTE=Old Radios;3056923]What year is your van? A couple of years of the V10s were known to have spark plug problems. It was corrected in the later years. There is a Ford service bulletin that was issued on the subject.]

It's a nightmare however you look at it. I should not be having to deal with spark plugs launching themselves out of the engine block at random moments. There should be a Ford recall.
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I would definitely check the tongue weight if you have the means. Also, I haven't seen this addressed, but are you towing the trailer level (i.e., do you need a drop or raised hitch ball)?
I have been thinking how to check the tongue weight. I thought about the bathroom scale, but my DW said NO! Actually, it only goes 280 #s. So, if there are some other ideas on how to do this, I am game.
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He should also consider the use of a Hensley Arrow or a ProPride hitch if he wants to keep the van and stop the sway. After confirming all the suspension is in good shape, including the rear sway bar he may not have.
Hensley arrow is intriguing, but the hookin' up looks like it is full of possibilities for frustration. All the reviews said it was wonderful except for that part.
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