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Old 06-12-2015, 04:52 PM   #1
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Life of a Class B or Class C Gas Engines

I've read on various forums or Yahoo RV groups that the gas engine on a Class B or Class C MH has a life of about 100,000 miles. However, some of that information seems to be on older RV's with engines that are up to 15 years old. If that rule of thumb is correct, then do the newer gas engines found in a Ford F350 or F450 (or similar engines) have a useful life of more than 100,000 miles?
I'd be grateful for guidance on this somewhat important question to us.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:21 PM   #2
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I think the actual miles driven is less important than the regular maintenance that has been done on the vehicle. Speed is another factor to consider. If it's been driven at 55-60 mph, the engine will not work as hard as pushing it through the air at 70-75 mph. If the oil and filters are changed when they should or before, it will last longer than a vehicle that 2 years down the road is still on the factory oil.

If you want a Class C RV that is built for long miles, consider a diesel in a 'Super C.'
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:27 PM   #3
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I use the F350 in a cutaway box truck for my business. Maintenance is huge and how you drive it. Other things to consider once you do reach the 100,000 mark is the transmission and front end. This things start to wear out with other things as well.

Just my two cents.
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:39 PM   #4
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If you maintain the modern engine correctly it will deliver amazing service. Failures happen, here are some of my examples, none of which ever had any engine work, other than belts, oil, filters, plugs. All were sold to private owners.

1983 Oldsmobile 98 350CI 142,000
1997 GMC Jimmy V6 4.3 309,000
1999 Dodge Ram V8 5.9 145,000
2005 Dodge Ram Hemi 5.7 101,000 still daily driver

My son is driving a 1999 Buick Park Avenue Ultra 3.8 V6 Supercharged with 282,000

The Ford V10, newer than 2004 is bulletproof with proper care.
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I have a 2000 Ford V-10 65,000 no issues and we drive it somewhere at least 3 times a month year round. The farm is 20 miles away and it's usually there every weekend. Oil change every spring 0r 4000 miles. I usually warm it up at least 15 minutes before hitting the road while I unplug and double check everything. No issues
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I just posted a long reply in another thread about how great the Ford 6.8L V10 holds up. I've abused (lots of heavy towing at higher Interstate speeds) the 2-valve for years. My original V10 vehicle has 200k and is still regularly moving 16,000 lbs down the Interstate at 75 MPH.

I would expect that any Ford V10 should get 250,000 miles if it sees regular oil changes and basic maintenance. The weak link is the transmission. The 5 speed is more durable than the 4 speed in my opinion, but they need to have been well maintained as well.

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I have a Ford V10 2005 and 137k and zero issues . Regular maintenance is a big factor. I put 396K on my old E350 van w the 460 and it was still running great when I sold it.

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Terrific feedback one and all. This information is reassuring that these engines will outlast this old man! Thank you. (BTW, I was off the grid for a few days and not able to read these important posts).
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We have a 2007 E450 with 140,000 on the clock. He have replaced the transmission.
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We have several F-450's and F-550's with V10's in the fleet, we keep them 5 years before replacing them. The trucks each do 50k to 70k miles per year so 250k to 350k on each truck when they're replaced.

We've never had to do any major repairs to them, almost nothing but routine maintenance.
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I've read on various forums or Yahoo RV groups that the gas engine on a Class B or Class C MH has a life of about 100,000 miles. However, some of that information seems to be on older RV's with engines that are up to 15 years old. If that rule of thumb is correct, then do the newer gas engines found in a Ford F350 or F450 (or similar engines) have a useful life of more than 100,000 miles?
I'd be grateful for guidance on this somewhat important question to us.

Thanks in advance.
a friend of mine was a frod line mech.... he says it was common to see them with over 300,000 on the v10....
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If you maintain the modern engine correctly it will deliver amazing service. Failures happen, here are some of my examples, none of which ever had any engine work, other than belts, oil, filters, plugs. All were sold to private owners.

1983 Oldsmobile 98 350CI 142,000
1997 GMC Jimmy V6 4.3 309,000
1999 Dodge Ram V8 5.9 145,000
2005 Dodge Ram Hemi 5.7 101,000 still daily driver

My son is driving a 1999 Buick Park Avenue Ultra 3.8 V6 Supercharged with 282,000

The Ford V10, newer than 2004 is bulletproof with proper care.
I had a 76 olds cutlass... put over 300k on it ... put a new trans and new axel bearings...
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