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Old 11-23-2015, 08:23 PM   #1
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My wife and i want to travel to national parks but want small and light. Not looking to spend over $12,000. Any advice or ideas on good units out there. I have heard a v-10 ford has really good power but will a v-8 provide enough power and be more economical?
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Old 11-23-2015, 08:48 PM   #2
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My wife and i want to travel to national parks but want small and light. Not looking to spend over $12,000. Any advice or ideas on good units out there. I have heard a v-10 ford has really good power but will a v-8 provide enough power and be more economical?
For $12k the sprinter is out.
The V10 makes decent power. It's the same as the for 5.4L Triton, with a few more cylinders. I guess you're comparing it to the Chevy 454.

I don't know the Chevy, but my understanding is in that vintage (1997-2003) that they'll have similar power.

The Ford V10 had plug issues in early years - particularly blowing them out mostly due to improper installation. That's really the only flaw that I know of. There is a elbow on the intake manifold that tends to wear out, so inspect it carefully. It'd be worth taking it to a dealer who has a "mode 6" diagnostic to makes sure it's firing on all 10. You won't feel it if it's on 9 or maybe not even 8.

If this steers you to the Chevy, which is probably harder to find - that's not the intent. I just know the Ford and I'd buy one if I was in the market at that price range.

Expect 8-9mpg... That's just how they roll.
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Old 11-24-2015, 07:56 AM   #3
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I used to own a Toyota. 21ft class C micro min. Got 15 mpg and I could put it anywhere you could put a full size automobile.

These are 25 years old, but there are many out there in very good condition.
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Lazy Daze makes a great 23 footer. Extremely well built with one-piece aluminum roof and aluminum skin. Easier to find on the West Coast.
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Expect to do some work on it. At that price it will most likely need it. Rubber and plastic age out thus need replacement. Given your price point and size issue you might want to consider a pull behind you tow with your daily driver. I'm thinking the 15-17 ft travel trailers like the Scamp or Casita or the fold out like the Aliner.
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I just bought a 22 ft Coachman Catalina, 2000. So far, it's been good. I bought it and it had some water damage. I had to do some simple work to fix the damage. Recaulked some of the seems. Probably have to get new tires and new awning soon but for that price point, I expected that. Been happy so far.Click image for larger version

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Don't go old enough to get an engine with a carburetor. Our first rig was a 1985 Class C with a Ford 460 V-8. It was 26' long, and only got about 6.5 mpg at sea level and slightly better than 4 mpg at altitude. It had enough anti-smog gear for a battleship!

Our second RV was an '02, 32' Class A with the V-10. It got a consistent 7.5 mpg regardless of altitude. We really liked the permanent bedroom with a walk-around queen size bed when the slides were extended.
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The V10 gets better mpg than the old 460. I drive a 2006 29 foot C on the E45O chasis regularly. Am camped in it this week for Thanksgiving. I live in PNW with lots of mountainous terrain and have Zero problems climbing grades etc.
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