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Old 07-30-2015, 06:27 PM   #1
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What Ford gas motors should I avoid

This will be my first MH and I am looking at used (28-30') class c gas and want to make sure I don't start out with the wrong motor. Are there years and size of motors to avoid? How about transmissions?
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I just realized that I double posted.
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Old 07-31-2015, 09:13 PM   #3
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I'd stay away from the 460 C.I. V-8 and the 4 speed transmission.

Get a Triton V-10 with the 5 speed transmission with tow haul option.
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If you can afford a newer coach with the V10, I would go with that. If you have to buy older, We had very few problems with the 460, other than it's love for fuel.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:18 PM   #5
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What is wrong with the Ford 5.4 Trition V8 255HP/ 350 Lbs Torque. I am picking up my new 2016 Minnie Winnie 22R tomorrow
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:26 PM   #6
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If you can afford a newer coach with the V10, I would go with that. If you have to buy older, We had very few problems with the 460, other than it's love for fuel.
My 460 loves fuel,but I get the same mileage loaded, pulling or mountains. Ok with that said lets be reasonable. I have noticed very little variation in mileage.
To spend more money to upgrade to the V10 you should consider cost difference and how much fuel you could by.
I never worry about fuel cost, the RV game is your in or your out.
I know people that don't use there coach because of the high price for fuel.
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2002 V10 here. the engine runs like a small block. To gedt power towing or ascending hills you have to wind it up. It is not an obnoxious issue with me because it is sooooo smooooth. Dragging a Jeep Liberty over 3000' summits and moving at 60-64mph I get 8 MPG. The temperature gauge never gets close to H in 95F weather.
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nothing wrong with 460.I had motorhome s,E-350 vans and an 840 horsepower one with nos.stock crank,rods and heads in 67 mustang.no issues.did they use a lot of fuel?yes sir! Have enough torque? Yes sir! Biggest issue in class c or b.....changing spark plugs.run for ever!
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Nothing wrong with the 460 other than older technology, fuel hog and warping manifolds. Especially in hotter running RVs. Manifolds can be resolved with headers. The V10s in1999-2000 did not have as much HP as later models, otherwise had been very reliable.
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Be aware that the early V10s had two sets of problems:
1) Few threads on the plugs - plugs had to be changed with care and torqued carefully. If they're changed "normal style" they tended to blow out over time.
2) A year range where the plugs would tend to seize in the heads. Tools were developed to help remove them, but again, a special removal process is the best way to avoid it.

Early V10s also tend to get a vacuum leak on a 90 degree fitting at the throttle body. Nothing wrong with the motor.. Something wrong with 15 year old factory hoses if they haven't been changed.

The V10 will have better diagnostics than the 460.

With a 1999 V10, I began to find parts that weren't made anymore - intake system stuff. Inspect them carefully... Good solid motors with no major issues.
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I'm with kenautoone. 2008 E350 class c with 150k. My wife still has a lead foot! Thinking of putting a governor on it!
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I think after 2006 your out of the danger zone on the motor/plug issue.
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