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Old 12-02-2021, 09:50 AM   #1
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New Ford Transit AWD discussion

Hi,

Currently researching our next coach, I am looking at vehicle of different class and size and keep coming back to the AWD Transit.

For me it's the combo of the AWD and the new safety features that ticks my boxes.

Be interesting to see who build on this platform.

So far as I know Winnie, LTV, Coachmen build on it

Anyone else interested.

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I've got the LTV W24RTB in AWD. (2020 chassis) I'm happy to answer any questions I can.
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Thanks for posting,

I would like to hear what mpg you get? Have you driven it in winter? Any issues getting service? Etc etc :-)

Do you use a toad or drive itself?

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Here's a post of mine from the LTV facebook group I follow.

<"2021 WRTB AWD
Trip leg: 780 km
Wind: Negligible to light quartering tailwind.
Ambient outside temp: 30c
Average Speed: 105 km/hr
Cabin sound level: 68 to 71 db
Road Surface: Mixed pavement, poor to good. 30 km of construction.
Fuel economy: 15.5 ltr/100km, 18.22 mpg (Imp), 15.17 mpg (US)
Observations: Extremely pleased with the overall performance, rough road handling was very good. On smooth non chip sealed pavement the noise level in the cab was very low. Cabin AC had no problems with comfort management. Eastern Alberta and Western Saskatchewan are very flat. Very.">

That was the first leg of a long trip at about the 2000 mile mark, so the unit was new. Since then the overall average fuel economy has increased a bit even factoring in about 40% of the time I'm pulling a small trailer with 4 to 6 kayaks, or an enclosed utility trailer with my motorcycle. Trailers weigh 1000 to 1600 lbs. No toad as the RTB hitch is only good for 2K. I'm consistently running at about 10,600 lb, 2 people fresh water, 2 ebikes in the garage. GVWR is 11,000. Now at about 6500 miles.

With judicious fresh water usage we've gone 6/7 days boon docking before needing to dump (2 showers each). 400 watts of solar and a 260 wh battery bank are plenty. We live in a rural area of Alberta that is home to a lot of oil and logging so most of the local tire and service shops are set up to handle larger service trucks. My local mechanic has a lift that will handle the RV, and he's got the diagnostic tools to service it. The local Ford dealer is also able to handle the size. Snow? See below.

So far we're extremely happy with the unit, LTV customer service has been excellent, and the quality of the product has been as expected. BUT!!

There are a few things I would like to/might change. Ground clearance could be an issue and as a result, the approach and departure angles suffer. There is 2" lift kit available that's specifically designed for the AWD Transit. I may explore this option once the Ford warranty expires. The lift also allows a slightly larger tire which increases your tire replacement option by 1000000% As of now there is only one tire option due to the 205/75 R16 10 ply sizing. It's not a bad all round tire but I would want something a bit more aggressive for extended bad roads or snow. We intend to use the RV later this winter for some camping so we'll see. From our experience with very early spring camping at below freezing overnight temps (rig was still winterized) interior condensation management will need work. Her's a shot of our usual set up.



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Thanks,

I just read your post and it's got great info. I need to go back and digest it.

Looks like you got a bike garage.

My only gripe with LTV is they don't make them.4 season. They could easily charge another 10-15k for a 4 season package and get it.




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