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peteinsf posted 03-07-2002 03:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for peteinsf  
Anyone ever use one on these to tow a big whaler?

General commments?

JFM posted 03-07-2002 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Buddy of mine uses one to pull a 24' 8000lb camper. His has a 460 V8 I think. Regards, Jay
witness posted 03-07-2002 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for witness  Send Email to witness     
We used an F(E?)350 gas box truck dually to tow our 25' outrage from the NC/VA line to DE. No prob. (I have been told the towing weight of the whole rig is somewhere around 8000lbs based on a commercial scale.)
peteinsf posted 03-07-2002 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
An E350 is a Van F350 is a pickup.
russellbailey posted 03-07-2002 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
The 15 passenger is the one with the long body, but same wheelbase as the standard. I've heard from some that have them that the really long rear overhang can be unpleasant with a heavy trailer, and that the 12 passenger ones do better. The context of that was in pulling a travel trailer. Other than the long overhang I'm sure it would do great, and I'm not sure the overhang is really a big deal.
peteinsf posted 03-07-2002 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Russ, that was my concern and why I asked the group. On the other hand the E350 is a 1 ton truck, I would guess towing big things was in its design goals.

I am still looking for a E350 11 passanger but most are 250s. There seems to be a lot more of these 15pass rigs available here in SF. I think that rental fleets are sitting around with no tourists.

russellbailey posted 03-08-2002 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
If you got it and it proved unstable, but you really wanted the 15 passenger length, you could always get a Pull-Rite style hitch. http://www.pullrite.com/FordVan.html

They aren't cheap ($1000 or so) but they eliminate sway by moving the pivot point to the rear axle.

You could also look at the GM 15 passenger vans. Instead of the long overhang, they stretched the wheelbase. I like these better since the long wheelbase rides smoother.

peteinsf posted 03-08-2002 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Russell,

That is very cool, I had never seen anything like that. This is why this site rocks! I will continge hunting for a 12pass but the pullright will be a great fall back.

Thanks

fwebster posted 03-12-2002 06:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for fwebster  Send Email to fwebster     
I have an E250 club wagon...i.e. window van with a 7.3 diesel. Although I no longer use it to pull boats, I frequently pull a car trailer. This is my 4th Ford van and I have some observations: Do not buy the 350 unless you plan to haul enough to need the GVW......they have a very harsh ride and will beat you to death unless you are loaded near capacity. The vans with gas engines love fuel. The 460 is a big brute and has plenty of power but is expensive to operate. My diesel gets around 18mpg with an average load. I did not like the 15 passenger van.......long as a school bus and is really long when towing a trailer. Unless you need the space go for the standard long wheel base.

GM vans have the front wheel well so far to the rear that getting into them is harder than the Ford

If I were buying another van today, it would be a Ford Diesel.

triblet posted 03-12-2002 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The long overhang is going to make backing
up harder. Small changes in the truck will
make large changes in the trailer. On the
other hand, you'll be really maneuverable
backing up (tight corners will be easy, IF
you are good).


Chuck

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