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Opinions on the Ford V10 Triton engine

I keep looking for a low cost Class C camper that would be good to tow the prowler or the wife's HHR on short trips. I ran across this today but have read bad things about the early V10's blowing spark plugs out. I read they get poor mileage but have great towing power, I've never owned a Ford only GM products.

Any opinions on this camper and what the actual value would be, I haven't check the buying guides yet.

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several of my friends have had or currently have the big blue oval V10 hoping to get a "gas engine with diesel pulling power" at much less costs ..... BIG MISTAKE

if your budget has room find a used diesel rig at budget prices and be a happy camper v/s a frustrated one with engine torque [lack of] and cooling issues


BTW .. I just talked my Son into waiting until he could afford a diesel powered rig , he had found a similar rig to [only a bit longer] what your showing in your link

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Thanks for the heads up, after looking at the pics again I think it may have been wrecked or something. The blue stripe on the driver's side is missing.
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I agree with Gary. Wait for a diesel.

I have never had a Ford V10, but I had a Dodge V10 (probably not a fair comparison). It got 6 mpg and had to downshift often to climb mild grades. I then got a Dodge with a Cummins in it and it did everything I wanted it to do...

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From what I've read it's about the same mileage.
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From what I've read it's about the same mileage.
someone blew smoke up your butt then IMHO

most /many dodge Diesels with the Cummins get between 10 and 13 MPG pulling , don't matter what the weight behind them much ... I get on avg. 10-11 and I pull heavy most of the time .. my old '01 fifth wheel trailer was dry 16K lbs , add 2500 +/- to that loaded , my Gooseneck trailer is usually 25K + when loaded , and my new Arctic Fox 32A trailer is over 10K dry and I most always have my Arctic Cat on the flat bed [truck] when pulling that trailer as I will in less than a week .. when I head out for summer months I'll look like a traveling Okie [days of the dust bowel coming to mind here] LOL

so anyway I belong to several Dodge Diesel sites and most report more that 10 MPG pulling heavy

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From what I've read it's about the same mileage.
I read this in a totally different way. I interpreted Mike to mean that the Ford V10s get about the same (bad) 6 mpg and has the same poor torques as the Dodge V10, and not meaning anything bad about the diesel.

I certainly agree with your comments on the Cummins. My 1 ton dually had a power booster device added and it still got 14 mpg pulling my race car trailer at any legal speed.

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From what I've read it's about the same mileage.
I read this in a totally different way. I interpreted Mike to mean that the Ford V10s get about the same (bad) 6 mpg and has the same poor torques as the Dodge V10, and not meaning anything bad about the diesel.

I certainly agree with your comments on the Cummins. My 1 ton dually had a power improver added and it still got 14 mpg pulling my race car trailer at any legal speed.
Yep that's what I meant, the same poor mileage. The site I read said 7-8 mpg on the Ford V10.

I should have quoted the part I was replying to so there wouldn't be any confusion.

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.. when I head out for summer months I'll look like a traveling Okie [days of the dust bowel coming to mind here] LOL
"traveling Okie" ?

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That V-10 was one of Fords Mod motors (engine tooling worked on several engine families), I've heard good and bad, but decent for a gas motor. Much better than the 460 truck motors! I had a 3/4 ton Ford pickup with a 460, it got 6-8 empty, and the same fully loaded! It did have gobs of torque, but never compared to a diesel!

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