Re: Thoughts on Tow Rig/RV (AKA why don't more people have Ambulances?)
I know I'm posting on an old thread. I just want to set the record straight.
I have an 02 e350 ambulance with the 7.3
Work van crammed full of carpentry tools
Average over 14mpg
Easy to maintain
I can slap the turbo with the dog house off. Bellows,ebpv pedestal, and all bolts accessible.
Front and rear air bags. Handles better than econoline, Express vans I have owned before.
6 position chip, large cone air filter clamped to intake boot(air box removed), straight through muffler, resonator removed.
5lbs of boost cruising at 70mph
Such a delight! Super fun out running most hondas and, SUVs.
9 grand purchase price
Front end suspension components replaced(wear items) nothing too crazy to speak of in the cost of ownership.
Recently had 4000# of flooring loaded, and the motor seemed to not even care. I can't imagine riding would be a problem with the ridiculous over kill drivetrain coolers, and rear end.
Note: axle torque specs are tricky. Get your numbers and specialty tools before you start playing with brakes and bearings.
I'm a flooring installer, and a terrible mechanic.