Depends on the year produced. There were some early Ford V-10s that did have a slight tendency to blow-out a plug. Believe that V-10s produced after 2000 had the problem corrected. There should be no problem with a 2002 or later produced V-10. We purchased a 2002 motor home with a V-10 and had no problem with the engine. Good lock and safe travels.
The Ford 6.8L modular V-10 engine is bulletproof like all Ford modular engines. The spark plug issue was resolved early in the production run. The current version of this engine (362 HP, 457 ft Lbs torque) is the best gas towing engine available today.
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we are still looking for "our" RV. I just had someone tell me that the Ford V10 engines are trouble. Anyone have any imput for me
The V10 engine was introduced in 1997 or 1998. Even with the problems it had, it was still better than the engine it replaced. I think most people would agree with me on that.
As the years went on, the Ford chassis, engine, transmission, all improved along the way. Which is the best Ford chassis? The newest one. But there are time markers worth noting. Working backwards, I hope I am accurate here.
- it can carry a heavier load
- it has slightly larger disk brakes
- it has a slightly redesigned suspension for improved handling
- it is easily identified by it's restyled front that resembles a dump truck with a chrome grill.
2006-2007 (maybe 2005 too)
2003-2010 (maybe 2002 as well)
Ford incresed the quantity of spark plug threads in the engine heads. With more threads, the spark plugs problem was completely resolved.
1998-2002 (maybe 1997)
V10 engine was introduced
prior to 1997
My brother bought a used 21 foot motor home a year ago with about 60,000 miles. It is built on a 1998 Ford E350 chassis with V10 engine. So far so good for them. I recently discovered his 1998 E350 chassis has rear drum brakes. My 2007 Ford E350 chassis has rear disk brakes. I don't know when that improvement was made.
The Ford chassis is most popular, and it completely captures the market today with larger class-C motor homes for the E450's ability to carry a heavier house on it's back. It is much more load capable than GM/Chevy or Dodge. And it's V10 engine is well powered to move it and also to tow something behind it.
I should also mention, the GM/Chevy chassis is good too. But you won't find them used for the bigger models. Worth mentioning, the GM/Chevy has a 9 inch longer nose, increasing over-all length by that much, given identical houses. It's drive train is good, and it has better leg room too.
The Dodge Sprinter diesel chassis is well suited for smaller motor homes offering great fuel economy. It's limited load capability and significanlty less horse power prevents it from being used for larger motor home applications, and it's a strain to tow something behind. It pretty much has captivated the small RV market, forcing GM out of the picture, and reducing the popularity of the Ford E350, lighter-duty chassis.
Our 2007 Phoenix Cruiser model 2350 Seen Here is available today on both a Dodge Sprinter and Ford E350 chassis. Both have their positive points. The Dodge for a 50% improvement in fuel economy (15 mpg), the E350 (10 mpg) for speed, power, towing, and will carry 2500 pounds more of you and your stuff.
Someday, you may have to replace those plugs and coils-- it will cost a major bundle-- but until then-- mine is so quiet that sometimes I think it has stalled-- and when I pass someone on a merge with a 30 foot bread box-- why I feel so Detroit once again.