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Posted: 05/23/19 10:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ernie1 wrote:

Just sold my Ford v10 based rv last year and bought a Mercedes based class c. Never in 89,000 miles did I ever do a thing to the engine other than oil and filter changes. Mostly I could do about any mechanical repair to this thing short of a transmission rebuild. I'm shocked that people call this engine a gas guzzler. I was getting anywhere from 12-14 mpg. My Mercedes 3500 class c averages about 14-15mpg. To be fair, the mercedes rv is about 3feet longer but still! Hands down, the Ford v10 is the best and this is the first and last Sprinter.


You were getting 12 to 14 with a Ford V-10? You may be the first one I have heard that has been able to accomplish that. My 30Ft. Itasca with the tapered nose gets 8.5 average for the last 35K miles. What size and brand, thanks.

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It's not exactly an apples to apples comparison. Not usually anyways. There's a handfull of similar 22-24' coaches with similar bodies, but generally the Sprinter coaches are smaller, with a much more aero front cap.

Some E-series V10 Class B+ coaches will get 10+. Some squared-off cabover MBs like the Thor Quantum might struggle to hit 14.

Keep in mind most Sprinter coaches only have 4 seatbelts, even if they have more seats, in order to maintain an achievable carrying capacity.


So.... I suggest checking out floorplans in person, and then doing some test driving. Also don't forget that more and more coaches are available on the Transit platform. It's the most car-like, and the diesel gets very comparable fuel economy to the Sprinter. And for a smaller gas coach, I'd certainly trust the 3.7L gas Transit over the MB 2.0L turbo gas motor. That tiny engine will be in boost full time!


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ernie1 wrote:

Just sold my Ford v10 based rv last year and bought a Mercedes based class c. Never in 89,000 miles did I ever do a thing to the engine other than oil and filter changes. Mostly I could do about any mechanical repair to this thing short of a transmission rebuild. I'm shocked that people call this engine a gas guzzler. I was getting anywhere from 12-14 mpg. My Mercedes 3500 class c averages about 14-15mpg. To be fair, the mercedes rv is about 3feet longer but still! Hands down, the Ford v10 is the best and this is the first and last Sprinter.


You need to share your secrets, you can't get 12-14 in regular cab 2wd pickup with the V-10.

As for the subject matter, Ford V-10 all the way.

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I've had an MB based class C (Itasca Navion) since 2011. It was ordered new. If it was destroyed today I'd likely go out and order a 2020 View/Navion. I find maintenance easy on the Benz, mostly because the engine is so accessible. The oil filter is up front at the top. If one invests in an oil suction pump, one doesn't even have to get under the vehicle to change the oil/filter. I also like the driving position a lot.....especially with no engine in the cab with me.


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2016 Thor 22e on an E350 chassis with the standard Triton V10 here. After 3 cross country trips and 38,000 miles it gets 8.0 mpg. Might get 8.5mpg on scenic back roads, or 7.0 on the Interstate with a head wind, but the over all average is 8.0. So far no mechanical problems, knock on wood.


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To the doubters, I used to own a 2005 Pleasure-way Excel with a v10. This was the 305 hp. It was a 20ft Class B with single rear wheels. The new owners report they're doing better than I because I am kind of a lead foot. If I remember correctly, the engine was turning something like 2300 rpm 65 mph. The numbers might be slightly different as to engine rpm.

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V-10 without a question or any hesitation.


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blownstang01 wrote:

ernie1 wrote:

Just sold my Ford v10 based rv last year and bought a Mercedes based class c. Never in 89,000 miles did I ever do a thing to the engine other than oil and filter changes. Mostly I could do about any mechanical repair to this thing short of a transmission rebuild. I'm shocked that people call this engine a gas guzzler. I was getting anywhere from 12-14 mpg. My Mercedes 3500 class c averages about 14-15mpg. To be fair, the mercedes rv is about 3feet longer but still! Hands down, the Ford v10 is the best and this is the first and last Sprinter.


You need to share your secrets, you can't get 12-14 in regular cab 2wd pickup with the V-10.

As for the subject matter, Ford V-10 all the way.


Click on these discussion threads and additional links at the bottom involving V10 engines in pickups - you'll see many mentions of V10 highway MPG readings of 13,14,15 MPG and an occasional mentioin of 16 MPG on the highway. Of course many of the MPG readings are probably from lightly loaded pickups and most of the pickups don't have a 4:12 differential (E350) or a 4:56 differential (E450) in them: https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/21591-v10-gas-mileage.html


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Remember gents, most men lie about 3 things....the size of the fish they caught, the size of their ____ and the fuel mileage of their truck......keep that in mind, lol.


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Grit dog wrote:

Remember gents, most men lie about 3 things....the size of the fish they caught, the size of their ____ and the fuel mileage of their truck......keep that in mind, lol.


Ha Ha ... I'm different.

I exaggerate about these 3 things ... the size of the fish that got away, how small my RV is, and how long my portable generator will run on a tank. [emoticon]

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