RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Truck Campers: New Ford 7.3 Gas

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Truck Campers

Open Roads Forum  >  Truck Campers

 > New Ford 7.3 Gas

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 7  
Prev  |  Next
Sponsored By:
egarant

Mission Viejo CA

Senior Member

Joined: 12/01/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/09/21 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3 tons wrote:

egarant wrote:

I picked up my custom orders Ford F-350 4x4 dually with the new 7.3 liter gas engine!

My 2013 RAM 350 4x4 diesel with 130,000 miles will be leaving me on Tuesday.

My reasons for going back to gas:
Diesels are for pulling, gassers are for hauling cargo in the bed.
Diesel maintenance costs are exhorbantent.
Lost the turbo at 110K, dealer cost would have been $6,000! I got a rebuilt put in for $3,000.
Really hard to find good diesel mechanics...
No more carrying diesel additives, including DEF!

My cargo capacity in the old 2013 was 5,250lbs
The new Ford's capacity is 5,916 lbs!
With that capacity I am hoping I will need no aftermarket suspension equipment.

I am a firm believer in low rear end ratio's, the RAM had a 4.10 and I got the 4.30's in the new Ford. You are not buying this kind of truck if you are worried about gas mileage. You will regret getting higher gearing when city stop and go driving or up mountain passes. Just not worth wishful thinking of getting better highway mileage.

Drives like a dream, it has a 1.000 mile break in, so no truck camper for the rest of the month.

Manual says it can run on 87 octane BUT will perform under load and hot weather better if running 91 octane.

Darn thing has a 3" trailer receiver on it, I have never seen on so big. Had to order a cool adapter from E-Trailer so I can put my bike rack on it.

I got the camper package, but of course the dealer can't find the camper certification paper, they have contacted Ford to get another.

I'll start my own thread after I get the truck broke in and the camper in the bed and let you know how this truck is performing.

Cheers,
Eric


That is fantastic, I’m looking forward to your report, particularly info relating to climbing the mountain passes...

3 tons


I pulled out the Truck Camper Specification sheet for both trucks:
2013 RAM 4,784 lbs
2021 FORD 5,071 lbs

So the FORD gains me overal 666 lbs in cargo capacity which includes 287 lbs of truck camper carrying capacity


2021 FORD F350 dually 4x4 with 4.30 gears
2013 Eagle Cap 950
480 Watts Solar, 2K Watt Xantrex Inverter, Reonogy MPPT Charge Controller, 250 amps of lithium batteries by LifeBlue

bigfootford

Fair Oaks, California

Senior Member

Joined: 12/03/2002

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 02/09/21 10:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That new 7.3 is way above the old 7.5 460 gasser.. I am impressed.

My f250 with it's 4100lb camper on and towing a 2500lb trailer or a 2,000 lb toad it pulled quite good but on some real steep curvy roads it was close to running out of power! Like coming out of Shelter Cove Calif.. and some other places.. 4.10 rear and E4od trans.

Old 7.5 205-275 hp and 345-375 torque

New 7.3 430 hp and 475 torque!

That is some impressive numbers!

Jim


2000 2500 9.6 Bigfoot,94 F250, Vision 19.5, Mich 245/70XDS2's, Bilstein shocks, air bags/pump, EU2000, PD 9260,Lifeline 100ah, 200W. solar, Morningstar Sunsaver 15A/ display panel, Trimetric, Delorme/laptop, Holux gps rec,led lights, Wave-3 heat.

Kayteg1

California > Nevada

Senior Member

Joined: 06/18/2015

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/09/21 12:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

egarant wrote:



I pulled out the Truck Camper Specification sheet for both trucks:
2013 RAM 4,784 lbs
2021 FORD 5,071 lbs

So the FORD gains me overal 666 lbs in cargo capacity which includes 287 lbs of truck camper carrying capacity

That is due Ford switching in 2017 to aluminum beds and heat-treated frames, what saved about 500lb from truck weight.
Nothing to do with engine.
Talking about huge HP in newer engines - you can't use it if you can't cool it. Gas engines produce about twice the heat diesels do.





3 tons

NV.

Senior Member

Joined: 03/13/2009

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/09/21 07:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bigfootford wrote:

That new 7.3 is way above the old 7.5 460 gasser.. I am impressed.

My f250 with it's 4100lb camper on and towing a 2500lb trailer or a 2,000 lb toad it pulled quite good but on some real steep curvy roads it was close to running out of power! Like coming out of Shelter Cove Calif.. and some other places.. 4.10 rear and E4od trans.

Old 7.5 205-275 hp and 345-375 torque

New 7.3 430 hp and 475 torque!

That is some impressive numbers!

Jim


Ok, I’m looking forward to seeing one in your driveway!!

3 tons

bigfootford

Fair Oaks, California

Senior Member

Joined: 12/03/2002

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 02/09/21 07:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3 tons wrote:

bigfootford wrote:

That new 7.3 is way above the old 7.5 460 gasser.. I am impressed.

My f250 with it's 4100lb camper on and towing a 2500lb trailer or a 2,000 lb toad it pulled quite good but on some real steep curvy roads it was close to running out of power! Like coming out of Shelter Cove Calif.. and some other places.. 4.10 rear and E4od trans.

Old 7.5 205-275 hp and 345-375 torque

New 7.3 430 hp and 475 torque!

That is some impressive numbers!

Jim


Haw, If I was a youngster like you I would have not one of these but a nice Dodge with a great diesel.. and a 6 speed Alison trans.. That is my want... Skipro3's truck to me is a great rig.

Ok, I’m looking forward to seeing one in your driveway!!

3 tons


jaycocreek

Idaho

Senior Member

Joined: 12/28/2013

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/10/21 12:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There's no doubt the new 7.3 beats the old 460 but the final version of the 460 had 400 ft lbs of torque and with some minor mods,a little more than that...Not that far off in torque from the newer engines..

Following its 1983 reintroduction, the 460 received fuel injection for 1988; while remaining at 225 hp, the update significantly increased torque output; after further updates in 1992 and 1994, the final production version of the 460 produced 245 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.

I'd take the new 7.3 in a heart beat..

bighatnohorse

Gig Harbor - Cave Creek

Senior Member

Joined: 01/15/2005

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 02/10/21 07:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does the new engine have Tow/Haul or engine braking?
How good is it?

mellow

Salisbury, MD

Senior Member

Joined: 06/10/2014

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/10/21 08:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bighatnohorse wrote:

Does the new engine have Tow/Haul or engine braking?
How good is it?


I will post it again, a forum dedicated to the new 7.3: https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/forum307/

Its an awesome engine mated to the 10speed and will only get better with upcoming mods.


2002 F-350 7.3 Lariat 4x4 DRW ZF6
2008 Lance 1191 - 220w of solar - Bring on the sun!

JRscooby

Indepmo

Senior Member

Joined: 06/10/2019

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/10/21 08:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bighatnohorse wrote:

Does the new engine have Tow/Haul or engine braking?
How good is it?


Tow/haul is mostly a transmission control mode.
As for engine braking; a compression fired engine has no engine braking unless something is added to it. A spark fired engine, where air flow into it controls speed/power will have engine braking with no add on.
I would love to see a side by each comparison, same size, same gears, same load, of exhaust brake on diesel and gas engine.

egarant

Mission Viejo CA

Senior Member

Joined: 12/01/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/10/21 08:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Kayteg1 wrote:

egarant wrote:



I pulled out the Truck Camper Specification sheet for both trucks:
2013 RAM 4,784 lbs
2021 FORD 5,071 lbs

So the FORD gains me overal 666 lbs in cargo capacity which includes 287 lbs of truck camper carrying capacity

That is due Ford switching in 2017 to aluminum beds and heat-treated frames, what saved about 500lb from truck weight.
Nothing to do with engine.
Talking about huge HP in newer engines - you can't use it if you can't cool it. Gas engines produce about twice the heat diesels do.


FYI the entire truck body, not just the bed is made of aluminum. I was shocked on how light the hood was compared to my RAM.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 7  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Truck Campers

 > New Ford 7.3 Gas
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Truck Campers


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.