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Old 01-25-2015, 07:27 PM   #1
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Excursion as a TV

Been looking at the early 2000's Ford Excursion as a possible TV for my Windjammer (around 7500lbs) in have no doubt that the early diesel will handle the job, but does anyone have any thoughts about the V10 gasser.
Looks like a great travel vehicle tons of room. Does the vehicle need any mods for heavy towing ? I think they are built on a 250 frame. You can pick up one fairly reasonable around 15k, sure beats 50k. Just thinking out loud any thoughts ?

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Old 01-25-2015, 08:11 PM   #2
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Until recently I pulled a 13k lb+ fifth wheel with a f250 CC with a V10 and had no power problems. I think you'd be fine with one. The 7.3 would maybe be better, but they are very hard to find and worth a mint.
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Old 01-25-2015, 08:20 PM   #3
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I have a v10 in my excursion to pull my rockwood 8327ss with about 1250 tongue weight. I love the vehicle for our family. I'm in the process of making some upgrades.
Helwig swaybar
Good tires with at least load e rating and pumped to 75-80 psi
And at some point u might want to update your steering box as they seem to wear out on the x redhead is a good one.

That at least is my game plan😃 mine is a 2002 and you will notice softer leaf springs in the ex then a f250 due to it was made for soccer moms some folks have changed out the rear leaf springs with 250 or 350's.


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Old 01-25-2015, 08:28 PM   #4
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Last year I looked at a few Excursions before we found a rust-free '11 Ram 2500 for $14K... At over 10 years old, all of the Excursions I looked at in Ohio were pretty rusted underneath but you should have better luck down south...
IMO the V10 paired with the 4 speed transmission gets horrible gas mileage.
The 6.0 diesel is problematic but the only choice for the 5 speed transmission.
The 5.3 gas is under-powered, so that leaves the 7.3 diesel w/4 speed tranny as the best choice & the reason their resale value is still so high...
None of these options provide the kind of fuel mileage you can expect from 2009 & newer 3/4 trucks...
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:21 PM   #5
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Well I would agree the fuel milage is not great on the ex @ 9-9.5mi/gal @ 65mph. The reason we have one is due to having 4 kids and dw so we needed the space


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Old 01-25-2015, 10:00 PM   #6
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I wish they still made the mighty Excursion but with modern engine/tranny upgrades for better highway mpg. Our family of 5 fits in our crew cab but we have no convenient place to put the dog... Therefore I took a long, hard look at the Excursion but cannot justify getting less than 15mpg on my daily commute. It's a beast... The 7.3 diesel is the one to get, though, since you'll want to keep it well past 200K miles...
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:44 PM   #7
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I love my Ex. My Excursion, not my ex-wife..haha...anyway...
I have the V-10, it pulls great. My old Dutchmen weighed in at 7k loaded and it pulled steep grades fine. It will rev in the 3-4k range to do it, but thats what its made for and thats where the power is.
Now, you will need to make upgrades to the suspension if the previous owner hadnt. Ford screwed the Excursions up, the made them soft and lower for the SUV Soccer mom crowd. they dont have F250 Springs, they are softer springs, most didnt come with a rear anti sway bar, mine didnt. So I had to add the rear anti sway bar and instead of putting on F250 or F350 springs I put on a Roadmaster Active Suspension in the rear, I left the front alone. It helps tremendously. When I first got it, I towed with out these mods and the rig would be a lane over before I could correct it. Not sway, but drift or wander. The steering boxes are also a weak point as mentioned. I just replaced mine this weekend.
As noted, the gasser is not easy on fuel. I average 9-10 around town and my commutte to work. On the highway at 75, I get 12-14 mpg. Towing....usually 7-8 mpg. You would get better mileage with Diesel, but you need to do the math. HOw much will you be towing, diesel is more expensive per gallon, and higher maintenance costs, 15 qt oil changes will run a couple hundred dollars, plus the extra fuel & water filters and finding someone that can work on them. Those are all things I considered when I went for the V-10.
All in all, I love my truck, it does a great job towing and carrying a bunch of short people & pets along camping.
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:35 PM   #8
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I recommend a 7.3L as well. As RVBiker siad, you need to change the springs out to an F250/350 set of springs and the truck will ride and drive much better. Around $750 from Leaf Springs | The Suspension King Make sure to change out to new U-bolts, Can be done in a driveway with jackstands and jacks. Oh and make sure to take the front bumper off(6 bolts) as it makes the front change a breeze. The transmissions can be made bulletproof if done correctly. Ford even offers an upgraded tranny at the dealer now for them around $3k installed. The steering boxes are hit or miss for a while, but eventually give in. The front ball joints are routine maintenance and you can do them yourself too by renting a tool from the parts store.
I've had a 7.3L 4x4 Excursion since the I ordered it in 2001. I LOVE that truck. Now over 210k miles on her and still a beast! Hands down the most capable SUV on the planet considering all it can do.
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I have been pulling my Wildwood 32bhds with an '04 Excursion. I really enjoyed the Ex once I got the suspension upgraded and added a rear Helwig sway bar. Just recently got a 6.0 and am looking forward to the difference in power. Ditto all of what was said above and look to your day to day driving needs to help make a decision. For me we are keeping both for now. You can't beat the roomy 8/9 passenger seating and the towing capacity.


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