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Old 03-04-2019, 11:16 AM   #1
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Towing with Ford V-10

This will probably generate conflicting responses, but here goes. Having towed various trailers with diesel trucks for many years, I'm considering a switch to a smaller (less than 40') gas motorhome. I'd be towing a 4500 pound Jeep. What I'd like FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE is, how well does the Triton engine perform when towing a car on hilly terrain, and more importantly, at high elevation like the more than 10,000' passes west of Denver?

I've been told that modern gas engines perform nearly as well as diesels. With the huge difference in torque, I'd assume that to be nonsense, and is probably coming from people who have no diesel experience, but I'm open to opinions.
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:27 AM   #2
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Likely going from a Cummins to a V 10 will be a huge culture shock in itself. That is a lot of weight to move with the MoHo weight itself. I would not do it myself. Ran Cube trucks in mountain passes with a 460 loaded to limit. Tough to beat a exhaust brake on he diesel.
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:36 AM   #3
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I don't think coming from a diesel you'd be happy. Towing 4500 lbs with a gas MH would be like towing at 15,000 lb 5er with a 3500 gas truck.
You also lose 3% of HP per 1,000' of EL rise. 10,000' = 30% HP loss.
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:44 AM   #4
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I recently got a Ford V10 powered motorhome. When you get in substantial hills (+4 %) you will be a rolling roadblock. Towing a Jeep doesn’t seem to have any affect.
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:48 AM   #5
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I heard the V-10's are pretty good in the Super Duty pickup trucks as long as you don't mind the poor mpg.
They are based on the Ford Modular engines which have had problems with the spark plugs pulling the threads out of the cylinder heads. That and the plastic intake manifold apparently leaks coolant.
I drove a 4.6 Modular for many years, they need to rev to get power.
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:00 PM   #6
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I owned the triton V10 in an excursion for about 2 years. I Considered it adequate for that vehicle, not awe inspiring, but it did the job. That being said, I couldnt imagine having it in a moho towing a Jeep or something similar. But Im thinking maybe the rear axle ratio and/or tranny may be geared a little lower in the Moho so it may not be comparing apples to apples. I will say it was very reliable, and I LOVED the sound.
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:25 PM   #7
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My 35' Georgetown is equipped with the Triton V10.

Heading over the passes on I-70 west of Denver I'm faster than the loaded semi trucks and slower than the pickups pulling toy haulers and the diesel motor homes.

Going down hill is easy as the F53 is equipped with the automatic down-shift when you apply the brakes. Each time you apply the brakes it shifts down again. Just set it to tow-haul mode.
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:27 PM   #8
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I own an Encounter 37ft and I went from Québec to Los Angeles. It was hard going through the mountains, but we made in one piece. You need to get used to the noise of the engine. It needs to rev at about 3,500 rpm to get maximum torque. It will slow way down, you will likely take the tranny to 2nd gear or 3rd if you are lucky. You will be passed by a lot of vehicles, but you are in vacation with a lot of time on your hands.
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:39 PM   #9
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We have been towing a Cherokee for the past year. No issues , you hardly know it is connected we have a28 ft sun seeker . Love the V10
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Old 03-04-2019, 03:31 PM   #10
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I tow 12,000 lbs (boat) with a V10 E350. If you don't need to go 70 mph uphill on I70 you'll be fine. I've got 150,000 miles on the van with probably 30,000 towing the heavy boat




and the rest towing trailers 3 - 5,000 lbs.


It's an '05 and still going strong.

Here's a snippet from the way back from Lake Powell (to SC) via I70.
~~~~~ I'll do 55 mph on the flats, I'd rather go 52, but I'll do 55 if there's traffic, but I don't push her going uphill. I take whatever speed she'll give me at 3,000 rpm or so, and going up those I70 passes, sometimes that was 15 mph. But you know what? It was never a problem - there was no horn blowing or close calls and most important, no problems with the van or trailer.~~~~

The whole story here if you've got the time.
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