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Old 10-28-2015, 11:35 AM   #1
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e450 or e350

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I pretty much decided on a 2016 forester 2301 but have the option of either the 350 or 450 engine. There's a $3,000 difference in price. I don't plan on towing a vehicle so I initially thought the 350 would be fine. However given the same weight I'm thinking the 450 would experience less wear over time. Moreover I do plan on driving in some mountainous regions so I would think the 450 would perform better.

I would appreciate any thoughts on this.

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Old 10-28-2015, 11:44 AM   #2
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If it were me, I would opt for the 450. Besides motor, I believe that it has a heavier suspension which should increase your carrying and towing capacity. Also, when going through mountains/higher elevations, gas engines lose power as you increase elevation so if the 450 has the v10 with more horsepower, this is another reason to upgrade.

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Old 10-28-2015, 12:13 PM   #3
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Old 10-28-2015, 02:56 PM   #4
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I have never heard anyone complain that they bought a unit that had too much power.
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I have never heard anyone complain that they bought a unit that had too much power.

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Old 10-28-2015, 04:59 PM   #6
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450 will have a bigger rear end, suspension and possibly rear frame section.
Motor and trans should be the same.
Possibly a different rear end gear ratio also.
Go to Ford's commercial website- they should outline the differences.
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Information here is a little dated, but I think it will give you an idea of what other rv'ers think
Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: E-350 or E-450 Chassis for 24' Coach w/Slide

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Old 10-28-2015, 08:46 PM   #8
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Thanks all. It's unanimous for the e450. Rich, thanks for the link. A lot of good info there.
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:11 AM   #9
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I have a 450 on a 2701 Forrester and have never felt I had too much power, especially in the NC mountains where we live. If it struggles, the 350 would certainly have a hard time. I would opt for the 450 for sure.
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The Ford cutaway page shows the V10 / 6 speed trans drive train option also for the E350 (same as E450). So it's basically how beefy a chassis you want / need.
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