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Old 02-24-2016, 08:10 AM   #1
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Forester 3011 DS E 450

My wife and I are purchasing a 2016 Forester 3011 DS. We will be first time RVers and this will be a whole new experience for us. Is the Ford E450 V10 gas engine strong enough to go up mountain roads, with or without towed vehicle? We would appreciate any feedback on what others have experienced with similarly powered RVs. Thank you.
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Old 02-24-2016, 09:27 AM   #2
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More than enough power. Don't give power a thought. Find the layout you like and go for it.

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Old 02-24-2016, 09:28 AM   #3
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Welcome from Wisconsin and congrats on your 2016 Forester 3011 DS.
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Old 02-24-2016, 09:44 AM   #4
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Thank you very much for the reply. It is reassuring. We have found the layout we like and doing the test drive tomorrow. I am a little apprehensive since I have never driven anything this large.
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Thank you very much for the reply. It is reassuring. We have found the layout we like and doing the test drive tomorrow. I am a little apprehensive since I have never driven anything this large.
Welcome from Missouri. We took a trip to the west coast towing our Focus and had no trouble whatsoever going through the Rockies. We downsized from our Georgetown as my wife wasn't comfortable driving it. The Class C is similar to driving a big van and handles quite well with side winds or trucks passing given the air bags.
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:34 PM   #6
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I have the same unit as you. Have not towed in the mountains yet but on the hills there is plenty of power. We towed travel trailers since 2000 with a V-10 all over the country and never had any power issues. They will make a bit of noise when you foot is in it though. Any questions feel free to pm me. Ours is an early 2016. When you notice the pull down shades instead of the crummy string type that is because of us. We were the Guinea Pigs.
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I had a 1997 class C with a ford V-10 and I never had any problems.
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Old 02-24-2016, 01:12 PM   #8
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you will have more then enough power for has improved the v10 over the years........


go to U-Haul and rent a 20ft truck < ford e450 w/v10> ...... drive it in the city - highway , back-up get it in tight spots ........ < always use a spotter>




that will give you a good id on how that new one will handle.......


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Old 02-24-2016, 01:22 PM   #9
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I drive mine almost exclusively in the mountains pulling a horse trailer. Gobs of power.
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Old 02-25-2016, 12:52 AM   #10
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Your first few drive it will feel like you're driving a bus. But in no time at all it will seem like normal. No biggie. Honest. It takes only a few hundred miles to get super comfortable. Don't let that first drive scare you.
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