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Old 06-11-2014, 11:27 AM   #1
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Can I order a Sunseeker 2650S with a V8 engine?

Hello,

I like the floorplan of the Sunseeker 2650S, and I am considering buying one, but I'm disappointed (and mystified by the fact) that the Ford V10 engine is apparently not flex fuel compatible.

According to what I've read at several Ford web sites, the 5.4L V8 engine - which apparently is flex fuel compatible - is actually the standard engine for both the E-350 and E-450 chassis, with the V10 engine being an option.

This leads me to the question: Is it possible to order a SUnseeker 2650S with the 5.4L V8 engine, or would I be stuck with the V10? Thanks.

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Old 06-11-2014, 04:17 PM   #2
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What advantages do you hope to get with a v8 over a v10 ? I think the v10 is a solid engine and would hate to be stuck with an under powered v8
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:01 PM   #3
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Under powered V8, really. Not in my Chevy 2450S!!
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:46 PM   #4
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Why do you want flex fuel? Why use E-85?

The V-10 is okay with 10 percent ethanol.

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What advantages do you hope to get with a v8 over a v10 ? I think the v10 is a solid engine and would hate to be stuck with an under powered v8
Less power than the 6.8L V10, yes, but being that the 5.4L V8 is the "standard" engine for the E-450 chassis (and being that the Sunseeker 2650S is not the biggest model with the same engine) it's probably not something you could fairly call "under powered" for the job (unless it's a Ford marketing gimmick).

If everything else was the same, I'd rather have the 6.8L V10 engine, but since the bigger engine is (inexplicably) not flex fuel compatible, I'd be willing to trade a little power for the ability to burn E85.
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Why do you want flex fuel? Why use E-85?

The V-10 is okay with 10 percent ethanol.

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As of right now, I merely want the ability to use E85. Who knows, someday after the dollar is no longer the de facto reserve currency, gasoline may get significantly more expensive; or something else may happen that will result in E85 (or higher) being the norm.

Does anyone here have any idea why Ford will not make its V10 compatible with E85?
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Are you aware that E-85 creates less power? That is probably why it is not offered in motorhomes. I have a Chevy Avalanche that is E-85 capable (5.3L V-8). I tried E-85 for awhile. It reduced mpg by 2-3. So while I saved some money, I had reduced power and had to refill the tank more often. Even at its reduced cost per gallon, I don't think it was worth it. I quit using it.

If you want a solid V-8, get the Chevy chassis. 10-11 mpg at 60 mph.
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:08 PM   #8
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Are you aware that E-85 creates less power? That is probably why it is not offered in motorhomes. I have a Chevy Avalanche that is E-85 capable (5.3L V-8). I tried E-85 for awhile. It reduced mpg by 2-3. So while I saved some money, I had reduced power and had to refill the tank more often. Even at its reduced cost per gallon, I don't think it was worth it. I quit using it.

If you want a solid V-8, get the Chevy chassis. 10-11 mpg at 60 mph.
I basically have three primary features that I'm looking for: (1) shortest overall length available with a walk-around bed (I'd like it under 30 feet); (2) bathroom facilities all in one room; and (3) flex fuel compatibility.

If Forest River offered the #2650S floor plan on a Chevy chassis, I wouldn't hesitate.

The only class c rv I can find that meets the criteria is a Thor 26A ("Four Winds" or "Chateau"). (I happen to like the Sunseeker better, but I may end up with a Thor).

As far as the performance of E85 fuel is concerned, I'm aware that you'll get less mpg with it, but it's my understanding that it produces slightly more horsepower...if the engine is properly tuned for it.
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Why not 2500? Comes on a Chevy. All the important bath parts are in one room.
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