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Old 12-01-2012, 11:04 AM   #11
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:11 PM   #12
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jamiller45 and bclemens,your input and information on this site is much appreciated,especially to a rookie like me.I also would like to thank all the other folks that have posted,I've learned a lot.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:34 PM   #13
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:27 PM   #14
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The LE floor plan suits us fine. However, MPG is a major concern of ours. Is the LE based on the F350 or F450 Ford chassis? Is there an engine option? The Ford Commercial Truck site states both the 5.4L V8 and 6.8L V10 are available. Can the LE be ordered with either? Lastly, the LE UVW is about 9,500 - any experiences with MPG taking it easy (i.e. 55-60MPH). Thanks in advanced.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:48 AM   #15
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2250/51 LE is either on the E350 (V10) or 4500 Series Chevy (V8) No other options, we have to forecast months in advance for chassis and its not practical to buy them in multiple version cause you'll never have what you need.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:43 PM   #16
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The LE floor plan suits us fine. However, MPG is a major concern of ours. Is the LE based on the F350 or F450 Ford chassis? Is there an engine option? The Ford Commercial Truck site states both the 5.4L V8 and 6.8L V10 are available. Can the LE be ordered with either? Lastly, the LE UVW is about 9,500 - any experiences with MPG taking it easy (i.e. 55-60MPH). Thanks in advanced.
If MPG is a major concern for you, maybe you should consider a Solera 24R. I have a 3120 and can get at best about 10mpg if I'm careful. I would expect the smaller 2250 would maybe get 12. From what I have read the Chevy V8 is a little better than the Ford v10. You will likely be in the upper teens with a Solera. However you will have to weight the benefits against the extra cost to buy the unit and the hassle of a diesel.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:09 PM   #17
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RE: 2250le/2251le

bclemens and ATVer, thanks for the reply. We've been settled on the Solera 24R since bclemens posted the first look back in Aug/Sep. However, we saw a post that the "paper limit" for tow is 4,200. Our package is going to be 4,400 (we pull a race car occassionally). The only reason we began to question the Solera 24R is we'd be over the tow limit, and the Ford V10 has a lot of towing and cargo overhead. We'd be pulling the race car only about 6-7 times per year on trips no greater than 100 miles one way. And the trips would all be over-night only. If we pack light, we could still be under the GCVW. And we'd keep the speed between 55-60MPH. Is this possible?

Note: On other trips without the race car, it would be longer, week-long trips where MPG is of a concern (possibly 1000 miles). In that case the tow would be a 2,500 Ford Fiesta, well under the limit.

There are some companies out there stating the shorter, lighter E350 (V10) can achieve 11-12MPG. The UVW of 2250/1 LE are almost exactly what the Solera are (9,500-600). Thoughts on 11-12MPG?

Thanks in advance. Either way, there'll be a Forest River Class C in the driveway this spring!
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:46 AM   #18
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I consistently get 10-11 mpg with the 2300 Chevy. 55-60 mph and no toad. Chevy seems by most accounts to be just a little better in mpg than the Ford. I doubt if either could get 12+ mpg.

When you consider the higher purchase price of a diesel, it takes a lot of miles at the slightly better mpg to get your payback. Pick the floor plan, cargo and towing capacity you need and go for it.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:47 AM   #19
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We have a Sunseeker 3100 on the Ford E450 V-10 chassis. We always tow a Nissan Pathfinder, which weighs about 4000 pounds. I keep the speed at 55 mph when traffic allows and 60 mph on interstates. We almost always get between 7.5 and 8.5 mpg. The only times we calculated above 9 mpg I suspected we didn't get the tank full. We averaged less than 7.5 mpg on a trip when I ran 65 mph a lot because of heavy fast traffic.
A friend with a 3071 was getting about 1 mpg better but never towed anything. From his experience and the difference in acceleration during short drives without towing I think towing our car takes enough additional power to lower the mileage by about 1 mpg.
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I think RvBill3 makes some good points. The performance of the Rv while towing and climbing hills will be quite different since the weights are about the same and the diesel Solera is about 180hp and the V10 is over 300. Occasional towing of the race car and not pulling a toad on the long trips might favor the Solera. The benefit of a Solera IMO is it is small enough to easily go anywhere with good fuel mileage so bringing a car along may not offer much benefit. If you are set on always pulling a toad then I would go for the Sunseeker.
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