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oh ok DKF. Truck fella how heavy is your truck camper. I mean an F250 is the same as an F350 except the blocks(which in a F350 it is higher) (I may be wrong but I think this is correct.) But you are the one wanting the truck where are you maybe we can help you look. Thier is one out thier that you want maybe it won't pop up right away buy you find it. Like us we wanted a truck like the one we have now we didn't find it till last year had to deal with a super cab until we found this one.
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Thanks for the reply, really appreciate it.

May I ask what prompted you to go from Cummins to the V10?

Also, what kind of camping rig do you have? And what sort of mileage did you see with the V10 compared to your Cummins towing/hauling the camper?
I needed a 2nd truck and didnt want the payments, so we did a 2 for 1 swap, loved the 6.7, but lacked confidence in the truck

We have a toyhauler that pulls heavy (desert fox 21sw, sticker says 6.5k but im betting coser to 8) . I say heavy as its harder to tow than my 11k or so 5er i use for work.

I'll admit i about cried when a dakota passed me pulling his camper up the same hill. But with the few things i've done, it seems to be running better and we'll go out again in a couple weeks and see how she does.

As for mileage, 11-12 loaded with the cummins on a long uphill trip we took, could get 20 empty if you kept it 70 or less (had a few mods for mileage/power) With the v10, 8 ish towing (i panicked until i filled it and found my tank is<30 gal, 13 ish not baybying it the one time i checked it for highway

Keep in mind i have put less than 1k on the ford, so i really know nothing yet

Edit: i do know how to change plugs fuel filer sway bar end links stereo and grease the noisy drive shaft and do the door seal mod
 
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:20 PM
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I'm going to go take a closer look at the 2003 tomorrow. Hopefully have it for at least a couple of hours and try to get a feel for the gasser power again after close to a decade with the diesel. Hopefully get a feel for mileage too. I'm expecting about 13-14. 15 would be absolutely awesome, and I might buy it on the spot.

The guy offered to let me haul around a smallish trailer with about 3k. Certainly less than what I'll be doing with it but something is better than nothing and I appreciate his willingness to let me tow with it.

Question...

What is the sweet spot RPM-wise for the 2v V10 for a) maximizing fuel mileage, and b) power output for towing/hauling?
 
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I switched this spring from a 6.4 2010 f350 to a 2007 f250 v-10 and I am happy with my choice. The diesel had awesome fuel economy but left me stranded 4 times in 24000 miles. My v-10 has 4.10's and tows great. I get about 9 towing, 10 city and 13 on the highway.
 
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Power band should be in mid 2's to mid 3's or at least that's decent for the 3valve engine.
 
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You say 13 on the highway. At what speed/RPM? Also, what size of tire are you running?
 
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While mine is newer, I get about 13 on the highway and about 7.5 towing a 8-9k 5'er. I have had the 5.9 Cummins and the Powerstroke. The V10 drinks gas, but will still run like a raped ape with the 5 Star tune. And, it's fairly easy to work on.
 
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I have a 2008 v10 lariat super cab 54000 miles. for sale 28000 [email protected]
 
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For my highway figure, I'm at 58 mph with cruise control set. Somewhere between 1750 and 2000 rpm. Tire size is factory 17's inflated to 75psi on all 4 corners.
 
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I've got a 2000 F250 SuperCab 4x4 (2 valve_ v10... it's still got the 3.73 gears & stock wheels/tires. Just did a road trip over the weekend to check the mileage. Cruise set at 67, A/C running, I got 15 mpg. the tach was right at 2250 rpm. Very comfy & quiet.
 
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I've got a 2000 F250 SuperCab 4x4 (2 valve_ v10... it's still got the 3.73 gears & stock wheels/tires. Just did a road trip over the weekend to check the mileage. Cruise set at 67, A/C running, I got 15 mpg. the tach was right at 2250 rpm. Very comfy & quiet.
mine does 75 at 2100 rpm , the tag says 373 on the diff cover.
 
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mine does 75 at 2100 rpm , the tag says 373 on the diff cover.

Hmmm... guess I better check my tag then!
 
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See my original post. I've been looking for an 05+ 3V for YEARS. I've found zero. They obviously didn't build many of them and/or they're a hot commodity.
truckfella,
I ran into the same thing back in '07 when I was looking for a V10. I live in the heart of diesel country and the V10's are hard to find out here in WY. I knew I wanted a 3v V10 4x4 crew cab F250 or F350, so I searched and searched for several months - my search radius got wider as time went on. Finally found a super clean, low mileage '05 F350 in San Diego. Worked the dealer for about a week and finally settled on a killer price. Flew down and drove her back to WY. Got to know her pretty well over the 1000 mile road trip back home.

I guess my point is that they are out there. May not be close to home, but keep looking, you'll find one. They are great trucks and if you can work out a decent deal, it will be worth your time and expense.

Good luck!
 
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I started a new thread titled Diesel Convert (dropped the Possible) right after I bought my truck.

I've had it I guess about a month now, and couldnt be happier with it. Not too many miles yet since its primarily a weekend vehicle. But in the time I've had it, I'm very pleased. This thing is soooo smooth. Just really enjoying the truck. No regrets!
 
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truckfella,
I ran into the same thing back in '07 when I was looking for a V10. I live in the heart of diesel country and the V10's are hard to find out here in WY. I knew I wanted a 3v V10 4x4 crew cab F250 or F350, so I searched and searched for several months - my search radius got wider as time went on. Finally found a super clean, low mileage '05 F350 in San Diego. Worked the dealer for about a week and finally settled on a killer price. Flew down and drove her back to WY. Got to know her pretty well over the 1000 mile road trip back home.

I guess my point is that they are out there. May not be close to home, but keep looking, you'll find one. They are great trucks and if you can work out a decent deal, it will be worth your time and expense.

Good luck!
Although the OP has already bought a truck, I think this is great advice for those still looking. That's the exact same thing I did in '09 when I bought mine. I too live in the midst of diesel country and absolutely could not find a truck with a V10 here in NorCal. My search led me all the way to Logan, Utah, some 1100 miles away. But all in all, it worked out perfectly. I talked the car lot into dropping the price the equivalent of a plane ticket and rental car ($350, plus or minus) and the return trip only cost a couple hundred bucks in gas and motels and food so for very little money, I got my truck back home and had fun doing it. I'd do it again in a heartbeat and recommend looking a little ways from home to get what you want instead if settling for what you can find locally.
 
 
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