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Old     (ctimrun)      Join Date: Aug 2009       06-08-2010, 9:10 PM Reply   
Am helping a friend of mine look for a new tow vehicle for boat pulling duties. We were discussing how convenient the E350 vans are and were wondering how well one would pull a boat (he has a 2009 X star). It looks like most of them are equipped with the 5.4 liter V8 engine and 3.73 gearing, which I have heard are weak, but have no experience driving one myself. They are available with the V10 and 4.10 gearing which I am guessing will be better, but harder to find.

Anyone have experience pulling their boat with an E350? What drive train did it have and how well did it tow? If you don't have experience with the van what about the 5.4 engine (in the truck or something else) pulling a boat?
Old     (bawshogg)      Join Date: Dec 2005       06-08-2010, 11:08 PM Reply   
You can get a Econline with a 7.3l or a 6.0l diesel if you look for one a few years older. The V10 will tow a boat just fine if your stuck on a gasser. I've towed withe 5.4 and it does fine for what it is, may not be to good though if the van is all loaded down also.
Old     (ajholt7)      Join Date: Apr 2009       06-08-2010, 11:23 PM Reply   
A diesel E-350 would be the way to go. Even better if you could find one that had been converted to 4x4.
Old     (rio_sanger)      Join Date: Apr 2007       06-09-2010, 5:49 AM Reply   
I towed my first boat for 12 years with an E-250 Club Wagon (van with windows and seats).
It was a great tow vehicle, had the 351 with 4.10 gears. The long wheelbase of vans makes them very stable tow platforms.
Whith the deisel, and a 4x4 conversion it would be even that much better!
Old     (UNvisible)      Join Date: May 2010       06-09-2010, 5:58 AM Reply   
yeah, i tow with an E350..
Old    SamIngram            06-09-2010, 7:49 AM Reply   

The E350 V10 makes an awesome tow vehicle. An ambulance also makes a really good tow vehicle and can be found for cheap. It will have high miles on it, but it was most likely taken good care of. They are all over ebay.

All of my brother's buddies run E350's for transporting their bikes around, they call them Motovans. Here is one from ebay:

I'm looking at this one Friday for $10,500


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