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Old 08-18-2020, 10:02 AM
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Quick background, moved the daughter to UT Knoxville over the weekend, rented a U-Haul (she's a grad student now, her first unfurnished apartment. Damn & I thought the dorms and furnished apartment moves were hardwork enough! ) So I picked up the U-Haul last week and drove it home. I expected a "pig in a poke" but as soon as I got out of the parking lot and hit the gas I thought to myself, "Is it just me or does thing move out pretty easy?" So up on the interstate I noticed it honestly had more than enough power. But it was empty and here in west TN there really aren't many hills. I was curious so I popped the hood & found the 6.8 V10 crammed into the engine bay! The test I thought would be once it was loaded and we got into the hills/mountains around Knoxville. Well suffice to say, with a 2bdrm apartment's worth of furniture, it never even downshifted (6spd) on I-40 while running 65-70 (& yes even 75+ at times). Mileage wasn't as bad as I expected either, the "lie-o-meter" on the dash said 10.4mpg.

I thought they quit building that engine several years ago but looked it up and while they did quit offering it in SuperDuty trucks in 2010, Big Blue Oval kept it in their commercial line through the 2019 model year. This 15ft box U-Haul I had rented was a 2016 with only 56k on the clock. The ease with which that rig ran up and down the Smokey Mountains only stoked my interest in the new 7.3 in the SuperDuty series as that engine has even more power & efficiency!

As an owner of two previous Triton engines, both 3V 5.4s in wifes 2007 & 2010 Exped EL Ltds, I cuss those engines at every mention. The V10 was simply the same engine with another two cylinders added. Yet I never heard much complaints about those motors other than their thirst for fuel. Did/does anyone in here still have a 10cyl Ford and what has been your experience with these torque mills???
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they used them in all those chassis, even the motorhomes use them
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I had one in my Excursion, it was a great motor. My friends have one in their RV and its been reliable and trouble-free for years. Its a great engine.
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Pretty sure the V10 is still around, but only in commercial chassis cab & RV applications.

I am pretty good friends with the guy that speced those trucks for u-haul, and actually holds the patent on how to stretch them. Interesting thought process that goes into how they spec their fleet. He swears the V10 truly changed the perception of their fleet to the average driver due to having so much more power than the gas offerings they had prior.
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I had a 2000 f250 v10 3.73. I put about 230k hard miles with a lot of towing over 12k. Never had an issue. Compared to my 2018 f250 6.2 3.73, it had much more low end torque, but a lot less upper rpm horsepower. I found the v10 to be a much better towing motor than my 6.2. The 6.2 gets about 2 mpg better empty, but about 1-2 mpg less when towing.
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the 6.8s with the 5 speed torqshift behind them were solid as can be, a bit of a unicorn to find though, not many produced. the older trucks suffered from the 4speeds like the other motors did
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I currently have a V10 in a 2014 32' motorhome on a 2013 E 450 chassis. I previously had a V 10 in a 1997 24' E 350 chassiis. Both are/were great engines. The E series had the 2 valve V 10, while the F series and class A motorhomes had the 3 valve V10 . The V 10 was still being used in the E series cab/chassis through the 2020 model year.. The 7.3L gas engine replaced the V 10 in the 2021 model year.
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Originally Posted by MIKE F View Post
I currently have a V10 in a 2014 32' motorhome on a 2013 E 450 chassis. I previously had a V 10 in a 1997 24' E 350 chassiis. Both are/were great engines. The E series had the 2 valve V 10, while the F series and class A motorhomes had the 3 valve V10 . The V 10 was still being used in the E series cab/chassis through the 2020 model year.. The 7.3L gas engine replaced the V 10 in the 2021 model year.
Do you still have your hearing? Those suckers are loud climbing/under load...
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I love my 2010 F-250 with the V-10



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I have an excursion with 275k on it. Gets around 11 mpg city. Still going strong.
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the v10 is bad-ass & not a whole lot of problems unlike a list of others I can go on & ramble about.....
Your going to get a list of guys that will come on here & ramble about, ecoboost, fuel mileage, performance, towing my boat......
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Do you still have your hearing? Those suckers are loud climbing/under load...
Actually my hearing is very bad anyway. Most of my driving has been in flat Florida, with occasional trips where mountains were involved. It will get loud.
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Originally Posted by nevermind... View Post
Do you still have your hearing? Those suckers are loud climbing/under load...
The V10? I never thought they were that loud.
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I'm a diesel driver.... but the V10 is a solid engine. I can't knock it, and it's absolutely the right call in many medium applications like uhaul trucks and RV's. U-haul has no need to help you save fuel mileage, they need reliable engine with power to move the trucks. That's the V10. My buddy bought an RV, and the diesel options add so much money and maintenance costs, the V10 is the go to option.

I hope the 7.3 gas engine performs like it, one day I want to drive and tow with one.
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Excursion owner here.. 2001 that I bought in 03 with 22k miles... Has the V10 and 246k miles now.... Has been hauling boats since my first boat in 2006... Still going strong and I hope to get a few more years out of it. An unadulterated BEAST!!
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I have a 2000 F250 V10 I bought new, My Granddaughter named it Pearl because I got it December 7th, 1999 It has 61K miles and most of those had a boat behind it. Never had an engine issue but lots of other things has aged/rusted out, I live by the Sea. I keep it for hurricane pull out. Kinda got use to having it around.

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Yes thats all we buy for my landscape company f450 with v10. Ford diesels suck.

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