Good engines! But then again they didn't have two turbos on them either.
Many people have done well in this business using gas powered vans. This ain't Europe nor are we a boat or semi. At this point in the evolution of vans the safe bet is probably gas until ford or someone proves otherwise.
Oh I can't get lunch? Wth. The Ecoboost might turn out to be a reliable choice over time. Just giving my opinion as to why I would choose the diesel power plant over a twin turbo gas engine. A twin turbo setup is very complex and could open up many doors for many problems, just makes me nervous.
Your absolutely right, I own a sprinter trust me I know. But at this point ford, gm and dodge have just about eliminated all the EGR problems on the Powerstoke, Duramax and Cummings, I don't see why the transit diesel would be any different. Newer big trucks EGR systems are also much less problematic then ones from just 4 or 5 years ago. I guess it's best to revisit this topic in a few years to talk about how it all panned out. I hope both engines turn out to be reliable choices because ford is going to sell an ass load of them.The technology is already proven, that's the point. Any of the other things about what they use in Europe, heavy equipment, trains, or any other form of transportation aren't relevant. Everyone already knows that under most circumstances a diesel engine will outlive a gas engine. The problem is all the unproven technology that is being used on diesels now. It's the same technology that is bankrupting trucking companies and owner operators because the systems are notorious for expensive problems that keeps equipment in the shop. That is why a gas engine is a better choice at this point.
So are you and Ragman saying that a gas powered generator, chained up OUTSIDE the truck is the best way to power all the "luxury"? Foirget about inverters powered off the battery?
Your absolutely right, I own a sprinter trust me I know. But at this point ford, gm and dodge have just about eliminated all the EGR problems on the Powerstoke, Duramax and Cummings, I don't see why the transit diesel would be any different. Newer big trucks EGR systems are also much less problematic then ones from just 4 or 5 years ago.
Sure, everything is a compromise. Extra length will reduce your legal load capacity but increase your volume and living area. I ordered a Transit 350 tall, extended length. It is scheduled to go on the line sometime tomorrow. After I finish it, it should be able to legally handle 2800 lbs. and in most instances still accommodate 3 pallets leaving me a comfortable bed. Ask me again in about a month to see if dreaming becomes reality.
Yeah, me! I've owned two Chevy 3500 long wheelbase vans. If you took a poll of E.O. van owners, I believe most own and would recommend a 350/3500 (1ton) long version. The exception being Sprinter owners. Sprinters or at least the early ones, the 3500 models were DRW only.
What ever van you choose I would recommend the 350/3500 (1 ton) series, as long as GVWR is under 10,000 lbs. With the Ford Transit 350 you get about 500 pounds more cargo carrying capacity. 500 pounds might not seem like much to you but when it comes to vanning, having that extra capacity is essential. Especially when adding creature comforts.
A rough weight estimate I use for a comfortably equipped van is 1000 pounds. That would include driver, fuel, flooring, E-track, straps, auxiliary batteries, insulation, bed, powered roof vent, bed, clothing, food etc. A little here, a little there, it adds up.
Penguin Dometic Roof Top Air Conditioner 13,000BTUXIGGI: have several questions open that I am interested in your (or anyone else's) opinion:
brand and size of roof AC unit?
brand and size of generator?