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Old 03-26-2011, 09:24 AM   #1
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Ford E150 Cargo Van

This post has multi-topics. Forgive me if I put it in the wrong place.

Call me crazy, but I'm considering a cargo van for my tow vehicle.

What appeals to me is the storage space a cargo van would give a fulltimer like me. I could keep my dogs' crates in there, out of season clothes, tools, ladder, my inflatable boat and paddles, a screen room if I decide to get one, etc.

And what about putting the solar panels on the van's roof instead of drilling holes in my precious egg? Then the egg can be in the shade while the panels are in the sun.

The E150s I've seen are V8 with 2WD. I've driven cargo vans so I know they are not luxury vehicles. Also a van is more vulnerable to wind.

But gee, all that storage space will help me keep my Casita uncluttered.

Any thoughts on getting a cargo van for towing, specifically the E150?
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:29 AM   #2
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Friend just bought a used F350 Diesel van, it gets 23 MPG and has alot of room. We used a van with a small cargo trailer for camping before we got our scamp.
The van is a great idea.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:55 AM   #3
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I have no particular use for a Ford Transit myself, but I think they're nice little vans and might be great as a TV - maybe that's too small for what you're thinking of?
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:27 AM   #4
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I have no particular use for a Ford Transit myself, but I think they're nice little vans and might be great as a TV - maybe that's too small for what you're thinking of?
If you go to Europe to buy your Transit you could buy a fit tow vehicle,but presently, in the U.S., they only offer a 135HP 4CYLwith an automatic transmission. It is a sweet little underpowered service/delivery vehicle in U.S. trim, but we need the euro versions.
I would be towing my 13 with one now if they would offer a 5spd and the 2.5L 4cyl. or a turbo.
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:32 AM   #5
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Ford Transit's are way too expensive. I would like to try a Chevy Astro cargo van, Not too big but not too small, v6 power and economy and rear wheel drive.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:41 PM   #6
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Thanks, Dave T, for your vote. I'm a bit confused by the replies about Ford Transit which I had never heard of. I'm looking at the Ford Econoline cargo van to pull my Casita. Greg, I'll look at the Chevy Astro, too. You say it's V6 with rear wheel drive.

So now I wonder: If I have the choice of a V8 with 2 wheel drive or..... V6 with rear wheel drive.... which is the better choice to tow a Casita with?
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:48 PM   #7
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Here's a topic from several years back that addresses storage. The point is why haul around winter coats in the summer: Full timin' storage... what do you do?
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:59 PM   #8
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I looked over the storage topic... very interesting... I like having my clothes with me without a storage shed that I have to go to ... and pay a monthly fee for.

I'm not a clothes horse. Don't have much. Mainly I need the van for bigger things like lawn chairs, grill, and stuff I mentioned at start of thread.

I really feel unsure about the purchase of this vehicle as it is going to be with me a long time and I don't have experience towing a trailer or knowledge about V8, V6, 2WD, RWD, 4WD, blah blah. Any comments will be appreciated.
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A van is a fine choice, but the full sized ones do tend to be thirsty when it comes to fuel. The full size vans are a better match for a fully loaded 17' Casita, the minivans usually top out about 3500 lbs on tow capacity and sometimes have low hitches/drawbars that bottom out on dips.
They are great for carrying large items like bikes and solve the problem of how to carry them and secure them.
We had a Ford Econoline cargo van we customized to our taste years ago and loved it. The Dodge full size van is now imported from Mercedes Benz and is called a Sprinter van, with a diesel engine that gives good range but costs more than a Chevy or Ford van.

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Sue,

In part your choice of a vehicle depends on what size Casita you choose.Do you own a Casita yet or have you chosen a model?

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The Ford Transit is a nice little vehicle but it is recommended by Ford to do no towing and no tow packages are available.
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Sue, one fulltime Casita traveler, Roadcam, installed the solar panel on his van. Here's a post on his blog about it.

Sunseeker Images: solar panel ...
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The Ford Transit is a nice little vehicle but it is recommended by Ford to do no towing and no tow packages are available.
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Interestingly they do tow with it in Europe.

As well just about anything can tow a 13 foot trailer, particulaarly one with brakes, even a Prius. hmmmm.

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Old 03-26-2011, 04:45 PM   #14
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John- So you loved your Econoline...mmm, helpful. Thanks for your suggestions.

Norm- I ordered the 17 ft Liberty Deluxe Casita late last fall. It is probably hatching as I type! I can't make the trip from GA to TX to pick it up until June, due to work.
That gives me two months to find the perfect tow vehicle.

Sharon - I'm going to check out that link right now. Thanks.

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