Hey gang, I'm looking to put together some kind of camping vehicle and I'm trying to find some info on late model E-series vans. I'd like to do sort of a roll-your-own Sportsmobile and keep it short on frills. I can do most of the conversion myself, depending on how elaborate I decide to get. I'm not sure yet whether I want to go all out and do a 4x4 conversion, but probably not, since my motorcycle will ride on the bumper and take me through the rough stuff.
Anyway, I'm looking at late model Econolines and I'm having trouble coming up with much in the way of real world MPG figures. I'm interested in either the 4.6L gas or 6.0L turbodiesel. The diesels are harder to find and of course more expensive. I care nothing about power (I drive slow and keep the load light) and they can all tow more than I'll ever use.
Right now I have a little 2.3L Ranger and it gets a combined 20MPG average, which I find to be pretty underwhelming considering it is gutless and never carries any kind of a load, not to mention the fact that the cab is tiny and it can't tow anything. It sounds like some people are getting darn close to 20MPG on the freeway with the turbodiesel E350. Man, I'd be stoked to do that in such a big and do-it-all vehicle.
Can anyone speak to this or maybe point me toward a forum for the E-series? I can find lots of information on the F-series trucks but there seem to be a great many differences in the truck and van powerplants and resulting performance. Also, much of the information I am finding seems to be based on vehicles that have been modded with huge tires, low gears, more boost, etc., no interest in any of that here.