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Well finally nada guides has put up the transit info. you could build your own
transit, lots of choices.
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This NADA guide seems to limit engine choices more than what I expected. I can't find the diesel as an option on T-350 models, and the T-350 HD models only come with Eco-Boost as standard engine choice. If this is right it doesn't say much about the diesel's or 3.7L V6's power under heavier loads.
 

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This NADA guide seems to limit engine choices more than what I expected. I can't find the diesel as an option on T-350 models, and the T-350 HD models only come with Eco-Boost as standard engine choice. If this is right it doesn't say much about the diesel's or 3.7L V6's power under heavier loads.


The ordering guide says:


"3.7L V6 not available with Transit 350 HD DRW (F4X/F4U/S4X/S4U)"


"The Diesel is not available with 8-10 passenger T-150 Wagon, T-350 LWB Cargo Van."


So it seems correct that the diesel is not available on any T-350 Cargo Van but the 3.7L V6 should be available with a T-350 SRW model.
 

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OK, but doesn't that suggest the diesel is limited to the lightest vans, and then the 3.7L V6 a little higher? We really need GCWR for the three engines.

Sounds thus far that if an owner wants to tow a significant trailer with a loaded van he will have to get the EcoBoost. It doesn't seem like diesel has the capabilities I was expecting.
 

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OK, but doesn't that suggest the diesel is limited to the lightest vans, and then the 3.7L V6 a little higher? We really need GCWR for the three engines.

Sounds thus far that if an owner wants to tow a significant trailer with a loaded van he will have to get the EcoBoost. It doesn't seem like diesel has the capabilities I was expecting.


I haven't found any GCWR specs. The Car & Driver Build Site shows different towing capacities for the 3.7L V6 Gas engine based on 150, 250, 350 and Low Roof/Medium Roof/ High Roof trim and varying GVWR specs :


T150 130" WB Low Roof 8550# GVWR = 5300#
T150 130" WB Med Roof 8550# GVWR = 5200#
T250 148" WB High Roof 9000# GVWR = 5100#
T350 148" WB EL High Roof 9500# GVWR = 4800#


There are 32 different trim levels and I didn't try them all but I would guess that the towing capacity would fall between the above range of 4800# to 5300# for the gas engine. I couldn't figure out how to change the engine to see how much that would affect the towing limits. I tried switching from the specifications tab to the options tab and selecting a different engine there, but when I went back to the specs tab it still listed the gas engine. The towing specs appear under the Trailering heading on the specs tab.


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The tow ratings so far is just pitiful! The current Econoline can tow twice the amount with the V10! I know that the Transit is unibody but still, it can't tow at least 6,000 pounds or so? Look at the lighter Flex at 4,500 pounds and Explorer at 5,000 pounds. I guess Ford would rather give up towing capacity in exchange for the benefits of unibody layout such as fuel economy, safety, etc.

Back to the topic, though, I did have fun playing with the options and such. I was quite surprised to see Ford offer the 12v to 110v inverter as a factory option! I even like the fact that there is even a factory spray-on floor liner as well! I'm glad that they still offer driver-controlled front and rear AC, or the rear heat with AC-prep package, as on the current Econoline. Anyone know if the rear AC is used as a standalone unit in the rear by the rear wheelhouse as on the Econoline? Or is the rear AC actually roof-mounted like on the Sprinter? No info can be found regarding this. Also, I thought that Ford was offering the RV-prep package? Is that only on the Wagon version only? I kinda figured it would be offered on the Cargo so that the owner can customize how the windows can be installed rather than the Wagon version with all windows already chosen. Also, I was surprised to see that the driver side sliding door doesn't seem to be an option as I thought Ford had announced. Perhaps that's only the Wagon option. We shall see.

I usually use Edmunds site which has lots of info and prices like on the NADA site as shown here. But Edmunds does not have any info as of the moment. I'll keep a look out on that site as well as more info in terms of my questions posted earlier in this post. I'm looking forward to seeing it in person when it hit dealer lots even though I'm not in the market for one. I'm also curious how the RV industry is doing with the Transit. Are there some RV companies already planning on using the Transit? All I've heard so far is the Winnebago using the Promaster that was announced and shown months ago. Also, I wonder how soon after the Transit hit the dealer lots would there be companies selling custom accessories for the van? I'm talking of course custom accessories like seats, windows, interior wall panels, flooring, etc.
 

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I haven't found any GCWR specs. The Car & Driver Build Site shows different towing capacities for the 3.7L V6 Gas engine based on 150, 250, 350 and Low Roof/Medium Roof/ High Roof trim and varying GVWR specs :


T150 130" WB Low Roof 8550# GVWR = 5300#
T150 130" WB Med Roof 8550# GVWR = 5200#
T250 148" WB High Roof 9000# GVWR = 5100#
T350 148" WB EL High Roof 9500# GVWR = 4800#


There are 32 different trim levels and I didn't try them all but I would guess that the towing capacity would fall between the above range of 4800# to 5300# for the gas engine. I couldn't figure out how to change the engine to see how much that would affect the towing limits. I tried switching from the specifications tab to the options tab and selecting a different engine there, but when I went back to the specs tab it still listed the gas engine. The towing specs appear under the Trailering heading on the specs tab.


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On CARS they list a T-250 (long wheelbase and high roof) having a GVWR of 9000 pounds which has a 10,800 pound GCWR. That's lower than the FWD ProMaster's 11,500 pounds with gasoline engine.

This 10,800-pound limit probably applies to vans with standard V6 engine. That's why the heavier the van the less it can tow.

Other engines, particularly the EcoBoost, may increase GCWR. However, no buyer's guide I've seen so far list a tow capacity beyond 5300 ponds.

For what it's worth, 5300-pond tow rating puts it just above the PM's 5200 pounds. I can already see the "best in class" ads.
 
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