There is a thread on the forum about the leaf springs and someone finally found the different part numbers. You aren't the first person to look it up and see the same part numbers.Thank you.
I was aware of the higher GVWR for 350. You may be right about the "different leaf springs" on the 350; however, what is throwing me off is that the replacement part (leaf springs) appears to be the same for all three Transit models (150, 250, 350):
2022 Ford Transit-350 PTV Extended Cargo Van 3.5L EcoBoost V6 A/T AWD Leaf Spring. SPRING - REAR. Leaf Spring. W - LK4Z5560B | Sheehy Ford Lincoln, Richmond VA
And I would expect the curb weight for the 350 to be higher, if it has stronger (stiffer?) leaf springs or other parts to enable it to haul 430 more pounds.
The dealerships don't seem to know the difference between the two models!
Thank you. I've been searching for that thread for the hour and have not found it. If you happen to know its name or info and can direct me to it, I'd be grateful. thanks again for the feedback.There is a thread on the forum about the leaf springs and someone finally found the different part numbers. You aren't the first person to look it up and see the same part numbers.
If that were true, how could the vans legally be sold or driven? I mean, they come with E-rated tires don't they?Tires too.
The max capacity E rated tire will not legally carry the T350. Comes up something like 80 pounds per tire short.
They come with C-type tires. You get a different rear spring and a paper trail to back up the extra weight capacity for legal reasons if you need a 350 vs a 250.If that were true, how could the vans legally be sold or driven? I mean, they come with E-rated tires don't they?
There is even a new T-350HD SWR for 2023 with around 500# more GVWR. At this point I would assume it will still use the 16" wheels and AFAIK E-rated tires.
Geez. Guess there will either be a lot of new felons, or a lot (more) people falling asleep at the wheel.Tennessee just made it a felony to stay at a rest area for more than 3 hours.
This is likely aimed at the homeless. Maybe we should do something about housing?Geez. Guess there will either be a lot of new felons, or a lot (more) people falling asleep at the wheel.
I could kind of see it if they made it 8 or 10 hours. No-one loves to cruise into rest area and find people living there and you feel like you are encroaching on their home turf. But 3 hours?
I guess the truck side will be pretty empty; those drivers don't tend to stop for 2 hours 45 minutes --- nope, they stop and get a night's sleep.
Edited to add: Do you have a link? The rest area new law didn't pop up for me (I have read where they are restricting camping on public property; but this sounds different).
Truckers are required by law to rest. I hope law requres more than 3 hours for those long haul truckers.This is likely aimed at the homeless. Maybe we should do something about housing?
Either way, their overly broad law to punish the homeless—for being homeless—also ensnares vanlifers and RVers on their way between camping locations. This is not the first law like this, though most I have heard of are more local than state level.
There would be simple ways to address the problem of abusing rest areas. As you say, 8-10 hours max is one. Another would be to require all belongings to stay in the vehicle while staying. But no, the lazy politicians hit all of us with a big hammer.
And a felony? As in required jail time?
My reading of the law is the 3 hour stopwatch starts from the time a cop tells you to move along so it's not quite as bad as you make it seem. I still think making it a felony is over the top though.It's too bad we have police states that affect our hobby.
Here's the latest: Tennessee just made it a felony to stay at a rest area for more than 3 hours.