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kmf



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I purchased a Ford Transit, short wheel base, low roof, Eco-boost, passenger van this spring to sail out of and to tow my camper with when travelling. I love this van. Drives wonderful, sits great, 10 feet of room behind the driver seat and 60 inches wide. Mine seats eight full size people with all their luggage without breaking a sweat. I didn't need the extra height of the taller roofs as I have a travel trailer to camp in and it is nice to have a vehicle fit in the garage with a seven foot garage door.
I purchased the Ford to replace a 1998 Chevy Astro van which was down on power for towing and too short for most sailboards to fit in comfortably. The Ford makes the Chevy look like a covered wagon as to power, drivability and comfort.
If not pulling a trailer, the Eco-Boost will be overkill for power...so the 3.7 gas engine may be a better choice. But the power with the Eco-Boost is addictive and with a full size van it is a good choice for towing and carrying heavy loads. My milage is about the same as the Astro...17 putting around empty, 19-20 highway. If you are worried about mileage, get a Mini-van, full size vans are work horses, not economy rigs.

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jingebritsen



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

eco-boost transits are rocket ships, for sure. i have evaluated all these vans for max cubic cargo being my primary concern. PM wins for me, right now.

if i was just retired, and a windsurfer, more than likely i would have a ford transit diesel. i like the low end torque, fuel mileage, and fuel availability during tropical seasons. agreed, creature comforts are a bit better from either ford or mercedes. costs are bit higher too.

BTW, i bought the factory option better seat for driver side in my PM.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of big windsurfing vans, Ford Transit appears to be the most popular in my windsurfing neighborhood. Counted 5 late model vans recently; two of them are Ford Transit mid-roof cargo, one Ford Transit low-roof cargo, one Ford Transit mid-roof passenger and one Sprinter. All the Fords are model 150, short wheelbase with gas engine. The Sprinter is diesel as always.

The Transit passenger van is mine for eight months. It sits three people, holds nine boards, including two WindSUPs, twelve sails, 9 masts, three booms and plenty of room for other stuffs. Bonus, I can change inside while standing up. My millage is only 15.5 mpg, city-highway combined while fully loaded. I am happy with it thus far.



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

longest ford would be a beeotch to parallel park in hilly places with high road crowns and tall curbs. the least desirable to back and tow????? way too much rear over hang.

i had a full length PM gas, got avg 19.3 mpg. i drive fast as laws will let me....

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