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Old 12-15-2018, 09:50 PM   #41
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I found this picture from this summer. You can see my plywood shelving.

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Old 12-16-2018, 12:36 AM   #42
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I found this picture from this summer. You can see my plywood shelving.
Looks like you have plenty of room left over. Nothing stored on the passenger side? Or were you just not loaded up yet?

Thinking out loud...My next step should be to set ALL the tools I want to carry, out and try to figure out how much space is going to be needed to store them. May be even see if locally I can rent a shorter and extended length for a half day each.

Spencer sets the bar, the rest of us do our best to achieve something possibly close Ever see his instagram page? Worth checking out for sure, as he offers lots of tips. https://www.instagram.com/insider_carpentry/
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Looks like you have plenty of room left over. Nothing stored on the passenger side? Or were you just not loaded up yet?

Thinking out loud...My next step should be to set ALL the tools I want to carry, out and try to figure out how much space is going to be needed to store them. May be even see if locally I can rent a shorter and extended length for a half day each.

Spencer sets the bar, the rest of us do our best to achieve something possibly close Ever see his instagram page? Worth checking out for sure, as he offers lots of tips. https://www.instagram.com/insider_carpentry/
Correct I don't have anything on the passenger side. I like the extra space for dump runs or material storage.

I'm also on instagram - Aztec_Decks. But alas my page is not as good as Spencer's

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Correct I don't have anything on the passenger side. I like the extra space for dump runs or material storage.

I'm also on instagram - Aztec_Decks. But alas my page is not as good as Spencer's

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In June I upgraded from a Silverado 1500 with a topper to a 2017 Transit 250, 3.7L, high roof, long wheel base, not extended and I love it, it really is a rolling garage with room for everything. I think I would have preferred the longer version so I could haul long boards more easily but I rarely need 16 foot anything and I found the right deal on this one. I'm planning to put a raised bottom in it soon so I can slide sheet goods in underneath all the tools.

The only mechanical issue I've had so far is a tire pressure indicator going out and I'm really not worried about that, I think with a newer vehicle and the 10,000 mile oil change interval my maintenance budget is going to go way down.

The biggest issue I've had actually is the driver's seat, for some reason the seat seems like it's in the wrong spot in relation to the steering wheel or something and I feel like I'm holding my arms too high while I'm driving. It's hard to explain but it bugged me for a while after driving the Silverado, I'm mostly used to it now (I'm also pretty tall and a lot of cars are uncomfortable for me).

Mine has a release on the back door too so I don't think I can get locked in.

The cargo area lights on this one are LED, very bright, high quality light that doesn't drink much juice and turns off automatically after 20 minutes or so (I've never timed it).

I use the slick locks on the doors and a steel bulkhead with a locking door and I think it's probably more secure than my old truck.

The other thing you may want to think about is the ladder racks, it's really hard to get a big ladder on top of the high roof Transit without the roll down racks and those roll down racks are expensive. I also have not put the wind deflector on the ladder racks yet so they really howl when I'm on the freeway and the wind catches them right.
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Haven't checked on this thread in a few days but wanted to say thanks for all the comments from everyone on their experiences and the back and forth convos. It really has put me at ease with pulling the trigger on one. Now it is just a matter of finding the right deal since Santa didn't drop one off at my door.
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how about the 3.2 diesel...i have a dealer who has a 2017 t250 with the 3.2 he will sell me for 30,999...seems like a smoking deal, I'm just not convinced I want to deal with the costs/problems/fear of a modern diesel for work.

Also I'm thinking I want to go with the low roof so I can haul lumber on top...I will notch the interior shelving to allow me to slide sheet goods flat, but I do pick up lumber pretty regularly and trying to get it on the medium or high seems like a daunting task.
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Just yesterday I was driving next to a diesel transit that was blowing blue smoke.
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Just yesterday I was driving next to a diesel transit that was blowing blue smoke.


Thatís not helping.


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I'd consider diesel if I was an expeditor driving 50-100,000 miles a year. Otherwise probably not.
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I'd consider diesel if I was an expeditor driving 50-100,000 miles a year. Otherwise probably not.


Usually 25 to 35 and in California parking lots.


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That engine seems problematic since some people have had issues where clamps were incorrectly positioned from the factory. Engine overheats and is toast. Incorrect assembly and poor quality control.

Also issues with injector pumps
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Can you run 87 in EcoBoost? And are they getting 200k + out of them? Half of me is thinking 3.7 but I rented one for a week and it was fine 80% of the time until I needed to get around the one a-hole


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Can you run 87 in EcoBoost? And are they getting 200k + out of them? Half of me is thinking 3.7 but I rented one for a week and it was fine 80% of the time until I needed to get around the one a-hole


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Ford recommends no lower than 87 octane so answer is yes. Supposedly 2020 will not have the 3.7 they changing to a 3.5 with better performance and fuel economy. I just bought an ecoboost weren't many available in my area.

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I really want the eco for the added power but i will have it tooled up so Iím doubting Iíll really be driving aggressively. I rented a 2.7 for 2 weeks to see how I liked it and was really liking it and very easy to drive and maneuver. I had tools in it but not completely full and was getting 17.8 hand calculated which is as good as in my 2016 f150 with a 5.0 I am planning on replacing with the van.


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I run 87 in the ecoboost without issues. I only drive 12,000 miles a year and have about 28k on mine now.
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I run 87 in the ecoboost without issues. I only drive 12,000 miles a year and have about 28k on mine now.
It's probably worth it to run 89 or higher, any forced induction engine will add in more fuel to lower combustion temperature to prevent pre ignition. So they run fine but upon hard acceleration you burn more fuel and get less power.

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It's probably worth it to run 89 or higher, any forced induction engine will add in more fuel to lower combustion temperature to prevent pre ignition. So they run fine but upon hard acceleration you burn more fuel and get less power.

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I carefully tracked it over many tanks and didn't notice a difference in economy. Certainly not a 13% gain to match the added fuel cost. It certainly does retard the timing more on 87 vs 93 though at low RPMs, per my scangauge. Either way, it has a huge abundance of power, so that's not an issue.
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I carefully tracked it over many tanks and didn't notice a difference in economy. Certainly not a 13% gain to match the added fuel cost. It certainly does retard the timing more on 87 vs 93 though at low RPMs, per my scangauge. Either way, it has a huge abundance of power, so that's not an issue.
That's because the computer has short term fuel trims and long term fuel trims so dumping in one tank of premium won't do much if you are use to running regular. And the more conservative you drive the less difference in fuel consumption.

I dunno what it's like in the US but here most fuel has Ethanol, but some stations don't put it in premium, or they put less in their premium.

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I carefully tracked it over many tanks and didn't notice a difference in economy. Certainly not a 13% gain to match the added fuel cost. It certainly does retard the timing more on 87 vs 93 though at low RPMs, per my scangauge. Either way, it has a huge abundance of power, so that's not an issue.
It only takes a tank or two and the difference is clear in the ignition timing. By many tanks, I mean many in a row of one type of gas.

Supposedly there's 10% ethanol in all grades here. You can find some stations without ethanol, for about $1 more.

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