For 2003, there are a number of changes on the Ford E-Series that will be of special interest to RVers.
The E-550 Super Duty is available as a cutaway or chassis cab in
five lengths, with wheelbases of 159.5, 177.5, 191.5, 209.5 and 233.5
inches. The all-new E-550 Super Duty boasts the highest gross vehicle
weight rating (gvwr) available in a van cutaway (17,500 and 19,000
pounds), which provides for heavier payloads.
The E-Series van and wagon are available in regular- and
extended-length models. The van offers a cutaway version with a choice
of three wheelbases and a stripped chassis version with four wheelbases.
When properly equipped, the E-150 van can tow up to 6,800 pounds,
the E-150 wagon up to 6,500 pounds, and the E-350 Super Duty and Super
Duty extended wagon up to 10,000 pounds.
All wagon and van models have a standard Class I Trailer Tow
Package that includes a four-pin trailer wiring harness. An available
Class II/III/IV Trailer Tow Package includes an electric brake
controller with tap-in capability, seven-pin trailer wiring harness with
bumper bracket and relay system for backup/running lights.
Also new this year are standard power exterior mirrors on XL and
XLT wagons and commercial vans. Recreational vans feature standard power
exterior mirrors with integrated puddle lamps. E-550 Super Duty chassis
cab and cutaway models feature manual telescoping trailer tow mirrors
with dual lenses, flat and convex.