Overland Classifieds :: 1997 Ford E-350 4×4 Camper

We’ve featured several adventure-ready E-350s recently including this 2000 7.3-liter Sportsmobile UJOR 4×4 w/ CCV Top, a 1997 Econoline 4×4, and a 2010 MG 4×4. These vans are sought after for their generous interior living space vis-à-vis their modest exterior dimensions, long-lived engines and drivetrains, availability of OEM and aftermarket parts and accessories, and 4WD capability. Additionally, when you consider that many comparable Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 Campers are over $100,000, these E-350s represent remarkably good value (today’s fully equipped camper is just $50,000 OBO). Perhaps the biggest drawback of this platform is the running costs with today’s V10 variant returning only 17 mpg on the highway (there is a slightly more economical Power Stroke diesel available). That said, considering the money you’ll save over something like a Sprinter 4×4, it’s still a cost-effective choice (especially if you’re planning a long-term trip or living on the road). The E-350’s rugged dependability makes it a great rig for international travel, which is why it’s the vehicle of choice for Daniela Wagner and a rolling home for Exploring Elements. If you’d like a better idea of how this van can be outfitted for full-time living, I recommend checking out the Alpha Van and 4×4 Adventure Van on the Driving Line YouTube channel. Today’s 1997 offering features a long list of premium modifications, a fully equipped camper interior, and a desirable Quigley 4×4 conversion with Agile Offroad upgrades, yet is priced at a bargain $50,000 OBO (comparatively, this 1999 High-Top is $82,000).

From the Seller:

We really love this van but we are losing indoor storage space for it and are pursuing a different layout. This van is well maintained and super capable.”

1997 Ford E-350 4×4

The E-350 is fitted with a V10 engine that produces 305 horsepower, 420 pound-feet of torque, and returns 11/17 mpg (city/highway). A dependable, albeit thirsty, motor is matched with excellent all-terrain capability thanks to a Quigley 4×4 conversion. This uprates the E-350 with high and low-range 4WD, a 4-inch lift, Magna transfer case, lock-out hubs, and more. Additionally, today’s example has been further enhanced with Agile Offroad components. Inside driver comforts include:

  • Backup camera
  • Cruise control
  • Captain seats
  • Air-conditioning

Distinguishing Features

  • ARB bull bar with Warn Zeon winch
  • Aluminess rear bumper with two swingouts, side steps, and passenger side ladder
  • Fiamma awning
  • AGM house battery with 200 watts of solar
  • High-top CCV roof with electric raise/lower
  • Espar heater
  • Norcold fridge

This 1997 Ford E-350 4×4 Camper is listed for $50,000 OBO and is currently located in Vermont. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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