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Overland Classifieds :: Ford E-350 4×4 Powerstroke “High-top Unicorn”

I love sharing a diverse range of vehicles with our classifieds: some are cheap and cheerful, others are luxurious and expensive. And a very select few I want for myself—this stunning E-350 is one of them. Sure, the 7.3-liter Powerstroke isn’t the most economical, but it’s widely regarded as one of the most reliable diesel motors ever produced (500,000 miles is almost a given if serviced correctly and unmodified). Personally, I’ll endure a few less mpgs for an engine that won’t let me down. Whilst economy is an important consideration, it’s not such an issue for a live-in vehicle (the higher fuel bill is drastically offset by the money you save by not living in an apartment or house).

This low-mileage example is the sought-after 4×4 high-top variant and features a basic but functional camper interior. The E-350 4×4 is a popular choice among overlanders due to its strong engine and drivetrain, impressive go-anywhere performance, accessibility of parts, and its relatively small footprint (i.e., comfortable enough to live in full-time, while not being so large that it restricts access to remote locations or built-up areas). Still not sold? Check out Daniela Wagner’s E-350 overland adventure in Guinea Bissau.

From the Seller:

Due to family commitments, I’m regrettably parting ways with the best, most functional van I’ve ever owned. This E-350 has been a great adventure partner, and I would like to see it go to a good home—someone who will properly utilize this low-mile unicorn for the good life! I originally purchased the vehicle from an amazing couple in Wisconsin and never planned to sell it, but life has taken a new direction—even if I still wish I was taking it down to Baja for the winter.

The 7.3-liter Powerstroke is a legendary motor, and this one is no exception; at 85,000 miles, it’s just getting warmed up. The 4×4 on the E-350 is excellent and has always performed amazingly in snow and mud. The van spent the majority of its life in Houston, Texas, up until 2016 when it moved to Wisconsin, and then finally, Washington State. It has been garaged every winter and is subsequently very clean. The air conditioning and heater both work well, and the vehicle comes with all documentation and a clean title in hand.


85,000 original miles (7,000 of which was put on since June)

4×4 leaf springs installed off the factory line (I believe it is Kroger Salem – much superior to


New BFGoodrich A/T tires

4-inch lift

Limited slip rear differential

Warn manual locking hubs

ARB refrigerator/freezer with slide-out (runs on 12-volt or 110-volt)

Routine maintenance always performed by local diesel technicians with records of all services

Two CRL slider windows installed at head and foot of bed

High-top roof insulated with Reflectix and mineral wool batting, walls and doors also insulated with spray foam and polystyrene where possible

Wilson (WeBoost) professional cell signal booster

Dynamat on walls and doors for sound deadening

Window coverings

Insulated floor with 3/4-inch OSB subfloor and waterproof locking vinyl plank

Swivel passenger seat

DPTuner installed with six preset tunes

ScanGauge tool installed

100-amp-hour AGM cabin battery, charges off solar and the alternator

Rooftop solar

Transmission cooler

Multiple USB-A and 12-volt charging ports installed throughout van

Six marine-grade LED lights in ceiling, controlled with dimmer switch

Two gooseneck reading lights at head of bed

MaxxAir intelligent roof fan

New AIMS Power Global LF 2,000-watt inverter/charger

Shore power

Smittybilt roof rack

Reunel rear bumper with spare tire swing arm

Almost new Smittybilt X20 10,000-pound winch with wireless remote

Two PIAA halogen driving lights with illuminated interior switch

ARB manual awning with aluminum cover

Retractable mini-awnings over rear slider windows for rain protection/privacy

Two AGM starting batteries newly installed 2020

New unmounted “modern” look Ford towing side mirrors included


Things that will need attention:

Rearview camera stopped displaying on Kenwood head unit

Cruise control has been a little inconsistent

Paint is over 20 years old and fading in spots

This Ford E-350 4×4 is listed for $55,000 and is currently located in Washington State. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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