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$2800 seems great for a diesel van. I cannot tell you if you got ripped off though because I do not know the condition of the van.
I am not sure the weight you will be pulling, but any class IV (10-12k) hitch should work just fine. If you want the best, Reese makes a class V (12-14k) hitch which is even stronger.
The very first thing I would recommend would be to install a Pyrometer when towing heavy loads. The stock muffler on diesels are very restrictive and it is very easy to overheat the pistons,exhaust valves, turbo, etc. You can run 1200* all day, just do not exceed 1250* for more then a few seconds (according to Hypermax).
Right after an extended haul you also may want to keep the engine running for 5 min or so before turning it off to allow the turbo to cool off.
Make sure you check the entire suspension including the ball joints and tie rods. If your steering is loose your ride may be a bit stressful to say the least.
.....That is all I can think of right now. Usually it is your first road trip pulling is when you really know what you like and what your issues are.
2001 Ford E350 7.3 Extended Cargo Van
BTS Transmission, PHP Minotaur package, 4" exhaust/downpipe, Honey Badger jr., FRX, HPX, AIH delete, Fuel bowl mod, Hypermax Boost/Pyro gauge, 4.10 rear.