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RE: Uber expensive pickups...how much of a trend ?

Pickups are getting scary expensive... In 1973 I ordered a 1974 model Dodge 1500 4X4 from the factory. I ordered the base model no radio, rubber floor mats, no A/C it was as stripped as possible. The cost out the door was $3800. It wouldn't surprise me if a 2018 equivalent would be over $25,000. Using an online inflation calculator and inputting your info: $3,800 in 1973 equals $21,586.86 in 2017. Considering the advancement of modern vehicles over that 1973 truck, I think 25000 for a new work truck isn't too bad. Of course that new work truck might be closer to 30,000.
Fordlover 10/19/17 05:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Turbochargers... durability, reliability ?

My wife put over 100K on her previous turbo vehicle, a 2004 S40 Volvo. Her current ride is a 2013 Ford Edge 2.0 Ecoboost with about 50K on it and neither had any issues with the turbo. Anecdotal of course, but my experience has been positive.
Fordlover 10/05/17 06:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Another reason I hate my F150

There is a spot to check it and to refill it. A transmission doesn't "burn" fluid so if you don't have a leak then there is no reason to check it. The OP has a leak so he knows it's low. Fix the leak, fill it up and drive on. Pretty simple and a blown tranny line and no dipstick don't make it a POS. I beg to differ. When after driving 50 miles after a bad day at work, and then having to walk 1/2 a mile along a 2 lane highway with no shoulder in 89 degree heat, it's a POS of epic proportions in my eyes lol. I'm sure you have bad days at work more often than the truck breaks down. Maybe you have a POS job and need to get rid of it too. lol Are they're any jobs that are not a POS? I can count on three fingers how many times I have been stranded along the highway by a breakdown in 39 years, and coincidentally, all 3 times just happened to be Fords. This 2013 F150, a 67 Mustang, and a 75 Maverick. Want to talk about a POS? The 75 Maverick was the POS poster child. I had to take my drivers license test in that thing, and try and pick up girls while in high school with it LOL. The 67 Mustang is still down over a hill side at the grandparents old homeplace rusting away, where I pushed it after it would not start one morning. It was in the winter when I lived there in the late 70's. It would not start so I had to drive a really nice 70 Chevelle Z15 I also had at the time to work, that had 50's on the back. I hit ice, slid it in to a tree on the way, and bent up the entire front clip. When I came home that evening the stang was pushed over the hill and sits there to this day lol. As far as the F150, I finally laid my hands on 15 qts of Mercon LV at Oreillys. They had to order in more from two other stores. The new lines came into the Ford dealer yesterday and were kinked in shipping and had to be reordered. How long does it take to replace the transmission lines on a 2013 F150? Answer; about 5 or 6 days. Just going out on a limb, but perhaps your maintenance guy needs a refresher? When I crawl under the vehicle to do an oil change, I look things over while I'm there as well as underhood. Admittedly, I've been called observant more than a few times, but I've never been stranded on the side of the road in any of my Fords, which I've driven nearly exclusively since obtaining my license. Anecdotally, my truck has effectively zero rust on the other side at 15 years old, but our county doesn't put salt on the roads, or anything else for that matter.
Fordlover 09/29/17 05:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Another reason I hate my F150

My 2002 explorer doesn't have a dipstick, and still doesn't leak any fluid either. I'm guessing the lack of a dipstick also eliminates a path for contaminants to enter the tranny. Ford doesn't recommend a flush till 100K.
Fordlover 09/27/17 07:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Walmart and other free camping

When we 'camp' at Walmart or a rest stop, we park in a good spot, get in the camper and go to bed, sleep about 6-7 hours max, then wake up and get on the road again. We don't have time to drop stabilizers or extend slide outs. If we are staying a while, might as well stay at a campsite/campgrounds.
Fordlover 09/15/17 01:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: EcoDiesel Ordering

He and itguy are cut from the same cloth. The truth hurts, I guess. Sometimes the truth is surprising. But when the "truth" comes from someone like you, it is taken with a considerable grain of salt, because you know it comes with a significant amount of spin. For the better part of a year, diesel has been priced equal to, or less than gas. Here, it is still within $0.10/gallon. Where have you been hiding with those prices? Your beloved Ford thinks that the EcoDiesel is a good enough idea that they are introducing their own version of it. Are you going to hate on it as well? For the life of me, I don't understand people like you, Fish, and Nutz, who have a transparent agenda against FCA. What exactly do you have to gain if the company fails? 100,000 + people out of work? Sounds like bad news to me, regardless of which manufacture we are talking about. But I guess you go by the motto of "if your house burns down, it makes my house look better". SMH.:S I can't speak for anyone else, but I would lean a little harder on Chrysler Fiat not to drive them out of business, but to hopefully drive improvement. I like several brands from the parent company, but until they improve quality I won't consider them.
Fordlover 09/15/17 12:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifty percent more payload in a F-150

The thing that sold me was that there was an identical Supercab, with the Eco 2.7 on the lot with a little over 1,600 pounds of payload. When we both load up with 800 pounds of people and stuff, they will have 800 pounds left and I will have almost twice that at 1,500 pounds. Who knows, I may add a topper, a generator, a couple of toolboxes, and some extra water and still be under my GVWR. Maybe that is the only way they can get people to buy the V-8's? That and the sound. Ford offers the V8 for those that can't get past the the idea of a V6, no matter how well it performs. The V8 is reportedly down to 25% of F-150 sales. The V6 EPA numbers are better than the V8, so it helps Ford's CAFE numbers when people skip the V8 and buy the V6. Keep in mind, if you got a stripper pickup, all those things you add onto the truck will subtract from your 2,300 payload. Tow package, coolers, brake controller, wiring connector, side steps, etc. The 2.7 doesn't weigh 700 lbs more than the V8, so there must have been some other option differences that account for at least some of the payload capacity difference. *Edit* Just checked... "...the difference in weight between the 2015 2.7 EcoBoost V6 and the 2015 5.0 V8 is 25 pounds, according to Ford." Source: Linky
Fordlover 09/07/17 09:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lets beat on that horse again - new ford 6.7 track record

Ram mirrors "UP" work very well, down not so much. Yep. I prefer the Ford mirrors 90 percent of the time also. Enjoy mine 100 percent since they are up 100 percent of the time. ;) Which means it looks hideous 100 percent of the time. ;) Dodge Ram Mirrors Create Road Rage Dodge lam Tow Mirrors Funny Dodge ram Tow Mirror Song Dodge ram Tow Mirror Confusion BTW.... Remember when in doubt.... Tow Mirrors Out! :B HaHAHA!! The guy in the first video is driving a Ram. I feel the same way as he does, but don't express it with the violent undertones. I think turned out ram mirrors are hideous, unless the truck is towing.
Fordlover 08/14/17 08:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Major Repairs

I can change out my entire Cummins fuel system on the roadside with a $179 harbor frieght tool kit. You will get alot off opinions from those that haven't replaced cp3s, cp4s, and the Injectors from all three companies. They are all really nice trucks. Until you have to work on them. Then there is only one really nice truck. That is what I am getting at with my question...I know that all 3 have their issues being diesels but are the Cummins usually easier to repair for the most part? It seems like when a Ford breaks down the cab has to ripped off half the time to repair it or someone is saying that replacing the fuel pump was $8000? My friend becomes highly annoyed at me when I point out he has what is widely considered the most reliable diesel engine. I should be more considerate, since I wasn't the one that had to pay his 5,500 dollar repair when one of his 6 injector tips broke off and sidelined his trip towing a 4,000 lb trailer in middle of nowhere West Texas. In the end, if your truck is the one that has the issue, it doesn't really matter how reliable all the other same brand trucks are. I've had a friend put a new 6.0 in his Ford, and an Uncle that put a new Cummins in his Ram. Unsurprising, neither were real excited about the unexpected, premature, and very costly repairs. One thing is for sure, you're unlikely to ever need a 5 grand injector job, or a 8 grand fuel system replaced if you choose the Gas engine over the Diesel.
Fordlover 08/14/17 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best SUV for towing that gets 20+mpg

If it were me I'd meet those requirements with a crew cab 2.7 EcoBoost with a nice color matched hard shell on the bed. It would nearly get the desired empty mileage, have plenty of room and would tow a small TT better than an SUV. Or an EcoDiesel Ram if the mileage is critical. Edit - pickups are also a substantially better value than an equivalent SUV. The Ram Eco would be a better tow vehicle than the JGC Eco. Almost as good of mileage as the JGC. That said, I tow a jayco TT, 23RLSW model and it scales at 5600 lbs. loaded. Tows very well with the JGC Eco. JGC is rated at 7200 lbs. on my 4X4. I prefer to tow at about 75% of the JGC capacity Not sure that the ECOBOOST could get any where near the 30+ MPG I get on the highway with my 2015 JGC EcoDiesel. If they want to stay with a SUV the JGC Eco is a great choice. Get a 15 or 16 model year. 2017 were not certified by EPA for the Eco engine. 2018 model should be. Think the 2018 will be. They are not truck people at all so trucks are out. This is her daily driver and their dogs are like extra kids so no throwing them in the back of a truck, even with a shell. Their Lexus was totaled in a rollover accident so that made her even more freaked out about the dogs (they weren't in the vehicle at the time thankfully). And I can confirm the EcoBoost (which I have) won't touch 30mpg highway, I got close to 25 on a multi day road trip. If I didn't need the extra room I get with the Explorer (I have 3 dogs and maybe a kid at some point), I would have looked at the Jeeps myself. I let her know about the Jeep. They're going car shopping over Labor Day weekend so we'll see what they end up with! I don't think any of the Eco diesels have been legal to sell for the last year or so while Fiat went thru it's struggles with the EPA. Word is now that they have approval from the EPA to start selling the diesels again, but that might be only for 2018 models, hopefully someone has more info about that.
Fordlover 08/11/17 10:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Explore recall.

It may be only serious if the police modified your explorer. I was trying to figure that one out too. Police modifications...like drilling holes to accommodate different police items usually happens on the roof or body panels, not underneath the car so much. Modern police package cars also generally come from the factory with much of the equipment already installed at the factory. It does make me wonder. Think more info than provided by the article is needed. You are kidding right? The police explorers in our city look like they are decorated for Christmas time when they pull someone over. They have holes drilled in the tail lights, rear lift gate both above the rear window and around the license plate. The bodies end up like swiss cheese. Just an example: http://911rapidresponse.com/projects_files/Cleona/02.jpg height=450 http://www.code3pse.com/public/images/ck_userfiles/images/Pi-2016.jpg height=450 Honestly it could be a design defect, but one wonders why it seems to affect the police units disproportionately. There are far more civilian explorers than police units on the road. Whatever the cause I hope they figure it out soon.
Fordlover 08/01/17 07:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: 4 wheel drive

I really don't understand these diesel and grass problem comments. I recently sold 24 acres of sloping pasture I owned. Drove my two different F350 diesels all over it wet and dry and never used 4x4 unless it was sloppy muddy. Wet grass never a problem. I hunt in the TX hill country and we have a dirt and grass "road" about a half mile thru pastures to our cabin. Again I have never used 4x4 unless sloppy muddy. And have never had to use 4x4 to pull the 34' 5er out of a grass RV site. I don't think I am that much better driver than any one else. :h I must be a good driver too. I've been stuck in my field once. I wonder what people with motor homes do? They must always stay on paved roads. a cursory glance at youtube suggests some of the ones that don't get stuck, and require a rescue, commonly from a 4x4 truck.
Fordlover 07/24/17 12:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Ranger Raptor Doing final Testing in Australia(Images)

Not totally, they do not represent the bulk of US vehicles and that listing contain vehicles with foreign parts A few were engineered outside NA. Several do not exist. What no Hyundai, TOYOTA, BMW, Mercedes etc Hyundai, Toyota, BMW, etc... are not our vehicles. They are other country's vehicles sold here. Which vehicles on that list were engineered outside NA? Which "several" do exist? How about all of the Pickups. From a cursory glance the Viper, Chrysler 200 appear to be missing in action. Have to look at in detail. Viper is still being made and sold in NA until the plant shuts down next month. The 200 is still on production with no end date that I know of. I don't think so, the 200 ended production about 6 months ago. http://www.motortrend.com/news/fca-ends-production-chrysler-200/
Fordlover 07/14/17 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dang hay bales !!

Things like this is why I commute in my G35 sedan. I had to do a two lane change at 80 MPH to avoid a bouncing sofa. In a truck it would have been scary, in the G it was almost a non-event.
Fordlover 06/19/17 02:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 radiators

Just looked at the radiator. About an inch thick. Looks like a single core. My truck was originally a rental, so it doesn't have any towing options on it. There isn't much room between the fans and the front of the engine, so I'd have to replace the fan assembly as well, I'd guess. Looks like loads of fun! I may put it off until fall. The heat has hit here. It is only a problem when towing up long steep hills. I can slow it down a bit and it's no longer a problem. Rental truck? which means towing is limited to 5,000 lbs. if in fact it doesn't have any towing options. You might want to consider adding all the towing options. 535 towing package included: -7 wire towing harness -Hitch receiver -auxiliary auto transmission oil cooler -radiator upgrade -electronic trailer sway control The 60P max tow included the above, plus: -upgraded rear bumper -trailer brake controller Honestly, without the factory towing package, I'm not surprised it warmed up pulling heavy on a grade.
Fordlover 06/01/17 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New to me Tow Vehicle! 2003 Ford F-350 V10

I recommend changing the so called 100,000 mile plugs now. The longer theyre in the more difficult it is to get them out. You are thinking of the 05 to late 2007 engines. Those are a bear. The earlier engines have a few cases of spark plugs being launched out from insufficient torquing. I've read over torquing just a bit will prevent any issues.
Fordlover 05/24/17 10:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Build a truck

We got X plan pricing from Ford. Price was 1000 lower than expected because of additional incentive available when vehicle arrived at dealer.
Fordlover 05/17/17 07:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Brake Controller

^Hes buy in a new something or other 1 ton Ram? Yo Tony, good on you, getting familiar with everything you'll need to pull a trailer. Maybe a very knowledgable member here lives near you and would have the time to spend explaining and helping with all the ins n outs of pulling a big trailer and having a camper. Nothing like boosting the learning curve to make the early trips more enjoyable...... Tony, I'm in North Houston, and would be happy to lend my knowledge if you need some help. You can direct message me thru RV.net forum.
Fordlover 05/10/17 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best towing mirrors

I am awaiting delivery of a 2017 F-150. I opted for the BLIS system which prevented me from getting the Ford extendable towing mirrors. I am going to need a good set of add-on towing mirrors. Since the BLIS sensors are in the mirrors, I want one that won't block those sensors and disable the BLIS system. Who makes the best add-on towing mirrors? Let the fireworks begin. Bobbo Is it too late to change your order? I kid, I kid. I tried several different strap/slide on mirrors and returned them all. Too much vibration to be useful. I finally got the Mckesh mirrors, which work great but are a hassle to put on and take off. I can't wait for a tow vehicle with built in OEM towing mirrors.
Fordlover 05/08/17 07:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: 4X2 or 4X4 for towing and general use...what say you?

I recently was asked to jumpstart a guy near my home that was parked on the side of the road. I had to nose up to him, so I pulled a U-turn and I ended up with 3 wheels off the pavement in an incredibly soft ditch (front wheel sunk all the way past the hub). If I'd been 2wd, I would have been stuck. As it was I simply put it in reverse, and backed out. Didn't even hit any switches since it's got auto 4x4. I've never needed 4x4 while towing, because I choose not to take my camper off at least fairly decent gravel road. But I do like the low range for boat ramps, or pulling one axle up on a ramp to change a tire, etc.
Fordlover 05/08/17 06:08am Tow Vehicles
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