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RE: Post your pics of F250 with 2000 lb pin weight

You should feel a little difference in the tires alone if the ones on your 250 are "E" rated tires and are inflated properly. The C & D rated tires on the 150 should have more sidewall flex to them, thus the Es should give you a more stable feel. Congrats on the new truck! I always have truck envy...it's just something they don't make meds for!:) Happy camping! Nah, Bucks F-150 had the Payload package, including the E tires, 7 lug wheels, stronger axle, etc.
Fordlover 04/17/14 05:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: New to us TV, Tahoe vs. Expedition vs. Durango?

Ford spark plugs became a non issue in late 2007, so most 2008 models are not affected by the high dollar tune up. Just an FYI
Fordlover 04/16/14 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tahoe Tow Vehicle, Trailer Recommendations

The Tahoe should be able to easily outperform my Explorer as a TV, and our trailer is 23 ft overall length. With a great hitch (Equal-i-zer) we've never had a sway issue in 6+ years and about 10K towing miles.
Fordlover 04/15/14 08:26am Towing
RE: Loud explosion while backwashing black tank

Lesson to learn from all this is black tank does not need to be spotless. Don't obsess over the cleanliness of the tank. It's ok to rinse it out but no matter what you do there will always be residual stuff. Trying to get it spotless can create serious issues. Why get it spotless when all you are going to do is fill it up again? I slowly learned myself, that obsessing over the black tank is counterproductive. A quick rinse or 2 and be done with it. While I understand overfilling was an accident, there is no need to fill tank to the point of causing an issue. You should have quit filling long before the point of rupture. Quick rinses is all you need. If you have odors use chemicals occasionally or as needed to eliminate odors. Repeated long fills are unnecessary, Especially fills long enough to rupture tank. Lastly you cannot trust tank monitors to determine fill level. Use a timer. Decide how long it takes to fill tank based on time. I never let my 40 gallon tank go longer than 5 minutes. Using a clear elbow I watch what comes out. Usually one or 2 rinses is all it takes. I also back wash black tank with gray water which works very well. If it is not convenient I do not flush at all. If I am camping again in the near future I do not flush at all. Once you get things back in order, I suggest you change to a less rigorous flush routine. There is simply no need to take the risk of causing damage, think quick rinses vs. long fill ups. Probably very good advice. I have a black tank flush but don't see much point in overdoing it. I drain the tank, then use the black tank flush to refil about 1/2 way then drain again, at that point I'm done. It's not like I'm planning on drinking out of it. I overfilled the Fresh tank one time and I guess I'm lucky I didn't damage anything.
Fordlover 04/15/14 07:59am Beginning RVing
RE: Future classic...

is that a slider hitch? ;)
Fordlover 04/14/14 06:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011-12 Ford Escape ...opinions

I believe around 2005 the 4x4 versions became AWD (no buttons to control) so it's seemless. My grandmother has a 2003 model 4x4 with V6 and has been very pleased with it. It's been extremely reliable and gets her around in Northern Colorado snow country just fine. *Edited to add that I wouldn't tow anything with it beyond a jet ski or tiny utility trailer, it's a compact SUV, not a robust towing machine.
Fordlover 04/14/14 05:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Only 2 of the 9 SUV's passed the safety crash tests

"I'd prefer to drive something that is nimble and able to avoid the accident all together. Which is why my daily driver is a powerful thinks car, rather than a lumbering crew cab 8 foot bed dually. I chuckle when I see people commuting in these things." My 6.7 F350 may not be great on turning, but it is amazingly powerful and accelerates very quickly. If you haven't driven one you'd be surprised. And that is in the detuned mode, push a button on the dash and it's capable of laying a strip of rubber down the road. I think most accidents come from lack of attention by a driver. And that driver may not be you, someone runs a stop sign/light right in front of you for example. Or a wasp gets in the cab and stings you on the nose. Nimbleness probably isn't going to save you from a lot of accidents. In my opinion, accidents (involving two vehicles) are caused by two drivers that aren't paying attention. Not all accidents can be avoided, but I've avoided ~100 accidents in my driving career because I anticipated the stupid driver, and made evasive maneuvers. The less nimble the vehicle, the less likely a impending accident can become a near miss. How many accidents happen where you could actually say, "You know, if this guy was driving a BMW M3 he would've been ok, but because he was in a pickup he crashed." I think you've been watching too many commercials. Far more accidents could be avoided if people would put their phone down, grab the steering wheel with both hands, and look out their windshield, doesn't matter what they are driving.
Fordlover 04/13/14 02:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jeep Wrangler as your towing vehicle

I don't see anybody here using a Jeep Wrangler as a tow vehicle (at least the search isn't pulling up anything relevant here). I have my LJ set up as my tow truck for my 2006 Forest River Surveyor 18' hybrid travel trailer. I use load stabilizers and a friction sway bar, which works really well at making it safe for me to drive this way. I picked up the travel trailer nearly a month ago in my quest to live full-time while working at a farm and doing the rennie circuit only at Sherwood Forest Faire. To start with, I spent the first night at Fort Parker State Park prior to the last two weekends at Sherwood with the travel trailer before settling in by the farm. I drove it from the farm to Sherwood the second time before the season closed up. It's the second time I have lived full-time in a travel trailer as an adult (I have done it as a child with my Dad, also), nearly 15 years since the last time. This time started out 5 years ago, looking for a way out of working retail and living in an apartment in the big city. I finally escaped last summer when I quit that job, cashed out my 401k, and stayed at a ranch outside of Houston for a few months before traveling the eastern half of Texas. I'm now outside of Edna, TX as a farm hand. I've got repairs to do to my trailer, which is one of the hazards of buying used. The first thing was getting rid of all the steel-belted radial tires after the first one blew on the right side and cut completely through the floor just behind the wheel. They were replaced with NEW bias-ply tires to minimize damage in future blowouts (I now know what a blowout feels like, so it's no longer as bad I used to think it would be). The next thing to do is replace the complete valve assembly for the Thetford toilet, which is a PITA because I will have to go to an RV shop and have them call all the others within 100 miles and drive there to pick it up, losing a full-day's work to take care of this, plus I can't use anything water-related, and we have a cold front coming on Tuesday. And then, when the weather cooperates, I need to have EVERYTHING on the roof resealed, as the seals have all cracked apart. I'm not so sure about the situation on the present location for the travel trailer. There's a lot of things going on, and they don't seem to get done. I just have to take it day by day. At least I have my home (bought outright), which was my goal in the first place. In general, Jeep wranglers are great off road, but as a road vehicle, or towing vehicle, they leave a bit to be desired. For towing my trailer, I'd take my Explorer any day over a pre Penta V6 Wrangler without a doubt. But all that matters is if things are working out for you, and it sounds like they are. Congrats on making your plan work, and best of luck on the trailer repairs/maintenance.
Fordlover 04/13/14 02:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Replacement for a V-8 Explorer?

Our Explorer is getting up there both in years and miles. Probably about time to think about a replacement. Our Hybrid trailer out the door is probably 5000 lbs and I always felt our V8 rated at 7300 was a good match. But they are getting increasingly difficult to find. Need to stay in the SUV market for a variety of reasons. Not interested in a pickup. Suggestions? We're of course thinking used. This is primarily a winter and tow vehicle at this stage in our lives. We are in a similar situation, good luck! It seems that most of the midsized SUV's on the market aren't rated for ~7,000 lbs. For that reason alone we'll likely be jumping to a half ton pickup next go around.
Fordlover 04/13/14 01:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Only 2 of the 9 SUV's passed the safety crash tests

"I'd prefer to drive something that is nimble and able to avoid the accident all together. Which is why my daily driver is a powerful sports sedan, rather than a lumbering crew cab 8 foot bed dually. I chuckle when I see people commuting in these things." My 6.7 F350 may not be great on turning, but it is amazingly powerful and accelerates very quickly. If you haven't driven one you'd be surprised. And that is in the detuned mode, push a button on the dash and it's capable of laying a strip of rubber down the road. I think most accidents come from lack of attention by a driver. And that driver may not be you, someone runs a stop sign/light right in front of you for example. Or a wasp gets in the cab and stings you on the nose. Nimbleness probably isn't going to save you from a lot of accidents. In my opinion, accidents (involving two vehicles) are caused by two drivers that aren't paying attention. Not all accidents can be avoided, but I've avoided ~100 accidents in my driving career because I anticipated the stupid driver, and made evasive maneuvers. The less nimble the vehicle, the less likely a impending accident can become a near miss.
Fordlover 04/11/14 01:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Only 2 of the 9 SUV's passed the safety crash tests

But IIHS always has to be looking for new improved ways to expose weaknesses in crush structure. Wonder what they'll come up with next? Perhaps an elephant sitting on the rear trunk while the car is filled with water and being fired at with a 50 cal? ;-) So, that happened to you too? 3 times already. Why, that hasn't happened to you?
Fordlover 04/11/14 12:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Only 2 of the 9 SUV's passed the safety crash tests

This is a new test released by IIHS in 2012. As the SUV's are redesigned and updated they'll improve in this safety measure, as the Toyota did with it's 2014 redesign. Cars.com: Midsize SUVs aren't the only group struggling with this test. The small front overlap test has also proven difficult for many automakers and vehicle classes, including compact crossovers and compact sedans. "The test is more difficult than either the head-on crashes conducted by the government or the longstanding IIHS moderate overlap test. In a small overlap test, the main structures of the vehicle's front-end crush zone are bypassed, making it hard for the vehicle to manage crash energy," IIHS said in a statement. As you can see here, this test effectively shaves off the shell down the driver side of the vehicle. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/ratings-info/frontal-crash-tests Amazing how GM's met this requirement in their 2010 redesign! It is, for sure. But I'd be much more interested in side impact, and moderate offset impact results while car shopping. ... The Equinox achieved a Good rating in all 5 tests (including your side imact and moderate offset impact)! Link to IIHS So does our 2013 Edge, which frequently transports the most valuable cargo in the world (wife and kids) ;) IIHS Ford Edge
Fordlover 04/11/14 12:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2013 F 150 King Rance ratings

Now, on a somewhat contradictory note, in the 2007 Towing Guide, it states the 150 can tow a max of 10,500 lbs, properly equipt, but further down on the capacity chart, it lists a model at 11,000 lbs.! That was the year that Ford bumped tow ratings late in the game in response to a competitors' tow ratings in the never ending game of leap frog. Looks like the brochure was designed and complete when Marketing decided to add a few hundred lbs. of capacity to the F-150 regular cab. And in the Auto production world, the destiny of the truck is determined well before it's even started, they don't decide to pull a XLT from the line and make it a King Ranch half way down the line. To do so would be murder to the production planning and plant efficency.
Fordlover 04/11/14 12:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up new truck tonight!!!! (UPDATED PHOTO)

That's the truck I want, but the wife just got her new Edge ecoboost last year, so I have to wait a few years before I get a new toy. Sticking to a plan is tough sometimes. Congrats on the new truck, you are in good company here with many pleased Ecoboost owners who tow.
Fordlover 04/11/14 12:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thought this was a site on towing

So sick and tired of the GM haters that cant say anything but sling mud!! The brand you choose must be the best, problem free, perfect, number one company. Drive what u want !! stop ripping others just to build your truck up. Esp. when its a car on a truck web site!! Hate to rain on your parade, but there are GM haters, there are Ford Haters, and there are RAM, Toyota, Nissan, ETC. haters. You notice the GM haters because you are a GM guy. I notice the Ford haters because I'm a Ford guy. You just have to let it go, it's not worth your blood pressure to worry about it.
Fordlover 04/11/14 06:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diff. lock-Because I've never seen it, it doesn't exist

A few weeks ago there was a short grumbly exchange about "positraction" and locking differentials... For my entire 50+ years on a standard pickup truck a "locking differential" was this automatic, self-contained clutch thing IN the differential that would lock up IF one wheel started spinning... ...but lots of posters were saying that it's a switch up on the dash...Some posters were livid- "you're crazy, pickup trucks don't have these"... I also had my doubts- but was also very aware of farm tractors with differential lock outs- and who am I to tell folks there's no switch on THEIR truck because there's no switch on mine...still, are they smoking something, or folks with some crazy drag racing modification??? Well today, I picked up my new truck (Toyota Tacoma) and I wanted a locking rear differential and sure enough...there's a switch on the dash that simply locks the differential! I dunno- maybe it saves weight and is the modern way (and yeah- traction control systems are also doing the job of addressing wheel spin too...but that you need the lock out for slow speeds). Anyway- I feel the need to apologize for all the things I THOUGHT... By the way, can my truck pull a 32 ft travel trailer? :-) Electrically actuated (or air actuated) locking diffs have been around for a long time, but were mostly aftermarket only. Seems like over the last 10 years OEM's decided to get in on the action, and start putting in true selectable lockers rather than some version of a limited slip or mechanical locking diff. Welcome to modern technology!
Fordlover 04/11/14 06:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Only 2 of the 9 SUV's passed the safety crash tests

Bigger is better. The more steel in it the safer I feel. But, there's always something bigger. What happens when a one ton dually hits a fully loaded Mack gravel truck head on...or a 3/4 ton pickup is involved in an accident with a locomotive. There's lots of real big stuff out there in this world. That's when you factor in probability - the chance of a Peterbilt hitting your dually is much lower than a Camry. Therefore, a pickup or big SUV is the sweetspot. In occupational safety and hygiene, we use the term "ALARA", or as low as reasonably achievable. Here, we should apply the term ABARA, or as big as reasonably achievable. Achievable being practicality and affordability. Multi vehicle vs single vehicle crash is almost always two sets of opposing criteria. The best single vehicle performer may be something like a Smart car, and the best multi crasher an M1 Abrams - nothing short of a D11 dozer can go up against one. Getting hit by a big SUV in your Smart, or hitting an immovable mountain in your M1, both result in almost certain death... I'd prefer to drive something that is nimble and able to avoid the accident all together. Which is why my daily driver is a powerful sports sedan, rather than a lumbering crew cab 8 foot bed dually. I chuckle when I see people commuting in these things.
Fordlover 04/11/14 06:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Only 2 of the 9 SUV's passed the safety crash tests

This is a new test released by IIHS in 2012. As the SUV's are redesigned and updated they'll improve in this safety measure, as the Toyota did with it's 2014 redesign. Cars.com: Midsize SUVs aren't the only group struggling with this test. The small front overlap test has also proven difficult for many automakers and vehicle classes, including compact crossovers and compact sedans. "The test is more difficult than either the head-on crashes conducted by the government or the longstanding IIHS moderate overlap test. In a small overlap test, the main structures of the vehicle's front-end crush zone are bypassed, making it hard for the vehicle to manage crash energy," IIHS said in a statement. As you can see here, this test effectively shaves off the shell down the driver side of the vehicle. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/ratings-info/frontal-crash-tests Amazing how GM's met this requirement in their 2010 redesign! It is, for sure. But I'd be much more interested in side impact, and moderate offset impact results while car shopping. I've spent a lot of time in junkyards, and an accident with the small overlap type damage is extremely rare in my experience. But IIHS always has to be looking for new improved ways to expose weaknesses in crush structure. Wonder what they'll come up with next? Perhaps an elephant sitting on the rear trunk while the car is filled with water and being fired at with a 50 cal? ;-)
Fordlover 04/11/14 06:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Only 2 of the 9 SUV's passed the safety crash tests

This is a new test released by IIHS in 2012. As the SUV's are redesigned and updated they'll improve in this safety measure, as the Toyota did with it's 2014 redesign. Cars.com: Midsize SUVs aren't the only group struggling with this test. The small front overlap test has also proven difficult for many automakers and vehicle classes, including compact crossovers and compact sedans. "The test is more difficult than either the head-on crashes conducted by the government or the longstanding IIHS moderate overlap test. In a small overlap test, the main structures of the vehicle's front-end crush zone are bypassed, making it hard for the vehicle to manage crash energy," IIHS said in a statement. As you can see here, this test effectively shaves off the shell down the driver side of the vehicle. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/ratings-info/frontal-crash-tests
Fordlover 04/10/14 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Power Wagon

If only the power wagon words on the doors were big enough to read.... I supose a few hours with a heat gun could cure that issue. Nice truck though, not too hard to figure out why ram is selling so well.
Fordlover 04/09/14 06:53pm Tow Vehicles
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