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RE: Too much tongue weight

I saw this one on the road and took the picture when they pulled into WalMart. I found out later than had towed it a little over 200 miles in this condition. You can't see it in this picture, but there was no WDH. http://i.imgur.com/NSace8hl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1CIRlV8 Just put it on the bumper, that 2" ball should do'er. :S
Fordlover 08/04/15 06:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: One Year

What you saved in not buying cigarettes paid for the Harley, yes? I was in a retail sales situation back in the mid-80's and you could get a CARTON of cigarettes for $5. Today that doesn't even get you a pack............. Congrats!! Be safe out there. There have been some studies that say smoking could cost ~1 million over a lifetime. Of course this includes indirect costs like reduced value of a vehicle that belongs to a smoker, and potential health impacts.
Fordlover 08/04/15 06:51am Around the Campfire
RE: TT Accident - SWAY

Interesting argument: Could electronic wizardry have prevented this? A newer, but slightly less substantial tow vehicle with stability control, sway control, etc. etc. may have trumped 'bigger truck' in this case. Of course I wouldn't advocate such a thing, and it'd be very tough to prove one way or another, but it's an interesting thought.
Fordlover 08/04/15 06:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Brake Controller Harness for 2015 Explorer

We have a 2015 Explorer with the Tow Package. I didn't find a trailer brake controller whip/harness in the glove box as I did in my previous 2008 Explorer Sport Trac. Is this trailer brake controller harness an additional cost from the parts department or should it had come with the 2015 Explorer as it did with the 2008?? We just picked up the 2015 last week so I'll tell the saleman it's missing it's harness if needed. Thanks in advance. I decided to buy the wire from prodigy that plugged directly from the controller to the truck. It wouldn't surprise me if Ford has discontinued offering this harness as it's likely 90% of them are never used in Explorers, and the trucks have the OEM controllers now.
Fordlover 08/04/15 06:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Yes I did it, 2015 F-150 and 35 foot TT

The shafts have a different part number (see lug comment) I think I mentioned that. It was a different shaft, different number of lugs (but both were same size 34 spline) from 2011-2014. It was the only part with a different number. OK, so the part most likely to break in an axle assembly, (the axle) you admit is different. That is all.
Fordlover 08/04/15 06:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Yes I did it, 2015 F-150 and 35 foot TT

With the 2015 change, it is unclear which axle is under the HD F-150, but it's unlikely it's 'the same' as under the non HD models, though the ring and pinion may in fact be identical. No, it's likely. It has a different number of lugs on the wheels (7 vs 6), possibly the leaf springs are mounted differently (it does come with heavier springs) but a lot of it is just marketing. The shafts have a different part number (see lug comment), the axles do not. It's been beat to death on the F150 forums. People are not burning up differentials because they don't have a 'fake' half ton. It's the same axle. You are incorrect. The 2015 HD axle doesn't have 7 lugs anymore, they are 6 lugs across the entire F-150 line. The complete axle comes pre-assembled from a vendor, If the 2014 axles had the same P/N between the 7 lug and 6 lug, how on earth would manufacturing know which axle assembly to install? You'd end up with trucks rolling off the line with 6 lug front axle and 7 lug rear axles.
Fordlover 08/03/15 08:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Explorer

I hope it works out that way. We had the older Explorers and found the weak spot was brakes. Had to have those (and tranny) serviced more often than normal when we were towing - and we usually towed just popups. I wonder if the brakes have been redesigned, since the entire car has been. I just completed the first brake job on my 2002 model, right around 95K miles. About 20K miles has been towing, about 15K of that is pulling my RV. I'm very pleased with the durability and longevity of my X.
Fordlover 07/29/15 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Yes I did it, 2015 F-150 and 35 foot TT

All Eco's do not have the same rear axle. What's the part number on that? From what I read it says it comes with the 9.75" gear set, which just happens to be standard on all the ecoboosts. The story goes, they kept tearing gears up during testing, so they beefed it up.. The gearset does not an axle make. The 2014 and older HD F-150's had 7 lug axles vs. the 6 lug setup on the non HD models. Ford 8.8 rear axles were put under everything from mustangs, rangers Aerostars and Explorers, but the ranger axle wasn't the same as the explorer axle, As all explorers got 31 spline axle shafts vs the 28 spline shafts found in many 8.8 equipped rangers. With the 2015 change, it is unclear which axle is under the HD F-150, but it's unlikely it's 'the same' as under the non HD models, though the ring and pinion may in fact be identical.
Fordlover 07/29/15 07:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3 tow vehicle choices for single long haul tow-need help

Thanks for the report.
Fordlover 07/27/15 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: The $17,000 Repair of a New Aluminum F-150

I'm curious, how this (in general) is affecting insurance premiums for this line of vehicles. One issue is that there is no comparison to what a steel bodied truck would cost to repair. If the 2014 F-150 with identical damage would cost 500 dollars to repair, obviously that is a massive difference. If the 2014 would cost 16,000 to repair, the difference would be inconsequential for insurance rates. It's just a guess, but with that big of a repair bill, I bet this involved significant interior repairs as well. new headliner, glass, seat headrests, electronics, who knows. Insurance companies will be able to measure their spend on 2015 vs 2014 trucks over a set period, and determine if the 2015's warrant higher premiums. A tail light used to be 20 bucks when it got smashed, now they are in the hundreds because they are LED or have traffic sensors embedded in them.
Fordlover 07/24/15 08:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody towing 36', 9000lb TT with F150 HD payload ecoboost

I have a new travel trailer (Cruiser Enterra 327RLS) that is 32'box, and just under 36' total length. It has a dry weight of 7500lbs and GVWR of ~9500. I am trying to decide between a 2015 F150 3.5l ecoboost with heavy duty payload package (2740 lb payload) or a 2015 F250 either gas or diesel (2700lb or 2300lb, payload). My trailer is under all the specs of the F150 heavy duty but is very long and weighs more than the truck curb weight. Is the difference between TT weight and TV weight an issue? Will I have any issues with the F150 or do I really need the F250? Anybody currently towing a large bumper pull with an F150 ecoboost that can give recommendations and real world MPG? I'm pro 1/2 ton towing, but in your case, I'd step up to the F-350.
Fordlover 07/22/15 07:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Replacement Transmission for 2000 Ford Super Duty

We just got back from our big Mackinaw trip yesterday, over 1000 mile round trip towing. The old 2000 Ford F350 7.3L PSD truck towed beautifully, but as I was backing the travel trailer up beside the garage (a rather steep hill which puts a lot of strain on the transmission with a 9,000 lb. camper) my wife noticed a red liquid in the driveway, and sure enough when I got out I noticed that the transmission was leaking transmission fluid. The 500 mile straight tow combined with backing up the hill really heated up the transmission and it started dumping a bit of fluid. Rather than look into a repair for that, I think it might be time just to replace the Achilles Heel of those model year Super Duty's....which was the junk from the factory 4R100 tranmission. With 130,000 miles on my truck, I knew it was just a matter of time before the transmission issues started. So rather than put any money into that transmission, I'm thinking of putting in a superior aftermarket one. So...with that in mind, does anybody have any suggestions on manufacturers? We're looking for a solid transmission that can handle the towing. Thanks for any help. I had a Ford automatic (AX4S) puke fluid once when it got really hot. I was told there is actually a valve designed to dump the fluid in specific overheat situations. After letting the transmission cool, then warming back up to operating temp, I found the fluid level to be in range, so it might have been slightly overfilled before the event. Moral of the story is I drove that vehicle for another two years 25K+ miles without another peep from the tranny, before selling it for unrelated reasons. If you really want to replace the tranny, go for it, but just keep in mind that there may not be any 'real' damage done.
Fordlover 07/17/15 06:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Happy Ram Owners...

Slow news day or what?
Fordlover 07/13/15 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford-GMC lead satisfaction study

I guess this study didn't look at the last ten years of Ford Super Duty diesel production. They might have missed the class action lawsuits and the highest reported warranty costs in history. MM49 Diesels cost more to work on than their gas counterparts??? Next you'll be telling me that Boeing 747's cost more to repair than a Cessna!? :E
Fordlover 07/13/15 05:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Father/ daughter 89 Ford Ranger restoration complete (pics)

My dad helped me rebuild a 1966 Datsun Pickup engine. Some of the best times and some of the worse times. BUT the memories are still there. He's been gone for around 34 years now. Enjoy these memories, she'll grow up on you real quick. randy Datson? Now theres a blast from the past! Wonder how many folks remember that nameplate? BTW, OP---GREAT restore. Hope the DD enjoys the dickens out of it. I'm only 34 and I remember Mom's 78 Datsun Station wagon well. And we sold it in ~1987 ish. OP, I've said it before, but love this project, and thanks for sharing. When my little ones are just a bit bigger, I hope to involve them in around-the-house projects/repairs.
Fordlover 07/09/15 12:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011-present 6.7 superduty owners ?

All this talk about fuel range. I am not old by any means and have yet found a fuel tank smaller than my bladder. I don't know how you guys do it. For me? Well, when I'm towing, I always have my restroom with me no matter where I stop. I can't say the same for a gas station. I've had a scare where I was down to about 7 miles of range showing on the computer, trying to find an open gas station in a rural area (in Alabama IIRC)
Fordlover 07/08/15 07:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's Campaign Against Aluminum

Corvette has an aluminum frame. Makes me wonder why Ford didn't use aluminum on the new Mustang. I don't know, but I suspect it has something to do with price. Mustang starts at about 24 grand. Vette starts around 55 grand, well more than double the base mustang price. To OP. The ad by GM is genius marketing. Just hope it doesn't turn out like Ram's commercials in ~2012 when they were bragging their trucks didn't need DEF. Then, a few months later the 13's required DEF. Ram Commercial
Fordlover 07/08/15 06:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: DRW disadvantages

My duals are mo further out than my mirrors. I use drive thru all the time. The mirrors are designed to pivot when they impact something, the fenders, well, they cost a lot more to repair after they 'pivot'.
Fordlover 07/08/15 05:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Just got some bad news, could use some perspective.

I'd find a dealer that is capable of ordering a vehicle. It sounds like your current one isn't. I'd hold out for the HD option, well worth it.
Fordlover 07/02/15 06:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: f150 versus f250

Received many PMs and one guy mad...wanted to sue that guy for his false advice...told the PM person the advice here is worth the price paid...nothing. That there was only one person responsible for the setup...the driver and that could have been his wife if she was driving... He followed that 'half ton' advice...not knowing that advisor had one of these fake half tons with a +8K GVWR and a 6K RGAWR He burned up hid F150's rear end on the way to a long vacation in Florida/DisneyWorld Spent all of his vacation stuck in the middle of nowhere on motel/food/etc and the cost to have his F150's rear end rebuilt He had a +4K RGAWR and about 2,000 lbs LESS rear axle rating than the advisor...so of course burned up his rear end... He lost even more money, as he had to turn around and go home...to forfeit his deposits in Florida... That fella doesn't seem very bright. Trying to sue an anonymous internet forum name isn't likely to go very far. All the information is available to do your homework and determine if 'this' can tow 'that'. Caveat Emptor. Just seems these days people don't want to think through something, they just want the salesman to say "you'll be fine" before signing on the line.
Fordlover 06/30/15 11:24am Tow Vehicles
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