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RE: Would you change the oil?

I have a 2013 F150 ecoboost 4x4 CC. It now has 9900 miles on it. I always changed the oil in my 2004 F150, and other vehicles, at around 3000 miles. I know this is supposed to be a waste of money with todays oils and engines but it is a hard habit to break. Also, since I have never had a lot of major engine issues over the years I am thinking it is not all bad. So here is my question. I had the dealer change my oil etc at about 4700 miles ( I am getting better :) ). There was a trip to the Keys in there, about 1800 miles towing. Now I am at 9900 miles, truck says I have 39% left on oil before change. We are headed back to the Keys next month and will likely put on 2000 miles or so on the trip. I think I am going for peace of mind and getting the oil changed before the trip rather than after. Also, about time for tire rotation. Dealer sent me a coupon for 39.95 for oil change, rotation, and check up. I hate to waste oil and money but think I will go for it. BTW truck has performed flawlessly so far. Not trying to stir the pot just curious about any opinions? Thanks TR I have read on a couple F150 sites the due to the direct injection on the Ecoboost fuel is making it's way into the oil. I'm not gonna lie, that scared me a little. I towed a 7500-8000lb trailer from early spring to late fall for the 3 years i owned it. So i definitely made sure that oil was clean. I was changing it about every 4000mi. Like others have said it's just piece of mind. Remember that the oil also travels through the turbos to protect them. For $39.95 I think it's an easy decision.
Kevin O. 11/13/14 08:31pm Towing
RE: Wondering if this trailer would be to much for my truck?

We are thinking about getting a fifth wheel. Just not sure if my old girl is up for the task? My truck is a 2001 F350 Lariat with the 7.3L powerstroke(142,000 miles runs great!!). Also the truck came with the camper pkg. Just not sure what it is? Or what was added? The trailer is a 2015 Keystone Cougar 336BHS. Dry weight- 10,595lbs carry weight- 1,695lbs pin weight- 1,890lbs Any help would be very much appriciated! Kevin http://www.rvt.com/Keystone-Cougar-336BHS-2015-West-Hatfield-MA-ID5979064-UX129950 Kick out dry weight, does you no good whatsoever....Doesn't seem like you have a lot of cargo carrying capacity in the 5er, Take the "dry" weight of 10,595# and add "carrying weight" of 1695# and it appears the GVW of the 5er is 12,290#...This is more realistic to look at...so if you load a 1,000#, 5er could weight, 11,595 with a REAL pin weight of 2300#, if loaded to 12,000#, it could have a pin weight of 2400#....(can the non-realistic dry weight and the non-realistic dry pin weight...they're useless). The 7.3 is a great engine...I don't know anything about your trucks GVWR, GCWR or RAWR, but would "think" that your truck should be ok to tow this light of a 5er....But you need to see what your trucks GCWR and RAWR is.... Good luck:)Do you really think this trailer would have a pin weight of 2300lbs if i added 1000lbs to the trailer?? The dry pin weight is 1890lbs. This is what I'm trying to figure out before i buy. The GCWR and RAWR are not what I'm worried about exceeding. It's the trucks GVWR. Especially if the pin weight will be 2300lbs like you are suggesting. My truck is 2001 F350 4x4 crewcab 7.3L GVWR-9,900lbs GCWR- 20,000lbs RAWR- 6,830lbs
Kevin O. 11/13/14 04:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wondering if this trailer would be to much for my truck?

I would tell you to keep an eye on your transmission. If I remember correctly, those engines run forever but the transmission can be weak link. I also believe there is some way to beef up the transmission, but I don't remember. Might want to head over to a 7.3 PSD forum and inquire.Oh yes, I know all about the dreaded 4R100 transmission. There are a couple big name companies out there that build them to handle big power and major abuse. But it comes at a hefty price. Mine is still original and so far i have upgraded to a much larger cooler and synthetic fluid. When towing i keep a close eye on my temps and don't push it to hard. When the time comes i will probably spend the extra $$ and get a bulletproof unit from BTS(Brian's Truck shop). It comes with a no questions asked warranty and his reputation speaks for itself.
Kevin O. 11/11/14 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wondering if this trailer would be to much for my truck?

Thanks for the info guys! Other than the GVWR(9900lbs) I'm not sure of the trucks other ratings? It's a 2001 F350 4x4 short bed. I'm not even sure if the short bed would work with a fifth wheel? Up to this point I have only owned travel trailers. Here is a pic of the setup I have now. http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/20141007_111834_zpsdcd0b1f5.jpg
Kevin O. 11/11/14 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
Wondering if this trailer would be to much for my truck?

We are thinking about getting a fifth wheel. Just not sure if my old girl is up for the task? My truck is a 2001 F350 Lariat with the 7.3L powerstroke(142,000 miles runs great!!). Also the truck came with the camper pkg. Just not sure what it is? Or what was added? The trailer is a 2015 Keystone Cougar 336BHS. Dry weight- 10,595lbs carry weight- 1,695lbs pin weight- 1,890lbs Any help would be very much appriciated! Kevin http://www.rvt.com/Keystone-Cougar-336BHS-2015-West-Hatfield-MA-ID5979064-UX129950
Kevin O. 11/10/14 08:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Was finally able to hook up the new tow rig.

Good looking set up!! Nice rigs. Why did you HAVE to take it to get winterized? Easy to do yourself and much cheaper.My local dealer charges me $100.00. They winterize it plus wash and inspect the roof. I struggle with two fake hips and a fake knee so I'm sure as hell not getting on the roof!! :B It's well worth the $100.00 for me. $100 :H The wash job alone is worth that.....inspect and winterize are freebies Pretty good dealer.I'm close with one of the owners...:W
Kevin O. 10/09/14 06:49pm Towing
RE: Was finally able to hook up the new tow rig.

Nice. What did you have before? I had a newer F150 with the Ecoboost. The truck was costing me a small fortune. I decided to sell it and get something older. Now I can haul more and tow more than my F150 at half the price.
Kevin O. 10/09/14 11:43am Towing
RE: Was finally able to hook up the new tow rig.

Good looking set up!! Nice rigs. Why did you HAVE to take it to get winterized? Easy to do yourself and much cheaper.My local dealer charges me $100.00. They winterize it plus wash and inspect the roof. I struggle with two fake hips and a fake knee so I'm sure as hell not getting on the roof!! :B It's well worth the $100.00 for me.
Kevin O. 10/09/14 11:35am Towing
Was finally able to hook up the new tow rig.

I had to take the trailer to have it winterized and was able to hook up the new truck for the first time and see how it tows. I'm very pleased and can't wait until next season!! http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/20141007_111845_zps59aca729.jpg width=640 Moderator edit to re-size picture to forum limit of 640px maximum width.
Kevin O. 10/08/14 06:03pm Towing
RE: Superchip Flashpaq tuner for Ford F350?

Another very popular choice to consider for the 7.3L is from Dp-tuner. http://www.dp-tuner.com/
Kevin O. 10/04/14 06:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: The Beast has arrived (New Truck)

Beautiful truck! Best of luck with it!
Kevin O. 10/04/14 06:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Thoughts on a used Ford tow vehicle...??

I just sold my F150 ecoboost and bought a 2001 F350 Lariat with a 7.3L. It took awhile to find one that wasn't a complete rust bucket. I was lucky enough to find one down south with next to no rust. It averages about the same mpg around town that my F150 did and now I'm able to haul more and tow more at half the price of my F150. :) I would try and find a good 7.3L Powerstroke.. Good luck, Kevin http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/011_zps84ff6d73.jpg
Kevin O. 09/26/14 12:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 3.5l w\EcoBoost, MaxTow package

I absolutely loved my 2011!! It was a great towing machine and if it wasn't for the high cost and crazy taxes i was paying on it i would still be driving it.
Kevin O. 09/12/14 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New(to me) tow vehicle!

Thanks Guys!
Kevin O. 08/28/14 08:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tuner for towing on a 7.3L Powerstroke

Thanks for the info!!!
Kevin O. 08/24/14 05:27pm Tow Vehicles
New(to me) tow vehicle!

Well i decided to sell my 2011 Ecoboost 1/2 ton and get back into an older diesel. I came across this one owner, rust free southern gem and I just couldn't pass it up. It's a 2001 F350 Lariat with 138,000. No more worrying about payload issues, no more crazy high truck payments and much lower taxes! :) http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/020_zpsac21aba8.jpghttp://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/009_zpsaa707a48.jpghttp://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/011_zps84ff6d73.jpghttp://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/079_zps7c18c303.jpghttp://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/083_zps588d9748.jpg
Kevin O. 08/24/14 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tuner for towing on a 7.3L Powerstroke

Thanks for all the info! I think I'm going to get the Edge Evolution. It comes with a temp sensor for the exhaust and mounts right on the dash so i can keep an eye on everything. Is anyone using this?? http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/T2eC16dHJIFHRzSPLcBSVZifLm60_12_zps583189db.jpg
Kevin O. 08/24/14 12:18pm Tow Vehicles
Tuner for towing on a 7.3L Powerstroke

Just wondering what some of you 7.3L guys are using for a tuner to improve towing performance and fuel economy?? What's good and what should i stay away from? Thanks..
Kevin O. 08/23/14 07:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: How to move a million pound load

That looks like a job for the all mighty ECOBOOST! Obviously you would need the HD payload pkg... :B
Kevin O. 08/17/14 06:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Eco Boost Owner Question

I've got a Max Tow XLT SuperCab 4x4, but it has some additional options from a 'standard' XLT, but I've still got a #1920 payload sticker on the truck.. Too bad it only has the #4050 rear GAWR.. Same as non Max Tow F150's have, so no advantage there really... It's all a numbers game dance as far as I'm concerned with it all, but I'm not anywhere near the max ratings with my 13 where I was over a few on the old 97 with the same TT.. I'm happy with the EB and highly recommend them if that's what fits your needs.. Good luck! Mitch Actually i think the max tow pkg comes with the 4050lb GAWR, the non max tow pkg has 3850lb GAWR, and the HD pkg has 4800lb GAWR..
Kevin O. 08/11/14 06:24pm Tow Vehicles
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