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RE: Reliability ford f250 6.7 with alot of mileage

Thanks guys! Such a hard decision. About 110 a month different on the payment for the xl diesel vs gas. I really don't know what to do. I do know both prices are going up at the pump you'll get that extra 110$ per month back when you sell it years later. something to keep In mind.
alexleblanc 05/16/18 10:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.5L V6 of 5.0L V8

having towed from 2011-2013 with an F150 with the max towing pacakage/3.5 EB I have some experience here, I went from a 29.5ft 7700GVWR TT to a 33ft 11200GVWR TT and did two trips with it - the truck had more than enough power to get the job done but the suspension was way too soft to get the job done and it was a tail wagging the dog situation. a month after upgrading the TT we upgraded to a 2013 F250 at the time and happily towed for three more summers with that setup. Go with the 3/4 or 1 ton right off the bat and save yourself the cost of having to do it down the road or living with a very poorly performing TV/TT combo. You've been warned by someone who's been there that done exactly the same scenario and had to pay to fix it. Also consider a Hensley or Propride hitch for a tow behind that long, I had a Propride for mine and it really took all of the white knuckle out of windy days. You probably don't mind driving around in a 250 when not towing, but I wouldn't, therefore I would have upgraded my shocks, truck tires, and stiffer trailer tires, even upgrading my hitch in order to keep my truck. When my 1/2 ton truck arrives I can't imagine driving it very much at all when not towing, but a larger 2/3 or larger truck would definitely stay parked next to to trailer when not towing. no amount of "beefing" up will compensate for the 1/2 ton being lighter will lower duty brakes - been there, done that and know how it ends. For what its worth I daily drove my F250 for 4 years and day drive my F350 now and other than riding a little rougher than my F150 its no harder to park or live with than my crew cab, 6.5 box F150 was. Heck the F250 and F350 use less fuel both towing and not towing than the F150 did.
alexleblanc 05/15/18 01:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2017 Ford exhaust brake and cruise control

Wonder if Ford will come out with a software fix for this AC behaviour, at least turn it off completely when towing? Or if they even are aware that it's an issue. Do all Platinums have AC by default? If so, AlexLeBlanc should see the same behaviour with his 17 Plat F350. my Platinum does not have adaptive cruise, its optional.
alexleblanc 05/15/18 06:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Short Bed Silverado

I've had two "short bed" Ford trucks with the 6'9" bed with fifth wheels and never had an issue on my end, i'm sure the equivalent GM or ram truck would be just fine.
alexleblanc 05/15/18 06:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 3.5L V6 of 5.0L V8

having towed from 2011-2013 with an F150 with the max towing pacakage/3.5 EB I have some experience here, I went from a 29.5ft 7700GVWR TT to a 33ft 11200GVWR TT and did two trips with it - the truck had more than enough power to get the job done but the suspension was way too soft to get the job done and it was a tail wagging the dog situation. a month after upgrading the TT we upgraded to a 2013 F250 at the time and happily towed for three more summers with that setup. Go with the 3/4 or 1 ton right off the bat and save yourself the cost of having to do it down the road or living with a very poorly performing TV/TT combo. You've been warned by someone who's been there that done exactly the same scenario and had to pay to fix it. Also consider a Hensley or Propride hitch for a tow behind that long, I had a Propride for mine and it really took all of the white knuckle out of windy days. https://i.imgur.com/30AIVjth.jpg https://i.imgur.com/3BeVnXsh.jpg
alexleblanc 05/14/18 12:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2017 Ford exhaust brake and cruise control

I've never felt my 2017 apply the brakes on its own when the EB is and on CC - it will downshift going down grades. Either way i'm happy with the performance.
alexleblanc 05/14/18 05:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires!!

welcome to the LT club, I know the feeling - best move I ever did on mine.
alexleblanc 05/11/18 05:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looks innocent enough.....

how did the truck like pulling that weight with its 3.55 gears?
alexleblanc 05/11/18 05:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F150 is going Powerstroke Diesel

Well, looks like my "garbage" opinion has been vindicated, ergo the TFL test. Sorry diesel fanboys, it is what it is. Recall that the F150 is the dominant half ton on that test with the gas engine. not "garbage", its an early production model that most likely has been driven hard, put away wet and in the real world has had an issue come up - I'm sure it will be fixed and if its something more serious a recall or update will be done. with that attitude, every vehicle out there should be considered junk.
alexleblanc 05/11/18 05:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Factory Repair/Service Manual - 2018 F350

X2. Neighbor bought a brand new Class A gasser last year. Nice. No owners manual. Dealer said it could be downloaded. What? 100,000 bucks and no printed owners manual? Download and perhaps print 100 + pages. If so....that's really bad..... With regard of the F-350, auto stores carry quite a few. If not the one you want...e-bay or Amazon. g'luck ! owners manual comes with the truck - its the service manual that doesn't. That's been the case for pretty much every vehicle sold for as long as I can remember.
alexleblanc 05/11/18 05:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: What's your thoughts on the Duramax?

Everything I've read over the years and every owner I've talked to has been very happy with the Duramax/Allison powertrain over the years - the biggest complaint I hear around here is Rust issues very early on in ownership and until recently and interior that is not nearly as nice or roomy as the Ram and Ford offering. I'm a Ford at heart guy but I have nothing against the GM or Ram offering and if my amazing local Ford dealer went south tomorrow I'd have no trouble considering another make - so take what I say with that in mind.
alexleblanc 05/11/18 05:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: No Ford F series pickup trucks for a while

blip in the radar in the grand scheme of things - there's plenty of stock out there that dealers want sold - I only feel bad for the folks that have ordered a specific combination of truck that may be stuck waiting longer than expected for it.
alexleblanc 05/11/18 05:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Diesel Ike Gauntlet

Early production teething problems, most likely programming. Others have had software and hardware problems in their first model year too, I suppose its to be expected to a certain extent. No worse than the Early Ecoboosts with the condensation issue in the intercoolers - that got fixed early and hasn't been an issue since or even the early Ecodiesels with the keyway issue and wiping out whole motors or the Colorado Diesel with pulley issues and DEF pump issues, just stuff that happens when the real world gets ahold of them and the manufacturer has to find fixed for.
alexleblanc 05/11/18 04:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: bad shimmy after bump

before you spend any money look at your tire pressures and also look for a leaking steering stabilizer. If everything is good and your tires are not worn out then have the whole front end checked - most like nothing major.
alexleblanc 05/10/18 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Diesel Ike Gauntlet

that was disappointing, clearly it needs a proper exhaust brake and does not like being at the redline for 20 minutes at a time. I'd say there will be some software updates to fix this pretty quickly.
alexleblanc 05/10/18 12:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford suspends F-150, Super Duty output

sucks for any manufacturer when they do not have a plan B supplier or even spread the business around to have multiple sources for vendored parts.
alexleblanc 05/09/18 01:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Leveling for Towing???

looks like you have 8-10 inches of clearance currently, I would adjust the pin box to whatever the setting that gives you between 6-7inch clearance and call it a day.
alexleblanc 05/08/18 06:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lowering a Ram 2500 2 in.

Can’t help you with the Ram but I did do the same thing to my F350 this winter, installed 2” lift blocks in place of the factory 3.75” ones with some new u-bolts and totally leveled out my fiver - truck is perfectly level with the fiver’s pin weight on it and about 1” higher than the front unloaded but with the hitch and toolbox in the bed. Hopefully you can do this to yours to help level out your setup, it’s how they should come from the factory imo.
alexleblanc 05/06/18 04:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas ford f250 vs Chevy Silverado 2500 towing.

A couple more things to think about - IMO Chevy seats are more comfortable than Ford’s. Ford has a better camera system. That may be your opinion but having owned both of recent vintage to me it's more of a fact, unless the GM is the bottom LS trim level, and then you get totally different cheap seats that are like sitting on milk crates. The GM also rides and handles night and day better than the Ford, either empty or loaded. I don't see where one camera system really outshines the other unless if Ford has done something different after the 16 model year? If you've not driven/owned a 17 or newer Ford, than your ride and handling statements are outdated as the 17 Ford was all new, or pretty close to it. As far as the camera system goes: video Not outdated at all........was driving an 18 250 the other day and my 15 GMC 2500 has a much better ride and handling characteristics than the 18 250. That's in the real world driving over PA's pothole ridden roads which we have to deal with every spring. Thanks for the video but I have made it through 35 years on construction sites and maneuvering trailers without all those cameras. I'd bet dollars to donuts that the two guys in that videos first day on a site was when they made the video LOL. The new hardhats and high vis vests look nice though. I can only imagine what fixing that system costs once the warranty is expired based on its price as an option. I’ve driven in several GM 2500/3500srw and have owned two super duties, they both ride like **** on the roughest of roads, in fact so does the Ram, these aren’t softly sprung for comfort half ton’s - for what they are meant to do i’m Fine with that. Arguing about ride quality in these is like saying that the latest flare up of hemorrhoids are better than the last!
alexleblanc 05/06/18 04:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas ford f250 vs Chevy Silverado 2500 towing.

For what it’s worth, the 6.2 coupled with fords newest 6 speed auto seems to be the best performing of the big three gassers currently but all three are going to work just fine with your load.
alexleblanc 05/06/18 04:10am Tow Vehicles
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