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RE: Fox shocks on 2017 Ford F350.

I'm surprised by the number of new SD owners changing out their shocks already, I can't say I'm unhappy with mine at all.
alexleblanc 05/26/17 05:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Payloads- Seriously|||

you most likely looked at the two lowest payload configurations available. My last Diesel 3/4ton (2013 F250 CCSB 4x4 with the 6.7) had just over 2300lbs of payload - I'm sure a similar 2500 Ram with the cummins would be in that ballpark too. Either way, if you're buying new, why not just go straight to the 3500 and not have any payload concerns?
alexleblanc 05/26/17 05:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's turn in the barrel

so the Ford lawsuit must be coming next week right? Nissan must be after that.....
alexleblanc 05/26/17 05:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: The weight police

My father was going to order an F250 as he only tows a light 30ft TT and I convinced him to move up to a F350 SRW just in case he ever decides on a fiver, well he's already talking fiver now.... good thing he bought the 350 can gave himself a lot of options. Some F350 srw have dual gvwr (10k/10.2k/10.4k/10.5k/10.6k/10.7k/10.8k/11k/11.2k/11.4k) for the same truck. Example; If he gets a F350 SRW 5600 FAWR 6340 RAWR 176" wheelbase crew cab 6.7 diesel 4wd it can come in a 10000 GVWR or a 11500 GVWR. Same exact truck specs. Also the F250 has the same 10000 GVWR 5600 fawr 6340 rawr 176" wheelbase crew cab 6.7 diesel 4wd specs. So we have the same exact truck in a F250 10k gvwr or F350 srw 10k or 11.5k gvwr. And the weight police say the truck with the higher gvwr sticker is some how safer than the same exact truck with a lower gvwr sticker. Actual specs tell us different.......if one is interested. I made sure he ordered the 11.5K GVWR on his as well.
alexleblanc 05/19/17 09:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wax on vinyl decals

I use the gel coat labs brand sealant product, two years and counting and everything looks new. It has a high UV-protectant built into the product and goes on super easy. http://ep.yimg.com/ay/yhst-12922226196918/gel-coat-all-marine-surface-sealant-16-oz-5.gif http://www.fourstarproducts.com/gelcoallmasu.html
alexleblanc 05/19/17 06:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The weight police

I never had the chance to compare the previous generation F350 SRW to my previous F250 but I can tell you for sure that there is a huge difference stepping up to my new truck, it "carries" the weight of my fiver a lot better and does not feel nearly as soft on rutted and rough roads. I think that in the Ford's case the extra Leaf makes a huge difference. In my case the F250 would have been more than sufficient as I have a light enough fiver but when ordering the truck, its almost stupid not to opt for the 350 as its no more money to register in my area and its about the same purchase price. My father was going to order an F250 as he only tows a light 30ft TT and I convinced him to move up to a F350 SRW just in case he ever decides on a fiver, well he's already talking fiver now.... good thing he bought the 350 can gave himself a lot of options.
alexleblanc 05/19/17 06:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Which hitch to choose?

another B&W fan here.
alexleblanc 05/17/17 12:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: ordered a new truck ** Updated, with pics

So I was able to go for a nice test tow this morning, about 40km's or so of mixed 80km/h rural two lane road and 100km/h 4 lane highway - its raining and quite windy out today so a good test. Here's my first impressions: 1.Truck gets up to speed much more effortlessly than the last one, the 3.55 gears are to thank I'm sure 2.This truck does not have airbags, it sags less than 1 inch hooked up and the truck rides extremely well while towing, I'm very impressed. 3.the new integrated TBC seems to allow the 5er to have more brakes, I can actually adjust it to feel some tug when I get on the brakes - not the case with the last truck. 4.Mirrors are very good, the convex section below is huge and allows me to see the trucks rear wheels and also the RV's wheels and tires. Thing's I did not get to try yet but will on the weekend on my way to Fundy national park: 1.climbing a grade 2.going down a grade and using the EB 3.fuel economy Overall I though the last truck was great TV and this one is simply improved o all fronts. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v391/tuned20v/IMG_0778_zps3pfxsjdl.jpg
alexleblanc 05/16/17 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 150 ??

I have a "half ton towable" fifthwheel and I can tell you now that anything under a 3/4ton truck will be hard pressed to stay within its axle ratings and tow comfortably. Do yourself a favour and go right up to atleasrt a 3/4t truck, heck if your buying new anyways spring for the 350/3500 of your choice for a few extra dollars and open yourself up to many more 5er choices.
alexleblanc 05/16/17 06:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Going from 38' diesel pusher to a small 5th wheel ????

my nearly 34' Fifth wheel tows like a 23-24ft tow behind in terms of overall length, and it most likely has about the same amount of living space as your 38ft DP - go check out some layouts and see what's out there. for the record, I have yet to find a campground anywhere in the northeast or mid atlantic that could not accommodate us.
alexleblanc 05/16/17 06:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your Rig

a picture from this morning, first tow with the new truck - had the get the 5er inspected for the coming trip this weekend. Truck seems much more capable and stable than the last one. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v391/tuned20v/IMG_0778_zps3pfxsjdl.jpg
alexleblanc 05/16/17 06:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Questions on road testing of 2017 Ford 250 and 350

Until you know to tire inflation differences between the two the ride comparison of the two is meaningless. 80 in the rear of our SRW 3500 makes it ride like a brick truck empty. Lower rears to around 45-50, greatly increases ride quality. Quoted for truth - mine arrived with 80PSI in the rear tires, it rode noticeably worse than with 60-65PSI in them like the F250 I had tried would of had. I lowered mine to 65PSI and I have no complaints since.
alexleblanc 05/15/17 07:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: traveling miles? how far in 1 day

If I was retired I would probably do 250-300 a day on average but being employed and somewhat limited on time some days we need to get some miles behind us in a big way, I've seen myself do 500-600 miles in a day just to buy us more time at the destination. We will usually leave between 6-6:30am in the morning and go till about 7-8:00pm with a few fuel stops/pit stops in between for restroom breaks and meals.
alexleblanc 05/15/17 07:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Test Drove 2017 F250 Lariat King Ranch

From fte: The SRW F250 still retains the Sterling axle used in the past. The SRW F350 uses the Dana M275 with an axle diameter of 1.47" The DRW F350 uses a Dana M300 with an axle diameter of 1.47" The DRW 450 uses a Dana M300 with an axle diameter of 1.85. These axles are heavier duty overall and use fewer moving parts and are more fuel efficient than the previous Sterling Axles.
alexleblanc 05/13/17 06:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Test Drove 2017 F250 Lariat King Ranch

My Platinum has a posted payload of just over 3400lbs with the 11.5k GVWR so that f250 with the 10k GVRW will most likely be at or under 2000lbs. Fine for a heavy tow behind but not enough for a fiver. This year the SRW trucks have different rear axles between the F250 and F350 so my understanding is that it's no longer just a sticker rating deal and the F350 SRW has an actual beefier axle rated for 7200lbs ~ instead of 6200lbs ~.
alexleblanc 05/13/17 07:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: B & W Patriot hitch

Another white lithium user, congrats on buying an awesome hitch!
alexleblanc 05/12/17 06:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wet Bolt Upgrade

I went with a wet bolt kit pretty much right out of the box, my unit already had morryde equalizer installed from the factory so I felt like that plus taller LT tires to help level it out would make for a good setup in the long term.
alexleblanc 05/11/17 05:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tires

One thing I want to throw into the mix is how much cooler my LT tires are compared to the ST's I've run in the past when doing several hours of highway driving. That and the trailer does not seem to want to follow the ruts in the road nearly as much. I'm extremely happy with my LT215/75R16 BFG Commercial T/A 2 tires, 2680lb rating is ideal for a unit like mine with a 10400lb GVWR (but the axles are 5000lb axles as per the tags on them?)
alexleblanc 05/11/17 05:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Landing Gear Stabilizer ** now with installation pictures

My word the underside of that thing is clean! Did you clean it up just to impress us with the pictures? Well, I do run the hose on the underside a few times per season to keep it all fresh looking. ;)
alexleblanc 05/09/17 06:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Landing Gear Stabilizer ** now with installation pictures

Thanks for the great report and photos! Where did you order from? Directly from the manufacturer, very good to deal with and prompt shipping. My father was looking them over last night and he was equally impressed with the build quality and how rock solid the unit is now.
alexleblanc 05/09/17 06:12am Fifth-Wheels
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