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RE: Need actual owners experience on which 1 ton to buy.

This truck with the Medium Duty Cummins and MD AISIN trans with Factory Rear Air Ride and factory towing puck system in the trim level you want. 3.42's up to 28-29K and over that 4.10's. Ford still uses the Bosch CP4 injection pump that GM recently dumped because of too many warranty claims and they now use the DENSO pump. Cummins uses the tried and true CP3 pump. Pic shows how well the rear air keeps the truck at a proper towing ride height even with full RAWR of 9,750#. Notice what's in the background? Those are RAM Ambulances that are replacing Ford Ambulances. https://i.imgur.com/YwUz7P2l.jpg You do know that most of the CP4 failures were 11-13 for both the GM’s and Fords, the current version of the CP4 from everything I read is improved and you’re not hearing about many issues anymore, I’d bet fuel contamination is behind most of the later failures. In talking to my local dealer, they haven’t had one failure of the current Gen and very few of the 14+ save for a few with actual proven fuel issues. I don’t believe it’s as big of a problem as the gospel you’ve been trying to spread....
alexleblanc 03/17/18 11:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F350

Manufacturer aside, do you really want to do business with a dealer that proven to be mediocre before you’ve even taken delivery of your truck? I’d be working with another dealer be it GM, Ford or Ram. FYI, I’ve had good luck with my current and also previous 6.7 Ford diesel and I believe you would be equally happy if you end up with one.
alexleblanc 03/17/18 11:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Expedition vs. Yukon vs. QX80

What folks who havent owned a 3.5eb yet fail to understand is how similar it’s power delivery is to a diesel or to a lesser extent a big block of yesterday, while still give v8 like fuel economy. Plainly put, it’s better than V8 pulling power with similar to V8 fuel economy. Fords 5.0 and 6.2 don’t have nearly as much low end guts as the 3.5eb and same goes for the GM 5.3 and 6.2, look at the HP and torque curves and you’ll see why.
alexleblanc 03/10/18 08:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5.7 ram 2500 owners, have you done this?

Hop in the truck and go, let the drivetrain do its thing and don’t worry about it. It won’t fail or blow up, it just might not be the first up the hill.
alexleblanc 03/10/18 08:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Appreciation of new new Diesel power.

Being retired, I'm not into a payment book fatter than a phone book, I don't want to add fertilizer to a tank for 'emissions' stuff and new truck prices are insane anyway. I'll keep my no payment for 15 years, 7.3 that is actually appreciating in value as more people come to the realization that the new emissions engines are basically money pits. I can do a lot of upgrades and maintenenace for the cost of a monthly payment. ...and I do. New trucks are money pits? How much money have you spent on your new diesel in comparison to your old one? I have owned new diesel trucks for the last three decades and my 2014 with close to 100k miles on it has not cost me anymore than any other diesel truck I have owned accounting for inflation. And believe me, I keep meticulous records on everything due to tax's. So I would love to see your records on your new truck showing this. In my opinion, I think many statement about new trucks are from those that can't afford them or are not willing to spend that much money on one so they get "sour grapes" syndrome on what they can't have. I can't afford a new $1M Prevost RV, but you won't see me saying anything bad about them. I am not willing to spend all my retirement on one, but I am not ashamed to say it is a lot better then what I have and I would love to own one. Bingo! You just summed up my exact opinion.
alexleblanc 03/09/18 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires - Do I need to worry? Going bigger...

There’s too many non flotation size tires available now with higher load ratings, makes no sense to live with less. Look at Toyo 295/65R20’s for example, higher rating and will. Give you at minimum what your truck came with capacity wise.
alexleblanc 03/09/18 07:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost Expedition up the Ike

Went back and watched the entire video and was really impressed that the EcoBoost pulled that load at 3k rpm's and held 60mph. Very diesel like performance and something the V8 gas engines couldn't do without serious rpm's. I'm wondering what the engine failure rate will be in the real world. It's obviously taking a loot of boost to do that at 3K rpm. I know there has been an ongoing issue with the eco-boost engine in the Focus RS because of the excessive boost required to make the high power requirement of the engine.. Time will tell I guess. I'll stick with my diesel. there's a ton of 3.5EB's out there that have been working hard for years now, its a proven engine and a reliable workhorse for the platform its used in.
alexleblanc 02/26/18 11:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vehicles---peeling paint?

The only late model pickups I see that have been built in the last 15 years with any real paint issues have been the 2007-2013 GM trucks, mostly paint peeling on the rockers and lower bedsides. I say this because a buddy of mine works in the paint shop at one of the local GM dealers and he’s done quite a bit of touch up under warranty which GM has been good about covering. Two of my employees have had to get their GM trucks painted in those ares and they are both from that era, about 2 years old when it happened. Issues can happen, as long as the manufacturer stands behind it and makes it right I’m fine with it.
alexleblanc 02/17/18 04:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mub Flap recommendations for a 2017 Ford Dually please.

These guys make the nicest mud flaps I have ever seen. They will adjust the mounting for any stock or aftermarket fender flares you have for a perfect alignment. Have a full set on my Ram. Nice!
alexleblanc 02/15/18 10:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mub Flap recommendations for a 2017 Ford Dually please.

here's the gatorbacks on my truck and also a dually https://i.imgur.com/swDVRt0h.jpg https://scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram.com/vp/6a8b0989f697eea3632a338d52c3bf14/5B03C141/t51.2885-15/s480x480/e35/c0.135.1080.1080/24331891_416112068822042_99429231636774912_n.jpg?ig_cache_key=MTY2NTM3MDAzODUwMzUwNzQwNg%3D%3D.2.c
alexleblanc 02/15/18 08:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mub Flap recommendations for a 2017 Ford Dually please.

I’m using the ford accessory ones on my truck, they make the same ones to fit the DRW and they are extremely well built. They are made by gator back. http://gatorbackmudflap.com/
alexleblanc 02/15/18 04:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 6.4L Hemi vs good ol' 8.1L

I hear ya...I have always been a GM fan, but the 6.0 is not gonna cut it. I did do some research on the Ford, and the 6.2 has nearly same power specs at the Ram 6.4. Frankly though, I am put off by their whole diesel engine drama of the last 10 years, starting with the 6.0. Not that they had problems with the engineering, that happens, but I've read soooo many stories about how warranty work was denied leaving customers who spent big money on a new truck holding the bag for repairs. My impression of Ford has nothing to do with their trucks, but that they don't treat their customers very well, and I'm not inclined to do business with a company like that. Maybe I'm wrong but that's how I view Ford right now. it's all in the dealership in my experience, and one of the main reason's I buy Fords locally. if your GM or Ram dealer is really good to deal with and they have a product that will serve your needs, that's always the best choice IMO.
alexleblanc 02/14/18 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 6.4L Hemi vs good ol' 8.1L

other than the 1-2 gearing gap, everything I've read on the 6.4 ram with the 4:10 and even 3:73's seems to be very good as a towing platform if you choose to go gas. Do yourself a favor and at least try the F250-350srw with the 6.2, with both 4:30's and 3:73's they are quite the beast with a very well geared and proven transmission behind it. Regardless of what you do both the Ram and the Ford has very potent gas V8 options. The Gm option is a good truck however I think they have a little work to do on their gas offering to get back to being competitive.
alexleblanc 02/14/18 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: B&W Companion vs Andersen Ultimate Showdown!P

I know i'm sticking to my B&W companion for the foreseeable future and will do so when I upgrade to a larger toy hauler at some point too. Bigger truck, bigger 5er and same hitch.
alexleblanc 02/07/18 12:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford Explorer and Pop up

I've towed a 3500lb 22ft flatbed with mine before with nothing on it just to get it home. so a very similar weight to your loaded popup. The Explorer seems to have fairly stiff springs out back as mine only squatted about 3/4". I only towed it about 8 km's to home on a rural country road with an 80km/h speed limit but I was impressed but it.
alexleblanc 02/07/18 06:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 SuperDuty DRW - 3.55 or 4.10 Gears?

what speeds do you normally tow at? the 3.55 gears may tend to move to fifth gear a touch more on rolling hills than the 4.10 would at around 65mph.
alexleblanc 01/18/18 09:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: keeping plugged in

I just keep mind plugged in all winter, never had a problem to date with 3 difference RV's.
alexleblanc 01/18/18 09:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford finally releases specs for F-150 3.0L diesel

As does the EcoBoost engine! The 2014 had it's share of engine issues yes. Care to look at the EB's record in both engine failures and recalls? The only engine issue I have had was a coolant solenoid valve that was repaired under the powertrain coverage costing my nothing. That would be the only major issue have had some minor issues like the drivers puddle light and the fog lamps shaking. Both replaced under the 3/36,000 coverage at no cost. Why do you bring up the EB? I never mentioned it. I'm more concerned about the reliability of these small diesels. I just hope the Ram isn't any indication of what to expect from the Ford. But just for the record, the longest EB engine failure thread I could find was only 6 pages long. Because the 3.0 is not out and the and the 3.5 had far more issues then the 3.o EcoD did. Maybe if you take your blinders off you could see that. Most of the Ram EcoD issues were in the first six months with the later 2014 trucks and on not having any more problems than any other engine out there today. As for Fords 3.0 diesel I hope it has a good launch but I would not buy one for at least one year. That is what I did with the mine. I would never buy the first year of a any vehicle. Let the free beta testers get the bugs worked out then you have a better chance of not getting a problem child. what are "all these issues the 3.5 had" ? other than the first gen F150's having a design change in the intercooler design there's been very little for issues. My Father in law still owns my old first year F150 EB with well other 190k on it now and its been issue free? my guys at work also mostly all drive 3.5 EB F150's save for one with a 5.0 and all have been reliable an issue free for many KM's.
alexleblanc 01/18/18 06:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Mustang Bullit

It makes a nice Stepping stone from the GT to the GT350. I'd still rather my GT350 though. Molly is not hard to look at either! https://s.hdnux.com/photos/70/62/23/14886143/3/920x920.jpg
alexleblanc 01/17/18 06:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Well, today it happened!! ~Updated~

sucks for the OP, i'm sure you will get taken care of. For every denied claim we hear about on the internet i'm sure there 100+ that are taken care of without issue. In speaking to my dealer, they have only had 5 pumps go bad in the last 7 years and all but one were warrantied - the one that didn't had more water in the tank than diesel!
alexleblanc 01/12/18 11:33am Tow Vehicles
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