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RE: Specific Question on F350's

I have a couple suggestions for you, based on the options I ordered or didn't order on my 2013 F350 diesel dually 4x4 crewcab longbed. I fulltime so your mileage may vary. 1. If you have any thoughts of getting a 5er at some point, then I suggest that you get the Ford 5er prep package. In addition to the predrilled holes in the bed, it includes an additional umbilical electrical plugin in the bed - now you will have a total of two to choose from. You will get a set of plastic pucks to cover the holes if there is no hitch installed. 2. I got the Ford spray in bed liner. It seems to be a quality product and has held up well. Part of my thinking was that Ford would do all the prep work and would make sure the spray would coat all the edges of the holes that were cut as part of the 5er prep package. I have never run any kind of bed mat in my trucks. What happens when you get water trapped under it ???? RUST ! 3. I did not get the dual alternator package and have not missed it. I have the Platinum model with diesel glow plugs, heated seats, running lights, etc and no problems. I believe the diesel option gets you a larger alternator then comes standard on a gas truck. 4. I agree that the Fx4 package is a joke. Check out what's really included in the package. I didn't want the crappy shocks from the package so I just ordered the skid plates separately (cheap)and put Bilstein 5100s on the truck right after I took delivery. Guess I'll have to live without the big decal that tells the world I drive a 4x4 truck. 5. I have the 3.73 rear end but that was the only one offered with my setup. I tow 14,000 pounds (gross) and all I can say is that towing is a dream. I would never want a lower (numerically) gear ratio. The gear selector never moves out of 'D'. This thing is a beast and doesn't seem to care how high the mountains are. I'm turning about 1600-1700 RPMs (maximum torque) at about 58-60 mph. And I can still get over 20 mpg on the highway when not towing. 6. I also got the optional upfitter switches. It's a cheap option ($125 ??) and will be handy if you want to wire up additional lighting, or maybe a fuel transfer pump when you get that auxiliary fuel tank in the bed (see my note below). * Something to remember is that you get a significantly larger diesel fuel tank with an F350 longbed truck. I believe the tank is 26 gallons on a short bed truck and 37.5 on a longbed. Tim Something many people don't realize is that the new trucks with overdrive gears are designed such that when they are pulling the load they are designed to pull they should shift down. My truck is designed to tow a 15,500 lb trailer. When towing a trailer that size I often lock out 6th gear to keep the rpms up a little. When I hit a bit of a hill or go into a wind it might drop another gear and run in direct. This is ideal. The truck has enough power to easily maintain 70 mph but it needs some rpm to make that power. So now when there is a high power demand the power is being delivered to the rear wheels most efficiently. If I had a lower speed rear end the engine could be running the same rpm going through 5th gear where it speeds the drive up only to run through the higher ratio rear end to be slowed way down. When I am pulling 24000 - 30,000 lb trailers I run in 3rd gear at times and could be slightly better off with a 3.73 rear end so I would basically have 1 more ussuable gear.
4x4ord 01/20/15 07:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Specific Question on F350's

I got the plow package with the 3.55 gears and heavy alternator. Don't want the 20" wheels as they are just for show; no go. The larger wheels would make the gearing about the same as the 3.31. Both those reasons are why I like the 20 inch wheels. I have absolutely no desire for a different final gear ratio. Why would anyone need a lower speed gear ratio than 3.31 in a srw pick up truck with a first gear ratio of 3.97 and 800 or more lb ft of torque engine?
4x4ord 01/20/15 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Specific Question on F350's

When I bought my 2011 DRW, there were 3 ways to get the heavier front springs. The camper package, snow plow package and the FX4 off road package. All Ford diesels from 2011 up have an exhaust brake, the 2015 has a better one, along with a new turbo and you have more control over the exhaust brake. I have dual alternators and would not like to be without them. Depending on your options you may have to get the heavy duty dingle alternator. If you get the supplemental heat option(worth the money), you will need at least the heavy duty alternator. At start up(especially on a cold morning) I have a heavy electrical load. You may have to wait for the glow plug light to go off before starting,which sucks juice, both seat heaters going, headlights, plus the over 30 lights the DRW has,supplemental heat, which is about 1200 watts, you have no control over when it goes on or off.My air compressor for air bags etc., usually starts. So on start up, I can be drawing over 200 amps easily.There are many other electrical draws that I haven't mentioned. FX4 is kind of a joke. The most valuable thing in the FX 4 package to my way of thinking is the sticker. You get different cheap shocks, some skid plates and a useless hill descent button on the dash as well as that nice sticker. The Fx4 F350 4x4 diesel crew cab still only gets the 5600 lb front springs, which I believe are heavy enough. Anyway I wouldn't want to sacrifice ride to get heavier front springs.
4x4ord 01/19/15 06:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: upgrade truck

The Duramax is an excellent choice especially starting in 2006 amd going all the way up to present. Neither DPF nor DEF are worth being overly concerned about. We have a 2010 Duramax which has the DPF but no def. It does very well on fuel and like most all Duramaxes since 2004, has been trouble free. The DEF duramax engines that came out in 2011 are supposed to be even better on fuel. Ram really improved their truck in, I believe, 2013.
4x4ord 01/18/15 06:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Standard vs long bed

An 8 foot box is an advantage for towing but I don't miss it enough to regret having gone to a 6.5 foot box. I just use a B&W non slider hitch and find it works excellent. I would have a hard time paying anything more to have a slider hitch.
4x4ord 01/17/15 12:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What make of tow vehicle to purchase

They both have amazing engines and transmissions as does the Ram. Pick which ever one has the most comfortable seats.
4x4ord 01/17/15 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tongue weight

No doubt it towed just fine. It's an ideal trailer. Tongue weight is close to 20%. It is very long with the wheels set far back. There is very little frontal area, and it is aerodynamic to boot. The tongue weight was within the payload capacity for your truck so no doubt the tires and suspension could hold it up. You had plenty of power for the weight, especially considering how little frontal area it had. Really about your only concern was that receiver. Nobody here would know what the design limits of that receiver are, just the factory ratings. A few farmers threw caution to the wind and towed similar weights, and it worked out for them. At that point it's up to you. Glad it worked out. You would actually be surprised at the frontal area of the thing. There is a lot of surface area to catch wind so it pulled heavier than a much heavier fifth wheel RV does. In fact going up some minor hills on the highway it would take everything my truck had to maintain 60 mph.
4x4ord 01/16/15 12:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tongue weight

Glad you were able to safely move it to your property. Which part of it is 13 feet wide? The wheels don't look like they are spaced out that distance across. I guess on a four lane road it would not be much of an issue with width, but on a two lane road the road would definitely have to be closed to all traffic in the opposite direction for the duration of your time on it. The track width is 13' 4" so it was a little wider than the lane. I ran the left hand wheel right down the center line on the two lane highways. There is a flashing light right above the wheel which helps keep it visible. Here's another picture but it seems impossible to get an idea of the size of this thing from a picture. This is from Farm King's website: http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k585/4x4ord/farmking16104_zpsc57864aa.jpg height=600
4x4ord 01/16/15 11:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tongue weight

That's AWESOME ^^^^^^^^^^ It is. The pictures don't do it justice; the thing is huge. It is capable of emptying a semi load of grain in 3 minutes. It pulled very nice down the four lane at between 65 and 70 mph.
4x4ord 01/16/15 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Why you chose the TV you did

I would definitely go with an F350 dually over the 450 for a 17,000 lb RV. Your decision has never really been so easy as all the new 1 ton dually trucks are extremely capable and very comparable in features and quality. You haven't got a bad choice. I would much rather tow a 17,000 lb rv with my SRW F350 than our Peterbilt .... Actually if I wanted to take the Pete my wife would be following along behind in the car as she has no interest in traveling around in a big truck...and its a nice big truck. http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k585/4x4ord/IMG_0549.jpg height=400
4x4ord 01/15/15 12:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tongue weight

http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k585/4x4ord/IMG_20150115_095118_zpsb878225f.jpg height=600 http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k585/4x4ord/IMG_20150115_095037_zpsff03a251.jpg height=600
4x4ord 01/15/15 10:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tongue weight

Just to update. A friend of mine ended up buying this same piece of equipment and towed it 550 km behind his 2004 srw Chevy with a factory 2 inch receiver hitch. He said it handled it just fine. I'm making the trip today.
4x4ord 01/14/15 06:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Specific Question on F350's

The camper package is of no significance on the diesel F350 because it already has the heavy front axle and rear stabalizer. The 20" tires are rated for more weight than are the 18" tires. (3750 lbs per tire for the 20" and 3640 for the 18" tires) The 20" rims will give you a little more "stability" due to their lower profile. 20 wheels also provide for a little lower rpm at highway speed if you are getting the 3:55 rear end. This lower rpm will equate to a little better fuel economy. If you want the best fuel economy you need to go to the 3:31 rear axle ratio which will require you get 18" wheels. I made a mistake here. The 4x4 F350's front axle weight rating range from 4400 lbs to 6000 lbs depending on wheel base cab configuration and engine. The F350 diesel 4x4 crew cab has a normal computer selected front axle weight rating of 5600 lbs regardless of tire size. Selecting camper package should up grade the front axle rating 1 level higher than the normal computer selected axle which would be 6000 lbs which is the same springs as the snow plow option. Thanks for checking up! Listening to you experts it really does look like going with the camper package is the safest option. Especially as we are buying this type of truck specifically because it's a towing beast! Bottom line is that no matter what type of RV we get in the future... towing now with our 28' Travel trailer or upgrading to a a 5th wheel as the kids get bigger or downgrading later on to a camper shell after the kids have left home. I want this new truck to be able to do anything I throw at it! Some folks have said that for my 27' TT then this is over kill. Which is absolutely true!.. but I NEVER want to be limited by my truck when selecting an RV. A little additional information for you: my F350 4x4 crew cab has an empty (driver in but no passengers or camper) front axle weight of 4900 lbs. To stay within my gvwr I could only carry 3100 lbs of camper and passengers. This number would be the same regardless of whether I have the camper package or not. The question that needs answering is ..... How much weight would a 3100 lb camper put on my front axle? Very likely 700 lbs would be close. So what I am getting at is that, if you see yourself carrying a camper heavier than 3100 lbs maybe a dually is something you might want to consider buying rather than being concerned about the camper package. I certainly considered a DRW but after much thought I considered that the 'bang for the buck' isn't worth it. I'm sure that others will disagree but my feeling is that when 'on site' the Tow Vehicle becomes your family car for sight seeing. So physical size is an issue. This same reason is why I got the shorter bed. I feel the same way. I tow very heavy loads with my short box SRW (30,000 lb trailers at times) but when I am empty I don't want a dually. The thing for you to consider is that if you want a truck to tow your fifth wheel around the SRW short box is perfect and you don't need or even want any stiffer springs on the front than the standard 5600 lb springs. If you decide to get a slide in camper some time down the road you will be quite limited in what kind of camper you get if you only have a SRW short box so again I wouldn't put much priority on the camper package. I think by the time you load up a high quality, nice size camper with all your gear you could be pushing 5000 lbs and that is a load for a dually.
4x4ord 01/13/15 02:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Specific Question on F350's

The camper package is of no significance on the diesel F350 because it already has the heavy front axle and rear stabalizer. The 20" tires are rated for more weight than are the 18" tires. (3750 lbs per tire for the 20" and 3640 for the 18" tires) The 20" rims will give you a little more "stability" due to their lower profile. 20 wheels also provide for a little lower rpm at highway speed if you are getting the 3:55 rear end. This lower rpm will equate to a little better fuel economy. If you want the best fuel economy you need to go to the 3:31 rear axle ratio which will require you get 18" wheels. I made a mistake here. The 4x4 F350's front axle weight rating range from 4400 lbs to 6000 lbs depending on wheel base cab configuration and engine. The F350 diesel 4x4 crew cab has a normal computer selected front axle weight rating of 5600 lbs regardless of tire size. Selecting camper package should up grade the front axle rating 1 level higher than the normal computer selected axle which would be 6000 lbs which is the same springs as the snow plow option. Thanks for checking up! Listening to you experts it really does look like going with the camper package is the safest option. Especially as we are buying this type of truck specifically because it's a towing beast! Bottom line is that no matter what type of RV we get in the future... towing now with our 28' Travel trailer or upgrading to a a 5th wheel as the kids get bigger or downgrading later on to a camper shell after the kids have left home. I want this new truck to be able to do anything I throw at it! Some folks have said that for my 27' TT then this is over kill. Which is absolutely true!.. but I NEVER want to be limited by my truck when selecting an RV. A little additional information for you: my F350 4x4 crew cab has an empty (driver in but no passengers or camper) front axle weight of 4900 lbs. To stay within my gvwr I could only carry 3100 lbs of camper and passengers. This number would be the same regardless of whether I have the camper package or not. The question that needs answering is ..... How much weight would a 3100 lb camper put on my front axle? Very likely 700 lbs would be close. So what I am getting at is that, if you see yourself carrying a camper heavier than 3100 lbs maybe a dually is something you might want to consider buying rather than being concerned about the camper package.
4x4ord 01/13/15 06:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Specific Question on F350's

The camper package is of no significance on the diesel F350 because it already has the heavy front axle and rear stabalizer. The 20" tires are rated for more weight than are the 18" tires. (3750 lbs per tire for the 20" and 3640 for the 18" tires) The 20" rims will give you a little more "stability" due to their lower profile. 20 wheels also provide for a little lower rpm at highway speed if you are getting the 3:55 rear end. This lower rpm will equate to a little better fuel economy. If you want the best fuel economy you need to go to the 3:31 rear axle ratio which will require you get 18" wheels. I made a mistake here. The 4x4 F350's front axle weight rating range from 4400 lbs to 6000 lbs depending on wheel base cab configuration and engine. The F350 diesel 4x4 crew cab has a normal computer selected front axle weight rating of 5600 lbs regardless of tire size. Selecting camper package should up grade the front axle rating 1 level higher than the normal computer selected axle which would be 6000 lbs which is the same springs as the snow plow option.
4x4ord 01/12/15 01:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Specific Question on F350's

Yes the 2015 Power Stroke has a driver controlled exhaust brake. A unique feature to the new Power Stroke exhaust brake is that the level of exhaust braking can be reduced by slight pressure on the accelerator.
4x4ord 01/12/15 07:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Specific Question on F350's

The camper package is of no significance on the diesel F350 because it already has the heavy front axle and rear stabalizer. The 20" tires are rated for more weight than are the 18" tires. (3750 lbs per tire for the 20" and 3640 for the 18" tires) The 20" rims will give you a little more "stability" due to their lower profile. 20 wheels also provide for a little lower rpm at highway speed if you are getting the 3:55 rear end. This lower rpm will equate to a little better fuel economy. If you want the best fuel economy you need to go to the 3:31 rear axle ratio which will require you get 18" wheels.
4x4ord 01/12/15 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: How much is an RV parking space at home worth to you?

I don't know if I'll do it or not but I am considering buying two lots side by side. On one lot build our new house and the other lot would be a very large garage (which would include a bay large enough for a 55' long RV) with an apartment above the car bays. Just a thought.
4x4ord 01/10/15 08:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toy hauler tongue weight

Having at least 10% of the total trailer weight on your hitch is necessary. I would definitely feel better about overloading your Toyota's hitch a bit than towing without adequate tongue weight.
4x4ord 01/10/15 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Freezing temps and def fluid

I bet you could let the DEF freeze and unhook the Def tank heating element and not burn Def all winter.
4x4ord 01/09/15 08:20am Tow Vehicles
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