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RE: Difference between 4.30 & 3.55 gears

May I inquire what you're pulling? Yes you may: 2014 Bighorn 15800# and 2016 Palomino T/C with loaded weight of 3950# (which includes tongue weight of 10' utility trailer and Super Truss Hitch system) Hope this answers your questions. Also, to all who have responded, many thanks. I was told by Ford salesman that the higher the number on rear end gears, the better the fuel mileage. I tend NOT to believe everything I am told, thus the question for those with actual over the highway experience. Lakeside Why are you considering an F450? In my mind the F250; F350 and f450 are all basically the same truck. The f250 should be discontinued as it has nothing to offer. The f450 has 4.30 gears because it is designed for towing 25000 to 32000 lbs. The truck designed for your trailer is the F350. I take it you want dual wheels? According to Fords build and price on their website, the gear ratios available in the dually are 3.55 and 4.10. unless your towing extremely heavy or spending much time off road the 3.55 gears will be better suited and give better fuel economy especially when not loaded.
4x4ord 08/29/16 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Difference between 4.30 & 3.55 gears

275/65r 20 are approximately 34.1 inch diameter.
4x4ord 08/29/16 06:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F-450

I don't recall ever seeing an RV heavy enough to warrant a 4:30 rear axle. I think the F350 is almost always a more suitable choice for RV use.
4x4ord 08/24/16 06:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1956 F100 what can it pull?

I have a C6 that I put in a piece of farm machinery that sees heavy use. 22000 lb gvw It spends it's time off road. I used the rear planetary gear set from a 4 speed overdrive transmission to get a lower first gear and a Hughes Performance torque converter to couple it to a 535 cid stroker. It has a very low speed final drive....top speed us about 60 mph. It has worked well.....nothing like a 6 speed behind a new diesel but I would think it would handle 15000lb truck and trailer combo. You'll want a big transmission cooler.
4x4ord 08/23/16 07:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch From Diesel to Gas.

The diesel engines that work in our equipment, work in extremely dusty conditions. The engines will typically be going through about 25 gallons of fuel per hour. A Cat C13 for instance holds about 34 liters of oil. Depending on the manufacturer oil change intervals are recommended at anywhere from 250 - 600 hours of operation (and they are not specifying synthetic). So even at 250 hours the oil is changed every 6250 gallons of fuel which is every 184 gallons of fuel per liter of engine oil capacity. If I applied this line of logic to my Ford which typically burns about 4 gallons of fuel per hour I would be changing the oil every 640 hours or about every 25,000 miles of operation. I use synthetic and change it every 15000 miles.
4x4ord 08/20/16 10:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch From Diesel to Gas.

... I see people talking about how a diesel oil/fuel filter change costs a lot more, but they (purposely)fail to mention that diesels have two to three times longer fluid change intervals. ... True, but the CTD also has a minimum 6 months oil change interval. IOW they want you change your oil 2x per year at a minimum. My Ecoboost didn't have this requirement and I typically only changed it 1x per year. That, plus the fuel filter changes mean that my annual maintenance expenses will increase from ~C$100 to probably ~C$700, as I'm getting just too old and lazy to do that stuff myself. But we knew all that when we bought the CTD. Dunno if the other big diesels have similar maintenance regimes or not. The other way to look at that 6 month oil change interval is to say "I'm going to change my oil once a year and if I only get 20 years out of the engine as a result ... Oh well."
4x4ord 08/19/16 08:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: who says a ecoboost can't haul a load

That's a cool looking GM crew cab with the 2 tone paint. I always liked them from that era. Had myself 99 Tahoe in blue/pewter similar to that one. Thanks, I ordered the truck from the factory back in 1993 and I have never seen another one exactly like it. The picture is from about a year ago when it was 23 years old. For about the first 10 years of its life I often received compliments.
4x4ord 08/15/16 03:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: who says a ecoboost can't haul a load

Here's my old GM with about a 4700 lb payload. The GVWR of that old truck was 9200 lbs and I think its tare weight was around 7200. What trucks do and what trucks "should" do are often unrelated. http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k585/4x4ord/IMG_20141123_140214_zps894d09d4.jpg height=600
4x4ord 08/14/16 07:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: So what are folks average MPG when towing

It Is what it is, If I was worried about it I would have never bought the 5er, all you can do is Slow down. IMHO Ditto. If I was worried about getting good mileage, I wouldn't being towing. I look at it like this: It's a cost of having fun. I want to know how my Ford compares to the other brands. When I purchase my next truck if I know that the Ram will use 10% less fuel than my Ford it means that over a 5 year period of ownership it would save me about $3000 on fuel. So if the Ford purchase price is $5k more I will have to question whether I would be willing to pay that plus another $3k on fuel. I don't really care what the name on my tailgate is.
4x4ord 08/14/16 10:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: So what are folks average MPG when towing

I've been checking my lie-o-meter at every fill up for the last while. It has been out by a minimum of 4% and a maximum of 6% each time. Always reading poorer fuel economy than what the actual has been.
4x4ord 08/14/16 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch From Diesel to Gas.

I am off road a bit with my truck and we have snow 3 or 4 months of the year so a 4x4 is a must. If you haven't needed 4 wheel drive in the last 5 years you likely wont miss it in the next 5 either. You'll get better fuel economy without it. The one little advantage that 4 wheel drive might give you is that there are occasions when you might appreciate the low range of 4 low such as when backing a heavy trailer up on blocks.
4x4ord 08/14/16 08:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F-450 Super Ike Gaunlet

2000 lbs of tongue weight is 2000lbs of payload. If the wheel base is approx 160" and the distance from the center of the rear axle to the center of the trailer ball hitch is say 60" then the weight that 2000 lbs tongue weight would add to the rear axle is 2750 lbs. So the 2000 lb tongue load would add 2750 to the rear axle and cause 750 lbs to be removed from the front axle.
4x4ord 08/14/16 12:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ford Super Duty Review: First Drive

"Has anyone seen payload info on the new SD? I read all the gross towing specs, however I haven't seen the payload info. We'll be on the market later this year, and we want to stick with a SRW. " Your probably aware that on the Ford website most of the Payload numbers are listed as to be determined. I think the truck is supposed to be about 300 lbs lighter and have heavier axles and stronger frames so because my 2016 SRW diesel cc 4x4 has a payload of around 3400 lbs I am quite confident that the 2017 will be at least 3700 lbs. How much payload are you needing?
4x4ord 08/13/16 08:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ford Super Duty Tech and Specs Revealed

Both trailer and truck are getting some years on them but they would have been pretty much top of the line when they were new. Good for you for not getting sucked in to needing new.
4x4ord 08/13/16 03:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ford Super Duty Tech and Specs Revealed

I agree many people buy what they don't need and have high levels of debt that they struggle with. There are also many people who could easily afford $100,000 for a vehicle. I guess the problem is that too many people can't seem to discipline themselves to buy only what they can afford. It is probably common for wealthy people to be driving old $20,000 trucks and people who struggle with finances to drive the fancy new ones.
4x4ord 08/12/16 08:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ford Super Duty Tech and Specs Revealed

It kind of depends how you look at it. In 1993 a loaded diesel crew cab 1 ton listed at about $32000. Now a middle of the road gasoline 1/2 ton would be a nicer, more powerful and more capable truck. I believe a 1/2 ton now is much more affordable to a young family than what a loaded diesel was 25 years ago.
4x4ord 08/12/16 07:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch From Diesel to Gas.

The gross vehicle weight rating of your trailer is just over the max tow rating of an F150. If I wanted to save money as my main objective I would look into buying an F150 with the 3.5L Ecco Boost. If I really wanted a Super Duty I would likely purchase a slightly used F350 with the 6.7 diesel before buying a brand new F250 gas. But I'm sure the 6.2 gas engine would have no trouble pulling a 12000 lb trailer.
4x4ord 08/11/16 09:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pleasant surprise

If you fill to the first shut off every time the overall average will be right...individual fills could be slightly off. My brother and I both have 2016 platinums. We both fill at the same pump and his display is very close to exact. less than 1/2 of 1 percent error. This is the kind of accuracy I experienced with my 2011. My 2016 seems to be between 3 and 4 % off. It always takes less fuel to refill the tank than what the display indicates I've burned. After accounting for the less fuel that Ive used my mileage is still not satisfactory. Last trip was 8.7 miles per US gallon ... round trip, 75 mph, 100" inch wide trailer, GCVW was 23400 lbs. The truck handles it like there is nothing back there on most hills but saying Ford together with fuel economy is an oxymoron as far as I'm concerned. My brother gets very similar mileage pulling his trailer which is the same width and height but about 2500 lbs lighter. I also have three brother in laws, each with 2015 F350 SRW Platinums and although it is very difficult to get any one of them to say a negative word about a Ford truck they all get similar milage to mine.
4x4ord 08/08/16 03:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Silly Truck Trends

I removed the ugly chrome Powerstroke emblems from my truck and came real close to removing the "PLATINUM" down the side as well. The chrome on the tailgate would have definitely been gone had I been able to remove it without leaving holes in the tailgate. Now that I've gotten use to the truck I don't mind the look of it so much. I probably could have gotten use to the Powerstroke logo as well. Lowering the truck would be nice...my RV would sit level when hooked up and it would probably get better fuel economy.
4x4ord 08/07/16 04:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pleasant surprise

The computer accurately measures the fuel used. When hand calculating there is room for error if the truck is filled differently from one fill to the next. (either different method of filling or on account of the truck sitting a little different, different nozzle). I drove the truck from Texas to Alberta Canada pulling a 20,000 lb trailer when the truck was new. I hand calculated at every fuel stop and found it to be remarkably accurate. Then out of the blue my hand calculation disagreed with the display. The display showed worse than the calculator. I thought it was odd that all of a sudden the truck was getting a little better fuel economy......then the next fill the hand calculation worked out to be worse than the display and I realized that I must have not quite got the truck full the one time. Huh?!? That makes even worse sense. Your fuel tank can only hold so much and there isn't going to be a major difference(i.e. more than 1 gallon) from one fill up to the unless you were filling up on a huge incline difference from the last fill up or the pump is off. Either one is highly unlikely statistically. Even if you did put a half a gallon difference (which is unlikely) then it will only alter the result by .3 mpg and even less if you were towing since the less fuel mileage you get the less difference it makes. And no, the computer does not physically measure fuel used. It uses an algorithm with readings from multiple sensors to determine the estimated fuel used with miles traveled. I can't say what I did wrong when fueling the one time but the point is that I made an error and when my calculation was different than the computer it was the hand calculation that was off. As far as the computer measuring fuel used goes, I imagime it would work something like this: Depending on the power demand, the computer tells the injectors to open for a very specific length of time "knowing" at the specified rail pressure exactly what amount of fuel will be injected on each power stroke. It might only be a fraction of a cc each time but it can easily keep a running total. This is likely why the after market programmers that tamper with the rail pressure can screw up the accuracy of the mileage meter.
4x4ord 08/06/16 07:04am Tow Vehicles
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