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Old 10-12-2017, 06:08 AM   #155
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Will do! Preparing for couple months long trip to Florida. Working right now on getting 1000 miles on the truck to meet the warranty requirement before towing. Hope to hook-up and test tow for at least one day. Want to head to a huge parking lot and practice backing up. This new F250 SD is a bit longer than my old truck and with this new hitch, want to make sure of swing arks and get total length.
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:47 AM   #156
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Working on that 1000 miles myself... hard to work in enough city miles to give the lower gears some wear in time!
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:55 AM   #157
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Working on that 1000 miles myself... hard to work in enough city miles to give the lower gears some wear in time!
Where did you hear you needed to wait 1000M anymore for break in period? I thought the same thing, but in talking with several Ford folks, I was told the new trucks all go through an extensive break in period prior to delivery at the factory? Anyone else herd this? I know I was told 1000 miles break in prior to pulling anything with my 2012 F150 EB. I was very focused on this with my new F250 when I purchased in June, since I had to pull a small UHaul from TX to Oregon to pickup my new 28' a week after purchase, which is why I asked several folks including service guys. I just called the service guys again to ask, and they said no break in period anymore.
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Where did you hear you needed to wait 1000M anymore for break in period? I thought the same thing, but in talking with several Ford folks, I was told the new trucks all go through an extensive break in period prior to delivery at the factory? Anyone else herd this? I know I was told 1000 miles break in prior to pulling anything with my 2012 F150 EB. I was very focused on this with my new F250 when I purchased in June, since I had to pull a small UHaul from TX to Oregon to pickup my new 28' a week after purchase, which is why I asked several folks including service guys. I just called the service guys again to ask, and they said no break in period anymore.
Engines get broken in at factories these days, but the towing recommendation is more about additional loads on drivetrain components, including the differential(s).

The 1600 km/1000 mile recommendation is in the owner's manual. Sounds like the service guys you are talking to didn't read the manuals.
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Old 10-12-2017, 02:27 PM   #159
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Check page 31 of this Ford document for 1000 miles before towing.

https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...wing_Guide.pdf
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:41 PM   #160
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Yep very plainly stated in the manual, Just crossing the t's and dotting all the i's as it were... figure there's a reason...
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Old 10-12-2017, 10:36 PM   #161
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Yep very plainly stated in the manual, Just crossing the t's and dotting all the i's as it were... figure there's a reason...
I started towing almost from day one, just made sure I worked through the gears a bit, varied the rpm's (which it pretty much does on its own with a load behind it), and didn't go too crazy. Towing a 7-9000 lbs trailer is such a light load on these trucks, it's probably better than no load for the break-in period.
I worked for a Cat dealer for 32 years, our customers sure didn't take it easy before blade hit dirt.
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I chugged around town for the first 1,000 miles before towing anything.

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Old 10-13-2017, 08:34 AM   #163
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My 2017 F250 manual says 'at least' 1,000 miles before towing. I had 1,500 on mine before hitching up to our 25'.
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Well, I should have read the manual first instead of taking the dealers input, but several folks working there said same about no break in period needed anymore. I had about 500 miles before I hitched up the UHaul to head for Oregon...not much weight on the back, but still I wish I had read the manual now.

I called the dealer again today and mentioned the manual recommending a 1000K miles break in. The service manager said they do an extensive break in on all the new engines, prior to sending to the dealers. He said they started doing that a few years back to avoid any issues with new owners. He said they have not had any issues at their dealership in past several years with the 6.7. I agree that probably better to error on side of the manual than take dealers word, but hey, I now have 17K miles with no issues so far...we shall see.
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:29 PM   #165
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Surely yer safe, between their break in and your 500 ...
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I would not sweat the break in thing. The idea is to get all the systems "settled in" and not just the engine. Brakes, transmission, rear end, and who knows what else all get sorted out in the first part of the operating period. Does yours take 100 miles to settle in? Maybe. Does any truck really take 1,000 miles? Probably not ....

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Old 10-15-2017, 08:40 AM   #167
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Installed the polished Stainless Steel SUPER DUTY letters on the tailgate. Finished up with bolting the hitch head on the drop down shank. About 100 miles more and I'll hitch up and start the final adjustment for the weight distribution setup.
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