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Old 10-17-2018, 12:49 AM   #113
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I would start by saying I'm still breaking it in, varying speed all the time, not driv8ng for fuel economy, etc. At 800 miles up to 24.0 mpg, also just got the tonneau cover on so that should help a bit too. Next question, my 150 is 4x4, is the Dodge? Then of course city vs highway driving, just so many variables to consider when doing a 1 on 1 comparison like this. I would love 40 mpg, but I'm still impressed with the 24 though, and like the 600 mile range it's calling for on a full tank. Obviously that will change while towing though
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Yes. Every bell and whistle includes 4x4. Sometimes I wish it were not so I could hold more stuff but when I needed 4x4 in the past with my GMC I was happy I had it.

Say, what is the big deal about fuel tank size? With two adults and two dogs needing to stretch legs and duty trips, who on earth drives 4 to 6 hours without stopping? I don't get it. Besides, those extra 10 gallons costs another 90 lbs of payload as well as less MPG.

I'm quite new at this but I'm a pretty quick study but have always wondered why a person wants to carry around so much extra fuel.
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:40 PM   #114
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One reason for extra fuel is fuel stations can be kind of far apart out west I hear. Otherwise I'm with you, tiny bladder means I'm ready to stop all the time. Lol
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:57 AM   #115
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One reason for extra fuel is fuel stations can be kind of far apart out west I hear. Otherwise I'm with you, tiny bladder means I'm ready to stop all the time. Lol
Fuel stations are pretty much everywhere on the I5 corridor from Canada to Mexico, and it's pretty much the same for all the State routes going east/west. Finding reasonably priced fuel is a whole 'nother thing.

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Old 10-18-2018, 10:28 AM   #116
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Why I want more fuel capacity. Stopping for fuel is more trouble pulling a trailer than not pulling. I like having enough fuel capacity to only have to go into a station once a day or maybe even to be able to fill up most of the time when I am unhooked. I like stopping for restroom breaks and lunch not at gas stations. I drive a diesel with a good bit of range. Not sure what I would do if I had to stop every 150 miles for fuel but it would be an adjustment that I do not want to make. There were many stretches with no fuel for 100 or so miles on our trip this summer. Having a little capacity makes planning for these easier to arrange.
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:13 AM   #117
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Why I want more fuel capacity. Stopping for fuel is more trouble pulling a trailer than not pulling. I like having enough fuel capacity to only have to go into a station once a day or maybe even to be able to fill up most of the time when I am unhooked. I like stopping for restroom breaks and lunch not at gas stations. I drive a diesel with a good bit of range. Not sure what I would do if I had to stop every 150 miles for fuel but it would be an adjustment that I do not want to make. There were many stretches with no fuel for 100 or so miles on our trip this summer. Having a little capacity makes planning for these easier to arrange.
Hey Bill,

Twenty-six gallons will get me far enough down the road to where I think I'm going to burst. My range on a fill up is normally well over 400 and nearly 500 depending on wind direction.

Carrying an extra 40% weight around all the time in hopes to find cheaper diesel down the road seems to be counter productive. The MPG wasted will never make up for the 10-50 cents a gallon down the road. But, that's me.

I live by the Gas Buddy app. That has saved us some serious coin. It's almost certain to give you an exact price 200 miles ahead which gives me the flexibility of where I fill up.

I've often stopped for a couple snacks or a lunch without filling up but, that makes me fortunate.

Anyway, I guess I'm saying, I'm not a belt AND suspender wearing kinda guy. But I definitely have my quirks.
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:39 AM   #118
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Police use a variety of different vehicles. The bidding is actually quite competitive. And the rear springs of that Focus would be at capacity before you even put the stinger in the hitch receiver. I bet the payload sticker actually says “one Dominos pizza and two teenagers” lol.

Can we hear more about the F150 Diesel now???
Is there a Ford F150 in diesel now? I hadn't heard.
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:37 PM   #119
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Hey Bill,

Twenty-six gallons will get me far enough down the road to where I think I'm going to burst. My range on a fill up is normally well over 400 and nearly 500 depending on wind direction.

Carrying an extra 40% weight around all the time in hopes to find cheaper diesel down the road seems to be counter productive. The MPG wasted will never make up for the 10-50 cents a gallon down the road. But, that's me.

I live by the Gas Buddy app. That has saved us some serious coin. It's almost certain to give you an exact price 200 miles ahead which gives me the flexibility of where I fill up.

I've often stopped for a couple snacks or a lunch without filling up but, that makes me fortunate.

Anyway, I guess I'm saying, I'm not a belt AND suspender wearing kinda guy. But I definitely have my quirks.
Well, you're carrying an extra 40% more FUEL weight... which translates to about 1.2% of the weight of my F150 alone (loaded for a trip) or about 0.6% of the weight of the whole rig. The "extra weight affects gas mileage" numbers tossed about on the internet are extremes... adding 70 lb to a Fiesta is going to make WAY more difference than adding 70 lb to an F150... I'll bet if you could save 50 cents/gallon every fillup by having more range it would MORE than offset the real-world difference 70 extra pounds of diesel would make in MPG.

And yeah, I have the big tank in my gas-fired F150. The only time it hurts is when I run it down below 1/4 tank and have to see those big numbers on the pump.
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Old 10-24-2018, 05:53 PM   #120
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Xfish I transport 28s & larger with 1/2 ton diesel. 28s are tongue heavy and normally require a good WDH setup especially wet, set by CAT scale results to have the most stable & safe setup. Even with an HD platform they are best set up that way. With a turbo I’m not sure why the EB would be redling. It’s faster than my ED and it normally climbs the grades with those trailers at 55 without ever turning more than 3k.

Coming down mine does have the benefit of a turbo & transmission brake and I do depending on weight & road conditions use the trailer brake controller to help control speed. I mean I use the truck brakes also if I need to stop on the grade but can’t imagine you would ever need to heat them up just to control speed coming down the mountain. Even with over 9K behind me never were the brakes hot or marginal. But I do tow mountain grades pretty much weekly so maybe it’s just being very experienced in doing it.

But agreed for a 1/2 ton to assure to confidently & safely control a wet 28 plus on those grades you would need to utilize the scales & set up WDH truck & trailer to meet factory specs.

As to a 26 gallon tank for the 1/2 ton diesel, I usually stop every 350ish miles for fuel. It’s enough in my experience. I have pushed a plum full to fumes to 400 miles towing when I was distracted.
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I puirchased our 2018 F150 Diesel this past November. After 6000 of miles I couldn’t be more happy with the truck. We sold our 2006 Airstream Bambi this past April for exactly what we paid for it in 2008 and bought a new 20’ Flying Cloud a month later. Our first trip with the new F150 turbo diesel was to The Villages in Florida last month. The Bambi GVW is 5000 lbs and the towing capicity of F150 diesel 4x4 is 11,400 lbs. Traveling at 60 mph while towing our mpg is between 17 and 18 mpg. The 10 speed transmission is as smooth as silk and there is plenary of power. The best part is the 26 to 28 mpg I can get when not towing, Couldn’t be happier!
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I'm thinking about buying a 150 diesel. What has oil changes and DEF cost over the 6K you have on it?
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I puirchased our 2018 F150 Diesel this past November. After 6000 of miles I couldn’t be more happy with the truck. We sold our 2006 Airstream Bambi this past April for exactly what we paid for it in 2008 and bought a new 20’ Flying Cloud a month later. Our first trip with the new F150 turbo diesel was to The Villages in Florida last month. The Bambi GVW is 5000 lbs and the towing capicity of F150 diesel 4x4 is 11,400 lbs. Traveling at 60 mph while towing our mpg is between 17 and 18 mpg. The 10 speed transmission is as smooth as silk and there is plenary of power. The best part is the 26 to 28 mpg I can get when not towing, Couldn’t be happier!
That's great news! Can you tell me what the gear axle ration is on your truck? Thanks, Kim
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:35 PM   #124
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I'm wondering if the new F 150's have a transmission oil temp reading in the display? I know that it doesn't have a guage, but the display offers more data if you scroll through it. I ask this because the new Duramax Colorado has that feature. Tranny temp is as important as engine oil temp.
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You can get it turned on using a program called ForScan, which you can find on the F150 forum: https://www.f150forum.com/f118/forsc...-truck-348987/

There are a lot of postings there, but it does allow you to make modifications to the 2015+ F-150s. I added water and tranny temp readouts on the dash, seat and steering wheel temp controls to the home screen of my Sync 3, and auto folding towing mirrors (fold when truck is locked, unfold when unlocked). Lots of other computer controlled mods available with the program. Check it out. And if you decide you don't like or want a mod you made, you can reverse it, though you need to keep the original settings (save As Built file).

I'm considering going from my 2016 to a 2019 and plan on using Forscan to make some mods when I do.
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I'm wondering if the new F 150's have a transmission oil temp reading in the display? I know that it doesn't have a guage, but the display offers more data if you scroll through it. I ask this because the new Duramax Colorado has that feature. Tranny temp is as important as engine oil temp.
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You can get it turned on using a program called ForScan, which you can find on the F150 forum: https://www.f150forum.com/f118/forsc...-truck-348987/

Without any additional tools, I have been able to get the trans temp to display in the speedo display. You have several items to select from.



I second xyzabe on Forscan. With a windows laptop and a ~$30 plug in gizmo you can make a number of modifications. Turn off "fake" engine sound, enable fog and hi-beam headlights simultaneously ("Bambi mode"), correct speedo readings when changing tire size, disable double horn beep if engine running, etc. It's a pretty straight forward procedure to make changes and the F150 forum and Forscan forums have a number of very helpful folks to assist if you have problems. Forscan works on most Ford and Mazda vehicles manufactured after about 2010.
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