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Old 12-09-2008, 02:18 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried the new Ford 150 with the 6 speed trans? I would like to no how it will do with a 25 and 28 AS behine it.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:34 PM   #2
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This speaks volumes as to how the sales of new vehicles are being impacted, no response. Well, I can tell you our 08 is incredible, and if I can keep our company going, the lease is due for a 2010 model. Fingers crossed Ford will survive. I just wonder what the choices will be in 2 years, the world will be much different indeed.
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:14 AM   #3
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But, one thing, you are certainly in a buyers market - there are many deals to be had. I have read that Ford is the strongest of the three. Best of success,
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:48 PM   #4
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We weren't particularly thrilled with the way our 2004 F-150 (with a 5.4L Triton V-8) was towing our '08 28 ft Safari - especially on New Mexico and Colorado hills. We just traded it for a new 2008 F-250 with a Powestroke diesel. We'll have the new truck on Monday and we'll take our maiden voyage with it over New Years at the Pacacho Peak Rally.

I have no problem buying an new Ford right now. If any of the Big-3 survive, Ford will.
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:01 PM   #5
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I would like to throw this Question out again as I am looking around for a TV. Has anyone tried the 2009 F150 with the Max Payload & Max Tow package? I spoke with a dealer this past weekend and he only can find two in the state of Ga with the 11,300lb pkge and LWB.
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:28 PM   #6
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YES I did max one out. It was incredible. It pulled fantastic.

The new 5.4 liter 3v is awesome, The Torqueshift while it likes to shift at higher RPM's then I care to have it, I would put it up against anything out there.

I have a Super Duty. I contimplated downsizeing. My Race Trailer comes in between 11800 lbs and 12500. I loaded it up to 12500 and my buddy the saleman came home with me, we hooked it up. It didnt squat as much as I thought it would. We put on the bars, and went for a ride. It wasnt my SuperDuty. But she would make anyone proud. This truck had 3:73 gears. My SuperDuty has 4:10's.

Once the tranny calms down, say 1500 miles or the dealer can reflash it. ( they did mine) Towing anything, Is a pleasure in any condition. He called his buddy to see if we could get a tundra over here. The dealers are next to each other. His boss said No. I also had a Hemi 1/2 ton. It also did a great job.
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:39 PM   #7
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Thanks,
Since Posting the question I have found out that I cannot get the F150 Lariat with a Max Tow pkge only the Max Payload. The Dealer told me to bring the A/S in and we would hook it up and I could try it out. I have towed with my 2001F150 and a F250 superduty and it is a big difference. I am glad you replied and advised the New 150 with Max Tow can stand the pressure. I know that the max payload does not have the 9.75 axle and heavy bushings but you can still get 3.73 gears. Do you think the new brakes could handle the A/S in the event the trailer brakes failed?
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I have just under 22k miles towing a 28 safari with a 2008 f150 lariat with all the packages. All nationwide and most in the western regions. The lease is coming up and am going to buy it. Main reason is lease rates have gone through the roof and i just do not like the front grill and overall look of the newer model.

I can say with total confidence this truck has exceeded expectations. Yesterday towing home to michigan from colorado in almost 100 degree heat and running 70mph all day the temp gauge was steady. Every check up i ask the ford technician how does the tranny fluid look and rear end. Always the same answer, just need an oil change sir.

Look, I think this truck could tow a 34 all day, sure you have to work the 5.4 a little on hills, but it loves it. Why anyone would buy a 3/4 and diesel is beyond me for a 25 or even a 30 footer. Besides, no 3/4 will ever have the center shift console of the Lariat, and that is a comfort/appearance benefit that in my opinion is non negotiable.
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Do you have the 3:55 or 3:73 gears? What kind of mpg are you getting at 70mph? Our Classic will push 6,500 to 7,000 lbs, what does your safari weigh?
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3:73 and all the tow packages and misc. i was getting around 13.5 coming home at 65 to 70 and very little head wind. Many trips out west and climbing steep mount have yielded 9 to 11.5. I leave her in drive and let the tranny work on hills. The 28 safari weighs in at approx 5800 dry and i had it weighed some time back as we travel at around 6600lb.

Great combination, and the f150 is a beautiful balance of engineering and comfort. She takes the pounding and not the streamer. I hate diesels for all they represent, expense, smell and just not needed for what we do. I even avoid the damn gas stations that have it as i do not want it on my shoes. last few fill up I used e85 at around 1.85/gallon. Sweet smell of booze going in the tank. Good luck.
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"I would like to throw this Question out again as I am looking around for a TV. Has anyone tried the 2009 F150 with the Max Payload & Max Tow package? I spoke with a dealer this past weekend and he only can find two in the state of Ga with the 11,300lb pkge and LWB."

Just as a thought, look outside the area of Georgia...we just bought an F150...there were several available with the 3.55 tow package in south Florida...but the 3.73 Heavy Duty Tow PKG was limited, but we saw a beauty (LARIET PKG) at Wayne Akers Ford in Palm Beach County Florida. With the incentive PKG they were asking around $32,000. Tell them that Barb and Wendy from Fort Lauderdale sent you.

Good Luck with your search and remember you don't have to settle.
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I doubt your going to find anyone that can say "I have one and it's horrible". The normal '09 F150 with regular tow package is well documented to be a great tow vehicle.

This is just a F150 with an upgraded bumper, tow hooks, bigger oil coolers, upgraded rear springs, upgraded eye bushings, 20:1 steering gear, manual slide out tow mirrors, 3.73 rear differential.

Nothing in there is new, it's all been known to make towing easier & safer, wrapped up in a nice package called Max Trailer Tow for $450.
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