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Old 01-24-2015, 10:34 AM   #71
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Old 01-24-2015, 05:53 PM   #72
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Hi, my shank dragged a few times so I cut it off. The receiver on my F-150 is about four inches higher than the one on my Lincoln, so even if I didn't cut it, it won't work on my F-150. My Navigator has a solid rear axle not full independent suspension.

And the question is: Why did your shank drag while my Expedition [similar vehicle] doesn't? Well my answer is that my Lincoln has rear air suspension and while hitching and unhitching there is a process of opening and closing doors, and putting trans in gear with engine running and waiting for the suspension to pump up. Some times I take off before it is completely pumped up. Therefore it has dragged. Also Lincolns sit lower than Expeditions and two wheel drive models sit lower than four wheel drive models. Mine is two wheel drive.
Thank you for the comprehensive explanation. It now makes total sense. I'm looking to replace my Expedition in a year or two and am torn between the F-150 and a new ecoboost Expedition. I look forward to hearing your impressions as you travel with the new truck.
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Bob, Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I'm considering the new F-150 Eco and this thread is just perfect.
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Bob, Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I'm considering the new F-150 Eco and this thread is just perfect.
Hi, DuncanK1; I'm glad that this thread is of benefit to you and others on this forum.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:12 AM   #76
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Watch out, watch out, beep - beep - beep.

Hi, everyone; I'm still getting used to my new truck. The other day we went out for lunch and parked right in front of Benihanas restaurant. All of the isles are angled and not really large enough for a truck such as mine. [No problem what so ever for the Lincoln] Anyway while I was backing out of my space, I have two huge mirrors to look through, one inside mirror, and a back-up camera to watch. Well I was going from mirror to mirror to camera and beep, beep, beep. I looked into my left mirror and saw that I was getting pretty close to another parked vehicle. Good thing that I also have back-up sensors. I love those; They catch what you don't, but should see. This is something that I'm still getting used to.
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Love this six speed transmission.

Hi, trying different things to see how they work and I have been playing with my trans. While going down hills, I coast or use my brakes, but need practice for when towing. [which I haven't done yet] I read that when towing, and going down hill, with "Tow Haul" mode turned on, each time that you hit the brakes the trans will down shift. And it does. This is cool. No more manually shifting like I have been doing with my Lincoln.

But this is even cooler than I thought; I was going down a long hill and didn't want to speed, so I turned on my "Tow Haul" mode, and at about 60 MPH I let off of the throttle. Each time that my truck passed 60 MPH it down shifted by its self. It went from 6th gear to 5th gear to 4th gear and held my speed until we hit the bottom of the hill. [no hitting of the brakes] After getting to the bottom of the hill I turned my "Tow Haul" off.
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Hi, we need to start or finish our landscaping at our house. So we are going to nurseries for plants, trees and other supplies. Yesterday we bought a few small trees and some small plants. Open the tailgate and roll up my Retrax Pro bed cover, and load up the truck. Then close the cover as far as it will go, with a tree sticking out of the bed, and lock it in place. This works as good as I hoped it would. Today it was Home Depot time and my bed cover was adjusted for the load.

(1.) Picture taken just before closing my tailgate.

(2.) My Baby Blue Spruce, one of many plants that we bought yesterday.
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It's great hearing your first impressions. I can't wait to get my hands on a new truck (probably next spring).

Is the reversing system reliable enough for you to just watch the cameras and listen to the beeps or do you still need to rely on the old Mk 1 Eyeball and get out and look?

I read somewhere you need to get at least 1000 miles on before you tow, and maybe do an oil change - is that the plan?
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Hi, trying different things to see how they work and I have been playing with my trans. While going down hills, I coast or use my brakes, but need practice for when towing. [which I haven't done yet] I read that when towing, and going down hill, with "Tow Haul" mode turned on, each time that you hit the brakes the trans will down shift. And it does. This is cool. No more manually shifting like I have been doing with my Lincoln.

But this is even cooler than I thought; I was going down a long hill and didn't want to speed, so I turned on my "Tow Haul" mode, and at about 60 MPH I let off of the throttle. Each time that my truck passed 60 MPH it down shifted by its self. It went from 6th gear to 5th gear to 4th gear and held my speed until we hit the bottom of the hill. [no hitting of the brakes] After getting to the bottom of the hill I turned my "Tow Haul" off.
Bob, as you have discovered, the Tow/Haul feature works the same whether you are towing or not. However, I have found that some times you do not want it to downshift to the next gear. Also it sometimes takes a lot of gas pedal pressure (and speed) to get it to upshift a gear. I have found that the manual gear shift button is often more desirable method of controlling your up and down shifts, especially when towing so you don't unnecessarily shift down more than needed in tow/haul. Give it a try!
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When's the first tow planned?

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Hi, don't have any plans as of now; My dealer sold me a hitch shank that is too long vertically and I waiting for them to get the shank that I need.

(1.) This is the suggested shank. Too low.

(2.) This looks like it would be great for plowing my fields, if I had some, but I don't. Unlike my other shank, this one says not to cut it.

(3.) This is my Lincoln shank with the hitch lowered by one hole. It fit nice, but the set bolt has nothing to hit against since I cut the last hole off of it. So I need a new shank like my old one, but not cut.
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It's great hearing your first impressions. I can't wait to get my hands on a new truck (probably next spring).

Is the reversing system reliable enough for you to just watch the cameras and listen to the beeps or do you still need to rely on the old Mk 1 Eyeball and get out and look?

I read somewhere you need to get at least 1000 miles on before you tow, and maybe do an oil change - is that the plan?
Hi, The reverse sensing system works like the one on my Lincoln; It beeps when you are fairly close, beeps faster as you get closer, and a solid beep when you are less than one foot away.

With three mirrors and a back-up camera, you still can't see vehicles coming down the isle. So I back out slowly.

I have the 1000 miles [Ring and pinion break-in] and my first oil change will be when my truck says it's time.
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Bob, as you have discovered, the Tow/Haul feature works the same whether you are towing or not. However, I have found that some times you do not want it to downshift to the next gear. Also it sometimes takes a lot of gas pedal pressure (and speed) to get it to upshift a gear. I have found that the manual gear shift button is often more desirable method of controlling your up and down shifts, especially when towing so you don't unnecessarily shift down more than needed in tow/haul. Give it a try!

Hi, I have only tried the manual shifter a few times. After I hit the bottom of the hill, I shut off Tow Haul mode because it seems to hold the gear too long especially when not towing. I haven't tried this yet, but can you put the trans in Manual mode and Tow Haul at the same time?
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