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Old 02-25-2015, 11:41 PM   #85
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Hi, I bought my new truck on October 6th and I just washed it for the first time yesterday. OK, it sat in my garage for two months while my Lincoln did the towing. And now it's been on the road for two months. New to Oregon, we get a lot of fog and rain. [excuses] And it gets pretty cold here too. [more excuses] But yesterday was a pretty good day to wash my truck and my neighbors tell me we have some storms coming soon. It's definitely not like Sunny Southern California, but we love it here and we just have to do some more adjusting. I was just notified that my new shank is in so we will take another drive to Eugene to pick it up. After that, maybe we can plan a short trip to try out towing with my F-150.

(1.) Clean truck. Looks like new.
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Old 02-27-2015, 01:51 AM   #86
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Hi, well that didn't last very long; We drove to Eugene in light rain today and my truck is already dirty. I picked up my new Equal-I-zer hitch shank. I put my hitch together with it one hole lower than where it was for my Lincoln. [this was the same place that I tested it with my Lincoln's cut-off shank] Everything was cleaned, greased, and torqued. I tightened my shank bolts with my 1/2" impact gun, powered by my home air compressor. I then turned my hitch up-side-down in the receiver so I could stand on my breaker bar giving it the best torque possible. All is tight now. This is the way I have always done this. With about 200 bs on an 18" breaker bar, equals tight enough. My spring bar socket bolts were torqued at 60 lbs. All bolts were replaced with grade 8 bolts several years ago.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:07 AM   #87
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I assume the cruise control has "grade logic." That is, it will down **** to maintain the preset speed on a down grade if necessary. My '08 Pilot has this. That's the first vehicle I have owned that had that feature. The others just let the vehicle run as fast as it wanted to, in top gear, unless you apply the brake. That, of course, disconnects the speed control. I've had the Pilot shift down as much as 2 gears to maintain a set speed of 60.
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Nice photos of your Equalizer hitch. I had a shop drill a second pin hole in my shank to allow the hitch to slide all the way back into the receiver. I contacted the manufacturer first. They said the reason it sticks out the two inches is for rock tamers (which I don't have), but drilling the hole would have no impact on integrety. Now my hitch sits more snugly against the vehicle and give that much more weight distribution leverage by shortening the rear wheel overhang. For rocks I installed large mud flaps directly behind the rear wheels. They almost touch the ground.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:49 AM   #89
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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.

Hi,

Not an F150 owner but an F350 owner with all the bells and whistles. I will admit something here that is a simple FYI to all and probably obvious to most.

I was helping my son and his girlfriend one snowy night move some things from their home to a storage facility. Their driveway goes straight up hill into the garage. I was waiting for my son to move some items and was in reverse so I turned the beeping sensor alarm off as it was picking up the driveway (many can imagine what happens next), yep I proceeded to back up the snowy driveway a little fast, big mirrors, camera et all and NO SENSORS. Boom, backed into the corner of their garage. Dented our bumper on our new truck, nothing to the house except a little brick falling off.

Moral, don't turn the sensors off OR if you do turn them back on.

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I have the same tow/haul mode on my 2013 Expedition. I am really impressed with it. Hold that down hill speed so, so well!
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:00 PM   #91
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I assume the cruise control has "grade logic." That is, it will down shift to maintain the preset speed on a down grade if necessary. My '08 Pilot has this. That's the first vehicle I have owned that had that feature. The others just let the vehicle run as fast as it wanted to, in top gear, unless you apply the brake. That, of course, disconnects the speed control. I've had the Pilot shift down as much as 2 gears to maintain a set speed of 60.

Hi, DC Bruce; I don't know about that. I will try that next. Sounds like a good feature. Most, or all, cruise controls that I have used or repaired would just coast and increase speed, they only activated when the vehicle slower down.
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:08 PM   #92
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Nice photos of your Equalizer hitch. I had a shop drill a second pin hole in my shank to allow the hitch to slide all the way back into the receiver. I contacted the manufacturer first. They said the reason it sticks out the two inches is for rock tamers (which I don't have), but drilling the hole would have no impact on integrety. Now my hitch sits more snugly against the vehicle and give that much more weight distribution leverage by shortening the rear wheel overhang. For rocks I installed large mud flaps directly behind the rear wheels. They almost touch the ground.

Hi, the closer hole is supposed to help with sway prevention. My first two concerns are will my tailgate open while attached? I already don't think it will. And will It cause my truck's to hit my trailer on sharp turns? My Lincoln didn't have that problem, but I have read where some truck's bumper have hit parts of the trailer.
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:12 PM   #93
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Hi,

Not an F150 owner but an F350 owner with all the bells and whistles. I will admit something here that is a simple FYI to all and probably obvious to most.

I was helping my son and his girlfriend one snowy night move some things from their home to a storage facility. Their driveway goes straight up hill into the garage. I was waiting for my son to move some items and was in reverse so I turned the beeping sensor alarm off as it was picking up the driveway (many can imagine what happens next), yep I proceeded to back up the snowy driveway a little fast, big mirrors, camera et all and NO SENSORS. Boom, backed into the corner of their garage. Dented our bumper on our new truck, nothing to the house except a little brick falling off.

Moral, don't turn the sensors off OR if you do turn them back on.

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Hi, I only turn off the back-up sensors, on my Lincoln, because it will beep with my trailer attached and this is very annoying. I believe that the new F-150 shuts them off when a trailer is connected.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:56 PM   #94
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Looks good in white Bob.

Question..... how is the build quality? I know in general pick ups have been getting better but how much better?

A few years ago a buddy leased a brand new F150. We were checking it out and he got in the cab and closed the door. There was more rattles in that door than I could count.
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Hi, Thank You; My Lincoln is white, my wife's BMW is white and my previously owned Explorer was white. We were going to change that trend and buy a new F-150 in Blue Jeans or Ingot Silver, but my dealer found what options we wanted in white, so here we are.



Most of my career was working at Ford dealers as a new car get ready [PDI] mechanic, a quick service mechanic, and a shop foreman. I have lots of experience with looking over new vehicles and virtually nothing gets past me. So far, I haven't seen anything loose, ill fitting, missing, damaged, or heard any abnormal noises.

Hi, Up date on quality; I found three things that I needed to take care of. Two of them I noticed after my first wash job and third item much later.

(1.) Looked like black overspray by my left fog lamp; It was on the chrome bumper by the lower opening area. This cleaned off with no problem.

(2.) Black smudges on right front wheel. Looked like black weather strip glue. This also cleaned off very easily.


(3.) Under the right side of the dash board is a small cover; While installing my Weather Tech floor mats, I noticed one of the plastic push-in clips was out of place. I pushed it back in place.


I now have close to 4,000 miles on it and we love this truck. As of yet, we haven't towed with it yet.
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Hi,

(1.) This is the light opening in my bumper that had some black overspray on it.

(2.) This is the wheel that had some black glue on it.
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Hi, today we decided to go for a Sunday drive. Well I only had about 115 miles left on this gas tank so I filled it up in tow. We then drove through town to the freeway and I set my cruise control at 65 MPH. Some times I had to kick off the cruise control due to traffic speeds. My window sticker says that I should get 21 MPG Highway mileage. And this [in picture] is what I got today.
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Have you had an opportunity to tow your Airstream yet?

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Hi, Kelvin; I still haven't towed with the F-150 yet. Today I un-winterized my trailer and I have a little project started too. Not for sure, but hopefully in May, we might take our trailer out. I also want to have a test tow, probably when I get my project done.
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