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Old 12-28-2014, 10:55 PM   #1
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Bob's 2014 F-150 report.

Hi, On October 6th 2014 I bought a new 2014 F-150. I brought it home and took the family for a short drive in it. [about 20 miles] On the 7th of October I managed to get my Lincoln hitched up to my Safari, park my new F-150 in the garage with my wife's BMW X-3 with trickle chargers on both of them. Then on the 8th of October, we left for a two month vacation. Now we have been home for a while and I'm working on getting my 1,000 mile break-in done before towing duty. Today I bought my first tank of gas. Hard to believe that I actually own a full sized pick-up that will go over 500 miles on one tank. My Lincoln, BMW, 59 Galaxie, and Aprilia all took Premium gas and I had to rehearse asking for Regular. In Oregon I can't fill my own tank, by law.

(1.) October 6th new truck at the selling dealer.

(2.) New truck squeezed into my garage for two month hibranation.

(3.) Lincoln on first day of it's last towing job.

(4.) Getting to the bottom of the first tank of gas.

(5.) Digital display at gas station.

(6.) Close up of Fuel mileage, miles to empty, and total miles driven. My 36 gallon tank took 33.3 gallons to fill so I could have gone quite a bit father than the 8 miles to empty shown.
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Old 12-28-2014, 11:27 PM   #2
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Hi, here is some basic information about my truck.

2014 F-150 Supercrew
145" wheelbase
3.5L Ecoboost V-6 engine
Electronic 6-speed auto w/tow mode
Exterior, Oxford White
Interior, Gray cloth bucket seats.

Equipment group 302A:
XLT series
XLT convenience package
Power driver's seat
Power adjustable pedals
Reverse sensing system
Power sliding rear window
Rear defroster/defogger
XLT chrome package
Rear view camera
Trailer brake control



Optional equipment:
LT275/65R18 OWL All-Terrain
3:73 Electronic locking rear differential
7650# GVWR package
36 gallon tank
Off road package with skid plates
HID headlamps
Max trailer tow package
Tailgate step
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Old 12-28-2014, 11:38 PM   #3
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Hi, changes made to date and things to be done in the future.

Weathertech Floor liners.

Tailgate anti-theft device.

Rear fender liners.

Retrax Pro bed cover. [not installed yet]

Line-X spray on bed liner. [not installed yet]
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:02 AM   #4
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Please keep us informed, the extended range can be a great thing. Allows you to buy gas when you want to, not when you have to.
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What was the ship weight of the truck and what is the adjusted empty weight (driver, full fuel and permanent gear aboard )? As this is part of the spec sheet per above posts.

I'd also add individual wheel positions weights to later compare it to the combined rig with WDH activated numbers both by axle and wheel position.

Look forward to more

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Old 12-29-2014, 11:58 AM   #6
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Good, thorough review/report-
What do the rear fender liners do? I had never heard of them till just now.
Please give another review/report on the Retrax bed cover once you get it installed. I want a bed cover, and I like the looks of tonneau covers, but I think a shell (although I think they are ugly) would be more practical.
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15.5 mpg. I guess that is combined city/highway calculated by hand. The onboard computer did a good job estimating, 15.9

I guess one of the reasons you have to pay higher fuel prices is to pay for the labor to fill your tanks.

Oregon state government doesn't think their citizens can pump gas safely?

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Make sure you have relay switches and fuses for towing in your vehicle. They go in slots #9 and #21. I have a 2013 F150 with the towing package and just assumed they were installed. 6 months later I realized they weren't. Your tow lights will work without them but the AS batter will not charge while being towed without them. Not sure why Ford does not install them automatically but many dealers install them. The fuse and relay switch will be in your glove compartment.

Anyone know why Ford doesn't install them at the factory?
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I'd also add individual wheel positions weights to later compare it to the combined rig with WDH activated numbers both by axle and wheel position.


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How does one get individual wheel weights? I've asked a number of folks in the Houston area and all I get is blank stares...
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Bridgestone has a How To Weigh An RV pdf. Short version is that one gets one side of vehicle off of scale pad onto shoulder so that the other side of vehicles is all that is being weighed. Splitting the trailer tandem is hardest.

May require first finding best scale for this as even CAT builds them different per location , and second determining how to also back onto scale. A helper is advised.


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15.5 mpg. I guess that is combined city/highway calculated by hand. The onboard computer did a good job estimating, 15.9

I guess one of the reasons you have to pay higher fuel prices is to pay for the labor to fill your tanks.

Oregon state government doesn't think their citizens can pump gas safely?

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New Jersey is a full service state by law and gas is less expensive in New Jersey than neighboring self service New York.
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Please keep us informed, the extended range can be a great thing. Allows you to buy gas when you want to, not when you have to.
Hi, I will update information as it comes. I have read so many bad reviews and so many great reviews on these trucks; I can only tell it like it is. Hoping for the best because this truck is mine and might be my last.
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What was the ship weight of the truck and what is the adjusted empty weight (driver, full fuel and permanent gear aboard )? As this is part of the spec sheet per above posts.

I'd also add individual wheel positions weights to later compare it to the combined rig with WDH activated numbers both by axle and wheel position.

Look forward to more

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Hi, I consider the shipping weight, or actual weight of this truck to be GVWR = 7650 minus the payload = 1745 to be 5,905 lbs.

I don't load my tow vehicle to the max and I don't load my trailer to the max either. I adjust my spring bars by wheel well height. My set-up has never seen a scale. And I'm OK with that.
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