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Old 12-11-2008, 06:26 PM   #169
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MM - I was not trying to push the do it yourself thing on anyone. I also like my dealership and they have done alot of regular service for me - sometimes all the additives and speciality tools are not worth buying if they can do it and do it right.


I was just passing on my level of cost for an oil change. I buy the 15qts at Walmart about $2.68 per or $40 for all 15 - Rotella T, and a Motorcraft FL1995 for about $10. BTW - if the receipt for the oil says that you have been charged a recycling fee for the purchase of the new oil - the the store MUST take back the used oil for FREE. It's the law here in Mississippi and I am sure in most places in the US.

Direct replacement fuel filters for the 7.3L engine are available at O'Reillys and AutoZone. I checked and the filter is made by the same manufacturer as the one sold at Ford - but about a third the price and in a generic box. A 5 minute filter change.

Lately I would rather save the $20-$30 on these simple maintenance items and keep the cash in my pocket.
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:12 PM   #170
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Hi Devoman.Like yourself I too have VW Touareg (06 V10) but do not tow my 02 25 ft Airstream Classic with it. I tow with an 05 F350 which has rear air suspension, controllable from the cab. The ride is OK when towing, rough when not. MPG is 16 when towing on Interstate 5 but drops to 14 when towing on mountain roads. 18.5 mpg is the best I get solo.
My rig has covered most of western US including Alaska and the tow experience with little Airstream is superb B Hook #4442
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:48 PM   #171
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interesting concept, who did the air ride for you?
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:39 PM   #172
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This has been a really informative thread - it helped in making the decision to trade up from an F-150 to the F-250. We just closed the deal on a 2008 F-250 XLT 4X4 Powerstroke a few minutes ago. It sure will be nice next summer as we kick some butt going up some of the New Mexico and Colorado hills!

Ford has some incredible closeouts on trucks right now. We ended up with around $13, 000 off of the MSRP. I wouldn't even consider a Chevy, GMC or Dodge right now - at least Ford will be around for a while to service it!
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:43 PM   #173
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Dealer here in florida have been selling fully loaded trucks and then giving a base truck of the same for free with purchases.I know this has been going on for a while but dont know the whole details of how it is done.
2 trucks for the price of 1 seems pretty good .
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:45 PM   #174
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Congratulations on the new ride. Now you need to get the hitch adjusted for the trailer. The new truck should take about an hour off of your trip to Picacho.
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:56 PM   #175
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Yup Richard - we'll be arriving in Picacho struttin' a new badass F-250 with a Powerstroke diesel just reeking of testosterone.

It's the dark Toreador Red just like our current '04 F-150. There will be a few bells and whistles that weren't on the '04s. I understand that the integral brake controller will be pretty sweet too. With the diesel we should be able to conquer just about all the hills that the Rocky Mountains have to offer.
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:05 PM   #176
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This has been a really informative thread - it helped in making the decision to trade up from an F-150 to the F-250. We just closed the deal on a 2008 F-250 XLT 4X4 Powerstroke a few minutes ago.
Good choice... Congratulations and Happy Holidays!
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:13 PM   #177
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Just read where the F 250 made the top five list of stolen vehicles. I'm told the thieves harvest the diesel engine.

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Old 12-20-2008, 05:26 PM   #178
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We have as U can see by the lower left corner F350 SW /7.3 Crew we love it. I use an old style Reese Dual cam with 500 lb bars and this thing rides like a LINCLON. Fuel Mileage varys a little, we don't run fast,62 to 65 and we like two lane roads a lot so 15 to 17 mpg. NOT towing its 20mpg, rear end is 3:73.
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:58 PM   #179
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Just read where the F 250 made the top five list of stolen vehicles. I'm told the thieves harvest the diesel engine.

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This has been a really informative thread - it helped in making the decision to trade up from an F-150 to the F-250. We just closed the deal on a 2008 F-250 XLT 4X4 Powerstroke a few minutes ago. It sure will be nice next summer as we kick some butt going up some of the New Mexico and Colorado hills!

Ford has some incredible closeouts on trucks right now. We ended up with around $13, 000 off of the MSRP. I wouldn't even consider a Chevy, GMC or Dodge right now - at least Ford will be around for a while to service it!
Congrats...nice truck...Furds new deezul should be much better than the last. The new Ford Super Duty's have some VERY nice features.
Don't forget to come back and post what you have learned about towing with a 3/4 ton vs. the grocery getter...many have been there (including me!) World of difference!
You made a good decision, and will find yourselves venturing further and more often now that you have a proper TV!
Nice XMAS present! (Although I would have opted for the D/A)

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Old 12-21-2008, 09:49 AM   #181
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I do all my own maintenance. I Buy from AutoZone and Tractor Supply. Shell Rotella T at TSC @ $17.00 a gal. x 4 and The filters from AUTOZONE FUEL Filter is $25.00 Oil Filter is about $12.00 and the AIR Filter I change as needed/by visual check and mileage.Motorcraft and Fram filters mostly. I have replaced all the brake pads and a water pump so far at 75k miles. My 7.3 is our daily driver also we dont own a car,just two trucks ,we have a F150 also.
I also carry a spare fuel filter and the tool to change it with behind the rear seat .I have had to change on the road.There is bad fuel out there.
Jimandrod CONGRATS ON the new ride.
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:13 PM   #182
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I have a 2000 XLT Crew Cab 7.3L PSD with 77,000 miles on it. I have just started getting gas mileage in the 18 mpg range. It is a short bed and I have the air bags on it in the rear. The rear axle ratio is 3.73. The XLT gives you all of the power options PW, PWR door locks, POwer Seats, etc. I just picked up a 2007 27' Front Bedroom Airstream Safari Se LS Thursday and it pulled like a champ without a weight distributing hitch and bars. The Air bags allowed me to adjust the ride to my comfort as I went down the road. The tongue weight on the frame mounted hitch is rated at 1200 lbs. Newer trucks have a higher weight rating and the really nice on-board brake controller. I have had Vendors who trade trucks every 2-3 years because they use them up in that period of time complain about the 6.0L diesel. Most of their problems were electronics. Both GM and Dodge are making really good products also. The Dodge Mega Cab offers the most room on the market for any pick-up and the Cummins engine in it is a Ford product. Ford bought Cummins a few years back. I am waiting for a Ford truck with a Cummins engine and Allison transmission.

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