Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-09-2006, 05:55 PM   #99
Rivet Master
 
ALANSD's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,462
I pulled the rear drums today and the brake hardware was the problem for my lock up. It was broken. Springs cracked, pieces basically falling out when the drum was removed. Yikes. No wonder the other side smoked when I was towing the Sovereign. So new hardware, organic shoes, new drums, and we should be good to go, also I installed the Prodigy yesterday. My stops on the trip to the Forums rally next week ought to be much smoother.
__________________

__________________
1966 Overlander
AIR #005
Please visit our blogs and web pages:
OUR AIRSTREAM PASSION! BLOG
RESTORING AN AIRSTREAM
Our AIRSTREAM and TIN CAN TOURIST Rallys
ALANSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 07:18 PM   #100
tpi
Rivet Master
 
2005 25' Safari
Trabuco Canyon , California
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 866
Images: 2
I pull an 05 25' Safari SS with a 1999 F250 diesel super cab 2wd six-speed. The truck has about 110,000 miles on it and burns about a quart of oil per 5000 miles since new. The truck has been reliable. Towing has been good except for one problem which I suspect is pretty universal: freeway bounce on some of CA's worst. Usually it smooths out at above 62 MPH or below about 45 MPH.

On a trip from Orange county to Gilroy towing, I got just under 15 MPG @ 60 MPH in both directions, including a crossing of Tejon pass.
__________________

__________________
tpi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 07:42 PM   #101
Airstreamin and luvin it
Commercial Member
 
Devoman's Avatar

 
2005 25' Safari
Northwest Panhandle , The Sunshine State/WBCCI 6637
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,524
Images: 2
Oil

What type of oils are recomended for the F-250?Could I use a sythetic type like mobil-1 or is it just better to go with what is recomended?How many quarts does one of these engines hold?I am assuming it hold around 8 quarts give or take.If it does not would Ford have accessories that would allow you to purchase a larger oil sump.
I am just thinking of what I can do to make the engine run cooler and smoother if and when I decide to purchase one of these vehicles.Also would like to here what type of upgrades some of you have done to your vehicles such as the engine and transmission.Thanks.
__________________
CHANGE IS GOOD.LIFE IS GREAT!
It just cant get any better than that.


Devoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 07:58 PM   #102
tpi
Rivet Master
 
2005 25' Safari
Trabuco Canyon , California
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 866
Images: 2
The diesels typically hold 15 quarts or so. The have an oil/water heat exhanger and oil doesn't tend to run hot. I believe the specs on the 'o6 are different, but mine takes Delo 400 or equiv. 15W40. The appropriate diesel spec. Mobil Synthetic is Delvac One 5W40. I heard Mobil is also coming out with a "turbo diesel truck" synthetic which should be widely available.
__________________
tpi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 08:14 PM   #103
Rivet Monster
 
wahoonc's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1980 31' Excella II
Sprung Leak , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 7,174
Images: 40
Devoman,
My beast holds 14-15 quarts. Check out the Dieselmann this guy is a Ford Truck mechanic and has good clean info on his site. I currently use Rotella in mine because we buy it by the 55 gallon drum for other equipment and trucks around our place.

Aaron
__________________
....so many Airstreams....so little time...
WBCCI #XXXX AIR #2495
Why are we in this basket...and where are we going
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 08:25 PM   #104
Airstreamin and luvin it
Commercial Member
 
Devoman's Avatar

 
2005 25' Safari
Northwest Panhandle , The Sunshine State/WBCCI 6637
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,524
Images: 2
Wow

That is a lot of oil.But I can understand why it would use so much as it is a pulling powerhouse of a machine.
Thank you for the site this is going to be very usefull to me in the future.So do any of you all have pics of the options or mods you have put on your vehicle to make it more usefull for yourself when going on trip?Things like mounting the generator,extra gas tank,cab on the back,bike racks,etc,etc,?
__________________
CHANGE IS GOOD.LIFE IS GREAT!
It just cant get any better than that.


Devoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 08:35 PM   #105
Rivet Master
 
TinShack's Avatar

 
2005 28' Safari S/O
Paradise , California
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 3,438
Images: 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Devoman
I am just thinking of what I can do to make the engine run cooler and smoother if and when I decide to purchase one of these vehicles.Also would like to here what type of upgrades some of you have done to your vehicles such as the engine and transmission.Thanks.
I have a 2006 F250 CC Lariat FX4 PSD 6.0 with 4100 miles on it. Towing a 2005 AS 28' Safari with slideout (9100#GWR). The TV has factory engine oil cooler and transmission oil cooler. I just did a 275 mi round trip to Big Sur, CA up twisty HWY 1 and averaged 11 MPG towing. I have heard from many different sources that the fuel mileage with improve at 5000-5500 miles. Highway towing I average about 13 MPG. If you get an F250, go with the tow command intergrated brake controller. I absolutely love mine. It works with the trucks computer and ABS to make trailer braking a breeze. It also uses engine braking to slow the truck on steep grades (not that you have that problem in FL).
Prior to my F250 I had a 2001 F150 5.4 V8 gas that I towed a 6700# GVR 5th wheel with. I averaged about 8-9 mpg towing. The F150 did well, but the F250 does GREAT. This rig is made to tow.
__________________
TinShack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 09:20 PM   #106
Rivet Monster
 
wahoonc's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1980 31' Excella II
Sprung Leak , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 7,174
Images: 40
Devoman...you asked for picts
BTW I haven't done a whole lot to it... yet...too busy spending my other bad habits


Aaron
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Big Red 2.jpg
Views:	66
Size:	206.9 KB
ID:	26807  
__________________
....so many Airstreams....so little time...
WBCCI #XXXX AIR #2495
Why are we in this basket...and where are we going
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 09:31 PM   #107
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
I use Delo 400, or Rotella T, in the 15W40 flavor. Make sure the oil you use is rated for a turbo, most is, but there is some CC/CD oil that is not.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2006, 10:51 PM   #108
_
 
. , .
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 8,812
hi devo, silvergate and other powerstrokers...

well devoman it is interesting reading your posts on the big ford trucks...

i'd bet a tank of petrol, that you'll end up with a new toyota tundra when they become available. it just seems to fit better.

have you been out to drive any super duties yet? it will be a shock driving such a big truck, so lots of test drives are needed just to get used to 'em.

IF you really do want a f-250 don't wait for the next model year. 06s are deeply discounted and dealers are dealin'...

as for mods...with 350hp and 550+ft/lbs torque they really don't need modding...
the factory gauges aren't real accurate so a gauge cluster would be a good first step....larger exhaust if/when the stock falls off...

mostly the mods are towing/user improvements...
bedliner, shell or lid, mudflaps, security system, gps, led lights, mirrors, window tinting, chrome and more chrome.... and so on.

i've got the factory sun roof and really like it...this would be great in flow-rid-ya too....

silvergate, you asked about care and feeding... here is what i am doing.

approaching 30k miles in 17 months of ownership. 90% towing. i've got other daily drivers....

schedule says oil change every 7.5k; more often with 'severe duty' whatever that is...

mine is changed every 5k. this is an easy rig to diy oil change but collecting and recycling 4 gallons of oil is a pia, so the dealer does it.

they mail me discount coupons for service issues...they are really good at these mailings. always seem to cover just what i'm about to service...

oil and filter is 60$ which is a pretty good deal. normal price is 90$...

i also have tires rotated at each oil change and again it is easier to have them do this for 19$. at 30 k my tire wear is very even.
allignment and balance have not needed service.

fuel filter recommendation is every 15k but because my mileage is highway, towing, good fuel and good additive i will do this every 20k.
2 filters about 90$. learn how to open the water/fuel separator and use it...

first tranny service this week (30k) flush and filter 120$ with a coupon in todays mail! regular price 160$ for this.

the suggested service intervals as posted by ford all seem reasonable so that's the schedule i'll follow. expect for oil.
with the coolant good for 100k there really isn't that much too do...belts at 100k front needle bearings at 60k and rear diff at 100k.

at some point i may switch to syn and do oil analysis for extended service intervals and to watch internal wear issues...
also will do pan off tranny service/internal filter every other time...

one thing we don't need is spark plugs....that is so cool!

cheers
2air'
__________________
all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
2airishuman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2006, 12:37 AM   #109
Rivet Master
 
C Johnson's Avatar
 
1965 17' Caravel
Butte , Montana
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,183
Images: 326
Send a message via MSN to C Johnson Send a message via Yahoo to C Johnson
Hi all, Since this is an F-250 thread. Do any of you have an extra fuel tank in the bed ? I have the two factory tanks but....well you get the idea, 460 gas, controlled leak into the engine. btw - I have a 1995 Ford.

I have been looking around and can't seem to find anything suitable. I have a canopy on the bed and would rather not put holes in it for a fill tube. I hate stopping for gas and while on my last trip I found out that there is a large area of my state where they only take cash for gas and then it is 3.50 plus a gallon. I was one step away from gravity pumps where I was.
__________________
AIR # 7276, WBCCI # 7276
Photos of Project 2k5
Project 2k5
Life is a journey, not a destination
C Johnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2006, 12:56 AM   #110
Rivet Master
 
SilverGate's Avatar

 
2007 23' Safari SE
San Diego , California
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,490
Hi 2air’ (Welcome Back!) and others,
Thanks for detailed care and feeding instructions…
I’m sitting high and happy in this truck and want to keep it happy!
Oil change and tire rotation every 5K sounds right…
I did this with the Ranger also.
I agree service intervals suggested by Ford seem reasonable…
And help protect my Extended Warranty.
I have learned how to open the fuel/water separator…
Not all that easy crawling under that chrome step bar…
But I found that fuel filter/water separator on the frame…
And used my 6mm hex drive to loosen and tighten it.
Now if that light comes on indicating water in the fuel…
I’ll know what to do.
I’m still thinking about getting Lo-Jack installed.


Bill
__________________
SilverGate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2006, 11:15 AM   #111
Rivet Master
 
ALANSD's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,462
Aaron your crew cab looks a lot like my super cab.Nice ....
I am enjoying driving my 250 although it is huge and hard to maneuver in parking lots and small spaces.
It had major brake work done this week as the rears left locked up and when we checked them out the rear right had all broken hardware. The e-brake cable, the adjuster, the springs, all broken. shoes were metallic so they had to go, and the drums were badly scored. New drums, hardware, and all the rest except wheel cylinders, and the thing stops on a dime (almost) now.
__________________
1966 Overlander
AIR #005
Please visit our blogs and web pages:
OUR AIRSTREAM PASSION! BLOG
RESTORING AN AIRSTREAM
Our AIRSTREAM and TIN CAN TOURIST Rallys
ALANSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2006, 12:13 PM   #112
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
Exclamation It's started already

Something new has happened, with the switch to ultra low sulphur diesel fuel, and that is that the injector pump in my truck has bit the dust already--I thought I would get a little more time out of it than the month or so that it has been since the formulation was officially switched. Hopefully the PSD pumps will not have this problem, as the pumps are kind of pricey.
__________________

__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1990 classic 250 manuals Pop Rivet Classic Motorhomes 4 05-28-2011 06:47 AM
1990 Airstream 250 Motorhome Value? outofcontrol Trailer Values 3 04-08-2006 08:47 PM
Unique 250 Classic Layout toddster General Motorhome Topics 0 03-14-2006 01:03 PM
Classic 250 motorhome gerard General Motorhome Topics 11 07-02-2004 05:11 PM
Marshall 250 regulator failure nickcrowhurst LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 11 04-18-2004 08:08 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.