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Old 04-02-2006, 12:06 PM   #1
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I am looking at a F250 with 6.8L V10 and 4.10 AR, GCWR is 2100 Twing is 12500
With a 06 30 ft Classic at 10000 GVWR
Can I safely travel the highways
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Old 04-02-2006, 12:18 PM   #2
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Old 04-02-2006, 12:48 PM   #3
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Have the 2004 model at work, it's a monster of a tow vehicle. You shoud have not problems.
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Old 04-02-2006, 01:33 PM   #4
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GO FOR IT! Plenty of truck, have fun airstreaming.
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Old 04-02-2006, 04:03 PM   #5
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great combo wayneh........

what year f-250? the 05/06s can have the built in brake controller....which is really nice.

there is a factory kit available for trucks built without the controller....that the dealer can ad if your doesn't have it...it will work back to late 04/early 05 trucks, i think...

really the 'tow command package' that included the big tow mirrors, brake controller and tow/haul tranny program....is a must have imo......and as an option fairly priced...

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Old 04-02-2006, 05:27 PM   #6
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Very good choice

We tow our 28ft 2004 CCD with a 2004 Ford/Harley Davidson F250 with the V10, it is an awsome truck and I have enough power to take the bike with us in the bed as well. I 2005 Ford added the three valve heads , this increased the fuel economy and the power.

It is refershing to see some one choosing a good old AMERICAN truck to tow our AMERICAN trailers. I have a feeling a lot of people are going to start feeling the effects of the failing AMERICAN auto industry.
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Old 04-02-2006, 06:01 PM   #7
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You'll barely know it's back there.
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A word of caution... with the 4.10 rear end you'll have gobs of low end... but your highway mileage will be sad. I get 12+mpg towing the 34' with my Y2K Excursion V10 with a 3.73 rear end. I can get as high as 16mpg hwy average unladen.

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Old 04-02-2006, 08:44 PM   #9
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Wayneh, Rodger is right about economy with the V10 and 4:10 gears. But if that isn't an issue, you will be fine towing, but your wallet will get lighter
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Not sure on the Ford 6.8L V10 w/ 4.10s, but the GM 6.0L V8 w/ 4.10s I have seen as high as 13 towing. On average, I seem to hear most folks claim 10mpg towing...some more, some less. To be honest, no matter what you do, at over $2 a gallon, and no end in sight to higher fuel prices, just about anything you do is going to cost more than it should and involve some level of pain.
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Hi wayneh, I have a friend that has a 01 four door 3/4 ton, V10, and he gets 12MPG loaded, empty or towing. He just wish'd that it had a larger fuel tank. If I remember right it has a 28 to 30 gallon tank, he would like it to be 40 or larger. Oh and that is with 3.73 gears and also a 4x4.
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The couple of folks I've talked to with 4.10s in their Excursion got around 7-8 mpg towing to my 12 mpg, and 12 mpg unladen to my 15-16 mpg. I thought that was a pretty significant difference.

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The couple of folks I've talked to with 4.10s in their Excursion got around 7-8 mpg towing to my 12 mpg, and 12 mpg unladen to my 15-16 mpg. I thought that was a pretty significant difference.

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That's pretty bad. Hard to believe that .8 of a litre could produce that much of a difference with just 2 extra (though smaller) pistons.

...have you driven a Ford.....lately?
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Fuel usage

Me again.

2004 6.8l V10 , only mod made K&N Cold air induction system.

10.8 mpg , loaded or empty.

Also note that as soon as you start towing at speeds greater than 65mph you will see a rapid drop off in MPG. I use the tow/haul mode in town but on the expressway we do not.
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