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Old 09-13-2016, 06:59 PM   #57
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Try using the manual shift instead of stiff braking/accelerating when engine brake is engaged on decent , much smoother and you will find each gear generally holds its own speed 4= 40mph, 5=50mph. I have found this to be useful even on 7% grades.


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No need to manual shift when descending a hill just tap the brake and it will downshift 1 gear for every tap when it's in tow mode.With the 2015 + Ford 6.7 diesel you also have adaptive cruise control which incorporates engine braking when descending while towing automatically.It works perfectly.


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Old 09-13-2016, 11:49 PM   #58
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X2 what Moflash said. I recently returned home from Astoria towing the AS with cruise control set at 55 MPH over the Coast Range and did not have to manually brake for over an hour. Granted, the summit is only 1,500' but there are some long 6% downhill grades that had the rig down shifting to maintain speed. In addition to Tow/Haul I also had the exhaust brake switched on. I love driving this truck!
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Old 09-14-2016, 03:20 AM   #59
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At the Tucson Rock Show in February, the Ford F250 and I would have to assume, the F350 older models... are stolen out of the parking lots during the show. It is popular with those taking them back to Mexico.

My friend whose F250 (late 70's or early 80's) was stolen from outside his motel room where they had their show. It was found a month later... in Phoenix.
This is where OnStar with it's lo-jack-like technology comes in handy on the GM side of the house. Living in Texas, I understand exactly what you're talking about. My wife works for a fairly large company and a couple of years ago they had one or two 250/2500 trucks stolen every couple of months. They increased their parking lot patrols of security guards and suddenly it stopped. But heavy duty trucks are a favorite to steal and take across the border.
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Old 09-14-2016, 03:29 AM   #60
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Rgentum... I am also surprised. As ScottinNJ said 'give it 10,000 miles to break in'. I am educating myself on a Diesel each day I am on the road! A steep learning curve and being very careful to 'grab the green diesel pump'.
One thing to also consider is going from the 250 to the 350, you are now hauling around a lot more weight even empty... depending on the configuration up to 1000 lbs more weight. That's one of the reasons I really wish GM and Ford would come up with a diesel in the ton range. GM has a 4.4L engine sitting on the shelf that they could use and I'm sure by shedding the weight of the ton, they would end up getting the high MPG that RAM is getting with their EcoDiesel... but we don't have that so instead we have extremely heavy diesels. That said, I won't give up my 2500 diesel now that I've experienced towing with it. As you're finding out despite all the obvious negatives, there are lots of good things that make up for having that heavy vehicle.
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:09 AM   #61
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Avionstream,
You really need to purchase and install a Pacbrake for your 2006 truck. These are supposed to be even more aggressive than the factory integrated exhaust brakes.

http://pacbrake.com/

My truck has the factory integrated exhaust brake. As soon as I let off the accelerator the exhaust brake will start to engage no matter if the ground is level or on a hill. It is really confidence inspiring when the truck can control the load.
Was told once it was not available for an 06, I will double check, thanks for the reminder.
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:18 AM   #62
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You really need to purchase and install a Pacbrake for your 2006 truck. These are supposed to be even more aggressive than the factory integrated exhaust brakes.

http://pacbrake.com/

My truck has the factory integrated exhaust brake. As soon as I let off the accelerator the exhaust brake will start to engage no matter if the ground is level or on a hill. It is really confidence inspiring when the truck can control the load.
Thanks again. Don't know why I thought one wasn't available. Just checked the website and will look into one when we get back to Florida.good camping.
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Old 09-14-2016, 12:02 PM   #63
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I saw the 2017 Ford Lariat photos and you almost regret having to use it. I have to assume it is a F150.

GVWR: 10,000#
Cargo Load Capacity: 2180#

I had to look at my door sticker again to get some numbers. Maybe I did not post them earlier for a F350 Diesel.

GVWR: 11,500#
Cargo Load Capacity: 3456#

The aluminum tailgate on the 2017's probably would reduce the GVWR by more than one passenger. If you are not careful on the 2016's... you could hurt yourself when the tailgate needs to be opened or closed.

There is also a pullout set of steps and a handrail that can be rotated up to hang onto it.
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I saw the 2017 Ford Lariat photos and you almost regret having to use it. I have to assume it is a F150.

GVWR: 10,000#
Cargo Load Capacity: 2180#

I had to look at my door sticker again to get some numbers. Maybe I did not post them earlier for a F350 Diesel.

GVWR: 11,500#
Cargo Load Capacity: 3456#

The aluminum tailgate on the 2017's probably would reduce the GVWR by more than one passenger. If you are not careful on the 2016's... you could hurt yourself when the tailgate needs to be opened or closed.

There is also a pullout set of steps and a handrail that can be rotated up to hang onto it.
Those 2017 numbers are for the 250. Yours is a 350.
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Thanks Scott.

For the list price extra of $400 for the extra leaf spring on each side... and the GVWR difference... that must be the Diesel engine weight added into the F350.
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Was told once it was not available for an 06, I will double check, thanks for the reminder.

Ck over on TDR. That group is sharp. Mounting locations and potential upgrades. Plus pitfalls to avoid.
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Old 09-15-2016, 08:50 AM   #67
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Commonly known as the "stripper pole".....
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Old 09-26-2016, 04:53 PM   #68
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I have put 2420 miles on the 'Beast'. Getting trailer and F-350 ready to pull towards Las Vegas, Nevada for sunshine and... well, more sunshine this Winter.

The 2012 Tundra 5.7L gasser takes a different fuel peddle pressure to get rolling and get up to highway speed. There is no hesitation from a stop and proceeds to gain speed. This delivered 14 to 16mpg in city traffic.

The F350 has to get some momentum before accelerating. It is almost like you are pulling a trailer with the Tundra... at first. Once moving... hold on. The diesel turbo(s) kick in and your fuel gauge mpg drops by the tenth of a mile per gallon in no time.

After figuring out that the perception of 65 in the F350 is not the same with the Tundra. You think you are going much slower, until you look at the odometer in the Ford.

I am now managing 14mpg to 17mpg, with a high of 18.4mpg. After a short trip into town, 17.4mpg on this tank as the current average. Keeping the rpm below 1500rpm and at 55 to 65 mph gets me into the 16 to 18 mpg easily, now. Step into 70 to 80 mph, kiss those averages goodbye.

Colorado's I-25 speed limit is 75mph. Add 10mph to keep up with all of the passing traffic... but once at 65mph it takes little to accelerate to 75 and watching the rpm at 1500 to 1700rpm to maintain some decent miles per gallon.

This truck is almost as long as our previous 23 foot Safari! The Tundra seemed easier to park... on the distant ends of a parking lot.

DEF... added just a bit over 2 gallons.

After some research on a Google Search on 2015-2016 F-250/F-350's. I either own the biggest POS made or the most wonderful heavy duty truck built... This makes our issues with our Airstreams seem like complaining the trailer had water spots after raining.

Right now I have six pairs of skis, two pair of snowshoes, two pair of ski boots in the back of the truck. Cannot drop them off at the used 'winter sports season' shop until October 1st for resale.

We need to maintain our knees to climb into the Ford Truck and Airstream.

Biggest complaint. I have a Snug Top over the bed. The gaps in the tail gate suck in lots of dust when in Wyoming this August. Somehow I will need to get some foam strips to seal these serious gaps. The Tundra was easy to seal up. These gaps in fit are way more. Might have to experiment with sealing off the tail gate from the interior of the bed and topper with canvas stretched along the interior of the tailgate and bed to seal out the dust... any suggestions?
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Try Cabela's tailgate seal. It used to be $20 with the Cabela's name, but I see it is now Truxedo name brand and now $25. Still sold at Cabela's.
I had good results with this on my Tundra tailgate/ARE Cap tailgate issues. And for $25 its worth a try.
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