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Old 09-25-2011, 05:35 AM   #197
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Wow, my first cars was a 1954 Ford Two Door Crestiline - Flat Head V8. Bought it used when I was asked to leave college and before I went into the service. Paid $125.00 for it, light blue fantastic condition. Gave it to my girlfriend when i went into the service and then told her to sell it and buy a more dependable car so she could drive from NY to Mississippi so we could get married.

Your posts and pictures brought back some great memories, wish I still had that car.
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:39 AM   #198
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Gave it to my girlfriend when i went into the service and then told her to sell it and buy a more dependable car so she could drive from NY to Mississippi so we could get married.

Your posts and pictures brought back some great memories, wish I still had that car.
Sounds like the girlfriend didn't work out.

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Old 10-03-2011, 03:01 PM   #199
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Nope the girlfriend worked out just fine, 43 years. Plus 16 four wheel vehicles and 14 motorcycles. Four camping units and now while staying in campgrounds etc for the past 20 years we pick up our recently purchased used AS in early November.

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Old 01-16-2012, 01:15 PM   #200
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I am planning on towing a Classic 30 #8300 GVRW with an F150 EcoBoost, 3.73 rear end. Is there anyone doing that in the Rockies?
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:06 PM   #201
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Earth, would that be towing in the rockies exclusively or maybe 10% of the time? If you're going to cross the rockies every trip, I would suggest a truck with a diesel. Otherwise, you will probably be fine.
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:05 PM   #202
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We have a gas engine and live in the Rockies. We have had no problems crossing passes at high speed. The engine is powerful enough to tow over high passes at 65 without any effort. We tow a 25' and I have no doubt a 27' or 28' would be no problem either.

I haven't studied the weight of the longer trailers, but there are even bigger gas engines than ours and they could be fine for a longer trailer. It has been stated many times by owners of modern gas trucks they have no problem crossing high passes. Diesel is not necessary for medium sized trailers and may not be necessary larger ones. Neither type engine is the answer for every application or altitude.

Whether the EcoBoost is the right gas engine for a 30' Classic is a question without much of an answer at present The truck is pretty new and you may not get any answers for your trailer. Concern has been expressed the 6 cyl. Ford may not last as long as V8's when towing a lot of weight, but it may take a few years to see how the engine performs at high mileage.

Ford and others make larger gas engines and heavier trucks that can easily tackle the high passes with most travel trailers.

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Old 01-16-2012, 04:50 PM   #203
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I am planning on towing a Classic 30 #8300 GVRW with an F150 EcoBoost, 3.73 rear end. Is there anyone doing that in the Rockies?
That's better gearing with a transmission with more gears itself than what we used in the 1960's and '70's pulling an 8k GVWR Silver Streak. WOT for long, long minutes behind a big block Chrysler or Cadillac up Raton or La Veta.

If I lived in the Rockies and was towing that regularly, then I might consider another TV. But the fact of turbocharging and pretty good solo mileage makes me think your choice will work out.

As a big truck driver we'd put on the emergency flashers at 35-mph during an ascent. Makes sense to power the TV or the tractor for all but these scenarios, as being slow is no sin.

As always, trailer disc brakes and a VPP hitch are worthwhile.

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Old 01-16-2012, 04:59 PM   #204
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Concern has been expressed the 6 cyl. Ford may not last as long as V8's when towing a lot of weight...
Gene, I believe it is you that keeps expressing that concern, over and over and over, isn't it?

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Gene, I believe it is you that keeps expressing that concern, over and over and over, isn't it?
Others have as well and some were in PM's to me.

Doesn't matter who said it, but whether it is a valid concern.

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Who is sowing the seeds of doubt is very much relevant. The brand loyalists are as outspoken here as any forum. The Ford, GM, Dodge, and Toyota fan-boys usually show up in the other brand threads to spread their dislike sooner or later. No doubt they hit the Thanks button or send the PM's when they hear something they like, we've all got them in our inbox.

The ones that actually own this truck are reporting success.

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Who is sowing the seeds of doubt is very much relevant. The brand loyalists are as outspoken here as any forum.
It may be relevant for some purposes, but the concerns remain uncontested.

True that people defend their brand, but that doesn't make them wrong about anything simply because they like what they bought. Our non-Ford truck has not lived up to our expectations and I have posted that elsewhere, but still rates more reliable than all others.

When a thread gets long, I doubt most people read the whole thing when they discover it. Often it you can see it from the questions they ask, ones that were asked and answered scores of posts before. So in that case, it is helpful to repeat something.

I hope this technology works. It will encourage other manufacturers to increase mileage to compete. It saves fuel money. My non-Ford gets lousy mileage as do all V8 half tons. That has to improve. We are curious about what may be the best truck for us someday and therefore, follow this thread. Turbo and direct injection will be used by other truck manufacturers soon to keep up and kudos to Ford for being first.

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the concerns remain uncontested.
It has been put through brutal testing, in a pubic and transparent way. Watch the 3 part video. Your concerns are absolutely contested.
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F-150 Eco-Boost in my future?

Hi, I myself, am considering one of these trucks to replace my faithful Lincoln. [F-150 Eco-Boost] I, as a car guy from way back, [flathead days] have to realize that modern engines are getting smaller and smaller, yet size for size more powerful; Not to mention longer lasting. I was bouncing back and forth between the Eco-Boost and the 6.2 L engines. The larger V-8 will obviously gulp more fuel and will also lose a lot of ponies in high altitudes. [forced induction will lose little, or no power loss, in high altitudes] I want power for going places that we plan to go and still be able to afford to put gas in the tank. Those of you who have followed my travels, "Bob and Lee's random trip" know that we go where we want to, when we want to, and in what ever conditions the terrain and weather gives us. It seems to me that this type engine might be in every auto maker's future. I also think that a 25' Airstream should be the limit for any half ton vehicle, but that's my opinion.
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