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Old 10-09-2013, 07:51 AM   #505
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If you just bought the truck stand your ground.Talk to the General Mgr ask them to sign a statement of record that if anything were to happen that they would take care of it.also refer to your owners manual addressing payload overloading.Finally ask them to call Fords technical department and if they sign off on it your good with it,you will get a new truck with max tow pak
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I special ordered the truck…. 6.5' bed for my kayaks, I do not have Max Payload, in fact in not avail on the Platinum ed, what I have ...MAX Payload is not required for my use. I'm pretty much a minimalistic, so overloading is not a problem…I don't like stuff I don't need! LOL In fact the 3.73 is an overkill. 98% of my traveling is over flat lands, my 2011 EB F-150 had the 3.55 and that was an overkill. I wanted the HUGE Mirrors and I love em! I can see! My trailer has never swayed, I have a GoPro mount on the street side at the rear facing forward…. and my Airstream trails perfect even with large rigs passing…. for as the Anderson hitch, I think it would add problems as it would make the hitch longer, longer arm from the rear axle and added weight and cost that is not needed with the F-150 that is 21' long and an Airstream that is 25' long… it's like the perfect match…. and that is why I spent 70 grand on an Airstream… Loving it!
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I spoke with Bridgestone Corporate Tech Center people this morning and described how I use the truck (i.e.. Towing an Airstream).

I was told that the Bridgestone P275/55R20/111T M + S tires should NOT be used for towing.

That confirms the comments of my local Firestone/Bridgestone dealer.
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I special ordered the truck…. 6.5' bed for my kayaks, I do not have Max Payload, in fact in not avail on the Platinum ed, what I have ...MAX Payload is not required for my use. I'm pretty much a minimalistic, so overloading is not a problem…I don't like stuff I don't need! LOL In fact the 3.73 is an overkill. 98% of my traveling is over flat lands, my 2011 EB F-150 had the 3.55 and that was an overkill. I wanted the HUGE Mirrors and I love em! I can see! My trailer has never swayed, I have a GoPro mount on the street side at the rear facing forward…. and my Airstream trails perfect even with large rigs passing…. for as the Anderson hitch, I think it would add problems as it would make the hitch longer, longer arm from the rear axle and added weight and cost that is not needed with the F-150 that is 21' long and an Airstream that is 25' long… it's like the perfect match…. and that is why I spent 70 grand on an Airstream… Loving it!
Thanks for the posting. What tires do you have on the truck?
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Also curious about your fuel milage. Towing I am getting 10-12.5 depending on terrain. Not towing I have hit 20.1 on flat terrain using cruise control between 60-65. I have the 3.73 rear ends. In the hills no noticeable slow down and with TowHaul mode on I do very little braking. You will love it.
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I probably should measure this the old fashion way, gallons into miles, since Ford uses some sort of software and amount of minutes to measure this.

Using Fords onboard computer I average 17-18mpg, mostly highway miles. 2013 F150 Crew, EcoBoost, 3.55, short box, 4x4. Towing I get 10-12mpg.
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Those on board fuel economy computers are often named lie-o-meters for a reason. Get pencil and paper and do the actual calculations at every fill up. There are "apps" for that on the iPhone that do a good job. I use Gas Cubby.

Just for grins, check your odometer against the highway sign posts and see how far that is off as well. That issue is not as bad as before after the Japanese got fined heavily for their "fast" odometers (over 10%) that raked in profits on mileage over charges on leased vehicles.
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Also curious about your fuel milage. Towing I am getting 10-12.5 depending on terrain. Not towing I have hit 20.1 on flat terrain using cruise control between 60-65. I have the 3.73 rear ends. In the hills no noticeable slow down and with TowHaul mode on I do very little braking. You will love it.
11 to 12 mpg when towing except when its windy and then as low as 9

20 +/- when not towing
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I special ordered the truck…. 6.5' bed for my kayaks, I do not have Max Payload, in fact in not avail on the Platinum ed, what I have ...MAX Payload is not required for my use. I'm pretty much a minimalistic, so overloading is not a problem…I don't like stuff I don't need! LOL In fact the 3.73 is an overkill. 98% of my traveling is over flat lands, my 2011 EB F-150 had the 3.55 and that was an overkill. I wanted the HUGE Mirrors and I love em! I can see! My trailer has never swayed, I have a GoPro mount on the street side at the rear facing forward…. and my Airstream trails perfect even with large rigs passing…. for as the Anderson hitch, I think it would add problems as it would make the hitch longer, longer arm from the rear axle and added weight and cost that is not needed with the F-150 that is 21' long and an Airstream that is 25' long… it's like the perfect match…. and that is why I spent 70 grand on an Airstream… Loving it!
4x4 I assume?
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With the Hensley make sure that the two strut bars with the square adjusters are tight. They are the ones that are parallel to the A frame of the trailer. If they are loose even a little the whole thing feels awful.
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Yup, you were right:

The struts were loose. I tightened them and added air so the the truck's tires and the Airstreams were up to max allowable - hot. Over a 1000 mile trip the truck was solid. No swaying.

I told this to my Ford service manager and he was pleased.

However, I should add that considering I was advised by Bridgestone that the tires were, "not designed for towing", I wrote a letter to Ford asking that they be replaced.
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In my F150 the on board computer is quite close to my manual calculations regarding fuel consumption. Off the subject but this vehicle has the best navigational system I have ever had. It has put me right where I needed go.
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So i am guessing the v-6 motor has regular spark plugs and not the demon long plugs like the Triton motors have?? that was a glows screw up by ford for sure.. who ever thought pushing a long plug shaft in a combustion combustion chamber with the crap gas you get would not get plugged up with gunk. I have a 2000 v-8 5.4 in my carpet cleaning van and have been dreading the day the plugs need replacing.



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Yes, the fuel economy on the Ram diesel is not great! Unfortunately, my Ford dealer would not let me test drive an EB F150 (or even a 250/diesel for that matter) with a load pulled behind. The reports are now very glowing and have more credibility on the EB engine. Our decision was also based upon having experienced a triton blow a spark plug out the plug hole and into the hood ... as well as poor mountain uphill performance with the last Lariat CC F150 5.4 v-8 while towing ... two different F150s and two different TTs.

So, good or bad, we have the TV that we'll stick with for the next longish period of time. So far we are VERY happy with the Ram CTD, but not happy at all with the skyrocketing fuel prices. Likely we will have to curtail the longer trips as it is costing over $.30 per mile for just fuel! Cheers
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