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Old 11-14-2014, 01:07 PM   #197
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Looking on the local lots at leftover 2014s mainly interested in going up to a 4x4 and I like the larger 36 gal gas tank vs the 26 gal in my 4x2 2010 Tundra. I don't plan to get a bigger AS and if I did it would be a 28 FC. The F150 I'm looking at is a supercab so I keep my 6 1/2' bed with Ecoboost, 3.31, 7200# GVWR Package, 18" rims, backup camera. I'm hoping it will give me a payload similar to my Tundra. The truck is also silver in color.

Will the 3.31 vs a 3.55 be a big concern?

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Old 11-14-2014, 01:57 PM   #198
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Looking on the local lots at leftover 2014s mainly interested in going up to a 4x4 and I like the larger 36 gal gas tank vs the 26 gal in my 4x2 2010 Tundra. I don't plan to get a bigger AS and if I did it would be a 28 FC. The F150 I'm looking at is a supercab so I keep my 6 1/2' bed with Ecoboost, 3.31, 7200# GVWR Package, 18" rims, backup camera. I'm hoping it will give me a payload similar to my Tundra. The truck is also silver in color.

Will the 3.31 vs a 3.55 be a big concern?

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Hi Kelvin:

I have never had the 3.31 rear-end but have had the 3.55 pulling my 28'FC and it was just fine. I now have the 3.73 and to be honest I really cannot tell the difference from the 3.55.

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Old 11-14-2014, 11:32 PM   #199
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Ordered my Platinum last week. Delivery sometime mid February which is perfect for I spend the winters in La Paz, MX. Could not get the 3.73 with the Platinum so going with the 3.55 which will be a little better when not towing. Max payload and Max tow. Looking to gain almost 1000lbs on the payload. Also went with the 6.5 bed which is scary but I hope I will be able to adapt. Currently have a 2013 F150 but with only 1100lbs payload which is not enough. Best vehicle I have ever owned. The navigation system is spot on every trip.

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Old 11-15-2014, 11:41 AM   #200
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Hi Kelvin:

I have never had the 3.31 rear-end but have had the 3.55 pulling my 28'FC and it was just fine. I now have the 3.73 and to be honest I really cannot tell the difference from the 3.55.

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Were pretty happy with our 25' FB behind our 2012 Platinum EB 4X4, SuperCrewCab, short bed, 3.55, with 60K+ miles now...I am becoming very interested in the blogs on new aluminum model with 8 speed trany?...I thought that this model was not coming till 2016; is that correct or is it in 2015? You have peaked my interest in 3.31 vs 3.55 also...would expect better mpg, correct? The EB 3.6L has great power for us so would not consider smaller engine option.

As for 27'- 28' over our 25', we go back and forth; the 28' L-couch with separate dining is very nice, but storage in galley area not as nice as 25' or 27'; have to open a door to pull out the drawers by sink; not well thought out design, plus the their are less drawers....27' has more logical storage in galley but we prefer the layout of 28' for lounging and eating...decisions, decisions....maybe AS will redesign the 27' and add the L-couch and separate booth dining...wish-full thinking?
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Old 11-15-2014, 10:25 PM   #201
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I have the 2014 King Ranch Eco-boost for my 22' Bambi. Traded in the F-150 eight cylinder for more torque. Works just fine so far, but have not pulled in real mountains yet, just the Texas Hill Country.

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Old 11-16-2014, 12:28 AM   #202
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8 speed tranny is still a rumour but if true not until 2016. In theory the lower the rear end number the better MPG with the trade off being pulling power which would be somewhat better with the higher rear end number. For some reason with the higher rear end (lower number) one looses a little towing capacity.

I went with the 30 footer to gain the recliners which almost gives you another room. The dinette area is totally separate. Also gaining more storage inside. Outside storage seems to be better also have done away with the two smallish storage areas and instead have one quite large storage area at the rear of the trailer.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:36 AM   #203
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We decided not to go through with a 2014 purchase. We will wait a few years when our conditions change at home and maybe by then there will be some preowned 2015s on the market.

Looking at the local dealers within 150 miles of where I live you can get a new 2014 for only a little bit more or a little cheaper than the most preowned 2011, 2012 and 2013 units I see advertised. We weren't looking at Platinum, Lariat or FX4 trims, XLT is good enough although I do prefer the transmission shift on the floor like my Tundra, makes it a lot easier to manual shift but that seems to be only offered in the higher priced trims.

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Old 11-17-2014, 11:02 AM   #204
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We decided not to go through with a 2014 purchase. We will wait a few years when our conditions change at home and maybe by then there will be some preowned 2015s on the market.

Looking at the local dealers within 150 miles of where I live you can get a new 2014 for only a little bit more or a little cheaper than the most preowned 2011, 2012 and 2013 units I see advertised. We weren't looking at Platinum, Lariat or FX4 trims, XLT is good enough although I do prefer the transmission shift on the floor like my Tundra, makes it a lot easier to manual shift but that seems to be only offered in the higher priced trims.

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Kelvin- Get the best price with options you want, for sure! I have found that using the internet can start a great dialog with multiple dealers who want your business, without leaving your house. I have done multiple deals on new vehicles over the past 8 years using this method, and it has worked well for me. I typically get a follow up call from the internet sales guy, which leads me to tell them my best pricing and if they can beat it; saves the hassle of the various layers of sales and managers which can be very frustrating, not to mention time consuming.

As for Platinum vs Lariat and FX 4X4 vs standard 4X4....we drove all of them and I had 2 close friends; one with Platinum FX 4X4, Echoboost, and one with a loaded Lariat 4X4 standard. we liked the ride better on 4X4...not so stiff as FX; we don't go off road either other than some snow an ice issues in MT during winter visits. Platinum was wifes idea....she liked the "disappearing running boards"...hey, who am I to argue!
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:47 AM   #205
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8 speed tranny is still a rumour but if true not until 2016. In theory the lower the rear end number the better MPG with the trade off being pulling power which would be somewhat better with the higher rear end number. For some reason with the higher rear end (lower number) one looses a little towing capacity.

I went with the 30 footer to gain the recliners which almost gives you another room. The dinette area is totally separate. Also gaining more storage inside. Outside storage seems to be better also have done away with the two smallish storage areas and instead have one quite large storage area at the rear of the trailer.
Yea, I read a lot about the 30 footers and it is looking nice, but would likely require a larger TV....also concerned about the length overall for maneuvering and getting into some parks we like to visit. Sure looks like the way to go for full timing...
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:19 PM   #206
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Graysailr. 30 footer question

Hi Graysailor,
Don't have an AStream yet but seriously looking at a 2010 30 foorter with recliners used.

Our concern is not having the extra "couch" in the front section.

Your thoughts.

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Old 11-17-2014, 02:53 PM   #207
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We decided not to go through with a 2014 purchase. We will wait a few years when our conditions change at home and maybe by then there will be some preowned 2015s on the market.

Looking at the local dealers within 150 miles of where I live you can get a new 2014 for only a little bit more or a little cheaper than the most preowned 2011, 2012 and 2013 units I see advertised. We weren't looking at Platinum, Lariat or FX4 trims, XLT is good enough although I do prefer the transmission shift on the floor like my Tundra, makes it a lot easier to manual shift but that seems to be only offered in the higher priced trims.

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A '15 XLT with the console shifter will be a rare critter. You can only get that with the "XLT Sport Appearance Package" (code 862) that only comes with one interior color, but on all levels of Lariat you can get the console-mounted shifter. A well-equipped XLT has a lot of price overlap with a lightly-optioned Lariat anyway. My gripe is that at least for 2015 the LED headlights will only be available on the "Lariat Luxury" and above, so it gets pricey to have those nice lights.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:51 PM   #208
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I have read in several forums that soon the couch in the 30 footer becomes uncomfortable. Another reason I prefer the recliners is that there is a fold up table that you can use or not use. This almost gives the feeling of having a separate room in the trailer. The dinette is totally separate area which I prefer.
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:26 AM   #209
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We looked at the Eco-B again, but when we hooked up our 25 to it and pulled it down the road, we went back to the torque of Doctor Diesel ... hard to beat the brakes and features of the HD - at a cost to both buy and maintain, of course.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:01 AM   #210
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The '11 Ecoboost had a problem with condensation in the inter cooler under certain humidity and temperature conditions. Ford did a voluntary recall and there was an NHTSA investigation but no mandatory recall (the problem caused a sudden loss of power). This tells me that the Feds were satisfied that Ford had successfully dealt with the problem. In order to have nearly a ton of cargo capacity look for the 7650 GVWR package ( usually comes with the max trailer tow package). 3:55 or 3:73 locking rear axle is recommended. A local dealer in Washington DC metro had a Lariat crew cab Ecoboost with these packages new (2014) for just over $42k. Seemed like a screaming deal.
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