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Old 09-13-2006, 11:53 AM   #197
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Here's a quick report on our DMax. Just returned from a 900 mile trip with the AS, all of which was through Wyoming and Colorado mountains. With 15,000 on the clock, averaged 14 mpg overall. Pulling mountain passes can be summed up with maintaining a steady 50 mph in overdrive up Rabbit Ears pass. It is an 11 mile climb at 7 per cent grade east out of Steamboat Springs.
Which AS were you pulling?
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Old 09-14-2006, 12:25 AM   #198
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My 1995 F-150 Extended Cab has the manual 40-20-40 cloth front seats with the inflatable lumbar support. That configuration is essentially two armless captain's chairs with a center seat section that folds down to make a very wide arm rest with two cup holders and a covered storage compartment. Those are comfortable seats. With the extended cab I can get just the right angle and could actually lean back and support my head on the high-back seats. With the fold down bench seat in the extended portion of the cab you can seat 6...just not very comfortably. When the kids road in booster seats, the back seats were adequate. When my oldest outgrew his booster seat, the back seat just wasn't adequate any more. I still enjoy driving that truck and I hate to part with it.

My 2005 F-250 Crew Cab has power leather captain's chairs with a mechanical lumbar support. No where near as comfortable as the F-150's. The way the seats are arched there is no way to lean back and support your head. Even with the 6-way power adjustments I can't get it so I can. This leads to neck fatigue. It's a bummer on long trips. However, I have grown to enjoy driving this new truck as much as the old truck with the exception of lack of neck support on long trips. I'm sure I will get used to that part in time.

I wish Ford had kept the seat design they had in the '95's. Even my wife admits those seats are more comfortable than her Expedition's.
Hi, I can't figuer out these seats either. Like I said before, I work at a Ford dealer and road test cars and trucks vertually every day. It seems to me that Ford keeps changeing the seats and or seat positions. Trying to get more rear leg room they don't let the seat go back as far as it used to go. Also, some seats don't go down as low as they used to. This does not make sense to me since people are getting taller and larger each generation. Some cars [or trucks] the seats and head rests fit me pretty good and other's just don't feel comfortable no matter how I adjust them. I like my Lincoln, but it would be almost perfect if it had the same seats that my 1996 Explorer had.

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Old 09-14-2006, 09:46 AM   #199
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Hi, I can't figuer out these seats either. Like I said before, I work at a Ford dealer and road test cars and trucks vertually every day. It seems to me that Ford keeps changeing the seats and or seat positions. Trying to get more rear leg room they don't let the seat go back as far as it used to go. Also, some seats don't go down as low as they used to. This does not make sense to me since people are getting taller and larger each generation. Some cars [or trucks] the seats and head rests fit me pretty good and other's just don't feel comfortable no matter how I adjust them. I like my Lincoln, but it would be almost perfect if it had the same seats that my 1996 Explorer had.

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When I saw the interior of the Super Chief concept truck I thought it was really cool and quiet handsome but my first thought was that those seats would ride like a truck bench seat out of the '70's. My second thought was I'd love to own one but first order of business would be after market seats up front. Maybe Raccarro's.
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Old 09-15-2006, 01:04 AM   #200
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When I saw the interior of the Super Chief concept truck I thought it was really cool and quiet handsome but my first thought was that those seats would ride like a truck bench seat out of the '70's. My second thought was I'd love to own one but first order of business would be after market seats up front. Maybe Raccarro's.
Hi, Minnies Mate. You had to mention Ricarro's. You must be much younger than me. Last time I sat down inside a Mustang with Ricarro's It was very comfortable, But when it was time to get out of the car, that was a different story. Very difficult to climb out of.

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Old 09-15-2006, 07:52 AM   #201
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Hi, Minnies Mate. You had to mention Ricarro's. You must be much younger than me. Last time I sat down inside a Mustang with Ricarro's It was very comfortable, But when it was time to get out of the car, that was a different story. Very difficult to climb out of.

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I'm 45. I know they make a wide variety of seats that were the top of the industry for comfort and the cutting edge in ergonomics when I was in high school. I would think with the explosion in popularity of full sized SUV's and pick-up trucks they should have some really nice premium seats. But I'm like you when it comes to passenger cars and performance cars; I fall into most of them and have to climb out of them, too. My boss (10 years older than me) has a Toyota MR-3 and the only time I road in it I felt like I needed someone to use a shovel to get me out!

It seams, though, the concept cars now have these sling seats made of mesh or very flat back and bottoms that look good and are made of recycled materials, but can't offer any lumbar, lateral, or forward thighs support. Not appealing for a long road trip.
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:44 AM   #202
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Diesel power update

It's coming up on three years since I started this thread, so I thought it was time for an update...

This is our third year of pulling our 23' Safari SE with a 2006 F-250 Super Duty Power Stroke diesel truck loaded with us, our dogs, and packed with equipment up and over our nearby mountains and we are very happy with this truck and its diesel power.

Diesel technology continues to evolve...

See my recent article, "Diesel power", History Safari Express, Airstream Life Online Community.

So as the world continues to evolve, I thought it would be good to ask the question again: Would you chose gas or diesel as your next tow vehicle?
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Jeepers, I saw this thread's title in the list, and thought it was about diesel-fuelled heating, hot water, and cooking appliances.

I saw a '79 Argosy when we were looking for a TT, and the owner made it clear that he had NO USE at all for LP gas, and considered it dangerous.

It had a beautiful marine-style stove with a very powerful fan built into the stove lid, a diesel furnace, and a diesel hot water heater. None of the appliances used an open flame to heat. There was a fill-up opening on the outside of the TT.

I loved the rig, but SWMBO was adamant that it was too small.

Oh well, back to your regularly sceduled discussion, sorry to hijack.
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I purchased a 2005 F-250 PSD in anticipation of purchasing our Airstream and really liked it except the ride. I have a bad back injury from about 20 years ago and the stiff ride was aggravating my back to the point that I was having to undergo physical therapy. In 2008, Ford redesigned the F-250 from the ground up including the suspension and captain's chairs. The new seats fit my back perfectly and the ride is closer to the F-150 (not exactly, but much better) than the 05's so I traded for my second F-250 PSD. The new engine along with all of its pollution control devices has less towing power and torque than my first one with its 6.0L PSD, but the ride makes up for it and the comfort in knowing that I am towing greener than before makes it worth the trade.
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