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Old 08-29-2013, 07:42 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by etobolski View Post
I'd have to agree. After getting ready to put a third transmission in a 2011 F-150 in about 50,000 miles, about 13,000 towing a 22 sport, even the current 1/2 tons didn't seem up to the task of towing.
It is highly unlikely pulling a 22' Sport 13,000 miles caused three transmission failures in a 2011 F-150. There's something else going on here.


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Old 08-29-2013, 07:22 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by DKB_SATX View Post
Do you have the tow package and a useful rear axle ratio? (3.55 or 3.73)

My '07 F150 has 70000 miles with about 10k of towing a '75 Argosy24 since 2011, and it's still operating normally so far. Factory tow package, 5.4L V8, 3.55 diff, 2WD.
Had the 3.55 ratio, tow mirrors, and brake controller from the factory. Rated plenty high enough with the right equipment to tow a 4500# GVW trailer even though it didn't have the MAX tow package.

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This is the kind of real world information that scares me. Were the failures a result of heat?
First was the result of a seal blowing out and causing the fluid to leak out while traveling. Said to have been a manufacturing defect on a limited number of trucks. Dealership that did the repair also said they'd done repairs or replacements on quite a few of them though. From the time the warning light came on until stopping was a couple miles, and by then it was nearly empty and burned up. The replacement, new unit not a reman I'm told, never seemed right. It would do things like shift a couple of times while sitting still at traffic lights, and make random downshifts for no apparent reason or seem to be stuck between gears for far too long while shifting. Problems kept getting more and more frequent, but of course no problems could be created on demand and the problem could never be diagnosed. Seemed more like a problem with the computer controls rather than a heat issue to me though. The truck wasn't included in the TSB that would have reprogramed the transmission though, so I was told that wouldn't be done without coming out of pocket. After this happened more and more the transmission started to have problems with slipping and seemingly getting stuck in gear. Time to bail on the truck as a result, and from what I was told the transmission was replaced shortly thereafter.

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Old 08-29-2013, 07:43 PM   #17
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Ah yes, another TV thread debate. Love these, since like hitches it in the end everyone benefits from user experiences.
Personally, I love my truck. It will tow anything put behind it. The new built in tow package is no comparison to prior years. Yes, if you exceed 65 mph you will pop some rivets due to the suspension, done that-learned. Currently researching the Air-Safe hitch for our truck.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:46 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by dkottum View Post
It is highly unlikely pulling a 22' Sport 13,000 miles caused three transmission failures in a 2011 F-150. There's something else going on here.

Something else is going on here. Everybody has pretty darn good transmissions for the last few years. Even the factory approved remans have been good.
In my experience, when I see multiple transmission failures in succession, I find that an improper/incomplete cooler and line flushing has occurred. Any residual metal fragments in the system will result in another failure in short order. If I ever have a trans failure, I would ensure proper multiple flushes AND install a filter in the return line from the cooler.

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Old 08-30-2013, 02:20 PM   #19
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Heads up Cayenne\Touareg\Q7 & Q5 Folks....

Although a "hitch is a hitch" - the important thing to remember for those that do not order these VW based German SUV’s with the tow package is to get it to the dealer so either:
A: An electronics module can be placed inline as part of the tow package
B: The vehicle can be re-flashed either to activate the electronics module or adjust parameters for newer electronics

The above based on the year of your vehicle…

My point - don't just go add a hitch to these vehicles, there is one more step to perform if you so wish to use them when towing any trailer.

Now my comments on the use of weight distribution (WD) and these vehicles (minus the Q5). If your vehicle has a steel rear suspension (no air bags), WD is great but with an air suspension system on these vehicles there is much debate to the load the airbags can handle and it is NOT suggested to exceed the max tongue weight of 770lbs (660 for the Q7 - don't know for Q5) of the tow vehicle. Again, if your using a ProPride or HaHa hitch, then you can exceed the tongue weight of the trailer BUT we all agree to use local scales to ensure you maintain within your GVWR...

A quick search of our Forum will being up said discussion - in nauseam...
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:31 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by dkottum View Post
got my new vacuum cleaner today! What a comfy ride.
You must have a big house to need a riding vacuum cleaner. Riding lawn mowers I can understand, but a riding Vacuum cleaner?
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:52 PM   #21
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You must have a big house to need a riding vacuum cleaner. Riding lawn mowers I can understand, but a riding Vacuum cleaner?
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I can't believe no one has mentioned Can-Am yet in this thread
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:41 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by murreywalker View Post

I personally detected a distinct change in my MB's tranny over a period of two years; particularly when the vehicle wasn't towing our trailer. And, it was a change for the worse.

I just don't believe Detroit's and Europe's SUV's and lighter weight trucks are designed (with regard to their transmission) to consistently tow the weight that most newer Airstreams have grown to.
I am only putting this out because others will read this thread on the search for information, not to dismiss your personal experiences: it's important to keep in mind that there's a difference between correlation and causation.

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