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Old 05-05-2010, 06:32 PM   #15
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yup - got the tailgate with the pull-out/dropdown step. makes it much easier to get up into the truck bed. i have a 'snugtop' bed lid and with the lid open i can climb in and kneel in the back.

i also got [what i call] the 'old fart pole' which folds up out of the tailgate.

a great help when i need more supplies during happy hour

re: tow package - our 2005 22' AS weighs more than your classic 31' AS and the 2009 f-150 has just enough power to deal with it. i, for one, am glad that the tow package was already installed. i think its really needed for anyone with more recent or heavier AS.

If we ever get a bigger AS [and it could happen] we would definitely bump up to a f-250/350 with a tow package.

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Old 05-05-2010, 07:07 PM   #16
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Welcome to the Ford club. In the few outings we have made so far with our 2009, it has been a great experience. It also does well as a family/daily driver.
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:38 PM   #17
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Congrats on the new truck, I to have the Ford F150 supercrew but the 4x4 with 3.73 axle/tow pkg. Great truck, been pulling my 30' classic with no problem. I'm a big fan of the red too Headed to the Amelia Bluegrass Festival next w/e , I'll take some pix of the rig and post them here.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:46 PM   #18
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Welcome to the Ford club. In the few outings we have made so far with our 2009, it has been a great experience. It also does well as a family/daily driver.
Craig, good to see you pulling a big 34 footer. How heavy is that and do you pull in the mountains? Just curious.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:06 PM   #19
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Congratulations! Beautiful truck. Thanks for posting the ad...now I want one!
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:12 PM   #20
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Forgot to mention that the Line X bedliner and Michelin tires come standard.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:52 PM   #21
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The max tow package seemed like overkill for me and couldn't justify the extra cost. My truck can tow close to 10,000 lbs, more than enough for my 4,700lb Sovereign (the vintage trailers are much lighter than the newer models).

You might be wise to at least look into getting an auxiliary after market transmission oil cooler. That 3:55 rear gear will generate extra heat in the transmission that needs to go somewhere. Might be cheap insurance.
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:21 PM   #22
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Nice looking truck! I like the red. I bought an 08 Tundra, but the red was to washed out so I bought the silver. The color is ok, just ok. The truck is terrific- lots of power with the 5.7 liter and with the 6 speed trans, plenty of low end grunt and yet in 6th gear it is only turning 1,600 rpm at 60 mph. My 08 has towing mirrors. I have the double cab which has a nice back seat. The back seat area may not be as large as on your truck but my bed is 6.5 ft long. I love this truck. The only problem is that it is HUGE!

BTW I have a 400 watt invertor and am thinking of upgrading so I can run my refrigerator when I am driving down the road. My invertor is big enough in theory but it balks at running my 225 watt refrigerator. Any advice you can give me on invertors?
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:43 PM   #23
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You might be wise to at least look into getting an auxiliary after market transmission oil cooler. That 3:55 rear gear will generate extra heat in the transmission that needs to go somewhere. Might be cheap insurance.
I agree. That's one of my first upgrades.


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Old 05-06-2010, 12:52 AM   #24
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I really love my diesel Excursion but I wanted to buy a half-ton pickup. With my F-150 I can seat 5 comfortably and haul stuff in the back. The ride of this F-150 is amazingly smooth and quiet and is really a pleasure to drive. Now I know why it's the best selling truck in the land. The large number of rebates helped, too. Pickups also make great camping/towing vehicles.

GMWELDER, the 3.55 is still a question mark, but the numerous reviews I've read on the subject seemed to indicate this wasn't a problem. We'll see.

RICHARD, you name the time and place!

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So what are you going to do with your 2003 Expedition PSD ??? Sell it or keep it?? Just wondering what your fuel mileage was with the Expedition.
Is your new truck going to do as well or better in the fuel mileage area??

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Old 05-06-2010, 07:03 AM   #25
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Mello Mike, My trailer has a posted weight of 9800# max. I have not had it on the CAT scales yet (ProPride hitch on order). If you get a Ford (2009-2010) with the factory tow package, a trans cooler and temp indicator are standard equipment.

WE have towed into the North GA mountains with no problems, and when I first picked the trailer up it was in PA, so I had to tow it home over the Smokies on my virgin tow experience. Again with no difficulty (well, holding 70mph on a 6% grade was tough, I dropped down to 55mph)
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:23 AM   #26
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Mello Mike, If you get a Ford (2009-2010) with the factory tow package, a trans cooler and temp indicator are standard equipment.
Yeah, I know. I was talking about getting a beefed up digital one, I don't like analog meters when it comes to temps.

That's great to hear that your truck has no trouble pulling your 34.
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:18 AM   #27
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my 08 tundra with the tow package came with the tow mirrors and 4.30 gears, as well as a tranny temp guage. Its nice not the have to add those things later.
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My 2WD 08 Tundra 5.7L SR5 model came with all necessary tow requirements standard except for towing mirrors and a backup camera. It stickered for about 32K but the total out the door price was only 26K. It was a bargain. The best features are the motor and the 6 speed transmission. You can toggle shift the transmission and it even downshifts by itself when you tap the brakes going down hill. The 4.3 gearing gives it plenty of towing power(403 ft-lbs of torque doesn't hurt) and the 2 top gears are overdrive resulting in 60mph at only 1,600rpm. Mileage is 19 highway and 12-14 towing my 66 Tradewind. It is a terrific tow vehicle. If the new F150 is just as good along with the other new trucks then we are in very fine shape when we all need to buy a new tow vehicle. Look at all of them when you are ready to buy. The only way to improve it would be to increase the GVWR, but then it would no longer be a 1/2 ton truck.
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