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Old 05-07-2010, 03:40 PM   #29
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The features TouringDan mentions are all available on the 2009 and up F150 as well. I say 2009+ since that is what I have. I don't know what was available earlier. One feature that has made life very easy for a newbie like me is the back up camera. Not only does it include edge guide lines, an a proximity "beeper", but there is a center line depicted as well. Line it up in the hitch and backup. I don't think automatic hitching would be any easier!!
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Old 05-29-2010, 05:54 AM   #30
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As advertised...........

[QUOTE=beerrun'r;845832]Gl with your F-150, first of all.

I also am heading toward a F-150 Lariat Crew 2x to replace my '06 Tacoma just as soon as I return to Illinois from AZ...............


Got it yesterday! Now I'm wearing out the pages of the owner's manual.

It's silver, naturally.
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Old 05-29-2010, 07:39 AM   #31
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One feature that has made life very easy for a newbie like me is the back up camera. Not only does it include edge guide lines, an a proximity "beeper", but there is a center line depicted as well. Line it up in the hitch and backup. I don't think automatic hitching would be any easier!!
Aviator, we are having some upgrades installed on our truck right now at the Dealership and this is NOT one of them, unfortunately. The loaner car we got while our truck is being worked on, a 2010 Lincoln MKS, has this feature and we love it. I think we might have this option added as well.

Beerrun'r, we absolutely love our new truck and you'll love yours too. How about a pic or two?
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Old 06-01-2010, 05:39 AM   #33
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We've been test driving the F-150, too. My wife and I agree with you, Ford has a great ride. However, it seems that Ford is mainly selling crew cabs in the Lariet trim level. So, I'm also considering the Silverado/Sierra model with their Extended cab, tow package. That gives a little more room in the truck bed. Still, we're leaning towards the 150. Any insights you had in testing the Chevy vs Ford. I like both makes, just looking for towing advantages/disadvantages.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:36 AM   #34
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The backup camera was a bonus for us. We wanted the navigation system, which while expensive saves so many marital conflicts . We bought a nav system with my wife's mini-van, and I won't by another vehicle without one. The entire direction issues and the "are we there yet?" questions just go away
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:24 PM   #35
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We've been test driving the F-150, too. My wife and I agree with you, Ford has a great ride. However, it seems that Ford is mainly selling crew cabs in the Lariet trim level. So, I'm also considering the Silverado/Sierra model with their Extended cab, tow package. That gives a little more room in the truck bed. Still, we're leaning towards the 150. Any insights you had in testing the Chevy vs Ford. I like both makes, just looking for towing advantages/disadvantages.
Forsailors, the F-150 with the optional tow package is a wonderfully engineered truck. It has a beefed up suspension system and it has an anti-sway control and brake controller built in to the design. If you look at the links in my first post of this thread, you'll see some videos on this feature. I view this feature as added insurance since I will still be using my Equal-i-zer hitch for weight distribution and sway control.

A couple weeks ago, I picked up my new 58 Overlander and had nothing but a basic hitch for the drive home (the trailer required a 1 7/8 inch hitch ball and I didn't have that intalled on my regular hitch). In addition, the trailer's pigtail was shot and I had no electric brakes. The F-150 did great towing, no sway issues at all and I was able to stop without any feeling of being pushed. If you look at my images, you notice a couple pics with my new Overlander. I had zero weight distribution but you don't see any drooping in my rear. Now like I said earlier, I won't drive like this normally, but the F-150 did outstanding towing my Overlander on that short, 3-hour drive home.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:27 PM   #36
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Great rig and hookup

Hey Mello Mike,

The pictures of your new Ford and old trailer look well balanced. As you said, no drooping on the tail end of the truck. At times I'm torn a little to look for the Supercab so I'd have a foot more in the truck bed, but I also can see the advantage of having a more comfortable seating area in the back for family and friends. And if I really need the room in the back, I can get the bed extenders.

Did you get the Max Tow package? Again, the pictures look good and we may just our truck this weekend. I'll let you know, and thanks for the time to respond.

I've got friends and relatives in AZ, so it's a great state to camp in.

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Old 06-03-2010, 07:50 AM   #37
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I recommend you also consider the Tundra 5.7L double cab. It has decent back seat room with roll up windows and normal doors plus a 6.5 ft bed. We just returned from an 800 mile trip and got 13.2 mpg. This was mostly flat land towing, but the truck rarely downshifted out of 6th gear due to the 401 ft-lbs of torque. It has a 4.3 rear end yet only turns 1,600 rpm in 6th gear for 60 mph. It comes fully equipped for towing. We only added a back-up camera and towing mirrors (both factory options).

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Aviator, we are having some upgrades installed on our truck right now at the Dealership and this is NOT one of them, unfortunately. The loaner car we got while our truck is being worked on, a 2010 Lincoln MKS, has this feature and we love it. I think we might have this option added as well.

Beerrun'r, we absolutely love our new truck and you'll love yours too. How about a pic or two?

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The backup camera was a bonus for us. We wanted the navigation system, which while expensive saves so many marital conflicts . We bought a nav system with my wife's mini-van, and I won't by another vehicle without one. The entire direction issues and the "are we there yet?" questions just go away
In '07 we bought my wife a new Expedition that had the navigation system and enjoyed it so much that when I bought my F-250 in December '07, I got one that had the navigation system built in. No worry about them being stolen when they are built in. Not the greatest system in terms of features (you can only enter the address, not the GPS coordinates) but like you, I won't buy another vehicle without one.
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Sweeeet!!! Very nice truck. The silver sure goes well with the Airstream!


Thanx

Currently I'm on it's 'maiden voyage' camped here near Granger Indiana headed for Rochester, NY--Hershey, PA--D.C.--Nashville, TN and back to EC IL. (over 2,000 miles) All is good so far.

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For anyone considering an F150...

Ford is supposed to introduce a twin turbo V6 as the premium engine replacing the 5.4L V8. This engine is used in the Taurus SHO and the Flex and has increased fuel economy. The HP and tq numbers should be comparable to the 5.4L, but the fuel economy should be in the mid 20's highway... (unladen, of course)

So.. look for the 2011's in the fall to include this option... That's what I will be looking at..
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