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Old 12-13-2003, 05:59 PM   #15
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Please ignore my question about your tt....re read your post. Yes, am jealous/envious.......like those wheels on the 34'
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Old 12-13-2003, 06:24 PM   #16
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Envious here! Will it fit in your garage?
Funny you should ask. Several months ago I test drove an F-250 King Ranch and brought it home to see if it would fit in the garage.

On the approach .. at the very last second .. I thought I should get out and check to see if the cab would clear the top of the garage door ... something I hadn't considered.

Sure enough ... I was within inches of crunching the top of the cab.

So ... no, it won't fit ... it's parked out front.
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Old 12-13-2003, 06:24 PM   #17
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What else is there to say but...

Well Done!

Porky, you've gotten the perfect tow rig. Congrats and enjoy!

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Old 12-13-2003, 06:50 PM   #18
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Pork -

Do you know what kind of mileage you can expect towing and empty?

I have the 2000 F250 7.3L 4x4 and get about 18 hwy empty and 10 towing, and have been thinking about getting a new one. However, at 61,000 miles, I haven't had a single problem so I don't know that I really have to get a new truck -- other than just because it would be new!

I also have the Line-X liner, which is also 4 years old now, and with absolutely no problems. However, I do have a cap on mine, and keep it in my garage, so I don't know about possible fading. I also put one of those heavy duty rubber pads on my tailgate which is a lot easier on the old knees whenever I crawl in the back.

Enjoy!

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Old 12-13-2003, 08:28 PM   #19
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John,

Some of the guys on TheDieselStop.com are reporting mileage in the 10.5 to 12 MPG range ... and they are towing 5th wheels ... with the 7.3 PSD.

The 6.0 is supposed to get better mileage than the 7.3 ... and towing an Airstream should get better mileage than a 5er ... so I'm predicting 14 to 15 MPG while towing ... after a bunch of break in miles.

Driving empty ... I got 14.37 MPG on the first tank ... calculated by hand ... the trip computer claimed 16.2 MPG.

I guess the short answer should be ... "I don't know."

Only 61K miles on your SuperDuty? Heck, you haven't even broken it in yet.
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Old 12-13-2003, 09:18 PM   #20
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FWIW I drove a 2001 7.3PSD 4x4 F-250 3.73 from NC to AZ towing a 28' 11k# high profile 5'ver and averaged 8.5 mpg over a distance of 2400 miles. We stayed in the 60-65mph range on the flats.

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Old 12-13-2003, 10:07 PM   #21
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Garage door "real" opening's vary all over the place. The standard door is 7' tall. However, the frame overlaps the door by however much the guys who framed it up decided. Then the guys who came in and poured the concrete floor affected that height.

I could BARELY get mine in the garage (27' deep) before I put a boat in there. Even at that the radio antenna dragged across the door. So I just back it in next to the Airstream in the driveway.

That's one thing you'll find about the truck... it's a lot easier to put it wherever you want it by backing rather than going forward.

Aim those little manual convex mirrors at the bottom of the TT mirrors at the rear tires, so you can see where they are WRT other things. Makes a big difference when you're backing toward a curb, or close to a drop-off.

Then get you a set of the C-Betr Mirrors but install them on the TT mirror arms without the "anti-rattle" rubber they include, so you can slide them on the arms. You can't fold the TT mirrors in with them unless you extend the TT mirrors and then slide the C-Betrs out. That may be a bit of a hassle, but they're the best things ever invented for the SuperDuty.
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Old 12-13-2003, 11:34 PM   #22
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Then get you a set of the C-Betr Mirrors but install them on the TT mirror arms without the "anti-rattle" rubber they include, so you can slide them on the arms. You can't fold the TT mirrors in with them unless you extend the TT mirrors and then slide the C-Betrs out. That may be a bit of a hassle, but they're the best things ever invented for the SuperDuty.
Moe,

Thanks for the reminder. I knew I forgot to order something.
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Old 12-14-2003, 08:40 AM   #23
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Porky, do you know if Ford has ironed out the little problems they had in '03 with the 6.0?
I know it is almost completely new, with a higher redline, and "detuned" for emissions, with a side benefit of better MPG, but there were a few quirks they were working on.
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Old 12-14-2003, 10:47 AM   #24
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Terry,

Ford made over 30 changes to the engine ... and these changes went into production around 9/29. So there are '04 trucks out there with the '03 engine. Most of the problems were with the early production engines ... units built before April/May of '03.

When I heard that the changes were coming, I knew I would wait for those and felt pretty confident that they finally got it figured out.

Also, most of the problems with the original '03 engine have been solved with a new flash and injector replacements. There have been far less complaints over at TheDieselStop.com.
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Old 12-16-2003, 01:48 PM   #25
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We purchased a 2001 34' Limited slideout last year. This is the first Airstream that we have traveled with at all. Actually our first trailer. We've been wondering what advantage the Hensley Hitch would be over a Reese or Blue Ox. If you or anyone else out there have any advice, we would be thrilled to get it! Thanks much! Chris and Teresa Ryan, Key West, FL
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Uh-oh... What's say we not hijack the current topic. Folks reading this, please don't reply to this sideline.

Okay that's done. Yaketyak, look at the following links and do a search on the word hensley. Then either add a question to one of those strings or start your own. You'll see all sorts of opinions and some of the more level-headed ones in the first thread. (#1) (#2) (#3)

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Old 12-16-2003, 03:22 PM   #27
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Sweet lookin' truck Porky!!,

But it does look like they shorted you a couple of feet on the bed length.

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Old 12-16-2003, 03:25 PM   #28
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Mark, I think that would be when you find somebody that wants your old truck more than you do...
BTW, I didn't know they offered the 1500 series with the 6.5 TD?
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They did indeed sell a few 1500's with the 6.5 TD in them. I guess there were a few old farts left around at GM back in the 90's from the even more dismal 5.7 and 6.2 days.

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