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Old 12-16-2003, 07:28 PM   #29
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Cool truck...gotta love the Fords!

After searching all over southern Ohio, Indiana and northern Kentucky for our "dream truck", we ended up ordering it from Dale Jarrett Ford in North Carolina. Actually got the best deal and they were happy to help us...unlike many of the local dealers who were trying to unload the leftovers they had on the lot! My favorite response was from some polyester-clad salesman who told my husband that the "little woman in your life certainly wouldn't want to have to learn how to shift...I'd recommend an automatic to make it easier on everyone!" My hubby replied "well, you obviously don't know by wife and she'd never buy a truck from you!" What nerve! We promptly left that dealer and never went back! We have a 2002 Ford F-350 4WD, super cab, 6 speed, short bed, 7.3 PSD with a Superchip upgrade. We absolutely love it! Towing our '70 Trade Wind, we average about 14 MPG...a little less when I drive...I tend to have a lead foot! I think you'll be very happy with our choice...we are! When you can tow up to 17,000 pounds, the length of your bed really doesn't matter!
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Old 12-17-2003, 01:17 PM   #30
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I tow a 34' with a 2003 Excursion, 6 liter. Typically get about 12 MPG running about 65.

About 3 months ago I had the dealer replace all the injectors (very early 03 model). Haven't had any problems, before or after. Do get slightly better mileage with the new injectors.

The Hensley hitch and BrakeSmart are both superb: I have both.
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Old 12-17-2003, 03:03 PM   #31
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We're getting 19.0/16.3, according to on-baord computer

Our 2004 F350 with 6.0L diesel SWD SB (now with all of 1500 miles on it) was showing 19.0 MPG on SE Texas coastal flats with no tow; pulling 28' Classic, the mileage (as computed on-baord) has dropped steadily to 16.3.

Not sure how often the computer updates its usage statisitics, however - anybody know?
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Old 12-17-2003, 03:20 PM   #32
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I think the computer reads out in real time or whatever you would call it. I know that mine will vary with towing or highway driving. You can reset it and watch it change with the slightest change in driving. Mine will typically read 13.7 to 14.2 but if I tow long enough it will drop to 12 to 12.5 and then after towing it will steadily come back up. How quick it changes also seems to depend on how many miles you've driven since it was last reset.
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Old 12-17-2003, 06:21 PM   #33
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I think the computer reads out in real time or whatever you would call it. I know that mine will vary with towing or highway driving. You can reset it and watch it change with the slightest change in driving. Mine will typically read 13.7 to 14.2 but if I tow long enough it will drop to 12 to 12.5 and then after towing it will steadily come back up. How quick it changes also seems to depend on how many miles you've driven since it was last reset.
What the computer does is average the MPG since the last time it was reset. If you want "real-time" MPG figures, click the little button until it reads "Instant", and it will show what your truck is doing at that moment.
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Old 12-17-2003, 06:26 PM   #34
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Aaaahhhh...that makes sense!

That would explain why it's slowly been decreasing, instead of making a quantum jump to a lower average rate.


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Old 12-18-2003, 07:14 AM   #35
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Good looking truck. You will just love your 34 Classic. We ordered ours Dec. 6, 1997 and took delivery on Feb. 7, 1998. My new tow vehicle was shipped 12-14 and should be here just any day. What a GREAT Christmas
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Old 12-18-2003, 05:37 PM   #36
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Thumbs up Thanks Captain Charlie ...

A new truck for Christmas ... you're gonna love it. The DuraMax/Allison is a potent combo.

The Hensley Arrow and the BrakeSmart Controller arrived today. The BrakeSmart looks like a piece of cake to install ... the Hensley is really heavy!

Sure wish January would hurry up and get here.
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Old 12-23-2003, 10:13 PM   #37
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Porky Pig,
Like you, I didn't want the dual rear wheels because I felt I could do without them on my 2500hd with 8.1 and Allison transmission. I felt that the extra tire/wheel combination would actually hurt mileage but can't say for a fact. I consistently get 10-11 mpg towing my 31' Excella. I'd love the towing mileage of a Duramax but that will have to be in the future.
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