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Old 01-14-2020, 04:33 AM   #1
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2020 f-250 7.3

We just picked up a Ford 2020 7.3 gasser,4x4 lariat. We drove it home from the dealer about 140 miles, some highway and and some city and rural. I set the cruise control on 60 because I found myself going 70 + a lot. The rpms read around 1100 to 1200 at those speeds. The mpg read 17.7. So far the truck has around 220 miles on it. We wonít tow until we put some more miles on it but will keep you postedClick image for larger version

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Old 01-14-2020, 05:12 AM   #2
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Nice Tow Vehicle, congrats. As an "older school" comparison my 2000 7.4L K2500 regular cab long bed 4x4 gets 11-12 MPG no matter what (around town, steady cruise at 65 or towing).
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Coaster, congratulations on the new truck!

Did you see the guys over at Fast Lane Truck just bought a new 7.3 Tremor? They're downright giddy about it and plan to have some fun with it.

Post some photos with your Airstream once you break in the new truck!
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Congrats on the new truck! I’m also looking at the 7.3 gas. Will be anxious to hear your feedback once you start towing.
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We just picked up a Ford 2020 7.3 gasser,4x4 lariat. We drove it home from the dealer about 140 miles, some highway and and some city and rural. I set the cruise control on 60 because I found myself going 70 + a lot. The rpms read around 1100 to 1200 at those speeds. The mpg read 17.7. So far the truck has around 220 miles on it. We wonít tow until we put some more miles on it but will keep you postedAttachment 359140
Thatís pretty good mpg for that size gas engine. How is the ride?
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Please keep us posted. I will be ordering a 2020 in the next few months. Trying to decided between the diesel and the 7.3. Waiting for more info about real world testing of both engines.
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Please keep us posted. I will be ordering a 2020 in the next few months. Trying to decided between the diesel and the 7.3. Waiting for more info about real world testing of both engines.


Weíll keep you posted. This truck is not a daily driver but we want to see how it tows.We had a F-150 with had payload and max tow XL. The truck was great but wanted an upgraded but couldnít find a similar truck in a lariat package.We wanted a truck that you just put gas in it.It has about 260 miles on it and a still over a half a tank. Mpg says 16.3.
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Weíll keep you posted. This truck is not a daily driver but we want to see how it tows.We had a F-150 with had payload and max tow XL. The truck was great but wanted an upgraded but couldnít find a similar truck in a lariat package.We wanted a truck that you just put gas in it.It has about 260 miles on it and a still over a half a tank. Mpg says 16.3.
Congrats! Looks like you got the long bed. Lots of room for toys!
Does the 7.3 have cylinder deactivation? Premium or regular fuel? Thatís really great mileage for a monster engine!
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Congrats! Very cool.

Do manufacturers still recommend varying the speed of the vehicle and not using cruise control for the first x number of miles or is that no longer needed? Iím always trying to keep up with the times!
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Weíll keep you posted. This truck is not a daily driver but we want to see how it tows.We had a F-150 with had payload and max tow XL. The truck was great but wanted an upgraded but couldnít find a similar truck in a lariat package.We wanted a truck that you just put gas in it.It has about 260 miles on it and a still over a half a tank. Mpg says 16.3.


Iím in the same situation, will be upgrading from an f150. In need of more payload to add canopy and take along a few extra toys. Enjoy!
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Congrats! Looks like you got the long bed. Lots of room for toys!

Does the 7.3 have cylinder deactivation? Premium or regular fuel? Thatís really great mileage for a monster engine!


The bed is 6í 9Ē, cylinder deactivation I donít know. Regular fuel is recommended, when towing you can run 89 for better fuel economy. The mpg still reads 16.1 after 350 miles. The break in period is 1000 miles, variable speeds are recommended. The more I drive it the better I like it. When your in tenth gear the rpms are around 1150. After itís broke in Iíll adjust the weight distribution. Itís a big step from my F150 HD, Max Tow 3.5 eco boost.
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I think a lot of Airstream towing people are going to seriously look at the 7.3L as opposed to the diesel. Way cheaper. The spec on this is 430hp and 475lbs of torque. From what I've read it's a very simple engine with the pushrod OHV set up. That means simple and cheaper to fix. Also should be very reliable. It will be interesting to get the feedback.
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I think a lot of Airstream towing people are going to seriously look at the 7.3L as opposed to the diesel. Way cheaper. The spec on this is 430hp and 475lbs of torque. From what I've read it's a very simple engine with the pushrod OHV set up. That means simple and cheaper to fix. Also should be very reliable. It will be interesting to get the feedback.
Trust me, nothing is inexpensive to fix on a modern FORD!
Ford builds their vehicles for ease and speed on assembly, not to make it easier to fix.
Heck, I've seen people having great trouble getting parts for their 5 year old Ford trucks. Ford has a nasty habit of changing suppliers and discontinuing parts from previous suppliers; F-150 automatic climate control modules being one of them.
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Congrats on the new truck! I debated waiting for that but needed something sooner so I bought a 2019 diesel in September (the good part is I could get a good deal since most people were looking for the 7.3 and/or the 10 speed). The extra payload would have been my main driver to getting the gasser. We do not keep vehicles for more than about 100k miles so I'm not concerned with extreme longevity/expense.

Have fun; post a picture with the AS when you hook them up!
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The scuttlebug around vehicle development is, that the future of trucks is gas, not diesel....Word is getting out about the catastrophic failures, and outrageous repair costs of diesels, not to mention constant multi level maintenance that never ends, 5 gallon oil changes, etc, etc.....now they are producing a 445 cu.in. gas engine, naturally aspirated, that will require the same maintenance as any average v-8? oil every 3000-5000 miles and put gas in it? ......yep, that is a no brainer, for me.
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From what I've read it's a very simple engine with the pushrod OHV set up. That means simple and cheaper to fix. Also should be very reliable.
Yeah,, I've followed the design process that Ford had for that engine, and they stated that for towing and carrying heavy loads, the low/midrange torque requirements were better obtained with a pushrod two valve engine of large displacement.
At the lower RPMs needed, using only one intake valve maximizes flow velocity for a good torque rise,, without screaming revs and turbos.
They, (the engineers,) finally realized, (perhaps admitted,) that a good engine for pulling needs healthy displacement and good natural flow.
Chevy has always known that,, too bad they went with a, (little ?,) 6.6 instead of dusting-off the 8.1, (496,) with some newer tech,, or perhaps the 502.
OP,, I think you got a nice truck,,.
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Yeah,, I've followed the design process that Ford had for that engine, and they stated that for towing and carrying heavy loads, the low/midrange torque requirements were better obtained with a pushrod two valve engine of large displacement.
At the lower RPMs needed, using only one intake valve maximizes flow velocity for a good torque rise,, without screaming revs and turbos.
They, (the engineers,) finally realized, (perhaps admitted,) that a good engine for pulling needs healthy displacement and good natural flow.
Chevy has always known that,, too bad they went with a, (little ?,) 6.6 instead of dusting-off the 8.1, (496,) with some newer tech,, or perhaps the 502.
OP,, I think you got a nice truck,,.
Ford has produced the v-10 for this purpose for a number of years now(first in 97) which was a very simple, engine, albeit overhead cam, but it was naturally aspirated and produced good torque and power....but was always real thirsty...my guess is they are deactivating some cylinders during no load times to achieve 16 mpg with this new 7.3......
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Watching this. Currently I have an F350 with the 6.2 gasser which has worked well for me carrying a cab over camper and towing a 20 ft AS. Usually around 10 mpg loaded. 15-16 mpg empty on the highway.
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Congratulations on the new truck! I'm hearing a lot of good things about the 2020 Superduty. Does that have the 10 speed transmission?
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