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Old 05-04-2010, 08:14 PM   #1
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New Tow Vehicle - 2010 Ford F-150

Broke down and bought a beautiful red 2010 F-150 Supercrew, 5.4L, 4X2, 3.55 gears. Rated for 9800 lbs max towing. I'm really looking forward to towing with this truck, but first I need to break it in at least 1000 miles before I can tow with it.

I've been wanting a pickup truck for quite some time and now was the perfect time for me. Yes, the truck features some nice anti-sway capabilities but I'll still be using my Equal-i-zer for WD and anti-sway.

I discovered this official Ford video on the built-in anti-sway feature. It shows the truck towing a new Airstream:

2010 Ford F-150 Features | Official Site of the Ford F-150 | FordVehicles.com

Another video showing the Ford anti-sway system compared to other makes:

2010 Ford F-150 | Official Site of the Ford F-150 | FordVehicles.com
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:19 PM   #2
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Congrats! Great looking truck. All trucks should be fire engine red.

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Old 05-04-2010, 09:28 PM   #3
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MmmmMmmm...! Nice looking rig! Congrats, Mike!
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:19 PM   #4
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Hi, nice truck; And Thank You for posting the two links, now that I don't have dial up service anymore I can watch the videos.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:39 PM   #5
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looks good, those 3.55 gears might hurt you in the mountains though.
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:29 AM   #6
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Congratulations!!

That's a very good looking truck. With that sporty red color, do you feel 19 again?
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:41 AM   #7
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Any particular reason why you did not choose the powerstroke diesel??
I'm in the market for a pick up truck and trying to do my homework. With fuel mileage being my top priority for long trips.
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:09 AM   #8
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Very nice looking truck, can't wait to see it.
Wana race?
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Old 05-05-2010, 01:40 PM   #9
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Why no Tow Pkg?

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 and have been doing my research online recently. (nothing wrong w/ the Tacoma, I just wanted a 'big boy' truck this time) So, I just have to ask why you didn't opt for the Max tow pkg? Seems that a 31'er would put you in a class where that option would be a necessity. Realistically tho, there are many overkill artists on here that would condemn you for even remotely considering anything less that a diesel dually!

In my research, I looked at all domestic brands and Tundra and came away with the conclusion that Ford had paid the most attention to the needs of the trailer towing public. Tow/haul mode, sway control, built in integrated braking in addition to the sundry obligatory cooling, gearing and electrical needs? Heck, I can't even find where Toyota offers towing mirrors!
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Old 05-05-2010, 01:51 PM   #10
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Any particular reason why you did not choose the powerstroke diesel??
I'm in the market for a pick up truck and trying to do my homework. With fuel mileage being my top priority for long trips.
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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mellomike -

glad to see you are a new member of the f-150 club.

i got my 4x2 supercrew-cab [2009] with tow package just about about a year ago and i have nothing but good things to say about it.

you will be VERY glad you got the supercrew with the full size doors. we have used this back area with the seats up to carry our generator PLUS cooler PLUS two folding bikes PLUS odds and ends.

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as you indicated - the f-150 is very comfortable and the mileage is still okay when we pull our 22' AS.

Happy Motoring!!

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Old 05-05-2010, 04:34 PM   #12
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So, I just have to ask why you didn't opt for the Max tow pkg? Seems that a 31'er would put you in a class where that option would be a necessity. Realistically tho, there are many overkill artists on here that would condemn you for even remotely considering anything less that a diesel dually!
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).
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:38 PM   #13
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mellomike -

glad to see you are a new member of the f-150 club.

i got my 4x2 supercrew-cab [2009] with tow package just about about a year ago and i have nothing but good things to say about it.

you will be VERY glad you got the supercrew with the full size doors. we have used this back area with the seats up to carry our generator PLUS cooler PLUS two folding bikes PLUS odds and ends.

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as you indicated - the f-150 is very comfortable and the mileage is still okay when we pull our 22' AS.

Happy Motoring!!

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Cool, Jon. I forgot you have one, too. I love these new F-150s!!! Do you have the tailgate step?
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mello mike -

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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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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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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