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Old 12-12-2003, 08:44 PM   #1
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Our New Towing Machine is Here!

Well ... we won't be taking delivery of our new Airstream until mid to late January ... but we do have a new Ford F-350 to get excited about.

We took delivery on 12/4 ... and now have about 600 break-in miles on it. Very pleased so far.

Ordered the Hensley Hitch and BrakeSmart controller yesterday ... sprayed the bed with Line-X ... and will be ordering a SnugLid in a month or two.

Looks like Christmas will be extended for about 6 weeks this year.
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Old 12-12-2003, 08:47 PM   #2
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Nice looking truck. Can't wait to see it connected to the yet to be built Airstream!

Congrats!
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Old 12-12-2003, 08:58 PM   #3
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Great looking rig***

As information, what was your reasoning for going with single rear wheels on the 350?

Congrats,
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Old 12-12-2003, 09:57 PM   #4
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Very nice Pork...even if it is a F...F...F...awa heck you know what I mean!

Very nice truck though...
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Old 12-12-2003, 10:11 PM   #5
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Nice truck. be even nicer to see if hooked to your new AS, eh.
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Thumbs up kewl

I also got the linex and snuglid.

I would go for the snuglid sl. It has the *hidden hinge* system that's pretty slick.

I used a $20 coupon from the snugtop website. I just checked they still show them there.

I'm glad to have gotten the lid. We were already camping once with it when it started raining at 3am and it was nice to have the lid with everything dry in the bed.

Also I have seen some linex that looks like it has faded over time with the Sun shining on it. Maybe the lid will help keep it nice and dark.

Good luck with your new toy. I sure like mine.
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Old 12-12-2003, 11:37 PM   #7
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As information, what was your reasoning for going with single rear wheels on the 350?
1. I don't need training wheels.

2. Don't like trucks with fat butts.

Seriously, a DRW is overkill for towing an Airstream. I would have had to order the long bed if I opted for the DRW (I could have ordered the short bed in a DRW ... but who would buy it on resale?)

We really didn't want that big of a truck ... but if I was towing a 5er ... a DRW Long Bed is the only way to go.

Also, I would hate to change a rear flat on one of those.

The SRW 350 gives us plenty of load capacity without exceeding the GVWR.
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Old 12-12-2003, 11:41 PM   #8
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Also I have seen some linex that looks like it has faded over time with the Sun shining on it. Maybe the lid will help keep it nice and dark.
You may have seen a Rhino instead of a Line-X. I've had quite a few people tell me that the Rhinos fade overtime ... and the Line-x will not.

Also, my local Line-X guy does very nice work ... removed all the bed hardware before spraying. Very clean job.
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Old 12-13-2003, 10:25 AM   #9
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Nice rig, Porky! You are going to love the diesel. I just came back from Gainesville, Florida, and got fantastic mileage. I did not pull the Airstream down there, due to inclement weather here in Ohio. I roughed it in a motel room for 3 days, what a drag. Makes me appreciate the Airstream even more.

My best tank was 22.77 mpg!!! Most of the tanks were around 19.8 mpg, and the tank of fuel I used tooling around Gainesville, was 18 mpg.

Here is the truck, now with 5000 miles on it, setting at the beach in St. Augustine, Florida.
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Old 12-13-2003, 01:38 PM   #10
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"... but who would buy it on resale?"

Resale - I've heard people talk about that before. Just what is that, exactly?

Mark, with the '94 Chevy K1500 6.5 turbo diesel, 185,000 mi.
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Old 12-13-2003, 02:21 PM   #11
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"... but who would buy it on resale?"

Resale - I've heard people talk about that before. Just what is that, exactly?

Mark, with the '94 Chevy K1500 6.5 turbo diesel, 185,000 mi.
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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Old 12-13-2003, 04:31 PM   #12
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Envious here! Will it fit in your garage? What Airstream (length, model, etc. also envious on that am certain) do you have on order?
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Old 12-13-2003, 05:14 PM   #13
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Good lookin' truck there, Porky. You're gonna love it! We now have over 17,000 miles on ours now and loved every minute of it. You won't regret have the long wheelbase when the 34's behind it!
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Old 12-13-2003, 05:40 PM   #14
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Yep, you'll love it. It's a great rig. I've got an '03 model with 46,000 miles, only in the gas version. 10,000 of the miles are towing the Overlander. You probably won't be sorry for opting to go 4x4, mine has saved the day more than once.
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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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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.

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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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