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Old 11-03-2011, 12:48 PM   #41
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From the "lessons learned" department...I have a 2009 19' International CCD, a relatively light-weight (3800#) AS, and a 2006 Ford F-150 5.4 XLT Extra Cab with optional towing package. The towing package, as I found out, did not include upgraded tires. Both rear tires of truck failed on the road (at different times) while towing. I bit the bullet and upgraded to 10-ply Toyo tires on the truck. Check the rating of the OEM truck tires; they may be el cheapo 2-plys.
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:21 PM   #42
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All I can say is that I have the ecoboost with about 20000 miles on it and 4000 miles are towing my 31 foot Excella(8000 lb).
The truck just pulls it!!! I don't often use the tow/haul feature, except for downhill braking, and it often doesn't even downshift into fourth on big hills. That means it is in overdrive all the time.
Granted I haven't towed in the Rockies or the big hills in the east but with turbochargers altitude isn't really a factor is it?
I'm pro Ford only because I have always liked their styling better than the others(also won't buy offshore on principle). If all Americans did this I think we would be better off.
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:40 PM   #43
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The offshore thing again? My F250 was made in Canada (according to the VIN) and my Tundra was made in USA (according to the VIN).
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:42 PM   #44
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The offshore thing again? My F250 was made in Canada (according to the VIN) and my Tundra was made in USA (according to the VIN).
VINs and assembly plant locations are deceiving..........follow the money.
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:43 PM   #45
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I don't think it's where a vehicle is built that's the issue to those who object to import companies vehicles, but where the net profit of the sale goes....basically, out of this country.

I see the reasoning on both sides, and although I do own one import vehicle now (bought it used), in the past I have always chosen to support American companies, and will probably do so in the future. That is, assuming we will have that liberty in the future.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:29 PM   #46
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Don't get all twisted. When I say buy local I always think of Canada and USA as being local. And it's just me. I'm not pushing it.
In construction I find every product from off shore is inferior one way or the other to the local products we used to get. I guess we get what the majority wants! Cheap.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:32 PM   #47
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Don't get all twisted. When I say buy local I always think of Canada and USA as being local. And it's just me. I'm not pushing it.
In construction I find every product from off shore is inferior one way or the other to the local products we used to get. I guess we get what the majority wants! Cheap.
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It's not so much the Canada issue....much further east.....or west.
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