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RE: Totaled vehicles...sometimes surprising.

I wouldn't buy a vehicle that has been rebuilt unless I could see the pictures of it before it was repaired and a list of all damage. I'm sure there are some rebuilt vehicles out there that are worthy of driving but I wouldn't want to take the chance.
danrclem 08/09/20 11:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Thoughts on this Truck

When you put a link of a truck on here you might be inviting competition. I found that out the hard way but it wasn't a truck that I was trying to buy.
danrclem 07/09/20 12:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

I have a 2020 F350 ,crew cab ,long wheelbase, 4 x 4 with 373’s, 7.3 engine, 10 speed I have about 6100 miles on the truck , I have a towed a flatbed trailer with a 1800 pound zero turn mower on it or a John Deere 1025R tractor with loader and backhoe,I was getting 12.8 MPG,I recently towed a 2003 F250 with a 73 diesel, 4 x 4 crew cab and got the same 12.8, All of it has been flatland Towing,I like the 7.3 and 10 speed For what I’m using it for, I am told the 6.2 performances similar but at a greater gas burn penalty From the little driving I have done in the new 7.3L, I would say that it has more low end than the 6.2L. It is not a huge amount, but it was noticeable when unloaded and probably even more noticeable when loaded. It is common for a pushrod engine to have more low end torque than a overhead cam due to how they are designed. Do you have any seat time pulling with the 7.3 in hilly areas at highway speed. I would think that the 7.3 and the 10 speed would outshine the 6.2 in those conditions since the torque is at a much lower rpm.
danrclem 07/05/20 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

The 6.2 is a good dependable engine. I have one and pull a 5th wheel with about a 10,000 gvwr but I haven't ever weighed it to see how much it weighs loaded. I have had it in some fairly steep hills in the eastern US but not over the Rockies. I'm sure it would do the job through the Rockies but I'm sure the altitude would pull it down. It will drop down to 3rd gear through the steepest parts and it runs some fairly high rpms but nothing that will hurt it. The only negative I have with it is the fuel mileage unloaded. If you're going to drive it very much unloaded be prepared to spend a lot on fuel. It does not get great mileage loaded but I figure that's to be expected with just about anything. It would really depend on how much you want to tow as to how good it will do. If it were me and I were buying new I'd probably buy a 7.3 F-350 if I wasn't pulling a huge trailer. That's just me and everybody has a somewhat different opinion. Can you get a 10 speed behind a 6.2. If you could that would help.
danrclem 06/24/20 03:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gear Oil For 2011 F250

Thanks for all of the replies. I think I'll go ahead and use the Motocraft gear oil.
danrclem 06/12/20 09:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gear Oil For 2011 F250

Thanks. I was thinking it was that way but didn't know for sure.
danrclem 06/11/20 07:17pm Tow Vehicles
Gear Oil For 2011 F250

I'm going to change the gear oil in my 2011 F250 that has an electronic differential lock. Will this do the job or do I need something with a friction modifier? It calls for a Motocraft synthetic oil but I have no idea if it has a friction modifier in it or not. https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/b/lucas-oil-products-4182/chemicals---fluids-16461/grease---lube-16582/gear-oil---additives-16905/gear-oil---75w-140-19584/63d965d6d160/lucas-synthetic-gear-oil-75w-140-1-gallon/10122/4419764?q=gear+oil+-+75w-140&pos=6
danrclem 06/11/20 06:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ok what truck to buy ?

I don't have any personal experience with either but from the reading I've done I have to believe that the 7.3 would be the best choice of the two. Bottom line is that either one should do the job sufficiently.
danrclem 06/09/20 09:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F350 7.3 Gas Pulling 15k

If there are any problems with the 7.3 I don't look for them to be very big. This engine gives those that have a camper just a little too big for the other gas engines and yet they don't need all the power of a diesel. I'd love to have one but my truck does just fine with my 10,000 GVWR camper. If I were going to buy a new one I'm pretty sure that I'd buy a 7.3 over a 6.2 even if I didn't need all of the power. It looks like it would be a good driving truck.
danrclem 04/06/20 09:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Federal Fuel Economy Standard (SAFE)

Ford will win in the end by staying the course. The US will, as usual lately, fall further behind the rest of the civilized world. SOP LOL please lecture the rest of us, while driving your gas guzzler and camper for pleasure. The US leads when it comes to emissions while "up and coming" countries like China and India gets pass. Exactly! I think the manufacturers should make both and see how many of the greenies opt for the vehicle that is $3,000 more expensive.
danrclem 04/03/20 03:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: The numbers were too good to resist

I'd bet that if the cruise was set back to about 65 mph that the fuel mileage would go up considerably.
danrclem 04/01/20 09:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM, FCA Agree to Shut Down US Plants

I think if you check it was the Chinese who let it get out of control.
danrclem 03/24/20 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM, FCA Agree to Shut Down US Plants

If things don't turn around quickly it might be a long shutdown.
danrclem 03/19/20 09:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 6.4L 8 speed vs Ford 7.3 to carry truck camper

I have no experience with either but I'd say either one would do the job. It might just come down to the price or the truck you like the best.
danrclem 02/22/20 01:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New 7.3 vs old V-10

It not only has more power than the V-10, it has the new 10 speed transmission which should keep it in a sweet spot more often. Watch this video and I think you will be impressed. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/30034724.cfm
danrclem 02/19/20 10:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Motor options on a replacement tow vehicle.

The 6.2 is proven to be a reliable engine. I have a 6.2 and am very happy with it except for the fuel consumption but I knew that going in. I pull a 10,000 gvwr 5th wheel with it and it does fine but I haven't had it in the Rockies.
danrclem 02/18/20 03:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

If you like your CTD you can keep your CTD. ;) I don't think anybody is trying to convince others to sell what they have and buy a 7.3. It's just another option and won't be right for everybody but will be right for some. I know I won't be buying one unless it's several years from now.
danrclem 02/09/20 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

I don't think this discussion has anything to do with Teslas.
danrclem 02/06/20 11:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pick up truck remembrance !

My first truck was a 1973 Ford Ranger that I bought in 1974. It had a 360 and a three on the tree. I bought a new Ford F100 in 1979. Later on I bought a small slide in camper but the truck didn't have enough load capacity for it. I put some overload springs, a heavy truck 4 speed and some lower gears on it. I thought I had a 3/4 ton truck. If I'm remembering correctly my Dad's 1954 Ford pickup had the starter button on the dash.
danrclem 02/06/20 07:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford 7.3L Ike Gauntlet

It didn't take hotrodders very long to start working on this engine. https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enthusiasts/fords-73-liter-v-8-can-make-600-naturally-aspirated-horsepower-with-basic-mods/ar-BBZC4PB?ocid=spartandhp It was rumored that the 7.3 would be mod friendly, but I didn't expect the better part of 200hp with mostly bolt on parts. That's seriously cool! Pushrod engines aren't dead! And they're not 4' wide like OHC motors. Yeah, that is a short list of parts for an additional 200hp. Usually it takes forced induction or at least $10k in parts to get that kind of bump out of an N/A engine. I agree. The hp. gain is over 39% and considering that it already has 430 hp. that's a lot.
danrclem 02/06/20 07:35am Tow Vehicles
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