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RE: Ford 7.3 Gas motor

With Covid messing up our plans, we haven’t towed very much with ours but so far I’m also very pleased with it. Much like Kellem’s experience.
Hannibal 02/22/21 07:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: WDH or not?

I tow our Jayco 28RLS with our 2020 F250 on a 2.5” Curt solid ball mount, no sway control or WD. It wallers around a little bit with with passing trucks in a crosswind but nothing scary. With the 2010 F250, I use a Reese HP trunnion style WD hitch without SC for no other reason than to satisfy the rating of the hitch receiver. Tongue weight is 980~ lbs. Squats the rear of both trucks 2-1/4”. Front rises 3/8”. https://www.amazon.com/CURT-45456-Commercial-Trailer-Receiver/dp/B00IIOBT9Q
Hannibal 02/22/21 07:26am Towing
RE: Ford Super Duty Owner's Manual

Anybody come across anything interesting reading your owner's manual? I find it interesting that you are to oil the lug nuts a certain way, do you know of anyone that ever does it and does it right? I do. I like the design of the Super Duty lug nuts.
Hannibal 02/13/21 07:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: You have 13 yrs 11 mths left to buy a GM gas or dsl vehicle

I hope I live long enough to see it. Internal combustion engines will be the dinosaurs our great grandkids will read about in history class.
Hannibal 01/28/21 05:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

We just returned from a trip with our F-250 FX4 7.3L 10spd 3.55 towing our TT in sig. More than plenty of power. Backing into the side yard through grass and soft ground with plenty of grunt just above idle. In 4 Lo, I have to ride the brake. The only thing 4.30 gears would do is reduce fuel efficiency and make it sound like I needed another gear at the top end. what gear is the truck running in at 65-70 both towing and non-towing? Running empty, it shifts to 10th at 50~mph to run 1200~rpm. Towing 60mph, it likes 8th. I don’t know yet if it’ll shift to 9th or 10th towing 65-70. Traffic is thick in central Florida and, with Covid, we haven’t been out much or for very far.
Hannibal 01/10/21 06:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

We just returned from a trip with our F-250 FX4 7.3L 10spd 3.55 towing our TT in sig. More than plenty of power. Backing into the side yard through grass and soft ground with plenty of grunt just above idle. In 4 Lo, I have to ride the brake. The only thing 4.30 gears would do is reduce fuel efficiency and make it sound like I needed another gear at the top end.
Hannibal 01/08/21 03:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

That’s what mine does as well. When towing, it uses all gears. We’re out with it now.
Hannibal 01/01/21 04:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Busted!

I removed a tree, fence and a hedge so I could squeeze our trailer into our 10’ wide side yard, 26 years ago. Not worth the hassle or the precedence. We live in da hood and I want whatever lax codes we have to be enforced so we don’t wind up with junk cars and furniture adorning the neighborhood. It’s a pita but neighborhoods can go to **** real quick once it starts with something so innocent.
Hannibal 12/28/20 05:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

I’d say why would one spend $50-60k on a tow rig with the biggest engine and NOT get the best performance out of it with deep gears. Not like it’s winding up at highway speeds with the 10 speed. That’s like ordering a pepperoni pizza because you like pepperoni and opting for less pepperoni... Fuel mileage is also part of the best performance factor. With a taller ratio, the transmission is less busy, especially with a ten speed. And there’s no logic in making the 1st two gears virtually useless unless you’re going to be rock crawling. Makes more sense to have lower rpm at the top when not towing. Less pepperoni is healthier.
Hannibal 12/18/20 01:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Going back to gasser based on needs (need advice)

...we picked up our 2020 7.3L/3.55 F-250 September 11. We haven’t towed the TT more than 50 miles at a time yet so no real highway towing mileage yet but it’s looking like 8.5-9.5 on flat ground. Love the sound of the 7.3 and the 10spd is great so far. No buyer’s remorse at all. I am curious, I may be misunderstanding this, but in towing, do you not want the 4.30 instead of the 3.55? That is correct. The ten speed has plenty of gear reduction for grunt work around the yard and campgrounds. Especially with 4x4 in 4Lo if I ever need it. Boat ramps being my reason for 4x4. On the interstate towing our TT in Tow Haul mode, it likes 8th gear. And I still have 10th for lower rpm running empty.
Hannibal 12/18/20 08:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

After owning various trucks gas and diesel with ratios from 3.07 to 4.56, I wanted my current truck with 3.55. With the 10spd trans, I have eight gears for towing and a tall 10th for empty highway. Just my preference.
Hannibal 12/18/20 05:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Going back to gasser based on needs (need advice)

20,000 miles on a 2020 F350 super crew 8 foot bed 4 x 4 , 7.3 L Godzilla, 10 speed Transmission, so far the engine has performed extremely well, the transmission has performed extremely well, I get from a high of 16.4 to 9.8 mpg, truck has pulled everything that I have put behind it without complaint That’s about what I’m seeing as well. I went back to gas in 2005 to a 5.7L Hemi powered 2500 Ram after 21 years of diesels. Great engine! Transmission ratios were very odd. The truck developed the dreaded driveline drive that the Dodge shop couldn’t figure out. Nor could a local drive shaft shop. Our 2010 5.4L F-250 has been the best truck I’ve ever owned. Wife drives it now since we picked up our 2020 7.3L/3.55 F-250 September 11. We haven’t towed the TT more than 50 miles at a time yet so no real highway towing mileage yet but it’s looking like 8.5-9.5 on flat ground. Love the sound of the 7.3 and the 10spd is great so far. No buyer’s remorse at all.
Hannibal 12/18/20 05:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

Back in ‘94, we towed our Aljo 18.5 Deluxe tandem axle travel trailer all over the southeast with a ‘94 F-150 with 300 cid I-6 and 5 spd manual. The TT had an unloaded weight of 3,300 lbs. weighed at the scale was 4,400 lbs. I fiddled with two different WD hitches and eventually decided I liked a short standard ball mount the best. It towed great. If we stopped overnight, we didn’t even unhitch. With the small TT, we could head to the causeway early and have breakfast, fish and play in the water. The big TT is a little too heavy and cumbersome for quick morning trips. As long as tongue weight is within the rating of the truck and receiver, I wouldn’t hesitate for a minute to tow a similar 20’~ TT with a half ton pickup on a simple ball mount. We tow our ‘32.5’ TT now on a short standard ball mount now with our 2020 F-250. Most places we go don’t need side to side leveling blocks under the tires but the places we go to the most do. I use a cordless drill and socket to run the stabilizers down to keep DW happy. If not for her I wouldn’t even bother with the stabilizers. My boat doesn’t have them either. :B
Hannibal 12/16/20 06:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Merry Christmas to me

Beautiful truck! Wishing you many years of happy travels with it.
Hannibal 12/11/20 11:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2008 F250 with 5.4

Our 2010 5.4/3.73 F-250 has treated us very will for the 11 years and 107k miles we’ve owned it. Adequate power around the southeast towing our 8500~ lb 5th wheel and our current 8500~lb TT. Best part about the 5.4 is their reliability. Not even a hint of trouble from ours. When I bought my new F-250, DW kept the 2010 as her primary ride.
Hannibal 12/11/20 11:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: RV without a WD hitch

A co-worker friend bought a TT while out of town. A 37’ Jayco 32BHTS I think it’s called. He towed it home on a standard ball mount with his ‘15 GM 3500 do Allie :B . He has a Equalizer 4pt but doesn’t use it. Says it tows great on the ball.
Hannibal 12/09/20 04:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Curiosity caught the Cheshire cat

Word on the street is Fords new 10spd is allowing truck buyers to tow happily with 3.55 gears instead of 4.30.....tight gear spacing. I fell victim to the 10spd and 7.3, ouch. Me too. Love the new truck with 7.3L, 10spd, 3.55.
Hannibal 12/09/20 03:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When is weight distribution needed?

IMO a lot of folks have handling/sway problems, don't bother (or don't know how) to check their tongue weight percentage, and purchase/use a WDH (and anti-sway) as a band-aid fix. With 15% tongue weight (bumper-pull) you shouldn't have any handling/sway problems with any vehicle. Many 1/2-ton trucks must use a WDH to because of their limited rear axle capacity (which ends up off-loading weight from the front axle), not because they inherently need a WDH/anti-sway to prevent handling/sway issues. We towed a 35', 10k bumper pull TT (with 14% tongue weight--1,400 lbs., and no WDH) with our '16 Ram 3500 SRW Cummins cross-country many times. Towed like a dream, even with 35 mph sidewinds. All you felt was one push/pull with every wind gust. When an 18-wheeler passed too close, again, just one push/pull, and that was it. Zero sway--completely stable.I will add, that a lot of people have no clue as how to properly setup a WD hitch to get the maximum benefit. This is obvious just observing rolling trainwrecks waiting to happen going down the highway..... And those that do not want to use a WD hitch just don't understand what they are missing. The thing about towing setups is that there are many opinions on just what level of performance is acceptable to each individual. I am anal about it. It starts with proper TW, Tire pressures etc, and ends with a properly setup WD hitch.... Because I do not settle for good enough,,,, I want it to be the best it can be. There have been a couple of times I was glad I was so particular. It is a lot like seatbelts. One can drive millions of miles and not need them (does that make one a fool for using them?) or have a wreck going around the block.... and be glad you were using them. That or some of us have been towing trailers of various types and sizes for over 40 years and make our choices based on experience with and without WD. I have a Reese HP trunnion style and an Equalizer 4-point in the shed ready to use. I’ve always preferred a simple, short ballmount when possible.
Hannibal 12/06/20 04:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When is weight distribution needed?

An F-450 but an interesting video just the same. Yes I noticed no battery for the break away. For shame. https://youtu.be/iQwahPcx8tk
Hannibal 12/05/20 07:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When is weight distribution needed?

I use one of these for our 2020 F-250 with 7.3L to tow our 32.5’ TT with 980 lbs of tongue weight. Tows like a champ. I can’t imagine you’d need WD with your rig. https://www.curtmfg.com/part/45456
Hannibal 12/05/20 06:51pm Tow Vehicles
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