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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.
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.
Hannibal 12/05/20 06:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane Tanks Direction

I simply turned mine around to face forward. Not that big of a deal but easy to make it easier.
Hannibal 11/22/20 05:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Decided on a truck after MANY months.

Congrats on your new truck! I’m sure liking mine! :B
Hannibal 10/16/20 01:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gen-y torsion hitch and weight distribution adapter

I’m a kiss kinda guy. No. Just no. Oh hale no.
Hannibal 09/30/20 03:18pm Towing
RE: tires

My new F250 came with Goodyear Wranglers as OEM. Guess I’ll have to score a set for the Travel Trailer so I’ll have a matching set. :B
Hannibal 09/22/20 05:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

I do the same with LRE tires in place of LRD. 70 psi is good for the ride and extra capacity. With the primitive suspension our travel trailers have, tires are our first line of suspension. Too hard will beat the trailer unnecessarily. OP, ya done good! Watch those curbs and tire pressures.
Hannibal 09/18/20 05:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Tried towing after new tires & did not go well

Browsing the owner's manual of my new F250, it mentions tread squirm in the break in page. I don't feel it with mine running empty on the Goodyears. I did feel it with my 2010 when new on its Continentals for a little while. Not white knuckles though.
Hannibal 09/12/20 07:29pm Towing
RE: Ford 7.3 v8

I have about 13,000 miles on my 7.3, I’m averaging 14 miles to the gallon combination 30 % highway 70% city driving, Driving a 24 mile stretch of a straight level 2 Lane Rd. I can average 16.2 at 57 miles an hour in 10th gear, Pulling an 8 1/2 foot wide 16 foot 6‘6“ inside height enclosed car hauler trailer @‘70 mph was 9.8, I have a 14 foot dump trailer that is rated at 15,500 GVWR, the truck has no problem pulling this trailer @ it’s gross weight, I just bought one of these beasts today. Averaged 16.3mpg on the way home at 55-60mph with a few stops. It's down to mid 13's after we ran around town some tonight. Can't wait to tow with the 7.3L. The 7.3L is the gas option for up to an F-750. Should handle our TT or a motor home quite well.
Hannibal 09/11/20 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

I did not check the tire pressure before I left for this last trip this weekend. Guess that's another check list item before getting on the road. Well you can spend a bushel of bucks for tires, but if you don't take care of them the only thing the heavy tires will do is more damage when they blow. Before your trailer moves every day you need to be sure the tires are aired to max sidewall pressure. (All tires is a good habit) Then, every time you stop, before you do anything else, touch every tire and hub that has been spinning. If 1 tire feels warm compared to others, grab the gauge. Check both it and 1 of the others. The pressure hot tire should be higher. If not, put air in and get to tire repair shop. I believe this is the answer to the problem. My Raineer 225/75 R15 China bombs are about 4.5 years old. So far so good. They’ll be replaced this winter as five years is enough. Keep them aired up to max on the sidewall cold. I would upsize to 15” D rated trailer tires and go camping. And avoid industrial and construction areas. Unfortunately, some contractors take great pride in scattering excess screws and nails from the rear of their work trucks.
Hannibal 09/07/20 04:24pm Travel Trailers
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