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Author:  gearhead1011 [ Fri May 18, 2012 9:02 am ]
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My car is a little light than yours at 2300 but my trailer is much heavier. Empty I think it's 6,600 lbs. plus the 4-wheeler tools and parts I figure it goes right at 10,000 lbs loaded. I'll have a pretty good idea of how it does after this weekend ;-)

Author:  gearhead1011 [ Sun May 20, 2012 1:05 pm ]
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I can honestly say this truck exceeded my expectations for towing. It not only would hold it's speed on any of the hills we hit on I71 but would easily gain speed on any of them. I thought the 7.3 in the old truck was stout and it had a chip in it, this truck without any mods is so much stronger it's unbelievable. The old truck had a 3.73 gear in it and the new one has a 3.31. For the most part it didn't downshift on the hills and if it did it never went below 5th gear. I had no problem running 75-80MPH for most of the trip and it averaged right at 10.5 MPG. I expected this thing would tow well at 800 ft. lbs. of torque but WOW!

It has a switch on the shifter for "tow/haul" which seems to delay the upshifts somewhat but in that mode it also uses an engine brake and downshifts for controlling downhill speeds without riding the brake. There's not person on the planet that is any happier with their truck than I am :-$ .

Author:  WR169 [ Sun May 20, 2012 1:14 pm ]
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Good to hear the truck did so well. That's pretty cool about the tow haul switch.

Author:  inVEGArating [ Sun May 20, 2012 6:21 pm ]
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great to hear the truck did so well,this new generation of diesel trucks is really incredible,my duramax does not have the torque your ford has and it does fine so i can imagine an extra 150ft lbs! it does have the tow/haul though that is a nice addition....also the allison has a pushbutton to upshift and downshift manually on the column shifter

Author:  Beretta [ Sun May 20, 2012 6:23 pm ]
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Congrats on the new truck again and that is great it's better that you had hoped!!!!!!!!!

Author:  Ken0069 [ Sun May 20, 2012 7:10 pm ]
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gearhead1011 wrote:
I had no problem running 75-80MPH for most of the trip


AND WHAT IS THE SPEED LIMIT ON THOSE TRAILER TIRES AGAIN??? O:) :- [-(

Author:  gearhead1011 [ Sun May 20, 2012 7:38 pm ]
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inVEGArating wrote:
...also the allison has a pushbutton to upshift and downshift manually on the column shifter


This truck has that too. You shift to M and control the shift with a button or if you leave it an the auto position you can use the shift button to limit what gear it will shift up to.


Ken0069 wrote:
gearhead1011 wrote:
I had no problem running 75-80MPH for most of the trip


AND WHAT IS THE SPEED LIMIT ON THOSE TRAILER TIRES AGAIN??? O:) :- [-(


Mmm, I think around 65 but I do run an extra 10 lbs of air in them.

Author:  oldtimer [ Sun May 20, 2012 8:00 pm ]
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I like to drive 75 to 80 most of the time too but mileage is so much better between 65 and 70. Boring as heck but more fuel efficient. I dont travel far, 1 to 2 hrs max., so slowing a bit is no problem.

Author:  WR169 [ Sun May 20, 2012 8:37 pm ]
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We run 70. better mileage and easier on the little trailer tires. ;-)

Author:  Ken0069 [ Sun May 20, 2012 9:08 pm ]
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WR169 wrote:
We run 70. better mileage and easier on the little trailer tires. ;-)


And what trailer tires do you have that are rated at 70MPH?? :-k

Any more I never go over 58 and my spedo is about 5MPH slow according to my Magellan GPS! I just plan my trips for the time it takes to get there at the speed I want to run without horking stuff up! Last fill up showed me over 14MPG and THAT is more important to me that getting there a half hour earlier and having to wait an hour to make the first pass! ;-) \:D/

Author:  gearhead1011 [ Sun May 20, 2012 9:15 pm ]
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I had really planned to run 65-70 but this truck is so quiet and rides so nice it doesn't feel like it's going that fast. At 75 the engine is only turning around 1700. The only thing I would change on this truck would be the size of the fuel tank. The short bed truck only holds 26 gallons. My old truck held 29 but the better fuel economy on the new truck still yields a higher range empty and if it gets 1 MPG better towing it will be about the same towing range. In 2 weeks we have a race in Clay City so I will try to keep the speed down on that trip and see what kind of mileage it will get. It seems that trip has a lot less hills so it should do better anyway. I've had the truck 10 days and it has just over 1,000 miles on it. I don't think I'll maintain that average O:)

Author:  Slowpoke [ Sun May 20, 2012 10:26 pm ]
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Titan Fuel Tanks (http://www.titanfueltanks.com/Pricecat12.pdf) makes a 50 gallon replacement fuel tank for your truck. I was looking at one for my 2002 F250 crew cab, but decided to wait till I get a newer truck. It isn't cheap, but you could sure go a long way between fill-ups.

Author:  gearhead1011 [ Sun May 20, 2012 11:23 pm ]
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Slowpoke wrote:
Titan Fuel Tanks (http://www.titanfueltanks.com/Pricecat12.pdf) makes a 50 gallon replacement fuel tank for your truck. I was looking at one for my 2002 F250 crew cab, but decided to wait till I get a newer truck. It isn't cheap, but you could sure go a long way between fill-ups.

I have looked into those and have contacted them about discounts. To get dealer status there's a 2 tank buy in so if a break on the price would change your mind I would be willing to set it up.

Author:  inVEGArating [ Mon May 21, 2012 6:53 pm ]
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i may have to tell on ken a little O:) ,when my wife and i followed him from somewhere in virginia to somewhere in north carolina i wont say he drove fast but lets just say everytime we left a stop a black cloud of smoke came around kens trailer and that dodge was gone!!

Author:  Ken0069 [ Mon May 21, 2012 8:44 pm ]
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inVEGArating wrote:
i may have to tell on ken a little O:) ,when my wife and i followed him from somewhere in virginia to somewhere in north carolina i wont say he drove fast but lets just say everytime we left a stop a black cloud of smoke came around kens trailer and that dodge was gone!!


That would be Concord, Va to Roxboro, Nc and we got rained out after the first pass that evening.

That was also BEFORE the 5th gear nut came off in the transmission and since then, I've been kinda taking it easy with it.

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