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RE: 6.8 3-valve towing FW

I have a 2005 F350 V10 with 4:30 gears. Works great. It works so well that when I ordered a 2019 fiat 3500 HO, my wife asked me to sell our Jaguar XJR and keep the F350. I'm glad I kept it because I have a truck to drive when the 3500 is at the dumbass dealers for repairs, recalls, or both. We recently bought a new Jaguar SUV for my wife to drive. But, she still drives the F350 almost everyday. I'm trading in the Peugeot 3500 and am ordering a 2022 F350 with the 7.3. But, we're going to keep the 2005 Ford. It'll be the truck that gets muddy and dirty going to the dump. To be honest, if you're patient and don't mind going up hills slower, the 6.8 is fine. Even though you can spin the engine at a higher RPM, I never have. Getting up the hill a minutes sooner doesn't make sense when you're driving a few hundred miles. Realistically, the 7.3 will be a bit better but still not the same as 1000+ ft-lbs of torque. It all comes down to money. A new truck is a lot nicer than a 15 year old truck in great shape. I wouldn't get anything older than a 2005 because you'll get the 3V and a better transmission. http://www.spikeengineering.com/F350/ECOVILN.jpg width=900 http://www.spikeengineering.com/F350/IMG_5209.jpg width=900 That's one good lookin truck right there... I would keep it!
FishOnOne 07/21/21 05:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Exhuast Gas sensor on F350 6.7

I had 2 EGT sensors fail at two different times sometime after 120k miles. After the second sensor failed the other two were proactively replaced. This was a common failure on the '11-'12 trucks. Ford did change the program on these trucks so a sensor failure would not leave you stranded.
FishOnOne 07/20/21 09:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Speed limits

The way police officers are being treated in some city's I suspect there's going to be less urgency and less officers to patrol. That's the real shame! I could care less what speed they drive when doing their job.
FishOnOne 07/19/21 08:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: tow truck THIKS its overheating

I'm not sure where the temperature sensor is on these engines, but it might be worth a shot to measure the temperature at or near the engine temp sensor or on the thermostat housing using a inferred temperature meter that you simply point the LED light on the location you want to measure temperature and compare its measurement to the trucks reading.
FishOnOne 07/18/21 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Speed limits

I know if I would drive 55 mph my trucks fuel economy would be in the upper 20 mpg's.
FishOnOne 07/18/21 05:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Brakes for 2017 F350 DRW

I get about 100k - 120k miles on Ford Motorcraft brake pads with a rotor turn as well.
FishOnOne 07/14/21 08:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mazama and Sumitomo tires

Just the names Mazama and Sumitomo is enough poison to turn me away.
FishOnOne 07/06/21 08:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2013 Ram 6.7 With Some Motor Issues

One has to ask why Cummins/Holset can't fix this problem. This problem has been going on since the 6.7 was introduced.
FishOnOne 07/05/21 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

I've been running probably over 90% ExxonMobil diesel efficient diesel in my truck for a few years now. I believe it keeps your injectors cleaner and emission system cleaner than any other diesel on the market. Diesel Efficient 1 Diesel Efficient 2 Diesel Efficient 3 This fuel was validated at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio Texas. Ironically my car does not like this fuel. Not sure why because it is a good fuel, but my car has a noticeable vibration at idle every time I put this stuff in it. My truck doesn't care as much about fuel, but the CP4.1 and piezo injectors in my car are finicky as hell about fuel. Probably because it is tuned to run on 50 cetane fuel. I have a few friends that work at SWR. One tests fuels and chemicals and the other does military projects and research that he can't talk about. My wife was going to work there as a chemist, but became a pharmaceutical scientist instead since it paid a lot more with better benefits. Interesting feedback... The thing I like about it is my truck regens less with this fuel.
FishOnOne 06/30/21 06:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

I've been running probably over 90% ExxonMobil diesel efficient diesel in my truck for a few years now. I believe it keeps your injectors cleaner and emission system cleaner than any other diesel on the market. Diesel Efficient 1 Diesel Efficient 2 Diesel Efficient 3 This fuel was validated at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio Texas.
FishOnOne 06/29/21 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2013 Ram 6.7 With Some Motor Issues

My advice is go to a Ram dealer for your repair.
FishOnOne 06/28/21 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 EXPLORER MPG WHILE TOWING

It sounds like the 6.4 Hemi have a higher failure rate than the 5.7 and I wonder if it's due to the higher viscosity oil they run. Anyways I've been seeing more and more Ram HD Hemi's on the road lately. Link
FishOnOne 06/28/21 04:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help with choosing our 5th wheel (and truck)

Thanks to the wonderful members here, we're making progress and now know where we'll buy our 5th wheel and truck :C but I could really use some help with choosing the right ones. Who we are (and our plan) I'm Anne, aged 49. DH is 51. Our son is 17. All three of us will be RV'ing for the first time, going full-time right away in July. We don't live in the US (coming over to work and manage our company), so we'll be starting from scratch in terms of buying a rig and a towing vehicle. We decided on a 5th wheel because we like the idea of towing stability, combined with the ability to have a truck that we can use to drive around when camping. We've traveled extensively in the US in the past, so in no rush to get to any particular "sightseeing" spot. We plan on relatively long stays in nice places with good weather and lovely natural settings, where we can work and hike locally. We're thinking of staying for 2-4 weeks in each place and then move on, as the weather changes. We have a decent budget, I think. Can go up to $120K for a really good rig, and up to $100K for a truck+hitch. I'm hoping that will be enough in today's market. We're ok with buying used or new. We're flying to Florida next month and plan on going to Tampa to buy. I already checked and dealerships can register our truck and RV for us, not a problem. But we do prefer a dealership for that (rather than buying privately). Our considerations - 1. Safety. Since we're new to towing, we want to make sure we get the safest possible setup. From what I've read, that means a heavy-duty truck with towing packages. I'll need some advice as to the actual size and what hitch to choose etc. 2. Having enough space for full-time living, and especially working. We can do with a small living/cooking area but would want a separate sleeping area for our son. A front living-room that we can convert into his room looks like a good option. Or possibly a toy hauler where we can convert the garage into his room. Now, I have so many questions and dilemmas. I'm hoping the good people here may be able to offer tips and advice. 1. How much does the size of the 5th wheel really matter? Should we try and squeeze into something smaller than 39' or splurge on a larger 45'? or something in between? DH is concerned with finding sites for large rigs. I'm concerned with the ease of driving/towing. Not sure if the extra feet matter in that respect or not? 2. What about buying "off the catalog" so to speak? I'm thinking we could choose our RV in advance, get someone to do an inspection for us, and have it waiting for us in the dealership when we get there. If we buy from a large place like LazyDays or General RV Center, maybe they can even start working on adjusting the floorplan for our needs. For example, we'll probably want to remove a couch or two and replace them with desks. 3. What would be a good truck for towing? Will an F350 dually be enough? Should we go for an F450 dually? Anything else to keep in mind re the truck? I've been going over the LazyDays and General RV Center sites for a few days now. So many options and I'm hoping to post a few of them here for feedback. A F350 Dually will be more than capable for just about any 5th wheel, but the mighty F450 with its wide track front axle allows for a much more turning radius that pays dividends when maneuvering in tight spaces.
FishOnOne 06/27/21 11:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2018 EXPLORER MPG WHILE TOWING

I have a 13 limited 3.5 N/A. Highest highway mileage I’ve seen was 22. The only towing I have done with it was my 3 place snowmobile trailer so this was winter in single digits, but it was 8! The only time I have towed in warm weather was a 6X12 U haul with a couch in it, I got 12. My 12 Chrysler 300 with the Hemi gets better mileage than it. I would much rather have an engine that burns more fuel vs burns up cams.
FishOnOne 06/26/21 03:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

Seems alot of the Powerstroke guys think they need additives to save their engines... Unless there's a problem you're trying to cure or you bought the wrong fuel for the weather, there is no need to add anything but diesel to your diesel tank. Just so you know... Link OP, I have ~215k miles on my Powerstroke and used a antigel fuel additive a couple of times that I recall when the temps got really cold. The last time was this past February, but even then it probably wasn't necessary. I know... Still wondering how much PS paid Cummins for that glowing recommendation! Read through that recommendation if you want to see some real salesmanship! BTW, you were probably very smart to juice up in Feb. Youngest boy and I were in Dallas during that fiasco! Left warm sunny Seattle, lol and ended up with no power in the hotels and driving around for 2 days looking for that one place that was open to eat or get food! Somehow he got all his hockey games in, last one being early Mon morning and then pipes burst in that rink as we were leaving. Spent an extra day waiting for a flight out and after 3 cancellations, hijacked the rental car and drove west through round 2 of the snow before it hit Dallas, to Albuquerque, to catch a flight. I would have totally suspected that, that cold snap in central or S Texas would be good reason to add anti gel, as I wouldn't trust the diesel treatments that far south. However up anywhere along I 40, I wouldn't have worried about it. Same can be said about Valvoline Premium Blue oil that advertises their oil is "Endorsed and Approved by Cummins" on every bottle and people think they have to run it because it's recommended by Cummins.
FishOnOne 06/24/21 02:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

What does the manufacture say? I think the millions of dollars they spent in research might be a clue. Yes and no. There is a lot more into it than this that evolves around emissions. Even if an additive is good for the engine and may make it more efficient and reliable, it may harm emissions equipment and the EPA will require testing that the additive will not alter emissions. If you were an engine manufacturer, would you spend the time and money to test all of these additives in all of the various fuel requirements from each state especially when you are making a dime off of it? Would you recommend an additive that may harm your emissions equipment(which you will pay out in warranty) if too much is added? Or would you stop recommending additives altogether as the manufacturers did with the new 2010 regulations? Then you also have the minimum cetane rating your diesel is tuned to run on. Just like gas engines are tuned to run on certain octane ratings, so are diesels with different cetane ratings. For example, my BMW is designed to run on 50 cetane which is only available in California. I live in Texas which has a minimum cetane rating of 48 which is not too far off. However, when traveling to other states that only have the federal minimum of 40 cetane, I do notice a drop in power and efficiency. On a trip to Florida, I got 2-3 mpg less(my car generally gets around 45 mpg) when using other state's diesel fuel. Halfway on the way back from Florida, I added some cetane boost and my mileage went back up. Some people may call it snake oil by my fuel records from 90k worth of miles doesn't lie. I also have a friend that works at Southwest Research that tests these additives and I do know that they in fact work at cleaning up injectors and boost performance/efficiency. How much depends on your current fuel quality and how you use your vehicle. After all, these additives are not much different than the additives top-tier fuel diesel fuel brands put in their fuel. However, the brands just put the minimum required to meet state or federal fuel requirements. Most of the diesel additives today are to help with the emissions system.
FishOnOne 06/24/21 02:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: fuel additives

Seems alot of the Powerstroke guys think they need additives to save their engines... Unless there's a problem you're trying to cure or you bought the wrong fuel for the weather, there is no need to add anything but diesel to your diesel tank. Just so you know... Link OP, I have ~215k miles on my Powerstroke and used a antigel fuel additive a couple of times that I recall when the temps got really cold. The last time was this past February, but even then it probably wasn't necessary.
FishOnOne 06/23/21 07:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What a deal!---no thanks

Were any of them 6.0s? No and there was no 7.3's on the list either.
FishOnOne 06/22/21 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What a deal!---no thanks

Yeah it's crazy... I had my truck at the Ford shop to get the alternator replaced about 3 weeks ago and of all people the service writer asked me if I wanted to sell my truck before committing to the repair. I jokingly told him I had over 200k miles thinking that would deter him and he said no problem and they wanted it. I also noticed in the service dept. they had a white board with a list of vehicles the year and models they would pay cash for.
FishOnOne 06/22/21 03:45pm Tow Vehicles
2022 Toyota Tundra Reveal

I can't find the words to describe this thing. :E Link
FishOnOne 06/18/21 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
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