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Old 07-25-2016, 03:42 PM   #41
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Like I said "good job".
You made a quick assessment/decision to engage with the equipment you had and made a good save of your truck and almost new TT. Nothing wrong with that.
A good drill for anyone towing anything is to see how fast you can pop your hood open. You'd be amazed how "elusive" that lever can be in an emergency.
Some are not as inclined to make the decision you did. And that's fine. But if I have a chance to make a positive difference, I'm in. If I'm in the right place and time,I will help anyone that I am able to without getting myself killed or injured.
That's sometimes the tricky part. But life is always playing tricks on us, right?
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Caution on popping the hood. The hood is actually containing an engine fire because it is depriving the fire of oxygen. Only popping the hood to the safety latch may be beneficial because it is still limiting air, but allows someone to use a fire extinguisher through this small opening. It would also be beneficial to arriving firefighters.

However, if the fire under the hood is large, it is not prudent to fully open the hood as this may flash/accelerate the fire and cause injury to the persons in the immediate vicinity. Personal safety first.
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Old 07-25-2016, 05:38 PM   #42
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Caution on popping the hood. The hood is actually containing an engine fire because it is depriving the fire of oxygen. Only popping the hood to the safety latch may be beneficial because it is still limiting air, but allows someone to use a fire extinguisher through this small opening. It would also be beneficial to arriving firefighters.



However, if the fire under the hood is large, it is not prudent to fully open the hood as this may flash/accelerate the fire and cause injury to the persons in the immediate vicinity. Personal safety first.

If that should happen to me it will be new truck, I would let it burn. NEW DUALLY


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Old 07-26-2016, 10:45 AM   #43
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Expensive mistake to make

6% is pretty significant, my truck would tell you but maybe it's cause the steepest hill we go here in La is the bridge over the Mississippi. 8%, 6%, man is my experience different than most. Monarch Pass, has a max of 7%. I crawled up that thing in 3rd gear with tranny temps the highest I've seen. I wouldn' think of putting cruise on mainly because I want to always have some reserves left and it's hard to tell with cruise. You could be floor boarded and not know it.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:09 AM   #44
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What a bummer glade all where ok. Guessing that the mountain is the one between Nashville and Chattanooga TN. Driven it many a time towing but using tow haul mode. Later RJD
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What's interesting to me is how I can pull a 13% grade slow a whole lot easier than a 7% grade at 65 mph. Wind resistance is a lot bigger problem than grade. We have really steep switchbacks here in Idaho you can only navigate at 25 mph which pull like a dream compared to a long 7% grade at highway speeds. Especially with my toy hauler as high as it is.


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Old 07-28-2016, 08:25 AM   #46
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Ford 6.0 worst diesel ford ever had. A lot of issues with that engine.

Almost. Worst to best. 6.4, 6.0, 6.7, 7.3
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Old 08-04-2016, 12:16 PM   #47
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I use the cruise for flats and going downhill. Use the tow haul when first pulling out and in hilly terrain. Never had any problems, not even overheating. Had a 2012 RAM 1500 Hemi, and no problems with that truck either. Agree with other posts that it was either a defect or age. Shame about your trip.
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Old 08-04-2016, 12:37 PM   #48
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Almost. Worst to best. 6.4, 6.0, 6.7, 7.3
HEY!! I have a 2008 6.4 PSD with one "item removed" and it runs like a top. Well maintained i must say, but i've had no issues towing our camper up a few good inclines around Virginia and about to head to Hershey....
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Old 08-04-2016, 01:16 PM   #49
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Glad all were ok, I have an 06 with tow boss package and tow a sandpiper 371rebh, 209,000 on truck, truck still runs strong just learned to be proactive in maint. And it keeps on going
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Old 08-04-2016, 05:12 PM   #50
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It sounds to me that the turbo had the original flex hose that can rupture, there is a $80 updated turbo feed line 3C3Z-9T516-A and an updated drain tune for $30 6C3Z-9T515-A. A 6.0L is a great engine, just maintain it. The oil cooler is the weak part, it clogs, overheats the EGR cooler and it ruptures allowing coolant to get in the intake and the head gaskets pop.


I have replaced my EGR cooler with a high flow unit and added an external oil cooler, coolant filter, updated FICM and other non power adding mods. I updated a lot of parts but I still have the torque to yield bolts at 140,000 miles and with regular maintenance I am a very happy 6.0L owner..
+1 on all that. Sorry you had to deal with a fire. Please do read up on the truck/engine you have. It can be a good ride, but you *must* be proactive and maintain it! I have a 6.0 that has a new oil cooler, egr cooler, icp sensor, ipr sensor, stc fitting, cam postion sensor. I still have the original heads, bolts and everything else. I do have an Edge gauge and monitor lots of temps. Please do add gauges, critical is the difference between the oil and water temp. Please do find a good diesel mechanic that knows the 6.0. Most dealers do not. Brian Oomps in Winchester VA, Superior Turbo in Detroit MI do a really good job. Both have lots of my money. Good luck!
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