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Old 04-21-2016, 12:30 AM   #21
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AH... here we go. We've had 5 rvs and 3 TVs. 2 were gas and the last was diesel (in the signature). I will never go back to gas.... EVER. The tow is effortless and the mileage is so much better.

All the gas engines seemed to struggle on most real hills and it just sounded painful Any wind and the mileage was out the window.

The diesel just motors on down the road and we avg 21 empty and 10-11 pulling.

Of course I'm a Duramax fanatic but even my Ford loving brother has to admit the advantages when it comes to towing our nearly identical rigs.

Good luck on your new truck and enjoy!
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:07 AM   #22
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Yep, if money is no object and you can stomach major repairs...diesel is the way to go 😄
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Old 04-21-2016, 12:57 PM   #23
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Yep, if money is no object and you can stomach major repairs...diesel is the way to go 😄


Yeah, I hear that half truth/myth often from folks who have either never owned one or had a bad experience (which you can have in gassers also).

Our duramax is almost 10 years old we've never had any maint costs that we wouldn't of had on a gasser (hoses, belts, etc). The only thing that actually costs us more is oil changes

Everybody has preferences/opinions and ours are just different on this subject. As long we get our RVs down the road it's all good.

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Old 04-21-2016, 01:20 PM   #24
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My dealer said if I wait till warranty is out, then it is 3 more years of warranty on the gears and bearings. If I change out during warranty, it is out at 3 yr/ 36000miles. Cost quoted to me is $3k for a 4 wheel drive. If you check the specs it adds more carrying capacity and torque of course. I seldom use 6th speed since I am not on the Interstate much unless we are traveling, if I put the gears in I imagine I will get to use 6th more. I have about 800 to 1000 lbs margin with the TH now. If you want more than that or load heavier toys, then at least 4.10s should be considered. imho, and I am still considering...
It only adds more capacity GCWR wise if the gears were in the truck from the factory. What is on the sticker on the drivers door pillar is what you have and adding springs or gears will not change what the truck is legally allowed to carry or pull.
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:09 PM   #25
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Just as an aside, have you looked into a lightly used Powerstroke as an option? I went from a tuned and deleted 6.4 Powerstroke( reluctantly ) to a used 6.7 and was worried about the DEF. It's not a big deal at all.
Yes, that may very well be the route that I go!
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:19 AM   #26
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Going to revive an old thread for some info. (But I guess that was these forums are for?)
Anyway,
Towed my TT (Flagstaff 27 BEWS) for the first trip with my 2016 Ford 6.2L Crew cab 2WD 3.73 rear. In "tow haul" the whole trip. Went to the scales on the way out and weighed the trailer only ( I know, what was I thinking?) Came in at 6060 lbs. Just the trailer wheels on the scale. On the way home weighed the whole rig, with everyone in the cab and about 3/4 tank of fuel. TT water tanks empty. Steer axle:3780 Drive axle:4620 Trailer axle: 6060 Gross weight: 14460
The truck took some getting used to the gear ratios. Tried to keep it in 5th as much as possible. Dropped to 4th on some grades and overpasses, and got into 6th briefly for some down hill runs. It seemed to perform best following a big rig at maybe 67 mph. Tried the cruise, but quickly discovered that the truck needs to be directed as far as throttle is concerned.
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Are my weights good? Been working a few calcs and figure my tongue weight may be on the high side. I know my Equalizer WDH- the 10000 lb. model does not help there. But overall the numbers look decent to me for working the truck and not hurting it. Any input appreciated.
And, the drive gears. Are the gears mentioned above about the same for owners of similar TVs? I can tell if I come up to a steep grade, I am going to need most of the inventory in the tranny. That' a given.
Also, the M selection on the gear selections. Would I be better to manually grab my gears and will the "tow haul" work in this mode?

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I run my Diesel in TH and on the Interstate I am in 6th all the time towing 10k lbs. I also do not have any hunting issues. I use cruise control and let it manage the shift points. It does a much better job at running the truck than my foot can. I ran the same way with the F 150 Eco hauling the same trailer, no gear hunting, used 6th on flat land and dropped to 4th very rarely on hills.
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I run my Diesel in TH and on the Interstate I am in 6th all the time towing 10k lbs. I also do not have any hunting issues. I use cruise control and let it manage the shift points. It does a much better job at running the truck than my foot can. I ran the same way with the F 150 Eco hauling the same trailer, no gear hunting, used 6th on flat land and dropped to 4th very rarely on hills.
X2. Always in TH and cruise. Drop it to manual going down steep grades so the brake (if used) doesn't downshift the tranny.
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X2. Always in TH and cruise. Drop it to manual going down steep grades so the brake (if used) doesn't downshift the tranny.
That was a question I had - Sometimes the tranny brake works great & just gently downshifts & it comes right out it but then sometimes it downshifts way too far & the engine is screaming & it doesn't like shift out of it nearly soon enough. So is switching to manual the way you all handle that?
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That was a question I had - Sometimes the tranny brake works great & just gently downshifts & it comes right out it but then sometimes it downshifts way too far & the engine is screaming & it doesn't like shift out of it nearly soon enough. So is switching to manual the way you all handle that?
Exactly! The first time I braked on a steep grade w/o putting it in manual it scared the daylights out of both us as the engine was screaming until I thought to put it in manual and shift appropriately THEN we read the manual.
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