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Old 10-28-2013, 04:02 PM   #11
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Hello. If you have an owners manual for the truck it is a good read. Good info there. If not...eBay is your friend for getting one. The maintenance schedule is interesting with lube recommendations. I agree good filters a benefit. Be sure and prime your oil filter if DIY.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:47 PM   #12
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The DW is right when she says 'overkill' on a 24'......
But it will not be when you move up to a 35 footer.

Enjoy the Perma-grin of a smoker.

Rule #1) when you pull this small load..... remember that you have something following the truck. It is easy to get up and go and forget you have a "trailer" back there.

2) Learn how to winter start it (and never use starter fluid)

3) Join a Forum with your Make of truck. As with Forest River Campers, this is the Forum to be on. With the nitty-gritty on your Make, Model, Engine, join a 6.7 Cummins Forum. If you had a 'sister' truck of mine, I can give you a gold mine of info. Since you do not, the information will be more general.
ie..... I do not have to run a muffler or catalytic converter.... you do. I am pre 'smog' control, you are post.

I belong to PowerStroke 1999 - 2003 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:59 PM   #13
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"OVERKILL"?????? No such thing!!! Well, only temporarily as you will then find the 'need' to upgrade your camper!! Seriously though, in the winter, use an additive like Diesel Kleen in the White bottle and use the GRAY bottle in warmer times. Try to keep the fuel tank more towards the full side as it stops condensation in the tank, thus reducing the amount of water in the fuel. Congrats on coming to the 'dark; side. I wish you many years of pleasurable towing times in your new rig. Post up a pic or two with it 'working' when you get a chance. Like has already been stated, drain your fuel separator at least once monthly, only takes a couple of minutes to do. Try to buy fuel at VERY busy places that change their pump filters regularly and 'exercise' her frequently. By that I mean drive her at wide open throttle a few times a week, like when starting off from stop lights. Just stay within the speed limits This will exercise the turbo and keep the system in top shape. Most importantly, ENJOY the pwer and ease of pulling with a diesel!
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Thanks Bro Les
I just signed up with the Dodge Cummins user forum so we're on the same page there.
The "small" load is tough at times on the ol' 5.4 so I'm looking forward to pulling with something just a bit more capable.
You guys on this forum have spoiled me helping with the RV learning curve. DW thinks it's all the forum's fault for getting me itchin' to upgrade the 03. Now it's the Dodge Cummins crew's turn to to help my learning curve with the diesel upgrade. who knows what she'll blame them for.
Haven't actually taken the Dodge home yet so haven't been able to peruse the owners manual. Hoping to hook everything up and head out for a quick shakedown cruise this weekend. Some quiet late fall camping and a little light reading
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:13 PM   #15
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Try to put at least 500 miles on her before hauling pulling anything heavy. Most trucks need the rear gears to 'mesh' well before getting a work out.
On a second note. Why does she blame us???? Funny, my wife does the same thing! Says these forums cost us WAY too much!!
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"OVERKILL"?????? No such thing!!! Well, only temporarily as you will then find the 'need' to upgrade your camper!! Seriously though, in the winter, use an additive like Diesel Kleen in the White bottle and use the GRAY bottle in warmer times. Try to keep the fuel tank more towards the full side as it stops condensation in the tank, thus reducing the amount of water in the fuel. Congrats on coming to the 'dark; side. I wish you many years of pleasurable towing times in your new rig. Post up a pic or two with it 'working' when you get a chance. Like has already been stated, drain your fuel separator at least once monthly, only takes a couple of minutes to do. Try to buy fuel at VERY busy places that change their pump filters regularly and 'exercise' her frequently. By that I mean drive her at wide open throttle a few times a week, like when starting off from stop lights. Just stay within the speed limits This will exercise the turbo and keep the system in top shape. Most importantly, ENJOY the pwer and ease of pulling with a diesel!
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Hello golfmedik, I see that you have a Excursion 7.3. There are may Brothers that have those in the forum that I posted in my post before yours. Stop by and tell us some of the mods that you have done or might in the future.
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Agreed!! No such thing as overkill. I pulled a 25' TT with a 1/2 ton. It was laboring the truck I know at times. Overlapped pulling the TT with a 350 diesel for about 5 months before getting the 5th wheel. A world of difference is an understatement as anyone who has done it knows. All good maintenance advice there. Now that you have the ability you will start to look at bigger and heavier. We know you will!! Enjoy the big power.
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Hello golfmedik, I see that you have a Excursion 7.3. There are may Brothers that have those in the forum that I posted in my post before yours. Stop by and tell us some of the mods that you have done or might in the future.
Will do!!
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Why would he need to put any miles on the TV before towing?? The truck is a 2007. You done good by getting a diesel. Enjoy the extra power AND better fuel economy over your 5.4L gasser.
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Why would he need to put any miles on the TV before towing?? The truck is a 2007.
WOW! Totally missed that part!!!! Dang, I must be more tired than I thought!
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