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Old 06-15-2009, 04:53 PM   #21
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I finally got to try out the new tv and it performed great! No problems, extra power, smoothest tv I ever had. Gas mileage was 9.2 mpg (according to vehicle computer)on flat ground. The in dash brake controller felt good, no jerking coming to a stop and solid braking on freeway and off.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:34 AM   #22
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Thanks for keeping us updated, redtang02.
I guess the built in anti-sway on the new truck works good. Good to know the built in brake contoller works good as well. Gas mileage seems to be about what I thought it would be. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a little better when you get a few more miles on the truck.
Glad you had a good towing experience.
Keep us informed on how the truck does. I'm still trying to decide between the 150 and a 250.
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:52 AM   #23
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Interesting thread, I guessing ford is offering this f150 "max tow package" to get the towing numbers up. Toyo bosting the 10,000# towing capacity is quite the thorn in the us manufacturers butts. Thing is the f150 can probably actually tow 10,000+ without blowing out the rear end. I would imagine it is equiped with a 3/4 chassis and heavy brakes and such.

I think in future years, as Obama and gov implement the new fuel mileage regulation, we will see more 3/4 ton trucks manufactured since they are exempt to cafe laws and such.

Congrats on the truck (even if its a ford...J/K)
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:18 PM   #24
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The Ford 150 may be able to pull what Ford say's, but what about the gas mileage, and the power needed of hills.
With my Chev 2500HD it has the power, mileage with out the trailer on the road is about 20 mpg with the trailer its about 12 mpg.
A 3/4 ton could pull the Queen Mary out of dry dock!!!
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:39 PM   #25
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Round Mound of Sound,
I agree that the ¾ tons can out pull the ½ tons and have better payload capacities, but we're talking about a vehicle that I pull a tt 12 to 15 times a year. Probably less than 750 miles total and where I live we only have a few small hills that my current 5.4 V8 handles no problem. Most of the time it's used to drive back and forth to work and to run every day errands. I'm looking to upgrade my payload capacity and maybe my wheel base.
Ford came out this year with the MTP for their ½ tons. The suspension and payload capacity is better. It comes with anti-sway technology, brake controller and towing mirrors. It's probably best compared to the 1500 HD's that Chevy had or still have.
I'm weighing the difference between a ½ ton and a ¾ ton since I expect my work mileage to change for the better in the next few months. I like the ¾ tons but the ½ tons with the MTP may suit my needs better.
What I'm looking at now is the price difference and if it would be worth the extra bucks, for me, in my situation.
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Thanks all. I know all the benefits of diesel vs. gas when towing round mound, and diesel comes out on top, no doubt. But, for us who tow once, maybe twice a month, don't go much further than out of next state and don't want a diesel, the F150 I have fit the bill perfectly. Thank you all for the great input and keep the dirty side down.
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grhodes. The price of the F150 was less (not by much) than the F350 with 5.4 L motor but the 350's in gas had a lot less creature comforts in it. And it being my main transportation vehicle like you, I really like comfort. Remember also, to get a 250 or 350 with the same towing cap. as the max trailer tow on an 150 you will need to get a diesel. I do not remember what the tow capacity of a F350 with a V10 was but again, it was more money without the comfort stuff. Let me know if I can help anymore grhodes.
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redtang,
I was thinking of the V10 in the 250. With the added weight that a 250 has over a 150, I didn't think the 5.4 V8 would be enough. That's where I'm getting the price difference, about $4,000 plus the 150's seem to have better rebates.
I don't really need a 250 to pull my tt but I would like better suspension (payload capacity) than I have now.
I have a tounge weight of about 850 lbs. My tt and truck sets pretty level, but it's squats a little too much (1¾") compared to where it normally sets and I've adjusted my hitch (equil-i-zer) about as well as I can.
Now that Ford has added the MTP on the 150's with better suspension, brake controller and tow mirrors I think the F150 would be a better choice for me.
But man, the F250 with a V10 sure would be nice.
More truck than I really need though.
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I also was looking at the F350 with V10 with 4:10 rear(F250 was only $500 less) But it had bare necessities, sticker cost more, no incentives from Ford, and it was a lot more truck than I needed for day to day use. The payload on my F150 is 1500 lbs.I did get the longer wheel base on it. I am not sure what the tw of my camper is but I also have the equalizer hitch (4pt) I have a 2009 Rockwood 8306SS and it towed it great. The entire set up sets level and the ride was very comfortable, almost like it wasn't there. I quess you have to think into the future if there is even a chance you will get a bigger camper or a 5th wheel, then it would be a diesel or V10 for sure. Good luck.
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:55 PM   #30
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Thanks for all the info redtang. Having someone sharing their first hand experience helps. I'm leaning more towards the F150 with the MTP along with the built in brake contoller and the towing mirrors. I'm thinking of an XLT with the captain's chairs.
My son bought and '09 FX4 last December. It doesn't have the MTP but I believe it has a tow rating of 9300 lbs. It is a nice truck, rides and drives good and he really likes it. He doesn't pull a trailer but he works for an oil company and the 4 wheel drive comes in handy sometimes when he has to go out to a rig.
Keep me updated on how your truck is doing.
Thanks again.
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