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Old 03-23-2013, 11:58 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by wolfpack21643 View Post
Thanks for the answers. The problem with the tranny is changing the fluid and things like that make no difference from what I have read. What happens is a snap ring inside breaks off and drops into the valve body causing it to block the flow of fluid.

Ford has admitted to the design flaw but wont recall the tranny (they knew about the problem in 2005 and still made the trannys for another year). Some guys have gotten 200k out of them with no problems some have only gotten 10k before they broke.

Putting a new tranny in or getting mine rebuilt makes no difference cause you never know when that snap ring is going to break it's a all of a sudden type thing. Since my truck basicly only moves when I'm towing the camper or going to Lowes It is hard to pay 50k for a truck that will only see 4000 miles a year at most.
I have basically the same truck as you and (knock on wood), not had a problem yet, and have 130,000 miles on it. I get the reg. maintenance done when I'm supposed to.
Ya know ANYTHING can happen at ANY time. You're always going to have something to worry about. If its not the tranny, then something else.

You still got to get out there and live, and make memories.

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Old 03-24-2013, 07:10 AM   #22
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I have a 2004 explorer ( not tv) and i understand your concerns with transmission. Mine has never had a problem , but many do. Enjoy your trip, realizing anything can and will happen at amy time. Be prepared. Make the memories for the kids as they grow fast.

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Old 03-24-2013, 07:17 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by wolfpack21643 View Post
I have just recently discovered much to my anger that the 2003 thru 2006 V-8 Ford F-150 transmissions are known for going KABOOM with no notice what's so ever My research has shown me that they usally go around the 87,000 mile mark. Well you guessed it I have 87,525 miles on my F-150.
Don't think that 80k mile has anything to do with the trans going boom, might have to do with a neglected trans, and most people just driving and not replacing the fluid and filters... when was yours done?? And how did The fluid look??
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:21 AM   #24
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I feel ya!

We have made a lot of 200-500mi trips with our last tt, 22' with a 1/2 ton trk.then a couple with the same tt and a 1 ton diesel. Luckily with only minor problems. This year,we will be launching a much longer trip,with a considerably larger,and heaver, TH I've not yet calculated the exact mileage,but in the area of 3000 ,I like you,have been prompt,on maintaince.and up keep of the TV,am aware of the potential issues with our truck. This said,I think,as others have said above,we know we can't prepare for everything. So as long as we pay attention to the vehicle's,prepare,as much as we can afford to,then take a deep breath,and enjoy the ride.
I know this is no answer. It boils down to $,if I could afford a new truck,I would have one. If I could afford a new trans in the diesel,I would have a nice beefy one installed.
What I can do, is change filter or screen,and fluid. If I am forced to replace trans on the road then ill work on that problem.
Whatever you choose,good luck,and have a great trip!
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:54 AM   #25
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You are correct on the tranny maintenance issue. Here's the concern. Transmissions are designed with very, very, very close tolerances in many areas. If you wait much more than 30-K miles then change the filter/fluid it is not uncommon following the service that small pieces of dirt will become lodged in the valve body causing shifting problems. Because you had no problems before you will expect the shop to rebuild your tranny. Because of this issue there are some shops that won't even service a tranny that has not been serviced on a regular basis. One just can not can predict when and if this will happen.

A lot of today's tranny's do not require service and are filled with synthetic fluids. My F-150 is like that. My Nephew is a mechanical engineer at the tranny plant that made my tranny. He's told me that they really beat the new 6-speed in testing and to expect at least 150,000 miles before doing anything. One other factor is that today's transmissions are all electronic/computer controlled shifting instead of pressure and RPM shifting.

I guess if I were concerned and had this type of trip planned instead of getting the old one rebuilt I'd check to see if I could get a newer and perhaps improved transmission installed. Things have changed so much in that area I don't know if you have any other choices but you just might have some other options that you hadn't thought of. It might be worth investigating.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:09 AM   #26
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I hate it when I hear or read something negative about things that I have come to rely on! I understand how that can make you concerned about your upcoming trip. It sounds to me like you are looking for advice on how to plan for the possibility of a problem. There are two things I would suggest: 1) Do some more research on your truck. I recommend You can search the year and model of your truck and read both customer and expert reviews. You may find out that the problem is not as wide spread as you've been lead to believe. At least, that's what I hope you find to help put your mind at ease. But even then, I would still try... 2) Find a phone number for Good Sam and talk to somebody. I think you will find that you are not the first person to express this concern. They may have a plan that you will be happy with. If not, they may have some good suggestions. "Good Sam" stands for "Good Samaritan", after all . Good luck and please post anything you find out. I'm sure your experience will help someone else looking on here
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:41 AM   #27
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Alot of great advice on this subject and luckily I have no issues with my current truck. It runs like new and due to it's easy life and low milage it looks like new. A friend brought up the fact yesterday that he bought a brand new 3/4 ton truck and droppped the tranny with 8k miles on it towing a ridding lawn mower on a 4x8 landscaping trailer 5 miles down the road.

I am coming to the conclusion that while vehicle age does move up the scale on the possiablity of a problem even new trucks break down. Luckily I have the money (cause I dont have a $700 a month truck payment, lol) to rent a vehicle and find an off Disney hotel to stay in if we broke down on the way down.

If I break down coming home then it's a much easier problem, I have several friends that would drive 500 miles to come get my camper and tow it home for me so I guess I will make sure my maintance is up to par and roll the dice. I was really writing the thread to find out what kind of plans you guys have made in case of a bad situation, and I really thank everyone for their input.

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Old 03-25-2013, 10:44 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by TeresaInCAL View Post
I have basically the same truck as you and (knock on wood), not had a problem yet, and have 130,000 miles on it. I get the reg. maintenance done when I'm supposed to.
Ya know ANYTHING can happen at ANY time. You're always going to have something to worry about. If its not the tranny, then something else.

I have an '04 F150 with 100,600 miles (bought it with 5,600 in '05). Ran flawless up until 95K miles. In the last 12 months I've replaced the u-joints, power steering hp line, rear axle seals, two brake calipers, rear shocks, front struts, muffler, all 8 coils, spark plugs, and now I'm due for a windshield.

But my tranny is fine lol (knocks on wood)!
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:54 PM   #29
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Back to the roadside assistance. I have Good Sam and have the platinum coverage. I got it because it was way better than AAA for an RV'er. I have not had to use it but they will tow both your TV and TT unlimited miles to the nearest service center. If a repair to your TV will take more than a day to fix Good Sam will move your trailer to the nearest CG for example. It works with all your vehicles. There are a lot of benefits. Here is their information site...

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Old 03-26-2013, 08:30 PM   #30
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Do your maintenance , inspect the truck , get a good company to cover you and the TT
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