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Old 05-11-2010, 12:47 PM   #21
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Mtnguy,
I didn't see any reference to the tranny monitoring on the ScanGauge II page. Looks nice and would be great to have a digital temp readout vs the analog gauge. Maybe I just didn't look hard enough. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:26 PM   #22
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I didn't see any reference to the tranny monitoring on the ScanGauge II page. Looks nice and would be great to have a digital temp readout vs the analog gauge. Maybe I just didn't look hard enough. Thanks for the tip.
Extra programmable features are included on the X-Gauge function: ScanGaugeII - Add-A-Gauge

Not all functions work with all vehicles. I specifically asked whether the transmission temperature worked on my truck.....that is the main reason I bought that puppy.

If you already have a transmission temperature gauge, then you are set to go. I knew the newer Super Duties had that, and I am glad to see that Ford is starting to put important gauges in the F150s.
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I could always upgrade the cooler size and I will check into the 3.73 gears. Is the gears thing just a matter of a different rear end gear or is there more to it than that?
If you have a 4WD, then you would need to change the gearing in both axles. I would see how the 3.55s do 1st, before going to the expense of changing to a lower gear ratio.
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This forum is very helpful. Thanks everyone. I will let everyone know how my rig does once it comes in. I added two more exhaust fans that the factory will install and the power stabilizers and my dealer is installing two more batteries to the TT. We are excited.

Well, I am all for trying to make what you have work with minimal expense and whatever, but now you are adding even more weight to an already close to GVWR trailer. Look, all the "I thinks" and "it shoulds" and "sure it wills" are fine and dandy. But I personally think you are fixin' to bite off more than you can chew. Another very important thing to remember is "can you stop that load". Yes, the trailer has its own brakes, but that is still a lot of stuff to be stopping if you have to do it quickly. Since everyone else seems to be leading you towards keeping what you have, my advice to you would be, before you sink any money into beefing up your F150, tow the trailer a couple of times. Make sure you get up on the highway and tow for a good bit. Find some hills and valleys to go through. If after that, you still feel you can beef up the truck enough to feel confident in its ability, good on ya. But I still firmly believe you are going to need more truck for that trailer. Think about what you will be taking with you on a typical outing. Don't forget the wife and kids and all they need as well. Okay, I've said my piece, and I feel I've done my job. Before discarding it, please think about this. Just because it "can", doesn't mean it "should".
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Everybody has their own specific reasons for pulling what they own with their tow vehicle. Yes, I would feel a whole lot better with a Ram 2500 HD Quad cab Cummins diesel, but I already had my truck, and then 2 years later decided to upgrade the camper. And, if I was a "fulltimer", I would probably do just that. But with only using the camper once a month at most, I really think what I have is adequate. Like others have said, see if you can "test pull" the V lite when it comes in, and that will determine how YOU feel about towing your rig. All I can say is I've done most of what I feel is required to work for me. There is added expense with a diesel that I really can't justify with what I do with my truck. Randy
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Everybody has their own specific reasons for pulling what they own with their tow vehicle. Yes, I would feel a whole lot better with a Ram 2500 HD Quad cab Cummins diesel, but I already had my truck, and then 2 years later decided to upgrade the camper. And, if I was a "fulltimer", I would probably do just that. But with only using the camper once a month at most, I really think what I have is adequate. Like others have said, see if you can "test pull" the V lite when it comes in, and that will determine how YOU feel about towing your rig. All I can say is I've done most of what I feel is required to work for me. There is added expense with a diesel that I really can't justify with what I do with my truck. Randy
Randy, I have replied 1 other time to a post you did on this thread as "well said". Ditto to this 1.
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Randy,

Your setup is very similar to what I will have when I go to pull. I am going to do what I can with my truck to make it safe as possible and not hurt my truck and if I feel it's not enough for the load then I will deal with that later. I will park my TT until I can get something that will. After all we will be occasional RV'ers not full time. I have pulled trailers with heavy loads with my company truck, so I am not a total stranger with the fact that stopping distances increase significantly and steady and slow will get you there. I do have one question. So the gear change would have to be rear and front? Thanks
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Yes, if you have 4X4, you must change the rear and the front. And if you are going to go ahead and do that, I might even suggest you skip the 3.73 and go with a 4.10. I don't think the price difference would be much, if anything, and it would give you a better kick as well, without sacrificing too much on the gas mileage when not towing. I went from a 3.73 to a 4.30 in my old F-250 and there was no appreciable loss in gas mileage (.5 to 1 mpg at most), but the low-end torque increase was fairly significant. Just something to ask about anyway.
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Yes, you must change both sets of gears if you ever want to use 4x4 again. Can't have wheels turning at different speeds. Probably looking at over $1000 dollars, maybe $1500, depending parts. Watch trying to do all the mods suggested, because while they will all help and make the truck tow better, they are worth noting for resale. Basically you are going to invest a lot of money you will never get back. I tow 7000 pounds with a 2001 F150 Supercrew, and if I had children and a dog, could go over gross on the weight issue. My truck does fine, but I know it's limits, and unlike Randy, I have, and will tow in the Smoky, Mountains and am going next week. I would like a 250, but my truck will do for now, as it's main purpose is commute. Towing is occasional. Am I safe? I think so, else I wouldn't use it. Had a left side trailer blow out last year on expressway, and kept all straight and pulled over without incident. My only real concern is loosing trailer brakes, and that's a concern no matter what I pull with. Good luck and enjoy.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:49 AM   #30
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Thanks Edjunior for the tip. Windrider I will try my truck basically stock to start with. After all it is "Built Ford Tough" it tells me that every time I start it up on the consol. I won't be in the smokies but I am in West Virginia and I will be in the hills from time to time. I really think my truck will be ok for the occasional outing. Thanks everyone
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