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Old 02-04-2013, 11:42 PM   #1
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Hello all, Can't wait to hook up to our 2006 F250 ext cab Lariet Diesel this spring. Sure hope it pulls our 29 ft Salem 8000 lbs good, our F150 5.4 did well for what it was, but that camper was about to heavy for a f150. We travel NC, Ashville Mts. Truck is stock just hit 100000 ,,been watching all temps and so far they are real good ,,the ect is 185-190,,eot is 190,, transmission 140-150.. I have pic later.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:52 PM   #2
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You'll notice a night and day difference I would think. The torque of a diesel in addition to a couple thousand more pounds will sure make you feel more confident behind the wheel.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:55 PM   #3
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I sure hope so,,That's what guys at work are saying to.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:03 AM   #4
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You will not be able to wipe the smile off your face as you tow through the mountains.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:03 AM   #5
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The only weak link I'm aware of with an 06 diesel is weak head studs and possible EGR failures. Not trying to scare you, just making you aware of what you may not know about your new tow vehicle. You may not ever have an issue with either one, just wanted to make you aware of them since you bought it preowned. You never know how the last owner treated it. 100k is just getting broken in for a diesel though.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:06 AM   #6
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You will not be able to wipe the smile off your face as you tow through the mountains.

Yep. I remember when I went from my 1500 GMC to my F250 towing my TT for the first time. I thought I'd forgot the TT at home.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:21 AM   #7
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You will not be able to wipe the smile off your face as you tow through the mountains.
X2! You're not gonna believe how much better the diesel will handle those mountain grades in the Smoky Mountain area.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:52 AM   #8
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X3 towing with a diesel is like night and day, I will never tow with a gasser again!
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:47 AM   #9
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I have a F250 2004 with the dreaded 6.0 engine. I tow over 9000 lbs. I went to California and had to go up the grade in Utah between salt lake and park city, that's over 2 miles of if I remember 7%. I put the trans in tow haul and climbed very easily at about 45 miles per hour. Check your records and find out if they had any problems with the head gasket or bolts for the head, not every truck had those issue's. You will love the power that you will have. As far as mileage per gal. I get 11 towing no matter what speed. At 65 miles per hour I'm at 1800 rpm. The engine is not even working hard yet.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:02 AM   #10
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I have a 13k lbs. 5er and with the '05 F-250 6.0, it's the same as "gljurczyk's" milage and speed wise. I did have one of those dreaded 6.0's, but with new head gaskets and a few other "after market" parts, the engine runs like a beast, epecially towing the 5er. I do have friends with the same truck and engine and about the same milage as yours, they haven't had any issues with the 6.0. It's a hit and miss with those 6.0's, you have good ones and bad ones.

You will notice the difference - have fun with the diesel.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:56 PM   #11
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Man, you all are making me happy so far,I can't wait to hook up to it. I have heard about the egr, head gasket problems to.Looks like it was taking in to the dealer for all the regular maintance though. but you never know. I have change all the filters and oil again to. They all looked good,, I put ford filters back in along with ford 15w-40,,thought I might go with the Rotella ? Thanks for all the imput.
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Man, you all are making me happy so far,I can't wait to hook up to it. I have heard about the egr, head gasket problems to.Looks like it was taking in to the dealer for all the regular maintance though. but you never know. I have change all the filters and oil again to. They all looked good,, I put ford filters back in along with ford 15w-40,,thought I might go with the Rotella ? Thanks for all the imput.
Yes the 6.0 will run circles around a 7.3 and much better towing than gas!
- I've always used rotela in all my equipment and trucks- so far so good, probably use it for as long as I'm around!
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rotella is all i have ever used, both when otr driving and my daily driver duramax. if you have to get new head gaskets at some point (way in the future lets hope) , i would suggest a good set of head studs from companies like arp.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:54 PM   #14
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Ok ,,Thanks alot,,,Happy Camping.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:09 PM   #15
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Steve you may find the the following links of value: 6.0 Powerstroke Common Issues and Problems & http://www.phila.gov/fleet/Warranty%...sb09-08-03.pdf We ran across them when a friend was looking at an 06 F250 Lariat
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:43 AM   #16
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i have the 7.3 and a 36' cardinal. pulled to ashville from Marlyn a few years ago. only problem i had was before ashville when i got behind a big truck and couldn't get around him w/o impeding traffic. if i can do it, i wouldn't expect u to have any problems with the 6.0
one thing i would add is that the 2002 put a gold antifreeze in it that is to be replaced at 100k. look in ur ford manual and see what they say. that tends to be very important.
mine had abt 40k on it when i did that trip. i now have 150k and it is still strong. my engine has not been chipped.
the dealer has changed my oil every sense 50k. they use shell rotella 15-40. they charge $50 for an oil change on the diesel.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:33 AM   #17
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Steve-- I have the exact same camper as you and pulling it with my '11 diesel Ram has been a total pleasure, even with the freshwater tank filled up at home and an 80 mile trip, up and down NEPA interstate hills--its still smilin' time! Have fun.
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The 6.0L is a excellent engine...........In a school bus. Yup, that's were it originated from International. Once put in a pickup truck, they had heat issues as the nose of a pickup truck is much smaller than a school bus, panel van, etc.

School buses are well maintained, not beat on, not chipped, etc. If you drive and treat your 6.0L pickup like a fleet maintained school bus, they actually do well. Leave it stock, don't beat on it, and do the factory maintenance schedule.

EGR valve and solenoid need to be cleaned/replaced.
OIL Cooler and EGR cooler - upgrade this to the TSB Ford has.
OIL must be kept fresh/clean - hi pressure oil rail injectors need this
Sticky injectors - Hot Shot's Secret Stiction Eliminator fixes them

Head bolts are VERY long on this engine and stretch over time causing heads to lift and blow out head gasket. Heat and pressure was cause. Again, heat is the weak point in this engine. Watch coolant level in tan bottle/tank. If it keeps loosing antifreeze.........that is your clue to impending problems. Replace the cheap ass Ford cap on the coolant bottle. That part almost always fails and is the start to overheat situation. Buy this 5 dollar part today!
Buy Stant Cap Coolant Bottle 10238 at Advance Auto Parts

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If you haven't already then visit
http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/forum107/

We never had any problems with our 6.0 (wish it was in our MH).

There are LOTS of upgrades for your F250.
air bags
harpoon my favorite upgrade FREE http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/646820-harpooned-the-fuel-tank-this-weekend.html#post5070375
By-pass Coolant filter the #1 or 2 reason for head-gasket failure in the 6.0
NO chip/programmer the #1 or 2 reason for head-gasket failure in the 6.0

Enjoy, we certainly did
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When I was in the market for a tow vehicle, I did a lot of research. I was a little concerned about the additional cost of the diesel vs gas. The Ford gas V8 has about 400 ft #'s of torque. The diesel has 800 ft #'s of torque. There is really no decision here. The diesel is the only way to go. As stated above, it tows the 5th wheel easily, even in the mountains. I'll never go with a gas engine again.
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