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Picked up our new rig today.

Discussion in 'Gearheads' started by dennishoddy, Sep 30, 2020.

  1. Uncle TK

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    I would want a bigger TV (ha Ha)
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. I read that. My truck wasn't built until three weeks ago so I may not be having that issue hopefully.
    There seems to be an issue with some of the backup cams as I read tonight as well. Connection problems causing the backup cams to go dark.
    Truck has 6 cameras in it for all that safety/backing stuff.

    Edit: The engine is a push rod model. Just like days of old. You can see all the plug wires, top of the engine and so on. Ford did right on this one.
    With just tuning of the engine and some exhaust work, its capable 600 horsepower.
    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-ca...turally-aspirated-horsepower-with-basic-mods/

    Whipple has introduced a bolt on blower that increased the HP and torque to diesel specs and beyond.

    The firm designed a 3.0-liter twin-screw supercharger that bumps the V8's output from 430 to 700 horsepower, while increasing peak torque from 475 to 750 pound-feet. There's no word yet on the effect the blower has on the truck's towing capacity, fuel economy, or straight-line performance, but motorists are certain to feel the difference.

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/04/15/ford-7-3-liter-v8-supercharger-kit-whipple/
     
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    xseler These are not the firearms you're looking for.

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    Dennis, I certainly hope that your new rig has an outside shower ---- you know you'll catch hell the first time you set muddy feet inside that palace!!

    Congrats!! This is also my end goal for the retirement years.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, why not go with a full motorhome? I know many of the motorhomes have those slide outs so the interior isn't quite as accessible while on the go. Reason I ask is I've started looking at smaller Class C rigs for when (or if, with our economy right now) the missus and I retire.
     
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    Trust me you won't regret it. You have to be a social butterfly and not an introvert to enjoy the ride.
    Sales guy told us a story and sweared on his mothers grave that it was true.
    He was demo'ing a travel trailer to a couple in their young twenty's. He pointed out the "outside shower" Which we all know is for rinsing the sand etc off the shoes/feet.
    The young lady was shocked and said an "outside shower"?
    Then she turned to her husband and said well, if everybody uses these showers outside, I guess we will get used to it.
    Sales guy said he wanted to facepalm but had to maintain decorum and explain the actual purpose. :laugh6:
     
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    Wow!!! That is really AWESOME!!
     
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    The Class A motor coaches have some advantages and some disadvantages. The main disadvantage is the cost.
    New ones run well into 6 figures. You can buy gas or diesel engines.
    They are capable of pulling a tow in all 49 mainland states.
    If one has a 5th wheel, the eastern states are pretty restrictive on that. Western states don't have any issue with a double tow.
    One of our RV buddies that we meet around the country has a class A motorcoach with a trailer he built. It has a box on the back that transports his Harley Road bike accessible from the side and is also his tool room to store wrenches, and other tools.
    Behind the box is a car hauler to transport their SUV they use while the coach is parked so basically he is only having one tow which is legal.
    They have goals in their travels like most do. Hers is to visit every national park in the country, and his is to visit the oldest bar in every state.
    When they came to Ok we took them to Eichens which is the oldest bar still operating in Ok. Had the Chicken and a good time afterward.
    We will be meeting with them again in Missouri next month at Lake Tanneycomo. We have about 8 couples that we meet up with in different locations with all being friends. The entire group gets together in South Tx in the winter. Full blown party then!
    We are having the best times of our lives right now. The Covid has put a small damper on it, but we make our own rules.
     
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    You'll definitely feel the difference! I've got seat time behind a factory blown 5.4L in 2 different Harley Edition F150s and the 572 (special order) Chevy Suburban with a Whipple added later.

    Screwed superchargers will make it feel like it never quits pulling from an idle all the way to redline. The one caveat is premium fuel is mandatory, not optional at all. Went through the mountains in AZ from CA driving back here in a Nissan Frontier 4X4 with a 5 speed manual and had to downshift to 4th and could barely maintain 60 at the high elevations. The blown F150 went through there with the cruise set at 80 and never downshifted out of OD. It didn't even notice those same mountains on later trips.

    And the 7.3 we had in our F450 flatbed got about 9 MPG all the time. Didn't matter if it was loaded or not. I drove it a lot when I was in CA. Thank God I had the company CC! The new tranny looks like it's really helped.
     
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    7.3 gasser? What transmission? I've actually been kind of impressed with a 430 hp gasser getting over 15mpg.
    The supercharger can be ran up and down for boost is what I'm understanding
    Don't need the towing capacity, dial it down?
    I'm still in the research mode.
     
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    Well crap. I just looked it up and the F450 we had was a completely different engine. We had the V10 Triton and it was only 6.8L. I thought they had just bumped them up to 7.3L in the years since and that's the new version you had.

    I think it had a 4 speed auto but it may have been a 5 speed. It was a 2004 model IIRC. The Tritons get a bad rap IMO. It's a very smooth running engine and I suspect a lot of the problems with timing chain tensioners, cam phasers, etc. are engine oil related. I know my 5.4 calls for 5W20 oil. The same exact engine in the same exact truck specs 10W30 in Australia. That's Ford trying to milk the CAFE mandates. I've been running 10W30 for awhile now (basically since I got it with 54K on it) and so far none of those issues. I'm at 127K on it.
     

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