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Old 09-21-2013, 07:18 AM   #1
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New (to me) tow vehicle

2001 F-150 XLT Super Cab 4wd 4.6L, two previous owners, 94,000 miles. Never had a hitch on it or even a ball in the bumper. Very clean, one very small spot of exterior rust that will be the 1 st thing I take care of. May need an exhaust manifold, will know later in the week. Needs a hitch and a 7 pin RV kit. Rated to tow 5600#s as is. Drives like a dream, AT, power windows/locks, cruise, seems to be in good shape. Will register in my name Monday.

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Old 09-21-2013, 07:39 AM   #2
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Looks like a good find.
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Look like it is nice shape for an 01. Mu buddy has the 4.6 in their Mustang Convert. Very quick.
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Good looking truck Frank. Congrats. I hope you get 94,000 more miles out of it.
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Nice! I have one like it only a year older and a whole BUNCH more mileage. Tows my 16' Scamp Deluxe just fine. BTW: the sweet spot for fuel mileage for ME is to tow at 57 mph. YMMV
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Nice! I have one like it only a year older and a whole BUNCH more mileage. Tows my 16' Scamp Deluxe just fine. BTW: the sweet spot for fuel mileage for ME is to tow at 57 mph. YMMV
Donna, and sorta problems with yours? How many of those terrible miles you got on yours?!?

57 huh? Hmmm....

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Yep Frank, 57 mph. I prefer better fuel mileage over getting somewhere fast. Leave an hour earlier if necessary!

My 2000 F-150 now has 153,083 miles on it. Three sets of tires, one set of brakes, four sets of windshield wipers, two headlight bulbs, one taillight bulb, one coil, new plug wires, oil changes every 5,000 miles and scheduled maintenance taken care of on time. That's it! I love my truck, it's my daily driver. It WILL be replaced when I get my new trailer and will be replaced with another Ford.
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Yep Frank, 57 mph. I prefer better fuel mileage over getting somewhere fast. Leave an hour earlier if necessary!

My 2000 F-150 now has 153,083 miles on it. Three sets of tires, one set of brakes, four sets of windshield wipers, two headlight bulbs, one taillight bulb, one coil, new plug wires, oil changes every 5,000 miles and scheduled maintenance taken care of on time. That's it! I love my truck, it's my daily driver. It WILL be replaced when I get my new trailer and will be replaced with another Ford.
Donna, do you use cruise control when you're towing? They always say not to, but because of physical problems, I really don't have a choice.

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Donna, do you use cruise control when you're towing? They always say not to, but because of physical problems, I really don't have a choice.

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I use cruise control, except in slippery weather. Do you know why it is not recommended?
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I use cruise control, except in slippery weather. Do you know why it is not recommended?
Nope Tom, do not know. It says so in the manual with this vehicle, and I think every other vehicle I have ever owned. But experience has taught me over the years to use it anyway. Because of a bad right leg sciatic nerve problem, I can't keep my foot in one position on the gas for long without major nerve pain. Nothing like being 60!

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Nope Tom, do not know. It says so in the manual with this vehicle, and I think every other vehicle I have ever owned. But experience has taught me over the years to use it anyway. Because of a bad right leg sciatic nerve problem, I can't keep my foot in one position on the gas for long without major nerve pain. Nothing like being 60!

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I suspect that it has more to do with causing the automatic transmission to do more hunting on grades, as opposed to a safety issue.
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Cruise control tuning is usually not optimal for a heavily loaded condition, so it does not act aggressively enough at the beginning of a grade, then over reacts to the point of full-throttle operation (and thus downshifting for high engine speed if an automatic) when the speed drops. It would be nice if cruise control systems could be tuned by the driver, but most drivers would just mess it up and blame the car.

I find that cruise operation is a good combination with a manual transmission, because even if it uses maximum throttle the cruise control can't trigger an unwanted downshift. Of course, few tow vehicles now have manual transmissions, and few automatic transmissions allow the driver to prevent a downshift. Frank's F-150 (which looks like a good find ) appears to be an automatic.
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Cruise control tuning is usually not optimal for a heavily loaded condition, so it does not act aggressively enough at the beginning of a grade, then over reacts to the point of full-throttle operation (and thus downshifting for high engine speed if an automatic) when the speed drops. It would be nice if cruise control systems could be tuned by the driver, but most drivers would just mess it up and blame the car.

I find that cruise operation is a good combination with a manual transmission, because even if it uses maximum throttle the cruise control can't trigger an unwanted downshift. Of course, few tow vehicles now have manual transmissions, and few automatic transmissions allow the driver to prevent a downshift. Frank's F-150 (which looks like a good find ) appears to be an automatic.
Brain, my "old" GMC was a standard 5 speed, but with a weak 2.5L 4 cylinder motor. Whenever I towed either the boat or the small travel trailer we had, I towed all the time in 4th gear unless a hill was so steep I needed to downshift to keep rpm's up. Often, not even towing, I would need to downshift to 4th for steep grades.

When I drove the Ford home Friday night, I did it over the same roads the old GMC would die on without a load. The Ford downshifted some, but very quietly and smoothly to maintain the speed I had it set on. The only thing really surpising to me is the tranny is only a 3 speed. Heck, GM has had 4 speed automatics for a long time. So it goes. It's a great truck, and when I start towing something with it, we'll see how it behaves.

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