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Old 10-21-2015, 06:26 AM   #101
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Have you pulled any distance with your F 250? Just wondering how a 3/4 ton handled and how far it settles on the Pin. I am waiting to see how much my 2006 Ram 4X4 SB, SRW 3500 drops when hooked up. I did not realize they came with different leaf spring set ups from the factory. Mine has top and bottom overload leaf springs, most just have bottom ones. Hope it does not ride like a dump truck when loaded.
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Old 10-21-2015, 06:39 AM   #102
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Have you pulled any distance with your F 250? Just wondering how a 3/4 ton handled and how far it settles on the Pin. I am waiting to see how much my 2006 Ram 4X4 SB, SRW 3500 drops when hooked up. I did not realize they came with different leaf spring set ups from the factory. Mine has top and bottom overload leaf springs, most just have bottom ones. Hope it does not ride like a dump truck when loaded.
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We purchased our coach in Abilene TX, so I pulled it back from there. It was about 320 miles. It did set my truck down some, but the truck pulled it with no issues at all. I plan on installing the Firestone Ride-Rite airbags on my new truck. I had them on my other F250 and they make a HUGE difference in being able to set everything level and the ride quality. As far as the truck, I would not hesitate to pull my FBTS anywhere with my 6.7. On the way back from Abilene we encountered a couple of 7% grade hills and the truck didn't even flinch. It's a beast...

Also if you do a search on here, you should find some really good PDI Checklist to use when the time comes for you.
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Old 10-21-2015, 06:49 AM   #103
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Good morning, Folks!

Gail and I have a 2014 GMC Sierra Denali with the Duramax/Allison set up. It is a 3500 crew cab short bed SRW in white.

It pulled our previous SOB which was 36 feet 9 inches with no issues what-so-ever. This new FBTS is 4 feet longer and rated at 1600 pounds heavier. So far, it appears to me, the couple times I've had it hooked up, that it is way better balanced at the axles. The truck seems to do less squatting. And, of course pulls equally well if not better than the previous SOB.

Can't wait to hook up and head for FL in the spring in order to compare. Due to the size of this unit, I'm not going to be disappointed if my fuel mileage drops a little. I am positive the truck is going to handle it just fine.
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:47 AM   #104
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dalengail,
Since we both have SB trucks do you have a slider hitch and if so how muh of a sharp turn can you make? I just had A Reese Tritan slider installed and measuring from the slide back positon if i use half the width of the FW you cannot do a 90 but maybe u can the way the front cap is designed.
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:54 AM   #105
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Hello DalenGail,
We have a very similar setup... 2015 GMC 3500 Denali DRW Duramax/Allieson...
It's new but we avg 15mpg from AZ To IN (~1890 miles) pulling a small 4x8 uhaul with all the loot to fill the FBTS...
We now have just over 2500 miles on the GMC and Avg 9.0 mpg with crew set at speed limit or just under if it's a bumpy road... The truck pulls fantastically and with the trailer brake set to 10 and using the diesel exhaust brake and barely use the brakes with no issues coming to smooth stops ... We have experienced some 'chucking' but attribute this to bad road sections with expansion joints... I just slow down and/or adjust the airbags..
I would really like to figure out how to use a weight station to get a god idea of our current weight and distribution... Could anyone throw me a clue here ha...

I figure we are pretty loaded, but still have plenty of room to add more 'stuff' !! We did have a washer/dryer installed which I'm sure adds to our pin weight.

To recap, we are getting 9 mpg pulling a pretty loaded FBTS. I'm told the mileage should get better as the diesel continues to break in....remember we are newbies to 5vrs and to diesels but LOVIN every minute of it!! Our setup time is now at 13 minutes :-) Departing Rochester MN for SD in less than an hour and MT by the weekend... This is great stuff!!
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:57 AM   #106
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Oh btw we are all in for a rally at some point in the future !!
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:16 AM   #107
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Rock,

We have the 16,000 lb Reese slider with double pivot plate. It is going on 12 years old, been installed in 3 different trucks. Two of which were short beds. I have never had to use the slider portion of this hitch!!

Lucky? Probably so. But, have never had to make hard 90 degree turns.......yet.

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You will experience and see better fuel mileage as time goes by. You will find that, that Duramax will run better and better the more miles you put on her.

Pulling our 14,000 lb SOB, I set the cruise at 65 mph and turned on the engine brake and it averaged a smidge over 12 mpg. 12.2 or, 12.4 as I recall. I never use the tow/haul mode on the tranny because, of the higher horse power and torque this truck has compared to the 2005 Silverado did. And, that was going up and down I-65 thru the hills and mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee and, Northern Alabama.
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:26 AM   #108
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A rally would be nice. Somewhere middle of the country.
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:21 AM   #109
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bethcb,

I had originally suggested somewhere in southern Colorado in the Rockies. With plenty of notice and preplanning, we'd be up to any where in the center of the country......give or take a state or two.

Thinking mid July?
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Old 10-22-2015, 06:08 AM   #110
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Hi, Everyone.

Just a thought. Ten years ago, I had the opportunity thru a business trip, to stay at a resort in Minden, NV. It is called Silver City RV Resort. It could make a nice place to meet for several days or a week and is located just south of Reno.

I have told wife that some day, a trip back there is on my bucket list so she could view the Sierra Mountains outside the living room windows. There is a lot of old west history and Lake Tahoe close by.

Perhaps that is too far west but, just an idea. Go to their Web site and check it out.
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