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Old 05-01-2015, 12:36 PM   #11
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Are you bothering with getting the recommended mileage on the truck before towing?

I had about 380kms on our new truck before hooking up the trailer. Well short of the 1500kms called for

I wish I could've driven a 6.4 before ultimately buying our Ford but the Ram dealer only had 5.7's on the lot. Ram had a slightly nicer ride but I liked the interior of the Ford better.
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:01 AM   #12
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Are you bothering with getting the recommended mileage on the truck before towing?

I had about 380kms on our new truck before hooking up the trailer. Well short of the 1500kms called for

I wish I could've driven a 6.4 before ultimately buying our Ford but the Ram dealer only had 5.7's on the lot. Ram had a slightly nicer ride but I liked the interior of the Ford better.
I actually got really close to the 500 miles recommended before towing (like 487 or thereabouts). I can't say I am abiding by the 50 mph towing for the first 500 miles restriction listed in the manual. I have maybe about 150 miles at or around 50 mph, but about 150 miles averaging around 65-67 mph.

This truck tows like a dream. Most of the time, I've got my arm on the door with a couple fingers on the wheel and the cruise set. The truck hardly shifts at all when my GMC would shift down to 3rd or sometimes 2nd going up a slight grade AND I lost 15 mph while doing it! Going down the other side, or coming to a stop, the engine braking is nice too (it's no diesel exhaust brake, but it's nice). It's just a complete difference in comfort and security. I'm actually afraid of forgetting I'm towing a trailer and getting complacent. That could never happen when I was towing with the GMC (I was ALWAYS on my toes), but I could see it happening with this rig.

The RAM will hold 67 mph without even trying, and the trans fluid temp barely got over 170 (if it ever did, I didn't see it). It is EXTREMELY obvious this is what this truck was MADE for. I look forward to getting some miles on the clock and breaking the motor in nicely so I can see some better fuel economy figures. Of course, that assumes I can keep my foot out of the tall pedal; this thing loves to GO!
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:26 AM   #13
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[QUOTE=Camper_bob;297547]I actually got really close to the 500 miles recommended before towing (like 487 or thereabouts). I can't say I am abiding by the 50 mph towing for the first 500 miles restriction listed in the manual. I have maybe about 150 miles at or around 50 mph, but about 150 miles averaging around 65-67 mph.


On the New Diesels they actually want you to Tow and Tow hard for the first 6000 miles to break the engine in.


Interesting difference
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:39 AM   #14
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On the New Diesels they actually want you to Tow and Tow hard for the first 6000 miles to break the engine in.


Interesting difference
It is an interesting difference. I've heard MANY different theories to "break-in" for this truck. Some said "what? break-in? what's that?" The sales person I bought from (I know, grain of salt) said something along the lines that trucks are built to such tight tolerances that there's virtually no break-in required and to not worry about it. Users have said they just drive normally, nothing special, just use it like you're going to use it. Some say drive it like you stole it; break it in HARD.

The regular part of the manual says 300 miles, but offers no special instructions other than to stand on it (within the rules of law) while driving down the road for the first 300 miles. In the towing section it says not to tow in the first 500 miles, then don't tow any faster than 50 mph for the first 500 miles of towing.

I've tried to abide by the manual as close as I can, but it's the towing under 50 mph for the first 500 miles of towing that's creating a problem for me! LOL!
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Old 05-05-2015, 04:25 PM   #15
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I do believe most engines/vehicles built nowadays don't really need a break in period like they used to. That being said I just drive it normally and try not to do any constant speed for the first few hundred kms. By the time I got the truck it has a 200+kms from demos and/or service techs transferring the vehicle between dealerships anyway. I doubt they follow proper break in procedures.

I did a bunch of research on towing before complete break-in and the conclusion I came to is that it is the rear differential that needs the break in not the engine before towing. Something about the gears can develop a bit of a vibration if not bedded properly.

But as said I towed before broken in and see no ill effects.....
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