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Posted 19 Mar 2013Did you ever get feedback on what happened with the trans? That truck has a computer display with trans temp available right? Do you keep an eye on that when going up grades and such? Just wondering if you had a heat issue or failure of a bearing/oring or such.
Apparently there was a tsb regarding a seal on the bell housing. My understanding was it should have been caught via the VIN upon delivery, or during the two oil changes prior to the seal failing. It sounds like a visual inspection would alert the tech to seepage. Funny thing is that I had mentioned smelling transmission oil smells
I am always watching my gauges as I find it entertaining and going from Fort Collins over to Fruita hauling the trailer on I70 I was curious what the temp would be. It seemed to run around 193 and peaked at 200 and dropped right back down. It runs around there on the highway all the time, so I wasn't alarmed.
The max tow package on mine added telescopic mirrors and the integrated trailer brake controller, which gives you some nifty info on the info screen these trucks have. Really cool is a feature where it tracks miles on trailers you can name, so when you plug in a trailer you pick which ever one it is that you have entered. Nice to know how many miles are on the bearings.
Posted 19 Mar 2013Hi all, I am the one who spoke to Thinair today about the ecoboost. I did sell my Hawk and to be clear my Hawk was a shell which may have affected my mileage. I did generally rely on the "lie-o-meter" but did also occasionally hand calculate. Mileage after a bit was all over the map with the Hawk. Depended on how hard you drove it. With air bags and E load tires it handled just fine, but realistically with people and stuff you are pushing the numbers...yeah I know...someguys are running Tacoma's and they are fine. I personally disagree with that. If a sticker tells me what the limits are I listen. That's just me.
The truck is now at 30k miles. The transmission left me on the side of I70 outside Rifle Colorado on a Sunday night. That was fun Ford and the two local dealers stepped up and had me back on the road by Tuesday afternoon...complete tranny tear down and rebuild. Not bad, but at 18k on the odo, I wasn't expecting to blow the truck up. Waiting currently for a recall part for something or another that is supposed to fix some surging and power loss at highway speeds when starting to pass...occasionally the truck will seemingly lose power for a millisecond and then carry on like nothing happened.
Would I buy the truck again? Maybe. It is a nice truck, the ecoboost motor has serious nuts. I towed a 23 foot travel trailer all over the southwest the fall and winter and the truck doesn't seem to lose any snot even over the biggest passes. Someone commented on towing a trailer vs the weight of a camper. The difference is trailers of any size will have brakes. If I turn up the trailer brake gain high enough you can lock up the brakes on the trailer...no truck camper I know ADDS power to the brakes.
Next truck will be a 3/4 or 1 ton. Does anyone ever say I wish I had LESS truck when towing, hauling etc? I don't want to buy another truck when my wife decides she wants a bigger trailer, or I want to load a Hawk to the gills and feel confident.
Posted 6 Aug 2012I would NOT put the caster wheels directly on the bottom of the camper jacks.
There is too much chance that you will twist & bend the corners on the frame of the camper.
I have seen it too many times.
Great idea if done properly, but just about impossible to do it properly.
BEST to use small camper jack extension plates if you need more clearance, or build a semi-custom camper dolly.
I had a customer that worked in a machine shop (welder guy) that made that "U" shaped dolly for his camper like what you were describing.
The camper dolly was really beefy and could hold the weight of the camper.
I think he built it using steel I beams.
Once the camper was on the dolly, he could roll the camper right in to the back of his truck and lower it down on the the truck bed.
The down side ... a dolly like that might be pricy to have built for you, will be BIG and heavy.
You will need to have a big area to store it when you are not using it.
Hope this helps with ideas / food for thought.
That is Awesome!!! I am guessing it could be done out of a little lighter material, but flat out ingenious.
Posted 23 Jul 2012[quote]Here is my info:
1998 Chev Z71 1500 w/o Tail gate - 5466 lbs (with out driver/ 1/2 Tank fuel) - 6600 GVWR
2010 Hawk Empty - No Water (Furnace, Hot Water, Outside Shower, Flood lights, Awning, Stove, 1 x Batt) - 1386 lbs
Truck/Camper Fully Loaded for a 4 Day 3 Night Excursion with 2 x German Shepherd, 1x Lady Friend (I don't dare ask how much she weighs.) = 7854lbs (with occupants and 1/2 tank fuel) (Approx 500lbs of that is human and canine)
I installed Ride Rites prior to mounting the camper they seem to do a great job. I have 50lbs in both bags. The truck seems to handle the load fine. I have always ran E rated tires. I am currently sporting Goodyear Silent Armors. The biggest difference I find is climbing hills. I am getting between 14 - 15 Mpg at around 110 - 115 Km/hr or 68-72 Mph. Took the truck down some logging roads with no issues. So far so good.
I would like to get as much out of this truck before I go to a 3/4 ton simply to save some $$$. Stopping has not been an issue ... yet.
Is that close to what the plate on the back of the camper states the weight is?
How do you like those tires?
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