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2011 Superduty review article. Good reading!

Some good reading.

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We drove an F-250 Lariat Crew Cab 4x4 SRW with an 8-foot box and 3.55:1 rear axle. 9,900 pounds isn't much of a challenge for this configuration, which has a max conventional trailering capacity of 14,000 pounds and max fifth-wheel capacity of 15,700 pounds. Not long ago we might have felt handicapped with such a tall final-drive ratio.

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Do any of you think they will ever offer airbags as a factory option. I mean these trucks squat a good bit unless you get a cab and chassis. (Not that Ford is the only one, the Chevys and Dodges do too.) They have added the TBC, gooseneck hitch, 7 way plug inside the bed and the spray in liner. All you need now are the air bags.

Also on the video about the trailer(Dummy) checklist, do you have to go through that every time you hook up before the truck will go into drive. I wonder when you unhook from a trailer if it ask if you have let the tailgate down!
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heres some interesting info (FPL = Florida Power & Light)

One of the earliest concerns that FPL’s fleet operators had was how much of an impact refilling DEF would have on drivers....

“On some commercial vehicles, our guys have to add DEF every second or third fill-up,” Masters said. “Ford told us the target was to add DEF at the time of the first oil change, at around 7,500 miles. After checking the oil life monitor, we waited until the trucks had 9,000 miles to change the oil and add DEF. The DEF tank still had more than 25 percent DEF remaining. That was a good-news story because we’re trying to figure out if adding urea and oil service intervals could get out of balance....

“One guy drives all over the state,” Masters said. “If he’s driving from South Florida to North Florida, he used to have to stop to fill the truck up. Now he doesn’t. There are also remotely monitored driver logs and manual records. I can’t tell you that fuel economy has improved from 15 mpg to 18 mpg, but anecdotally they’re seeing an improvement of anywhere from 18 percent to 25 percent. I can’t provide a specific number because the trucks idle so much

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Do any of you think they will ever offer airbags as a factory option. I mean these trucks squat a good bit unless you get a cab and chassis. (Not that Ford is the only one, the Chevys and Dodges do too.) They have added the TBC, gooseneck hitch, 7 way plug inside the bed and the spray in liner. All you need now are the air bags.
what WE think doesnt matter...its not an available option <YET>.

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Also on the video about the trailer(Dummy) checklist, do you have to go through that every time you hook up before the truck will go into drive. I wonder when you unhook from a trailer if it ask if you have let the tailgate down!
you do NOT have to go thru that check list...to me its a GIMMICK, it will be
ignored by those who SHOULD use it...and it will annoy those who DONT

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"Our last driving exercise was a fuel-efficiency challenge. While some on the trip hypermiled their diesels over 28 mpg, we drove 70 miles back to Phoenix on rural roads and the Interstate 10 freeway near the speed limit or keeping up with traffic. The diesel didn't shrug a bit with 1,000 pounds of concrete in its bed while returning an excellent 22 mpg"
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"Our last driving exercise was a fuel-efficiency challenge. While some on the trip hypermiled their diesels over 28 mpg, we drove 70 miles back to Phoenix on rural roads and the Interstate 10 freeway near the speed limit or keeping up with traffic. The diesel didn't shrug a bit with 1,000 pounds of concrete in its bed while returning an excellent 22 mpg"
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Now that's quite an improvement.
I really like the sound of the fuel mileage improvements..

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"Our last driving exercise was a fuel-efficiency challenge. While some on the trip hypermiled their diesels over 28 mpg, we drove 70 miles back to Phoenix on rural roads and the Interstate 10 freeway near the speed limit or keeping up with traffic. The diesel didn't shrug a bit with 1,000 pounds of concrete in its bed while returning an excellent 22 mpg"
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Now that's quite an improvement.
Don't get me wrong, these numbers sound incredible, but can they really be accurate? The 2010 F-450 I drove averaged at 10MPG. To get even close to 20MPG would be an almost 100% improvement in fuel economy? Of course, I didn't see any of these articles specifically mention MPG impressions on an F-450. I'm being negative so that I'm surprised and not disappointed when my truck finally comes in!

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theres also no mention of what their gearing was...other than the 3.55 that
they "liked" for pulling

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