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Old 10-08-2010, 07:21 PM
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How many miles before towing??

Ok, I am in the process of the initial breaking in on my 350. I know it says no towing for the 1st 1,000 miles.

However, I think that is for towing a heavy trailer. My trailer is around 3,000 - 4,000 lbs. How many miles should I drive empty before towing it?

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Old 10-08-2010, 07:24 PM
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I would wait the 1000 miles myself . Don't want to glaze new brake pads or who knows what else . That is a light load , I guess I would still wait though .
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It's not gonna hurt anything, just go easy
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We just picked up our 2011 250 3 weeks ago and we had a car trailer with loaded about 4000s 2 hours later the truck had 86 miles on it. We went easy of course. With the trailer brakes set right there was almost no additional effort needed to stop the truck so I see no reason to be concerned in your case. And we've had it on hooked up at least 6 times already, and are just about to hit 1000 miles then we will use the 28 foot enclosed trailer. Good luck with your new truck we are loving ours.

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i hauled my 40 foot 5er after 700kms now i have 14000, and hasnt affected anything, there built to tow. so tow
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If you can wait, wait. I needed to tow less than a week after I got my truck, so I just made some time to go out every night after work and spend some quality time with my truck driving down the interstate. In about 5 days I had 1,000 miles on it and was able to tow all I wanted to the next day.
I tend to agree with what most of these guys are saying... a light load won't hurt you, but I'd say put 500 miles on it before you do any LIGHT towing, and wait the full 1000 miles before you put more than 5,000lbs behind it.
If you're gonna have the truck a long time, you'll never regret the little extra steps you took at the beginning to preserve the truck, whether it really needs it or not. Sort of like when you should wait about 5 min for the truck to warm up before driving it on a cold, nasty winter day. Same deal - 5 min seems like a lot when it's happening, but you'll thank yourself when the truck has 350,000 miles on it and still running strong.
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If you can wait, wait. I needed to tow less than a week after I got my truck, so I just made some time to go out every night after work and spend some quality time with my truck driving down the interstate. In about 5 days I had 1,000 miles on it and was able to tow all I wanted to the next day.
I tend to agree with what most of these guys are saying... a light load won't hurt you, but I'd say put 500 miles on it before you do any LIGHT towing, and wait the full 1000 miles before you put more than 5,000lbs behind it.
If you're gonna have the truck a long time, you'll never regret the little extra steps you took at the beginning to preserve the truck, whether it really needs it or not. Sort of like when you should wait about 5 min for the truck to warm up before driving it on a cold, nasty winter day. Same deal - 5 min seems like a lot when it's happening, but you'll thank yourself when the truck has 350,000 miles on it and still running strong.
Exactly . Even though it may not really be necessary , it's what is recommended . I kinda laugh because I know people who do not follow what the manufacturer recommends and then raise hell and complain when there truck breaks down . You gotta figure Ford spends millions developing these trucks . There must be a reason . Just my .02
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