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Taking my 450k mile truck on a road trip

So I want to hear from those who trust their high mileage trucks on long trips.

Long story short I just bought a 450k mile truck about 3 months ago and it looks like I'll have to take it on a long trip. The truck runs great with tons of power, no leaks, and no smoke. I just feel a little uneasy about the trip, and wanted to hear from those with similar and higher mileage who trust their trucks on long trips.

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It's a Ford, it'll make it.
All kidding aside I think it would be fine if it runs as well as you say it does.


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X2. Just make sure the maintenance is up to date on it. Bring an extra gallon of oil just in case...

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X2. Just make sure the maintenance is up to date on it. Bring an extra gallon of oil just in case...
Agree'd. In a truck with this kinda miles Id check your belts and hoses reel good. Id carry a gallon of oil and antifreeze and rock on.....

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How are the tires? Make sure matinence is up to date. As others have said bring extra fluids just incase...


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My brother and I had a similar conversation the other day as he is looking for a crew cab to replace his 06 ec. He said I need something I can send the wife and kid in and not worry I said my 97 could have just as many issues on a trip as a 13 and I'd run mine anywhere in the country but I've gone bumper to bumper checking and fixing since I bought last summer with bad engine


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Black truck has 297k, dually has 242k... I wouldn't hesitate to drive either of them coast to coast. Just make sure the maintenance is up, spare fluids as mentioned above, spare CPS in the glove box, spare belt, bring some tools just incase.

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Thanks for all the replys.

The truck was extremely well maintained mechanically, I wouldn't have bought the truck if it wasn't for that. Well that and I got it for $1800. This is my 4th powerstroke actually, and it runs just as good or better than my last one that I sold with 175k miles. I bought it with the intentions of just using it as a work truck around town, and never intended to take it on long trips.
When I bought it I figured I got it cheap enough that I could just put a new motor in it, if this one ever went.

I was more worried about something inside the engine letting loose. I was also wondering when these 7.3 motors go bad do they go all of a sudden or is it more gradual.

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I literally just took my dually with 310k cross country and had no issues with the truck, weighed in at 17,860 from San Diego to Atlanta, and carried a few tools a belt and couple hoses, did just fine, and 6 months before took my 305k mile f250 cross country, blew a fuel line and had a flat tire, just check your bearings, carry a spare or 2 and enjoy the ride, never hurts to carry spare parts just in case, but when I get issues it's random things designed to wear out

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