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Old 09-12-2010, 12:59 PM
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Excellent Towing!

Just returned from a trip towing my fifth wheel (36' montana mountaineer, 11k dry). I used to have an 02 Dodge 2500 with a custom transmission, always felt like the power train was capable but the chassis wasn't. Anyhow, my new rig (fifth wheel prep, ford/reese 25k hitch) towed wonderfully. What I liked most was the electronic trailer control. I followed the instructions as indicated on the message center, adjusted the gain as instructed, and I'm telling you, this was my best towing experience ever. Mirrors extended to give me much better view versus my old Dodge's towing mirrors. Power was incredible...a lot better than my previous prime mover. A few times I forgot that I was towing...no kidding, that kinda scared me cause I don't want to get a false sense of security while towing. Anyhow, I bought this truck first because I needed more room for growing kids, and 2.) because I wanted better towing power, control, and stability. This rig has exceeded my expectations for both of those requirements.
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Old 09-12-2010, 01:27 PM
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.....amazing.... I have towed my 15k fifth wheel with my srw F-350 with a buddy who has a 05 Dodge 3500 dually with the 5.9 and he could not believe the difference between the ford/dodge. He went and test drove a 6.7 f 350 ford, then a 6.7 dodge, told the dodge salesman, "I'm sorry, this truck does not begin to compare with the Ford F 350." All the dodge salesman could do was say..."This is all we got." While towing, he kept saying, It's like your not even pulling!!! and that was BEFORE the reflash..
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Old 09-12-2010, 02:39 PM
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Sweet! My 28ft 5th wheel is only 9500 lbs......might have to get a bigger one to keep her in shape
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Old 09-12-2010, 02:49 PM
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Agreed. I could not ask for a better tow vehicle!!

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Old 09-13-2010, 09:51 AM
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My 5'er is only about 10k, however I've towed it with EVERYTHING from a 7.3, 6.0, 6.4, 5.9, and 6.6. This new 2011 is truly in a class by itself. Getting reflashed today!! Can't wait to hook up later this week!
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:50 PM
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SCORE! This is all good news! I was just reading the OM (truck is hostage at the dealership pending cab light install) Will be pulling with it this weekend. and your telling me it helps you to set the gain for your trailer brakes? I saw you could store trailer settings and it would tell you if it was swaying, but tell me what to do to fix it too! As ong just came to mind, from Rodney Carrington "Gettin Married to my pickup truck" Sorry honey looks like your riding in the back!
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:17 AM
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Yep, you set up the brakes once and then name a trailer and the truck remembers the settings. When you hook up, it will ask what trailer, you select and go. That's it!! The truck tracks miles on each trailer for you to help with tires and bearing maintenance.

The brake gain is between 1 and 10 at .5 increments. If you change gain on the same trailer while connected the computer will remember the last setting. I change 1 full point if my toy hauler is empty or hauling Harleys. Once I hook up I can just select the toy hauler and then change the gain for empty of full. You only need to use a trailer a couple times to figure out how to set it and then it is a snap.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:50 AM
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the keeping track of trailer mileage is truly awesome, I dig that simple addition alot!!
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:16 AM
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Thats very cool.....after a month and a half of owning the truck and still discover awesome features.....SWEET
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Does anybody know if the brake controller is inertia activated? My 2007 is not, I was thinking same ole same ole between the two but obviously that was wrong!
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