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Old 03-01-2011, 05:30 PM
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Pull or wait?

The dealer called yesterday and the factory "pulled" the order for our new F350 Lariat, 4x4, CC, LB, Ulitmate Package, FX4, Chrome, Spray liner and 5th wheel package after 4 weeks form the order date. They told us 8-12 weeks?! If it arrives in 10 weeks it will be 1.5 weeks before we leave for a 2,600 mile round trip to disney w/ our 10K 5th wheel. Going to be ok to pull it w/ 150 miles +/- on the truck before the trip? Any one see their ordered truck in 4 weeks after being "pulled"?
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:35 PM
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I think ford recommends 500 miles before towing.
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:46 PM
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I think ford recommends 500 miles before towing.
Yes, they do. I would also change the oil and filter at that point.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:10 AM
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The diesel and tranny are ready to pull when you get the truck. The rear end gears and the BRAKES are what need miles to "wear in".

My truck took 2k miles before the brakes were solid enough to "trust". I did pull, with extreme care, my toy hauler at 600 miles and no problems. My truck is a 250 with the vaccum assisted brakes and yours will be hydraulic assist on a 350 so that is in your favor.

If I were you, I would drive the truck around town all night if necessary to put some wear on the brakes and rear end before hooking up the rig and then drive very responsibly with the trailer going to your vacation (which sounds very nice).

The reply about changing oil is good advice too. Maybe have that done while you are there before coming home??

I think you will get along just fine as long as you remember a couple things - - - you are new to the truck and need miles to get the feel for it and you need extra room to stop "just in case".

Have a wonderful vacation!!!
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:57 AM
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I think everything mentioned was good advice. Not sure you need to change the oil, but it can't hurt - the truck does have a sensor which monitors the oil plus they have a fairly complex algorithm which will tell you when you need an oil change.

I pulled after about 1,000 miles and everything felt great - but since I was new to the truck & trailer, I was very cautious.
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:15 AM
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Just drive the damn thing. I think people get over worried about things. I pulled the first weekend I had mine. Granted it was only a 20' Bass Boat. A co-worker picked up his new truck at a rodeo and pulled his trailer home with it. He has yet to have a problem yet. as far as the oil change, I waited till the light came on before I took mine in to change the oil. Why deviate from the owners manual if you have a warranty to cover the damage caused by their oil change interval.
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:40 AM
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what utter and total stupidity. there is no need to change the oil. one of the posters even stated the its the rest of the drivetrain still breaking in, so what in h*** does that have to do with engine oil with a 5000 mile OCI recomendation fron the factory. just try to avoid full throttle with the trailer on til you have some miles on her. go out and have a really great holiday. WITH YOUR TRAILER
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:44 AM
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The OCI is higher than 5,000 in most cases at least. It's based on a lot of factors and your specific configuration (for example, the lower your gearing, the more frequent the OCI).
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:15 AM
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I never will understand the logic in extended oil change intervals. I will be changing my oil at 1000 miles and then at around each 4000 mile interval after that. An oil change is cheap insurance against an engine assembly that is upwards of as much as $17k, warranty or not. There isn't enough historical data yet on factors such as fuel dilution, etc.

I plan to literally drive this truck into the ground, and I hope I am lucky enough to see over 300,000 miles on it. Changing the oil at over 5k miles or when the computer tells you to might be ok for some, but not for me. Maybe I will "waste" a few bills on "unnecessary" intervals, but the peace of mind is worth every cent to me.

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Old 03-02-2011, 09:39 AM
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I don't plan on driving the truck into the ground - probably won't get past the 5yr./125k mi extended warranty. So, as long as I follow the Ford recommended maintenance schedule, I'm good. I see no reason to spend any more money on oil.
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