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You'll be fine. 4k lbs is nothing for this truck. The toy hauler I pulled in this picture is roughly 6k. Dont even notice it

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Whats your mpg with that toy hauler. Trying to estimate cost of gas. The 4k trailer ill be towing isnt as aerodynamic but weighs less. Most of my driving will be flat no big mountains.

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Whats your mpg with that toy hauler. Trying to estimate cost of gas. The 4k trailer ill be towing isnt as aerodynamic but weighs less. Most of my driving will be flat no big mountains.

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My truck gets **** mpg anyway with the 4.56 and 37s. So unloaded I only get like 10, towing I averaged 7.5 lol

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@bismic can I just drain the ford gold and put in ec1? I never see 15* delta when cruising unless its up a mountain and even then its rare when climbing 10% grades.

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@bismic can I just drain the ford gold and put in ec1? I never see 15* delta when cruising unless its up a mountain and even then its rare when climbing 10% grades.

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I would not mess with coolant until the trip is over. Its not uncommon to clog an oil cooler after changing coolant. They make kits to back flush the system but I would just leave it until the trip is over. Then when you're at the new place drain and re fill the coolant with water a few times to flush out old gold coolant and rfill with distilled and ELC coolant. Rotella and Zerex are good brands if you can't stomach the price of caterpillars ELC.


If you notice your deltas get higher after the coolant flush look up how to back flush an oil cooler. It usually buys someone time or can save a oil cooler if its not too bad. But again when I was a newer 6.0l owner I killed my oil cooler when I drained and refilled. just wait until the trip is over. I got about 14mpg towing 8k (4runner on car hauler) if you stay easy on throttle I see no reason why you wont be similar with only 4k weight.

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Why does changing coolant type cause clogs?

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Personally I think for most people there is only a very slim chance of plugging the oil cooler with just a drain, 3-4 distilled water flushes, followed by the 3.5 gallons of EC-1 concentrated coolant, and a distilled water top-off. That said, since it happened to Justin0009, it could happen to others.

I would WHOLE HEARTEDLY agree if you were going to use chemicals.

That said, I suppose anything could happen and there is ALWAYS a bit of added risk to do ANY maintenance before a long trip (sometimes it isn't much risk though).
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What about adding a coolant bypass filter. Does this help or is it just snake oil and a waste of money.

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Why does changing coolant type cause clogs?

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The coolant passages in the oil cooler are SUPER SMALL so casting sand and gel from the ford gold gets loosened up and starts to clog. Only hope is three things:

pray a back flush works

replace oil cooler

get bulletproof diesel air cooled oil cooler conversion kit and never worry but its almost $2300 plus labor. vs a $300 oil cooler from ford.


It happened to me when I got my first 6.0l got super high deltas and didn't know of back flushing. so I drained and filled like 4 times and replaced the oil cooler and was back in business. Just wait till you get to your destination trust me.

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What about adding a coolant bypass filter. Does this help or is it just snake oil and a waste of money.

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not worth the money. they make a full flow coolant filter but not worth messing with before a big trip. when you are done with the trip post up and everyone can help point you in the right direction.

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not worth the money. they make a full flow coolant filter but not worth messing with before a big trip. when you are done with the trip post up and everyone can help point you in the right direction.
One of my friends moved to Ohio from LA and he would always say how great it is followed by, "yeah man, Im Ohio rich". Once I get settled in Georgia Ill be "Georgia rich". Maybe I will just go all out and put in that air cooled BPD oil cooler . I want to pass my 6.0 on to my great grand kids.

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