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Old 03-07-2014, 01:05 AM   #1
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F450 2008-2010 towing

Those of you who have towed with this truck I would like to know if you have had any mechanical issues and what is your fuel milage that you get towing and empty and would you buy this truck again, I am considering upgrading to this model year.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:59 AM   #2
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It's the worst fuel mileage engine of the Fords, but extremely quiet compared to the 6.0 or 7.3.

The 6.4 uses fuel to clean the exhaust filter, so when regen kicks on I drop another 1 mpg at least, not counting that the gear ratios seem to be deeper than the new ones. My F350 has 4.10, I think that F450 a little deeper than that.

Just a price to pay to avoid cost for a new one, but I'm getting 8 towing, 13 no tow if I keep it to 70. If regen kicks on in the summer, its down to 7 towing.

We won't talk about my rear end, as I'm hoping its not a "typical" issue with Ford.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:07 AM   #3
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Brad - with the 6.7, which has a 3.5 rear end I am getting 17.5 to the Imperial Gal or 14.6 to the US. Try to keep the speed between 55 - 60 most of the time. When not towing and on the motorway I get 25 to the Imperial Gal or 21 to the US gal.
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that's fantastic Andy. I'm not sure they do those gears in the new dually, I think 3.73
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Affirmative Brad, when we upgrade to the dually I'll drop a little on the fuel economy, but gain on the pulling power.

Was chatting with a chap the other day with an older truck and he couldn't believe the mileage I am getting.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:16 PM   #6
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Definitely encouraging to hear that if I end up looking for a new one. Fuel is one of our biggest vacation costs now - between the truck, and if we take the V8 boat with the V8 SUV, it gets pretty discouraging when the gas bill arrives.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:57 PM   #7
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MPG is SSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOO subjective and personal --- I have basically the same truck as Oriana, except a shortbed, and my mpg is so dependent on my right foot's spasms that it can go from 7 to 14 towing but I DO drive quicker than that usually !

BUT, I'm never one to ask or compare mpg as it is what it is... can't tow with a prius (but I wouldn't drive one either)
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I hear you, back in the days we both worked, it was over $400 a month just for to/from work.

Towing the RW I use about 27c a mile at pump prices of about $4 per gal.
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Good thing you don't tow in Connecticut at over $4.40 a gallon. When we had our 40' pusher the pump costs were always over $300 for a weekend. I think the 7.5 generator sucked it all up.LOL
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Andrew, prior to my present truck I pulled our Montana with a 2008 SRW 6.4 with a 3.73 rear end. It was a good truck and I had zero problems with it. Just thought I needed a dually and wanted the additional horsepower and torque the 6.7 offered. The fuel mileage with the 6.4 was not as good as the 6.7, even though the Redwood is heavier, but it was not bad.
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