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Old 05-24-2011, 12:23 AM
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How long do I have to wait to tow?

I have a 10,000lb travel trailer and my new 6.2 gets here this Wednesday and my wife is insisting we go camping on Friday. Were only going about 20 miles away, but what do you think the ramifications are of towing with the new truck when it doesn't even have 100 miles on it? I think the manuel says to wait until 1000 miles to tow anything. What do you guys think?

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Old 05-24-2011, 12:27 AM
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It is very hard on the motor putting a load on it before things have had a chance to wear in a bit.
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With 40,000 dollars plus of metal , I think I'de follow the manufactorers 1000 mile break-in rule. Think of the future camping trips you'll lose if you screw up the truck now. Patience is a valuable asset in life, develope it
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Everyone on here that I have seen who has a new one, waited at least 500 miles before towing anything. I think that is what Ford recommends, 500 miles.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:43 AM
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Thanks guys. I think I'll do the right thing and hold off.
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I think it says in the manual to not tow unless you have have 500 miles. Just got my new truck last thursday spent all day sunday driving around just to put miles on spent atleast 70 dollars in gas just to put miles on for this weekend to tow our travel trailer 40 more miles to break 500!
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I think it says in the manual to not tow unless you have have 500 miles. Just got my new truck last thursday spent all day sunday driving around just to put miles on spent atleast 70 dollars in gas just to put miles on for this weekend to tow our travel trailer 40 more miles to break 500!
Actually it says do not tow until you reach 1,000 miles.
Bottom paragraph page 6 of the 4th addition o fthe owners manual.
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Actually it says do not tow until you reach 1,000 miles.
Bottom paragraph page 6 of the 4th addition o fthe owners manual.
Hmm I missed that page went straight to page 259 under general, last paragraph. Thanks now I will have to find another option!
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How does the truck know if it's towing a load or carrying a load?? So I can put tools, gravel, sand whatever in my new truck but not tow a trailer of the same weight? If it is a light trailer, level ground, I say tow it. Just use your head! Happy camping.
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The OP was talking about a 10k trailer though.....
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The OP was talking about a 10k trailer though.....
This one is about 6000 loaded its a lite version. I will have to call the dealer tom. they said they would give me a loaner when I picked up the new one since it took them 9 weeks to get this one. Sad part is the trip to the camp site is about 20 miles and the trip to the dealer is 45 miles LOL.
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This one is about 6000 loaded its a lite version. I will have to call the dealer tom. they said they would give me a loaner when I picked up the new one since it took them 9 weeks to get this one. Sad part is the trip to the camp site is about 20 miles and the trip to the dealer is 45 miles LOL.
Just make a few trips to the dealer and back. You will be at 1000 miles in no time.
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What gears did you get for that rig. I have a similar weight and really want to unload my 6.0PSD. Please send me an update after your first tow. I am really interested in how it does.
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LOL, I guess I will be the Guinea for all you guys.

Picked up my pickup two weeks ago at the dealer, drove home 35 miles and immediately hooked up to a 15,000 pound trailer. I have about 650 miles on the pickup so far and about 400 of that has been pulling trailers. I am a Farmer and this is also my work truck so don't have any choice in that matter since we are in the middle of Spring work.

By the way, there is no break in period recommended for Farm equipment any longer. They actually want you to take new pieces of machinery home and work it like it will be worked throughout it's life. They don't want you to baby them anymore. It used to be you were supposed to take it easy for the first 50 hours.

I'm not saying you should not follow Ford's recommendations. Just that it is not practical for everyone.
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The ring and pinion gears benefit from proper break in as much, or more, as anything else.

New gearsets create a lot of heat if they are loaded heavy. The heat can break down the gear lube, and damage to hard parts can occur.

The owners manual specifies a certain break in procedure for a reason. They don't want to have to tell you to wait 1000 miles before you can tow.
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