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Old 08-12-2017, 05:55 PM
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11 Hour Trip in the Super Duty...Big Mistake!!

I understand this is a heavy duty truck not a nissan altima however I wish I left the truck at home...the harsh ride doesn't normally bother me because I'm never in the truck more than an hour or so. But after 11 hours of being thrashed around from West palm beach florida to hickory north Carolina I have a splitting headache. The worst was in South carolina...we all know SC roads are bad but holy cow they made me regret taking the SD...now I need to drive 11 hours home tomorrow...cringe...

tires are all at 60 psi. At one point I hit a bump so hard my sunglasses flew off my head!

next time will definitely be taking the Armada!

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Old 08-12-2017, 06:30 PM
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What tires do you have?

i replaced worn out Duratracs with General Grabber AT2's last year - the Grabbers are more "squishy" than the Duratracs were, so they actually end up giving me a softer ride.

When I first got the truck, I got the Duratracs for dedicated winter tires, and would put the oem Conti's back on in the summer - felt like I was driving a Caddy.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:38 PM
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I ran mine Atlanta to central PA plenty of times over about 7 months. Agreed SC roads aren't great. I wouldn't say the ride is terrible for a heavy truck; I actually prefer the room of the truck over my wife's fusion. You can try shocks or swapping out for softer springs to soften the ride.
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:19 PM
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I'm running the stock 275-65-20 Michelins...just hit 16k today and will hit 17k tomorrow as I get home. I know the 20's don't help the ride quality but damn a couple times I thought the truck was going to come apart!

like I said, the furthest I've been in it was 2 or 2.5 hours north of west palm beach to Orlando so this 11 hour ride was a whole new experience. Never again a trip this long in the SD unless I'm pulling something heavy!
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:21 PM
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I ran mine Atlanta to central PA plenty of times over about 7 months. Agreed SC roads aren't great. I wouldn't say the ride is terrible for a heavy truck; I actually prefer the room of the truck over my wife's fusion. You can try shocks or swapping out for softer springs to soften the ride.
the wife has the new Armada which is the Infiniti QX80 20k cheaper and one long drive in that thing with 400hp and a soft, supple ride and there's no turning back!
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I have the 20's also running Cooper tires and have noticed any harsh rid even with my Fox shocks and Timbrens.
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the wife has the new Armada which is the Infiniti QX80 20k cheaper and one long drive in that thing with 400hp and a soft, supple ride and there's no turning back!
You crazy bro! SDs are some of the most comfortable for road tripping! I just took my 2004 on a 25 hour one....15 hours Tuesday and 10 hours Wednesday. Check out some shock replacements my man, guaranteed the ones on your truck are garbage. When I had my 2013, after 6k miles, the "stocks" were toast and wouldn't even come back up anymore.
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You crazy bro! SDs are some of the most comfortable for road tripping! I just took my 2004 on a 25 hour one....15 hours Tuesday and 10 hours Wednesday. Check out some shock replacements my man, guaranteed the ones on your truck are garbage. When I had my 2013, after 6k miles, the "stocks" were toast and wouldn't even come back up anymore.
I can check the shocks out but I literally had to take tylenol because I got a headache from being thrashed around...florida and Georgia not so bad but once I hit the Carolina's it was game over. And like I said I understand it is not supposed to ride like a Caddy it was just poor decision making on my end not to take the Armada.
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I love my F-350 on road trips and felt the same about my formerly owned Ram 3500. I just felt like that was as good as it gets for ride, comfort, power, visibility, safety....
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:42 PM
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Were you pulling a trailer or heavily loaded? If not, let some air out of those tires. I roll around at 45 front/40 rear for a better ride. Adjusted my TPMS threshold to 35 with forscan so I don't have to see that damn light all the time.
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And I have made numerous trips empty between AZ and ND..........yup.......I will take my dually any time for a road trip!!
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I'll agree that an empty F250 is not a road trip machine. Fortunately when I take my annual Florida vacation I'm pulling a 7x18 enclosed with 3 or 4 motorcycles & gear. That takes some of the jarring away.
Others have mentioned tires. I did notice the ride wasn't quite as stiff when I went from Firestone Transforce ATs to BFG KO2. Not huge, mind you. But noticeable.
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my SD is my daily driver.... empty I run 50 in front and 40 in the rear..

towing, 65 front and 80 rear.. I do 1,800 miles in 4 days.. twice a year. trust me, its still a very firm ride towing. that's 10 hours or more per day for 4 days...

Its a Super Duty Work/Haul truck.

fyi, I am 65,,OLD Guy. and the second truck I ever owned.
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Every vehicle I've driven thru South Carolina on I-95 felt the same, aweful. The SCDOT must have the lowest budget, and since I-95 is mosly used by non-SC residents to get elsewhere I've figured they used the money where locals would benefit.
I've driven I-95 for 40 years, and only the stretch thru SC still looks and feels the same.

New OEM shocks are typically terrible, try new shocks. My excursion is terrific on highway drives, I have gone 600-800 miles in a day with no issues, vs my former Tahoe after 3 hours I couldn't get out from being sore.
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LOL. No state in the country is worse than California. You can't do a comfortable long drive here on the loony left coast. The only type of "car" that can smooth out the horrible highways have wings or rotor blades.
Imagine pulling a 37' 5th wheel on road's so bad that you can't hear yourself think and you have to fight the steering wheel because the truck is being bounced around so much.
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