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Old 11-10-2017, 11:52 AM
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New user from the West coast of New England. Not new to Fords – have a ’40 Deluxe Wagon and have had prior stick-shift 150’s and 250’s. But most recently switching over from a chevy. Hmmm – come to think of it, this will be my first Ford auto tranny…any good?
Just ordered a 6.2L DRW F350 Lariat 4x4 CC w/4.30 axle and have a few days to tweak the order. Truck will be used to haul a 5,000# (wet) slide in camper and tow a 5,000# boat/trailer but rarely together.
So the question keeping me up at night is can that engine hold 6th gear at 65mph through the flats and light terrain with the wind resistance of a hard side, single slide camper if I switch to a 3.73 axle? I would love to cruise at the lower RPM’s but not if the truck is shifting back and forth. It seams like my intended use is pretty light for this truck and it should be able to oblige.
Would love to get the feedback from any 6.2 DRW Truck Campers on their experience with the different axles, effect of camper wind resistance and long haul mpg.
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Old 11-13-2017, 03:00 PM
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Sounds like a great truck on order. Stick with the 4.30 gears and you will be always happy with the camper, or the boat. I highly recommend the Northern Lite campers. I own a 9-6 on my F350 SRW and love it.
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6th is a very tall gear... if memory is correct 65 mph is 1,500 rpms...

stick with the 4.30 gear.. with head winds.. otherwise lots of shifting.. 6,5,4,5,6

with 5 in the bed and 5 on the hook... you will love the 4.30 gears...

the guys running 4.30 are not reporting much of a difference in gas mileage over the 3.73... running LIGHT...
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No, it will not hold 6th. My 2012 won't hold 6th with a 3,000 loaded pop-up. I have 3.73s, and lock out 6th when I have the truck camper on board or am pulling our 10,000 fiver. Doesn't bother us.

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Old 11-17-2017, 05:49 AM
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I am a bit envious. Be sure to post pictures
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Will do -
4.30's it is - nothing left but the waiting...
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