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Old 01-20-2018, 11:29 PM
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3000 mile trip F450 tow observations

We just returned from a 3000 mile round trip to St. Pete Florida from north of Cedar Rapids IA with the F450 to move my kid/family. 1000 miles today on the way back. I was pulling a 20 ft by 8.5 foot wide and 7 feet internal head room so around 8 foot tall I guess, United car/cargo trailer with 5k double axles and loaded to the roof with boxes and the like. Square front trailer so not too aerodynamic. Weigh safe hitch unloaded was 400 lbs and loaded 1400 lbs. Rancho 9000XL shocks set at 5 front and 6 back loaded and 5/5 empty and road like an SUV. 4 lane or interstate all the way with decent roads for the most part. Cruise set between 70 and 75 mph for entire trip. Fuel mileage 9.0 mpg at those speeds overall with 8.8 loaded and 9.1 unloaded. Used 8 gallons of DEF. Once again this truck just amazes me down the road now with 41,500 miles in just over a year. It is a gem to drive and even down town St. Pete was a breeze with the tighter turning radius. Almost never came out of 6th gear even through the Kentucky hills at those speeds and a head wind. The stability is truly remarkable and the comfort with the Platinum ultimate features is really nice. Many "lookers" on the trip. Used PM 23 fuel additive (likely unnecessary) given various fuel stops and uncertain fuel quality state to state. Nice to have the Retrax bed cover for trailer spare and equipment if needed and securely locked at night. Just a boring recap of the trip for most of you but oh well.
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