Peace of mind
when horse camping
pickup truck leaf spring replacement with air bag
suspension. Self levels, improves ride, braking,
steering and handling.
for Goosenecks: Protect your trailer as well as
your expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat
screen TV. Goosenecks
if you just lock the
coupler, the thief's loosen the set bolts, slide out
your adjustable coupler
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MrTruck Test Mule
provide another ongoing story we decided to buy a used 2006 Ford F250
Power Stroke diesel that was reacquired by Ford. (Buy back as a problem
truck) So we are taking the risks we wouldn't recommend the average
person do. That might be enough to tow the 15,600 lbs of trailer
that the truck is rated at in our Rocky Mountains. We're at 16 mpg empty
and 9 mpg pulling a loaded trailer. This we have to improve. This truck
is a trailer towing test vehicle. We can tow gooseneck, 5th wheel and a
up to a 12,500 # bumper pull trailer. It's equipped to haul a slide in
camper as well.
So far with aFe CAI, 4 inch exhaust and
Superchips, we have 438 hp, 847 ft/lbs
tuned as we add more products and have more details. Going to SEMA next
week, should have more ideas.
So far we've logged over 3600 trailer
miles. Yes it's a XL work truck, 6-speed manual, bench seat, rubber
floor, but we did get AC. The truck was used with 16,000 miles and
within budget at a little over $25,000. There were thousands of
reacquired 6.0L Power Strokes from 2003 to 2006. A lot of them were
fixed and sent to the auction. We did our research to see why it was
bought back by Ford. The ongoing story....
old knees don't like me climbing on my tailgate. I like Debo Step
because it's not in the receiver hitch like most aftermarket rear steps.
So I can use it with a trailer and with the tailgate down. Rated for 400
lbs, I can walk up my tailgate to retrieve cargo. It slides under the
bumper and locks into place. One of my favorite toys, I mean tools. For
EZ - Connector,
RV Pro Plug
and Max Brake Wireless Trailer Light Tester
Those of use that tow
trailers every week know how many times we drop the coupler on
the ball and plug in the wire connection (and wiggle the
connection for contact.) Spent my share of nights with a
flashlight in my mouth in the rain as I work on trailer lights.
Fuel injection and electronics make our trucks more trouble
free, now trailer wiring and electronics make tracing trailer
wire problems a breeze. What
do you do when you don't have someone to check your trailer
lights while you run the blinkers and light switch?
The rest of the report...
CNG, is it the Answer for the Fuel
veggie oil, bio-diesel, power programmers and hydrogen water
separators. And hear the gospel of CNG/diesel. The beauty of
this system is if I can't find a Compressed Natural Gas fill up
station, I just run on diesel. We've now had time to run several
tanks through our test truck in a loop using both CNG and diesel
together at 2 to 1. We reduced our fuel cost per mile 23% to 27%
with Colorado prices. Almost double that with Utah prices,
Read the rest as one of the
most important reviews this year...
SuperSprings, install took 30 minutes,
aFe cai, they just came out with one for the 6.0L that replaces
the battery box as they did on the 7.3L. 13hp gain and 67 lb ft
of torque. Install took 2 hours.
aFe aluminized 4 " exhaust, cat-back,
install took 2 hours.
was the winter to remember in Colorado. So snow plows ,were
among my favorite article reviews this year. SNOWSPORT from
ACI, the tonneau cover folks, is a strong plow. It's a
extruded aluminum residential seven ft. plow that works
keeping your lanes clear.
No hydraulics, the plow angles and lifts by hand. You drag
it backwards instead of raising it.
GO Weld, (right picture), may not be your
first accessory choice, but it's cool. Imagine being able to plug a wire
feed welder into your trucks batteries and then go back and weld on your
horse trailer broke down on the side of the road. GO Weld's are on many
Humvee's in Iraq along with plasma cutters for repairing military
trucks. We'll have the full article soon.
don't use my knees to climb up into my pickup bed anymore,
putting my weight on my knee on metal isn't as fun as it use to
be. Access Steps allows easy access to your truck bed.
Many of the newer trucks have
tall bed sides so you can't just reach over the bed rail
anymore. This means you have to climb into the bed to reach
anything. And then there's the long way down. Access Steps are
simple to install and stay out of the way. Access Steps will
work with or without a receiver hitch. The
rest of the review...
B&W turnover hitch
from Transwest Truck Trailer RV
BrakeSmart trailer brake controller
from Transwest Truck Trailer RV
always wanted one of these. This one is the polished
stainless steel. It's suppose to lower drag when towing and
give you 10% better mpg. We'll be testing.
Hell-Ya hitch helper. Now with
Step®. I like it because
it's not in the receiver hitch. So I can use it with a
trailer and with the tailgate down. Review coming.
Rider extruded aluminum mudflaps. Quick attach.
GPS. I take my laptop on trips and having a 17" screen to
see the GPS map, helps me. At 70 mph, looking at a little 3"
screen is dangerous. The sensor on the right is all that
goes in your truck, USB cord to the laptop.
consider Superchips one of the safest tuners for the Ford
6.0L PS. We have ours on the Econo Tune setting, which is
the middle choice rated to tow 8000# trailer. According to
Superchips this gives us an increase of 88.9 horsepower and
132.1 ft/lbs of torque at 3200 rpm. Next, Superchips Digital
Lazer Gauge for turbo boost and EGT. The last part in the
equation for save power increases.
PML Ford F250 Differential Covers Install,
If you've read your trucks owner manual, there is a different
schedule for normal use and "severe or trailer towing". For some
maintenance schedules you change oil twice as often for severe use. Towing
stress creates heat, heat breaks down the oil faster and you know what
happens next. A lot of us overload our trailers especially using
3/4 and one ton pickups.
They are bold and sexy!
I consider them the best built mudflaps I've found. The new model has a polished
aluminum yoke, and heavy wall
aluminum tubing. Still adjustable in, out and up, down. Which is so good for my truck reviews which range from a tall
H2 to a Nissan Frontier. And I review new trailers too, any mudflaps can
protect your trailers from mud, that's a slow speed problem. But the
damage comes from....
Went 260 miles to the sandhills of Nebraska at
Cow Country Sales and Service to get my deer deflector. Just 60
miles North of Ogallala, we attached the replacement bumper. My
worry towing trailers across the country, is hitting a deer and
night and loosing my radiator, intercooler, water pump etc. Then
I'd be stuck waiting for parts. This rugged bumper even kills
Of course a few breakdowns along the way,
first one the IPCM in Oklahoma. Then an injector blew the top out in New
Mexico. Ford warranty and road side assistance rescued me.