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  1. road turtle

    2022 Super Duty Orders & Discussion

    I had over a couple of decades at Ford in salaried positions and had a pretty deep contact list. Even I couldn't get my truck moved off of the train's destination lot. Dealer called me and said your truck arrived, and then told me the story the delivery driver told him. Apparently the driver was given a stack of vehicles to load and deliver... couldn't find a single one. They gave him another stack, couldn't find any of those. Mine was in his third stack, and he only find 2 or 3 in the stack and they told him to just take those. I'm thinking this is a combination of first in last out inventory management, with a mix of anarchy thrown in for good measure. I often wonder on some of these that can't be found how many were stolen for parts.
  2. road turtle

    2023 Super Duty Orders & Discussion

    I'd bet money it was a financial decision to go with 2.5" over 3". Somebody determined that very few customers "need" 3" receiver and it's lower cost too. Supplier capacity issues could also play into the decision.
  3. road turtle

    Bread & Butter or Jelly & Toast

    Just wait when the reality of off the development money pouring into electric vehicles back fires. With very few exceptions, company cutting top line revenue do not increase profit margins. In fact the usual ends up happening. Ford has pushed up the price of trucks so high, it's a struggle for most to even buy a new vehicle. Look at the sudden and substantial increase in Lightening pricing. once you get past early adopters, that market will fall drop like a rock. A good portion of SD market is to construction workers. As the housing market is collapsing, so will construction jobs.
  4. Friend sleeps in his suburban while traveling the country. Interesting note, he has a luggage rack with LED flood lights on all 4 sides. In a rest area, somebody woke him up banging on the window. He flipped the switch, and daylight. Guy literally took off running. I'd love to set that up on my SD, but don't want additional height.
  5. road turtle

    Lost a key in Retrax Tonneau Cover

    Sorry for the late update! Magnet was a most excellent idea, and my first attempt at finding the key, except it didn't work. I emailed the mfg, and their suggestion was loosen all the bolts and slide the whole mechanism rearward and remove the front cover piece. BUT, after loosening all the bolts, I had to move a LOT of stuff in front of the hitch. After all the bolts were loose, and I had to move crap out of the way, what should I see, but my key! It never went into the canister!
  6. road turtle

    $5000 to fix Adaptive Steering Fault??

    I decided for the first time in my life to add an extended warranty, along with maintenance contract. Looking at the cost of oil changes on the 6.7L, the maintenance contract was almost a wash, and it gained me extra coverage on the warranty too.
  7. road turtle

    $5000 to fix Adaptive Steering Fault??

    An oil formulator believes he discovered the cause of the Hemi "tic". He believed the valves were not rotating and would get "stuck". By adding {I don't recall the additive) to the oil, it would prevent the tic. I actually started running T6 in the SRT Challenger. Oil analysis is showing good results.
  8. road turtle

    Bed Bike Rack or Holder?

    Hitch on the front is another option
  9. I will completely disagree with this. If a person learns and practices on the "knob", they will be as competent as you are on the steering wheel. As an employee I trialed the system while it was still in development. I hated it, and actually backed a trailer through an S Course not using the system... but I have decades of experience backing up trailers. I've seen people do an awesome job with the knob. I tried to show my wife how to use the knob, but it was clear, she was learning better without my "help". She has a ways to go to get proficient, but it works for her.
  10. road turtle

    2023 Super Duty Orders & Discussion

    It's not like we can trust dealerships either. I couldn't get Ford regional sales manager to admit what happened on my order. The stunt they pulled was bad enough, but the fact I couldn't get a straight answer told me volumes.
  11. road turtle

    2022 Super Duty Orders & Discussion

    We're going to have to agree to disagree. Allocations is 100% about punishing or rewarding dealers. Limiting A dealer like Grangers allocations is punishing the dealer making money on volume. Not limiting allocations on dealers adding bonus money to MSRP is rewarding those dealers.
  12. road turtle

    2022 Super Duty Orders & Discussion

    On the other hand, some dealers love to put bonus dollars on consumer purchases. I just talked to a guy this weekend, his son bought a hellcat at $140k. Don't know MSRP on his vehicle, but I'd bet it was under 100k. Can't have it both ways, OEM's can not support this behavior while punishing dealers going after volume.
  13. road turtle

    F250 vs F350

    Member here showed the final drive ration comparison between 6pd of yesterday with 4.3 to today's 10spd ratio with 3.31. I have the 6.7 with 3.31 and have not gone wanted for a 4.3 while towing.
  14. I've talked to a few people who use it. As an employee, I trialed it a few years ago and hated it... but I have decades of experience backing up trailers. I tried to show my wife how to use it, and was failing miserably. She's figuring it out on her own.
  15. What is in the order guide? I found that to be accurate.