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Old 02-21-2016, 04:21 PM   #101
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If one feels the need for a full size 3/4 or one ton truck to tow an Escape then what do they feel they need to tow one of the SOB monsters out there?
A medium-duty commercial truck, most frequently a Freightliner M2 or older FL-60 (upfitted by someone like SportChassis). Barry was probably joking, but these are quite common for big recreational fifth-wheels and actually can be the right tug for some people. This is just a scaled-up version of our current discussion: the really big stuff is not needed for safety, or right for everyone.
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Old 02-21-2016, 04:22 PM   #102
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The problem we have on the east coast is salt, salt on the roads for snow removal and ice and salt from being close to the ocean. Salt plays havoc with metal and after 5-8 years rust spots will start to appear. I think most people here get rid of vehicles not because of wearing out, but from rusting out.
I have the perfect solution for that Jim. Aluminum body = no rust.
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Old 02-21-2016, 05:23 PM   #103
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I have the perfect solution for that Jim. Aluminum body = no rust.
Except for the frame! True, frame rust is usually less of a problem than body rust, but owners of aluminum-bodied trucks are not immune to rust issues; Land Rover owners can confirm that.
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Old 02-21-2016, 06:22 PM   #104
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No, the semi-tractor wouldn't have the right weight distribution between the axles while towing a 17B... you should just carry the Escape on the back of the truck!
Perfect - I've always wanted to own a Mack. I've alway loved their hood ornament.
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Old 02-21-2016, 07:00 PM   #105
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Airstreams have issues with the environment also, corrosion under the finish coat.
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:27 AM   #106
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Except for the frame! True, frame rust is usually less of a problem than body rust, but owners of aluminum-bodied trucks are not immune to rust issues; Land Rover owners can confirm that.
We don't have any long term results of Ford's 'no body rust' claims, since the trucks are so new, but your point is valid - other aluminum body vehicles are a fair indication. Ford claims however that their new aluminum alloy is better. Time will tell.
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Rbryan4 which Eco boost do you have?
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We don't have any long term results of Ford's 'no body rust' claims, since the trucks are so new, but your point is valid - other aluminum body vehicles are a fair indication. Ford claims however that their new aluminum alloy is better. Time will tell.
I still remember seeing faint remainders of Budweiser labels on the hoods of GM Vegas
as the water based paint peeled off. I am sure Ford has a better idea.
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Rbryan4 which Eco boost do you have?
The 2.7L. Lots of power, tows easy and the mileage is decent.
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This guy found the right tug for his needs. It was a truck retired from his business fleet converted to tow his little 5th wheel trailer. Yes, I think that is a Mack - Big Mack. The decision was an easy one for him, he went big!
They load up a couple of quads on the deck and head out to the boonies to get away from it all. Peace River Country, northern BC.
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