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The Big Blue Car

Discussion in 'Quitters' Club' started by Jw60, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. Sep 16, 2020
    Jw60

    Jw60 Chim chiminey Chim chim cher-ee!

    Sedalia MO.
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    Since I signed for it I might as well be proud of it...

    Replacing the "little blue car"
    Complementing the "grey car"
    Likely to tow several "blue jeeps"
    I now present the "Big blue car"

    as advertised:
    [​IMG]6397821 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr

    [​IMG]6397820 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr

    [​IMG]6397827 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr

    [​IMG]6397824 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr

    [​IMG]6397825 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr

    [​IMG]6397826 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr

    [​IMG]6397822 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr

    And home sizing up the camper:
    [​IMG]20200916_220949 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr

    Quick specs:
    May 1st 2019 Ford Expedition Max
    Former Enterprise rental with 39k miles in one year. XLT with 4x4

    Some things to know:
    All expedition of this era have a hitch with 4 and 7 pin receptacles. This one still has untouched dielectric grease in the recepticals. It looks like the receiver might have been used once or twice. A few paint chips on the doors, a missing headrest button, and the recirculate button isn't lighting up.
    All expeditions have the 3.5 EcoBoost with 375hp and 470lbft but the platinum is 400hp 480lbft. Then the offroad and towing packages have 3.73s with limited slip differentials heavy duty radiator and 2 speed transfercase to get a maximum towing capacity of 9000lbs....
    This doesn't have that. It should have open 3.31 axles and a single speed transfercase for 6600lbs towing capacity.
    That's about perfect for an old jeep and trailer, or our 4000lb camper.
    There is a difference in the roof rack load rating when you have a solid roof its 200lbs of bikes and cargo with a glass roof you can only have 125lb on the rack. I plan to put the bikes up there so that was important to me.
    The drive home felt like a redeye on a continental embraer regional jet. Some bumps here and there but mostly buffeting from the wind and an occasional downshift that spooled the turbos into a pleasant song. I feel like even with 3 Overdrive gears and 3.31 axles it had plenty of highway torque and peak fuel economy.
    Soo far so good.
    Hopefully this thread will help others make informed decisions for there next tow vehicles.
    I'll post up more pictures and hopefully document the trailer brake controller install.
    Then update with my towing reviews.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2020
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  2. Sep 17, 2020
    givemethewillys

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    New Kent, VA
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    That's a beautiful color! I've heard great things about the new Expeditions, as far as being a family highway rig. I hope it works out perfectly for you.
     
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  3. Sep 19, 2020
    Jw60

    Jw60 Chim chiminey Chim chim cher-ee!

    Sedalia MO.
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    Took this on a good long normally 200mi round trip thru the country roads to my parents. Turns out a bridge was closed which led to a wild detour on narrow country roads.

    I'm impressed with the independent rear suspension. It does roll like a fullsize van but you don't have to worry about a pothole waking the baby.

    I'm thinking whoever decided to have a matching gear selector and drive selector needs a kick in the loin. Have you ever tried to go from economy to normal mode and found yourself going from drive to neutral?

    The drive modes are very noticeable changes. In economy it will not downshift as quick when it hits a hill and makes use of the turbos for torque. Normal is pretty good but would downshift with every fart in the wind. With as much giddy up in normal, I'm scared to use sport.
     
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  4. Sep 20, 2020
    Jw60

    Jw60 Chim chiminey Chim chim cher-ee!

    Sedalia MO.
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    This weekend I got a little trailer prep in. Backed the car up a few times, tested the lights and even got the Ozark lite typed in on the trailer list (it logs trailer miles and that's about it) don't know why but the aux power on the 7way wasn't working until I turned on something here or there. Everything looks to be working I just have to wait for the pigtail to get here then I dig into the dash to unplug the trailer plug from the back of a cubby.

    Call me a simple man (good song btw) but I am getting a lot of joy from the little hitch zoom feature on the backup camera.
    [​IMG]20200920_170822 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr
    [​IMG]20200920_170932 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr

    Got the hitch sorted out. Our flex had this mount with the max rise but on this one it needed the max drop. I was worried I would need something special but the hitch is really accessible.
    Then I checked the load bar setting. I feel it could use another washer but it doesn't have any extra room on the pin.
    Without the trailer the front and rear had 11" between the top of the wheel well and the top of the rim. With the trailer the rear dropped to 10" and I'm about 10.5 or 10.25" with load bars but this is rated at 6000lb with 600lb tongue load carrying so I'm going to run it and see.
    [​IMG]20200920_170650 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr
    [​IMG]20200920_171616 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr
    [​IMG]20200920_171621 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr
    Sounds like the little pigtail for the brake controller will take 2 weeks too get here. This uses the same cord as the flex but I had to hard wire the power and brake wire on it since it wasn't a factory tow package. They still had the plug hidden under the dash with stoplight and ground. This one has been a lot easier.
    Our trailer is a little narrower than others but it is the biggest in length and width that will fit in the driveway. I think I'm good with the stock mirrors, here is what I see:
    [​IMG]20200920_171924 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr
    [​IMG]20200920_171908 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr
    That puts us at the final approval by my biggest critic. Here it is hooked up with bars on and the jack up.
    [​IMG]20200920_172133 by Joe with a jeep, on Flickr
    Looks like a big thumbs up to me.
     
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