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rickjohnson45@gmail.com

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About rickjohnson45@gmail.com

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  • Region
    U.S. Mountain
  • Location
    SW New Mexico
  • Current Vehicle
    2019 F350 XLT CC DRW Gas
  1. rickjohnson45@gmail.com

    Delivery problems

    Just returned from a month long Colorado trip and 1800 miles on the truck carrying my camper. I am VERY happy with the truck. I went with 6.2 liter gas and it performed just fine in the Colorado mountains. Believe it or not, my favorite discovery is the manual mode of the 6 speed transmission. Just like the old days with a stick shift, I can decide what gear is best for the current situation and keep the automatic from "searching". FUN. BTW, at two different fuel stops in CO, diesel was over a dollar more than regular unleaded. Not only did I save about $10 grand with the gas engine, but I continue to save at each fill up. And YES, 48 gallons is a LOT of fuel when the tank is near empty. Rick
  2. rickjohnson45@gmail.com

    Apple carplay

    Just received my 2019 F-350 with Sync 3 and I use an iPhone. In this configuration, a few apple apps work on the 8" screen, including Apple Maps (important for me), and music. Don't know about Android phones or the plain Sync. Rick
  3. rickjohnson45@gmail.com

    Delivery problems

    fuzzymoomoo, ice-capades, RPF, and all other commenters, Wow. It arrived today. Almost everything you experts said was true. Build date was 08/2018, so Aug 3 was a pretty good guess. Albuquerque rail lot did not produce reliable shipping info. Last Thursday, the estimated ship date was Monday 8/20. On phone Tuesday he said it had left the lot. Today I asked the driver and he left Albuquerque this morning (Wednesday). Oh well, I am now a VERY HAPPY CAMPER. And yes, I have a Lance 1181 Truck Camper (4400# dry weight without liquids and the myriad of belongings that we take) that will ride on my new beast. It is OK. I have a cargo capacity of 6500#. I chose the 6.2l gasser and I really like the engine on the first few miles. Specs compare favorably with my 2004 6.0 diesel, more horses but less torque. Here is the first view I got of the truck: Thanks all again for being so helpful. Rick
  4. rickjohnson45@gmail.com

    Delivery problems

    fuzzymoomoo, ice-capades, RPF, and all other commenters, Wow. It arrived today. Almost everything you experts said was true. Build date was 08/2018, so Aug 3 was a pretty good guess. Albuquerque rail lot did not produce reliable shipping info. Last Thursday, the estimated ship date was Monday 8/20. On phone Tuesday he said it had left the lot. Today I asked the driver and he left Albuquerque this morning (Wednesday). Oh well, I am now a VERY HAPPY CAMPER. And yes, I have a Lance 1181 Truck Camper (4400# dry weight without liquids and the myriad of belongings that we take) that will ride on my new beast. It is OK. I have a cargo capacity of 6500#. Here is the first view I got of the truck: Thanks all again for being so helpful. Rick
  5. rickjohnson45@gmail.com

    2019 F350

    The first 2019 F-350 in my small town
  6. rickjohnson45@gmail.com

    Delivery problems

    My dealer just got confusing info from Albuquerque with the very similar truck and no one checking VIN on it. Just DRW XLT CC white, etc., and other truck is so similar that no one thought to track the VIN on mine. To the best of my recollection, I was given the correct VIN for my truck about 3 weeks ago (see the window sticker I was BLESSED with above). The sales manager at my dealership just isn't a detail person like me. If I didn't keep bugging them, I would know nothing at this point. All the bad info I did get led to this topic with my frustrations. Thanks to the professionals here, I have a much clearer, and probably more accurate picture of what is about to transpire. THANK YOU ALL. Rick
  7. rickjohnson45@gmail.com

    Delivery problems

    WOW! Yes. That is my truck. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Amazing what real data can do for the human brain.
  8. rickjohnson45@gmail.com

    Delivery problems

    YES. Dealer had wrong VIN. It was for a stock truck and everyone at the dealer a bit clueless. Stock Truck is very similar but not identical to mine and a 2018 truck. Albuquerque phone communications are not good either. Anyway, dealer now has new VIN with anticipated delivery of 8/20. Thanks for the special treatment. I t really has been a difficult experience. Rick
  9. rickjohnson45@gmail.com

    Delivery problems

    Can some helpful person (ice-capades, fuzymoomoo) look at my vehicle VIN to get a more accurate feeling of the circumstances surrounding my delivery problems? 1FT8W3D65KEC32326 Very much appreciated, TY in advance Rick
  10. rickjohnson45@gmail.com

    Delivery problems

    ice-capades, Thanks for your insights. Makes some more sense to me. I think I will stop by the dealer to talk about the new understanding I have.
  11. rickjohnson45@gmail.com

    Delivery problems

    First post. I joined the forum for info about the current Super Duty trucks. I own and have arranged to trade in my 2004 F350 Crew Cab DRW diesel. Tired of suffering the fuel injector failures etc. and only 100k on the odometer. I have a large Truck Camper that has been hard on the bed of my 2004 after 75k miles of exploration in the west. So, on May 9 I placed an order thru my small town New Mexico Ford dealer for a 2018 F350 Crew Cab DRW Gasser. After the Kentucky plant closing and reopening, the dealer was informed that my build would be a 2019 with no significant changes over the 2018 order. Wow. One of the first ones off the line. By late June the dealer had a VIN and then was notified of the arrival by rail in Albuquerque on or about July 11. Now my dealer is aware that the local shipper is notorious for long delays to our corner of the state because of partial loads etc. Finally the dealer was notified that shipment was scheduled for July 20. That didn't happen. More waiting with no updates. Then on July 24, the Vehicle was supposed to be red-tagged for immediate shipment. No further updates. Finally, last Friday, July 27, the dealer was informed that the vehicle was pulled by Ford for "Quality Control" tests. When the district rep was questioned, he said he would look into the action but could not promise a positive outcome. Otherwise, delivery is now "Mid August". Does anyone know about this "quality control" process? My truck sat on the shipping lot for over 2 weeks. If it had been shipped as originally planned on July 20, It would already be mine. I don't blame the dealer at all. Communications with Ford for these problems is thru the dealer only (Direct Ford inquiry by me was absolutely useless. I knew more than they could discover on their computers.) Thanks for reading about my problems. Rick
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