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Old 09-10-2014, 04:31 PM   #1
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New F350 Diesel Dually Question

We brought our new truck home today.

We were able to buy it with the X plan through a friend in Ford finance and also received a generous rebate. Oddly enough the dealer did not try to sell us any extras.
The truck was traded in from a dealer in another state. It has pretty much everything except mud flaps.

We would like to put mud flaps on our new truck. I have seen quite a few on the internet. Would any of you have an opinion as to any particular brand or type of mud guard.

I want to add that we have carefully followed the advice given here in choosing the size and the diesel and the dual wheels to compliment our new to us 2010 NuWa Hitch Hiker 32.5. It is 34 feet long and in the 12,000 pound range with a 15,000 or so top out for trailer weight.

It is perhaps doable with a one tone SRW but we wanted to be conservative as we plan to travel all over our beautiful country.

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We were able to buy it with the X plan through a friend in Ford finance and also received a generous rebate. Oddly enough the dealer did not try to sell us any extras.
X-Plan rules do not allow a dealer to gouge you on things such as increased dealer prep charges or overpriced extras that are mostly profit.

For those not familiar with the Ford X-Plan, it is also called the "Friends and Neighbors" plan. FoMoCo employees (but not including dealership employees) can give away PINs to their friends and neighbors that allows those friends and neighbors to buy a new Ford or Lincoln at a fixed discount price without negotiation or any dealership games.

X-Plan is used as the Ford Employees' "Friends and Neighbors" program, as well as the Ford Partners Program. Ford partners are Ford's suppliers, bankers, insurance companies and other business partners. If you work for a big company, they may be a Ford Partner.

Here are the current rules for X-Plan:

X Plan Rules

It's not hard to find a Ford employee or retiree that will give you an X-Plan PIN. Any employee of a Ford assembly plant can give you a PIN. Or if you know someone higher up the food chain than an assembly plant, or anyone that retired from Ford, they will be glad to give you a PIN too. Ford employees want Ford to prosper, to add job security. I have used X-Plan a few times. I get my PINs from the guy that posted the article on X-Plan rules. Thanx again, Mark.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:37 PM   #3
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Thank you Smokey Wren,

Would you have a recommendation for mud flaps? I have been looking at the sponsor's Dura Flap site.
Have also been reading precious posts about mud flaps. Are the weighted ones better for different situations?

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We brought our new truck home today.

We would like to put mud flaps on our new truck. I have seen quite a few on the internet. Would any of you have an opinion as to any particular brand or type of mud guard.

I want to add that we have carefully followed the advice given here in choosing the size and the diesel and the dual wheels to compliment our new to us 2010 NuWa Hitch Hiker 32.5. It is 34 feet long and in the 12,000 pound range with a 15,000 or so top out for trailer weight.

It is perhaps doable with a one tone SRW but we wanted to be conservative as we plan to travel all over our beautiful country.

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Smart choices you made.

As far as mud flaps, we have Weathertech. This is my second truck with them, and very pleased. No drilling required. Excellent, tight molded fit. Looks factory.

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Thank you Smokey Wren,

Would you have a recommendation for mud flaps?
No, sorry. I've never owned a dually. For my F-150 I don't have any sort of mug guards or flaps, and don't need any.
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I got a set of Dura Flaps for our new truck, the weighted kind. Very well built and great folks to work with. We just did a 2K trip and there was very little road junk that got on the fifth wheel.
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New F350 Diesel Dually Question

X2 on the Weather Tech mud flaps. Easy no drill installation.
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You can get the mud flaps without the stainless steel or with them. It just depends on if you want them to dress your new truck up. No drilling is required for front or rear installation.
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Every new truck/car needs Weather Tech floor liners. They cover the hump and everything. Will hold a lot of snow or water. My logic says if they make the best floor mats I'm guessing they make good mud flaps.
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There was dirt for the first time on our unit just the other day.
I removed my old flaps to install new ones that I still not bought yet.
Yes I need flaps behind my truck wheels. I usually install short ones that deflects the air downward without sweeping the road debris.
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X-Plan rules do not allow a dealer to gouge you on things such as increased dealer prep charges or overpriced extras that are mostly profit.

For those not familiar with the Ford X-Plan, it is also called the "Friends and Neighbors" plan. FoMoCo employees (but not including dealership employees) can give away PINs to their friends and neighbors that allows those friends and neighbors to buy a new Ford or Lincoln at a fixed discount price without negotiation or any dealership games.

X-Plan is used as the Ford Employees' "Friends and Neighbors" program, as well as the Ford Partners Program. Ford partners are Ford's suppliers, bankers, insurance companies and other business partners. If you work for a big company, they may be a Ford Partner.

Here are the current rules for X-Plan:

X Plan Rules

It's not hard to find a Ford employee or retiree that will give you an X-Plan PIN. Any employee of a Ford assembly plant can give you a PIN. Or if you know someone higher up the food chain than an assembly plant, or anyone that retired from Ford, they will be glad to give you a PIN too. Ford employees want Ford to prosper, to add job security. I have used X-Plan a few times. I get my PINs from the guy that posted the article on X-Plan rules. Thanx again, Mark.
yes sir i use my x plan pin every time we get a new ford, it makes the whole deal so much easier
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join DAV (disabled American veterans) and as a lifetime member you get four pins per year to do with pretty much as you please IAW the rules

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Thanks Smokey for posting the A Plan and X Plan rules.

They've really changed the plans over the years. I bought many cars under A Plan, and I'd be certainly thankful to save anything when buying a car.

After 24 years, Ford sold my division (tractors and equipment) to Fiat which has since merged with Chrysler.

Not once has the New Chrysler/Fiat contacted any of their Case New Holland/Kobelco retirees with such a program. I can see my self driving a Fiat 500--one for each foot.

I intend to drive my 118K mile 2003 F250 7.3 diesel for the long run, and it's still a beautiful truck. Thanks to guys like you that know them so well and are willing to share your knowledge.

Had I known about "sponsors" arranging for X Plan, I would have got one of my Ford retiree co-workers to get it for my 2014 Explorer. I had no idea the Explorers were such fantastic vehicles until I bought one--and well priced.
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I've always used Husky flaps on my duallys.
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I had no idea the Explorers were such fantastic vehicles until I bought one--and well priced.
The "old" Explorers were gas hogs and not very reliable. I helped Darling Daughter buy a new one using an X-Plan PIN from Mark back in 2002, but she wasn't crazy about it. I was visiting her in upstate New York one time, and couldn't pull my 5er up a muddy hill in her back yard. We hooked up her Explorer 4x4 and tried to get it to shift into 4x4 low to help my F-250 4x2 get up the wet grade. No luck. The Explorer wouldn't shift into 4x4 low, and in 4x2 it was useless. So we called a wrecker and got me out, then she took her near-new Explorer to her dealer to get it fixed.

But the newer Explorers sound like a maybe. With the 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbo engine, they have plenty of towing power for a small boat or sled trailer, but with a gotcha that max hitch weight with the optional Class III receiver is limited to 500 pounds, which is a max tandem-axle trailer weight of around 3,500 to 4,000 pounds. With the 2.0L EcoBoost single-turbo engine, they get decent MPG. So they're on my list when my 4-cylinder Venza wears out. If I need to tow a trailer, I'll use my F-150 EcoBoost.
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