New guy joining the waiting game

GodzillaDude

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2022 F-250 7.3 Tremor
Hey all,

I placed an order two weeks ago for our 2022 F250 Tremor. I am now playing the waiting game like so many have in the past and so many who are currently waiting for their truck. I have owned a 2002 Ford Ranger 4.0l since I bought it with only 2,000 miles on Christmas Eve of that year. It has seen a hard life even though it has low miles on it. Over the past twenty years it has been proven to be 'Ford Tough' both on and off-road. It made it an easy decision to pull the trigger on the Super Duty when I figured out we needed more payload capacity for our new travel trailer adventures than the upcoming 2022 Tundra or any other 1/2 ton could provide. The Tremor package was just icing on the cake! After years of playing in Jeeps, owning 4Runners, beating the crap out of the Ranger and learning how to 4wheel, I am excited to have a 3/4 ton with the off-road capabilities the Tremor offers from the factory.

Planning lots of mods for our new adventure vehicle. The wife, our two dogs and I are going to be going full-time on the road in March or April after the new truck and travel trailer get delivered. Plans are to be out for a year plus. I already have an RSI Smartcap on order with an eta in March as well. Hoping that things land in this order, RSI Smartcap, 2022 Tremor, travel trailer - we will see how it all shakes out.

Been cruising and perusing this forum and its topics. Have learned so much in so little time - thanks everyone for their contributions!
 
Welcone to the Forum. What are your build details on your tremor? Color? Engine? Packages?
 
Awesome story! Welcome to the forum and congratulations!
 
Welcome! Great Story. No doubt you can contribute with comments regarding 4WD off-road experience. Not everyone on here has that background.
 
Welcone to the Forum. What are your build details on your tremor? Color? Engine? Packages?
Build details - hope you guys can figure out which engine based on my screen name. Had to order colors blind, so ended up going Carbonized Gray with the Dark Marsala interior. Packages are showing up every day with mod parts. I like options so I pretty much took them all - and then paid to do the carpet delete. My wife asked me how we spent that much on a truck and I told her it was a 'cowboy limousine'.
 
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Welcome! Great Story. No doubt you can contribute with comments regarding 4WD off-road experience. Not everyone on here has that background.
I have no problems sharing my knowledge and experience. I have to admit I am nervous in regards to the size of these heavyweights. My experience has all been mostly mid-size jeeps and trucks so I am sure there will be a learning curve for the Tremor. Hope it ain't too steep
 
Welcome! I put lots of miles on several Rangers I owned throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Loved them but as my needs changed I kept going up in size. Love my Tremor so far and hope to keep it a long time... I'm sure you will be happy with yours as well.
 
I have no problems sharing my knowledge and experience. I have to admit I am nervous in regards to the size of these heavyweights. My experience has all been mostly mid-size jeeps and trucks so I am sure there will be a learning curve for the Tremor. Hope it ain't too steep
I doubt it will be too steep of a learning curve for you. The Ford F250 and F350 SRW trucks along with the Dodge 2500 and 3500 SRW trucks.....properly equipped will do quite a bit more off-road than most people realize. I did not include the GM 2500 and 3500 SRW trucks for a number of reasons since the design and engineering of these trucks is not conducive to capable and good 4WD off-road use mainly because of the IFS axle (poor axle articulation / wheel travel) and low hanging frame rails (very poor breakover angle).

I grew up on a farm / ranch in the "Lead Belt" area of Missouri......south of St. Louis. The lead mines had long closed down, but there were several abandoned areas open to the public...one was an 8,000 acre 4WD paradise we named "Number 9 Hills". Bob Chandler co-owner of Midwest 4WD Center brought his original 1974 Ford F250 4WD truck down to Number 9 Hills quite often.......well before it was tagged with the Big Foot name. Very Well Equipped 4WD trucks of all makes (mostly Fords), Broncos, Blazers, Jeeps, IH Scouts, etc. would play in a variety of soil and terrain......red clay mud, brown mud, sticky gray mud from the mining, sand (gigantic piles of sand), sand dunes, snow, etc. Number 9 Hills had it all. It was FUN for several years, until the tree huggers got the state to shut it down. It is now a Missouri State Park.
 
Welcome! I put lots of miles on several Rangers I owned throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Loved them but as my needs changed I kept going up in size. Love my Tremor so far and hope to keep it a long time... I'm sure you will be happy with yours as well.
Haven't had the need to tow anything heavy on a regular basis until now. I have always been able to borrow a buddy's rig, or had a buddy that was willing to go and tow when needed.
 
I doubt it will be too steep of a learning curve for you. The Ford F250 and F350 SRW trucks along with the Dodge 2500 and 3500 SRW trucks.....properly equipped will do quite a bit more off-road than most people realize. I did not include the GM 2500 and 3500 SRW trucks for a number of reasons since the design and engineering of these trucks is not conducive to capable and good 4WD off-road use mainly because of the IFS axle (poor axle articulation / wheel travel) and low hanging frame rails (very poor breakover angle).

I grew up on a farm / ranch in the "Lead Belt" area of Missouri......south of St. Louis. The lead mines had long closed down, but there were several abandoned areas open to the public...one was an 8,000 acre 4WD paradise we named "Number 9 Hills". Bob Chandler co-owner of Midwest 4WD Center brought his original 1974 Ford F250 4WD truck down to Number 9 Hills quite often.......well before it was tagged with the Big Foot name. Very Well Equipped 4WD trucks of all makes (mostly Fords), Broncos, Blazers, Jeeps, IH Scouts, etc. would play in a variety of soil and terrain......red clay mud, brown mud, sticky gray mud from the mining, sand (gigantic piles of sand), sand dunes, snow, etc. Number 9 Hills had it all. It was FUN for several years, until the tree huggers got the state to shut it down. It is now a Missouri State Park.
The short list when I figured out our payload needs came down to the Ram 2500 and the F250. The Ram trucks have come a long way and have great interiors for the front passengers. I have always had my eyes on the PowerWagon, too bad it just gives up all its' payload and towing to become a one trick pony for off-roading. I have to tow a trailer, I need the payload for that and I also want to be able to explore the mountain passes in the Rockies. I am pretty certain I won't be taking the Tremor over Black Bear Pass or the Rubicon, but routes like Ophir Pass and Corkscrew Gulch will be fun when we are in the San Juans.

I had an old K5 for a little while back in the day. Also an old Grand Wagoneer. Those are the two biggest trucks that I have experience with on trails.
 
The short list when I figured out our payload needs came down to the Ram 2500 and the F250. The Ram trucks have come a long way and have great interiors for the front passengers. I have always had my eyes on the PowerWagon, too bad it just gives up all its' payload and towing to become a one trick pony for off-roading. I have to tow a trailer, I need the payload for that and I also want to be able to explore the mountain passes in the Rockies. I am pretty certain I won't be taking the Tremor over Black Bear Pass or the Rubicon, but routes like Ophir Pass and Corkscrew Gulch will be fun when we are in the San Juans.

I had an old K5 for a little while back in the day. Also an old Grand Wagoneer. Those are the two biggest trucks that I have experience with on trails.
Check Out Carli Suspension, Air Lift air bags and Daystar air bag cradles.




 
Check Out Carli Suspension, Air Lift air bags and Daystar air bag cradles.




Thanks for the recommendations. I have already been eyeballing the Carli Suspension stuff. I usually run stock suspension on my new trucks until I burn through the first set of tires...I usually upgrade tires on day one, but will be giving the stock Duratracs a trial - kind of excited not to have to throw down $1,500+ on new BFG KO2s for a change. The wife is letting me purchase a lot of mods, so suspension will be down the line a few years. I will be installing an ARB dual compressor to drop pressure for comfort off-road and fill up tires for towing. Have ben going back and forth between an airbag system and Sumo Springs. Attracted to the Sumo Springs for lack of maintenance needs and simplifying the # of air connections. What are your thoughts on airbag vs Sumo?
 
Thanks for the recommendations. I have already been eyeballing the Carli Suspension stuff. I usually run stock suspension on my new trucks until I burn through the first set of tires...I usually upgrade tires on day one, but will be giving the stock Duratracs a trial - kind of excited not to have to throw down $1,500+ on new BFG KO2s for a change. The wife is letting me purchase a lot of mods, so suspension will be down the line a few years. I will be installing an ARB dual compressor to drop pressure for comfort off-road and fill up tires for towing. Have ben going back and forth between an airbag system and Sumo Springs. Attracted to the Sumo Springs for lack of maintenance needs and simplifying the # of air connections. What are your thoughts on airbag vs Sumo?
Air Bags vs Sumo Springs? IDK......but, there is a lot of information on the internet regarding that choice. I am inclined to go with air bags on my truck. I have had air bags on previous trucks. Will be getting Air Lift, but not sure if I will go simple one air valve near the rear license plate or the more sophisticated compressor / wireless system. There is a lot to be said about simplicity verses convenience...mainly reliability, durability, less parts to break, etc.
 
Air Bags vs Sumo Springs? IDK......but, there is a lot of information on the internet regarding that choice. I am inclined to go with air bags on my truck. I have had air bags on previous trucks. Will be getting Air Lift, but not sure if I will go simple one air valve near the rear license plate or the more sophisticated compressor / wireless system. There is a lot to be said about simplicity verses convenience...mainly reliability, durability, less parts to break, etc.
I am a big fan of simplicity and these modern trucks sure have a lot of electronic bells and whistles to break. Not to say that I don't like the comfort and conveniences provided by the whiz-bang electronics. I love ventilated seats, heated steering wheels, and surround view cameras. Planning on having an air quick connect at the rear bumper and debating a redundant connection in the bed. With the RSI Smartcap, a bedslide/cargoglide, bedside racks and compressor I will be adding about 500 lbs in payload over the bed. I am hoping that will soften up the around town unladen ride a bit. Throw in another 500 lbs of gear and supplies and I wonder how much I will be sagging before I even add 725-800 lbs of tongue weight at the hitch. Not sure if I will need the helper springs/bags, but trying to figure it out
 
I am a big fan of simplicity and these modern trucks sure have a lot of electronic bells and whistles to break. Not to say that I don't like the comfort and conveniences provided by the whiz-bang electronics. I love ventilated seats, heated steering wheels, and surround view cameras. Planning on having an air quick connect at the rear bumper and debating a redundant connection in the bed. With the RSI Smartcap, a bedslide/cargoglide, bedside racks and compressor I will be adding about 500 lbs in payload over the bed. I am hoping that will soften up the around town unladen ride a bit. Throw in another 500 lbs of gear and supplies and I wonder how much I will be sagging before I even add 725-800 lbs of tongue weight at the hitch. Not sure if I will need the helper springs/bags, but trying to figure it out
More than likely count on some supplemental rear suspension equipment if you install a level suspension system on the front of the truck. Personally, I cannot stand the factory rake...but, simultaneously want to be able to use the truck to do "truck things". I have used two of the three previously mentioned aftermarket components on other Super Duties.....level suspension on the front and air bags on the rear. Never needed the Daystar cradles, but those will go on the new Tremor. In the past, I towed gooseneck horse trailers virtually every weekend 6 months of the year for 15 years...not to make a living, but traveling to competitions for FUN. Those set ups worked very well.
 
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