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Old 03-03-2014, 05:51 AM   #1
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F150 Ecoboost able to tow this trailer?

Really like the Open Range LT274RLS trailer. Has GVWR of of 8800lbs and a dry hitch weight of 720lbs.
Truck shopping as well....
Have been looking at the F150 Ecoboost 4x4 CCSB with the HD towing option.
Should I be also looking to get the HD payload package as well?
It would seem that it could handle this trailer. Thoughts?
We are not full timers and only camp a few weekends in the warm months and take two week long trips during the summer. There is only two of us and a dog at this point.
The truck would serve as a daily driver to work every single day.
It seems for the same money as the Ecoboost I can get an F250 6.2 XLT CCSB but not sure I want that as a daily driver.....
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:02 AM   #2
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I would get the 250 with the 6.2 for the weight.
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:15 AM   #3
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I would definitely get the hd payload for that trailer if going for the f150.. But then again... Once it's all factored in you'll be pretty close to F250 money...
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:42 AM   #5
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Good Morning AXG1040;
We have a 13 F-150 XLT, MTow, HD, Ecoboost, 157" w/3.73 and towed a 31' 8600# TT w/TW of 1065# all over the Rockies & the Northwest part of the country. Averaged 9.8-10.6. As a daily driver we get about 16.8-17.4 city & 21.6-22.4 on the hiway. Not to shabby. Don't think the 6.2 would do that good. We went from an 04 6.0 F-250 (POC) to the Ecoboost and couldn't be happier. We now tow a 5er and all I can say is WOW what nice truck. Allot of badmouthing from misinformed people out there. Most think 150's are still that little wimpy truck of yesteryear or since it's a 1/2 ton, it shouldn't be towing anything bigger than a bread box.

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Old 03-03-2014, 10:51 AM   #6
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F150 eco with max tow AND HD will handle this without issue. Great vehicle to drive. Ours was not purchased to be intended daily driver but it's nicer to drive than our Tahoe. Ours has a payload of 2100 lbs and the truck is a loaded out Lariat. Ecoboost engine makes towing a breeze.
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That trailer loaded up will likely push 1000lbs on the hitch. With the MaxTow you should be pretty good with the cargo you anticipate. It will be close, and you will need to pay attention to the hitch weight due to the actual hitch limitations, but I still think you will be fine. The HD payload would be better and give you plenty of room to grow. I use my HD payload as a daily driver and like it better than our Expedition. The ride is not harsh.
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if you believe Ford's ratings and given the way you say you will be using the trailer, the 150 you have mentioned will do the job .... only you can determine if it will do so to your satisfaction .... folks who are concerned with tongue may wish to make sure they understand the difference in the tongue weight of a trailer being bumper towed without a weight distribution hitch .... since most travel trailers are towed using a load leveling/weight distribution hitch, the raw tongue weight number (even when accurate) doesn't really apply

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The HD package on the EcoBoost F150 should do the job, but given my choice, I'd take a properly equipped F250. The F250 will have heavier brakes, suspension and rear axle.

Get the proper vehicle to do the job.

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I would focus on handling first before power. You can have ample power to pull your trailer but if it handles lousy you will hate it. Make sure you get the proper hitching to control or eliminate sway.
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Same hitch on either the HD or Maxtow. So the receiver rating will come into play with either. Only advantage to the HD is if you want to put more stuff in the truck.
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If the tow vehicle can pass the double green test here, you're good to go.
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folks who are concerned with tongue may wish to make sure they understand the difference in the tongue weight of a trailer being bumper towed without a weight distribution hitch .... since most travel trailers are towed using a load leveling/weight distribution hitch, the raw tongue weight number (even when accurate) doesn't really apply
Disagree. Where did you dig up that misinformation? Tongue weight is tongue weight, regardless of the type of hitch you have. If you have 1,200 pounds of tongue weight, then there will be 1,200 pounds on the ball and on the receiver. The WD hitch then distributes that 1,200 pounds to the various axles of the rig, but it does not reduce the tongue weight.

If that TT has 15% wet and loaded tongue weight, then it could have up to 1,320 pounds of tongue weight when wet and loaded for an RV trip. Without the HD Payload pkg, any tongue weight over about 1,100 pounds is going to exceed the GVWR of the "F-150 Ecoboost 4x4 CCSB".

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...Have been looking at the F150 Ecoboost 4x4 CCSB with the HD towing option. Should I be also looking to get the HD payload package as well?
Definitely. Without the HD Payload pkg, you'll probably exceed the GVWR of the F-150 when wet and loaded for an RV trip. Worrying about keeping the weight in the trailer and in the tow vehicle down so as not to exceed the GVWR of the F-150 is not something I want to be concerned with while on vacation or a long weekend. Buy enough truck for the trailer. If you want to tow that trailer with an F-150, then you need the Heavy Duty Payload pkg as well as the Max Tow pkg. On new F-150s, the HD Payload pkg requires the Max Tow pkg, so you're covered.

The problem with the HD Payload pkg is that dealers don't stock them, so you'll probably have to plan ahead and special order your new F-150. Darling Daughter (near Knoxville) wanted one last Spring, and none were available east of the Mississippi. She didn't want to wait 6 weeks or more for a special order to be delivered, so she bought a new F-250 off the lot.

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The truck would serve as a daily driver to work every single day.
It seems for the same money as the Ecoboost I can get an F250 6.2 XLT CCSB but not sure I want that as a daily driver.....
Darling Daughter's F-250 is used as a daily driver, including commuting about 20 miles to work every weekday. It's also used to tow a horse trailer to rodeos where her daughter competes in barrel racing, with no worries about overloading her tow vehicle. She loves it. Hers is a SuperCab shorty 6.2L, with plenty of room in the back seat for a big black Lab and two teenagers.
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Disagree. Where did you dig up that misinformation? Tongue weight is tongue weight, regardless of the type of hitch you have. If you have 1,200 pounds of tongue weight, then there will be 1,200 pounds on the ball and on the receiver. The WD hitch then distributes that 1,200 pounds to the various axles of the rig, but it does not reduce the tongue weight.
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