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Old 11-23-2013, 03:01 PM   #1
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The motorhome is gone and a new truck has been purchased. It is a Ford
F150 with the Ecoboost engine. It has the heavy Duty Tow Package with the 3.73 rear end. Would like to hear from anyone using this combination for towing a Bumper Pull or 5th wheel. I have read all the weight & frontal limits and plan on staying within them. Wanting to know if there are things to be aware of, do not want to do any mods that would void the warranty. It will be use to travel a 4000 mile round trip to the top of the Idaho Panhandle and back, the rest of the time in local Texas. So if you have tried it, did you like it or not? Thanks in advance gps
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:06 PM   #2
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The motorhome is gone and a new truck has been purchased. It is a Ford
F150 with the Ecoboost engine. It has the heavy Duty Tow Package with the 3.73 rear end. Would like to hear from anyone using this combination for towing a Bumper Pull or 5th wheel. I have read all the weight & frontal limits and plan on staying within them. Wanting to know if there are things to be aware of, do not want to do any mods that would void the warranty. It will be use to travel a 4000 mile round trip to the top of the Idaho Panhandle and back, the rest of the time in local Texas. So if you have tried it, did you like it or not? Thanks in advance gps
No personal experience but were next to a couple in Mesa, AZ last winter. They pulled a smaller fifth wheel and were very happy with the Eco-boost F-150.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:13 PM   #3
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Most agree on 8k lbs max to feel good with it. Of course properly distributing load.
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:26 AM   #4
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I love my 2012 SuperCrew Lariat EcoBoost 4x2 with 3.15 axle for towing my TT that grosses less than 5,000 pounds. Last summer we made the long tow from west Texas to eastern Oregon and back with no problems. We went up via Laramie and returned via Phoenix.

With my TT grossing 4,870 pounds, I'm slightly overloaded over the GVWR of my F-150, but I don't have the Max Tow pkg so I have only 7,100 GVWR. Yours probably has 7,600 or 7,700 GVWR, so you can drag a heavier TT without being overloaded. But probably not more than 8,000 pounds TT or 7,000 pounds 5er. And they don't make many normal small fifth-wheel trailers you can tow without exceeding the GVWR of the F-150. So plan on a TT and not a 5er.

With the right hitch, a TT will tow as good as a 5er. But the right TT hitch is expensive - over $2,000 for a ProPride. But then if you are going to tow a 5er with an F-150 that has shorter than an 8' bed, then you must have a slider hitch, and the excellent PullRite SuperGlide automatic sliding 5er hitch costs as much as the excellent ProPride TT hitch.

For one 350-mile trip from Austin to Midland County last month, I was grossly overloaded with my "other" trailer, an 8,000 pound 5er. The EcoBoost drivetrain has plenty of power and torque to pull the 8,000 pounds, even in the Hill Country northwest of Austin. My tow rating is 8,400 pounds, so I wasn't overloaded over the weight the EcoBoost drivetrain can pull, but I was way too heavy on the hitch weight - the weight the chassis can carry. So with your 3.73 axle and increased GVWR, if you keep the weight of a TT down to less than 8,000 pounds or the weight of a 5er down to less than 7,000 pounds, you'll probably love your F-150 EcoBoost as a tow vehicle, and not be overloaded over the GVWR of your F-150.
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The motorhome is gone and a new truck has been purchased. It is a Ford
F150 with the Ecoboost engine. It has the heavy Duty Tow Package with the 3.73 rear end. Would like to hear from anyone using this combination for towing a Bumper Pull or 5th wheel. I have read all the weight & frontal limits and plan on staying within them. Wanting to know if there are things to be aware of, do not want to do any mods that would void the warranty. It will be use to travel a 4000 mile round trip to the top of the Idaho Panhandle and back, the rest of the time in local Texas. So if you have tried it, did you like it or not? Thanks in advance gps
No problems with the one in my signature and I have towed it a lot!!! Cross continent plus North/South runs . My trailer is wee bit bigger than Smokey's thus grosses about 1000 lb more and my truck is probably 300lbs lighter (club as opposed to crew cab but 4X4) Never felt a lack of power however I would probably limit any new unit to under 8000 GVW even though mine is rated for a supposed 11,300. I use a 4 point EQualizer hitch system that has never been a problem but would be tempted next time to move up to a Reese dual cam. Propride would be the best I suspect but $$$ and we don't tow asmuch as we used to sadly!
I do find that the heavier Hankook tires that I put on are better than the original Goodyears for what that's worth.
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Thanks to all, hope every one had a Great Thanksgiving. gps
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