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Old 06-20-2012, 08:34 AM   #1
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What an evolution ?????

Is it true that the new F150 V6 ecobost ad a towing capacity of 11200 pounds ? If it is, the evolution on towing capability is very impressive thinking that my 2004 Yukon XL 2500 4X4 with a 8.1L can only pull 10000 pounds !!!!

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That is what Ford rates the truck with the Ecoboost. I have a hard time believing it.

My mind wonders what the temperatures and pressures are on the cylinders on a long grade with a max load trailer. What will be the long term durability of such an engine stressed to the limits.


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Old 06-20-2012, 01:57 PM   #3
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Wait for the SAE J2807 Standardized Tow Ratings, standards to take effect next year. Than all the manufactures will be changing what they can tow realistically. You can than see if ford will change the tow rating on their trucks with the ecoboost engine
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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There are a lot of websites out here that are devoted to pulling some type of trailer. Most for recreational activities and others for work.

THe V6 EB engine in the F150 HD has gotten some good write ups by their owners. One thing that stands out is the lack of high engine rpms compared to the other smallblock V8 in Fords truck line up when pulling.

Looks like towing mpgs has been disappointing to some however many that also use the truck for a commute report mpgs when empty consistantly in the lows 20s.

Evolution ?? Gotta' love it so bring it on.
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It was rated at 11,300 lbs.
IMO, the Eco was tuned up and overrated to give Ford more sales in the V6 category.
The 5.0 was tuned down from Mustang specs so the V8 would not be the favored engine.
With my 5.0, I get about 12 to 14 MPG around town and 20.5 to 22.5 highway.

It's a numbers game. The F150 gets a huge market share because there is no need to go with an F250 or 2500 series truck - according to the numbers.

Now, some people will rant and rave about the clearly superior torque curve of the Eco over the 5.0. A few very slight changes were made to the 5.0 to bring it into the F150 from the Mustang. Ford had to de-tune it (the 5.0) or it would have been a direct competitor to their own new high tech rig.

An aftermarket computer tune will give the F150 5.0 the ability to run right beside the Eco.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:45 AM   #6
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Is it true that the new F150 V6 ecobost ad a towing capacity of 11200 pounds ?
"Properly equipped" with EcoBoost engine, 3.73 axle ratio, HD payload pkg, and max towing pkg, the 2012 F-150 SuperCrew has a tow rating of 11,000 to 11,300, depending on bed length and 4x4 or 4x2.

But "tow ratings" are not understood by most folks. The GCWR of that truck is 17,100 pounds. So in order to have a tow rating of 11,300 pounds, the wet and loaded truck would have to weigh 5,800 pounds. No more. But your wet and loaded SuperCrew is going to weigh more than 5,800 pounds, and probably a lot more.

So subtract about 1,000 pounds from the tow rating and you'll have a close approximation of the realistic tow rating. So those "properly equipped" F-150s could probably tow a tag trailer that weighs around 10,000 pounds without being overloaded when you crawl onto the CAT scale in the middle of a long towing trip.

But yep, the towing ability of the F-150 has definitely increased. Back up to 2005 model year, and the F-150 SuperCrew "properly equipped" with the 5.4L 3-valve V-8 engine, automagic tranny, 3.73 axle ratio, and towing pkg had a tow rating of 9500 for the 4x2 and 9200 for the 4X4. Or a realistic tow rating of around 8,500 pounds. So actual trailer weight that can be towed without busting the weight ratings of the tow vehicle has increased about 1,500 pounds from the "big" V8 of yesteryear to the little V6 EcoBoost of today.
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As much as I like Ford I still would be concerned towing a trailer that heavy with a F150. Not enough "a$$" in the truck (like my father used to say). I'd rather not have such a large gap between what my truck weighs and what the trailer weighs. Just my opinion.

It is nice to see the technology pushing the ability of our vehicles though.

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Let us not forget, you still have to stop and control that 11000 Lb trailer behind that F150. Pulling is only a fraction of the equation, unless you just using it at Truck and Tractor Pulls.

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