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Old 05-24-2015, 09:24 PM   #15
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Ain't nuttin wrong with the little 1/2 ton Ecoboost. Our little stock 13' XLT Ecoboost Screw HD has a 2175# payload capacity and pulls our 5er just perty good alright. It averages 9.0-10.5 pulling the 5er up, down & around the Southern Rockies. Have had no problems coming off the likes of Wolf Creek, Cumbres, Molas & Coal Bank passes, not to mention the ease of going up em.
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:40 PM   #16
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I believe the weight loss in the F-150 was for better city MPG. Not that it would matter but 0-60 times would be better.
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:12 PM   #17
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My 2012 Ecoboost F-150 with max tow package does a great job hauling my Arctic Fox 24-footer (7,500#), up and over the Rockies to the East Coast and back. No problem. 10-11 mpg typical.
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:46 AM   #18
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My 2013 pulls my Rockwood Mini Lite (4,500lbs) like a raped ape. Very happy with it. Mpg 12-14 depends on trip. Worst mpg 11.5 in a rain/windy storm.
Question; I've seen postings about long trips changing to premium gas. Better mpg and performance. Any
EcoBoost owners confirm?
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:03 AM   #19
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My 2013 pulls my Rockwood Mini Lite (4,500lbs) like a raped ape. Very happy with it. Mpg 12-14 depends on trip. Worst mpg 11.5 in a rain/windy storm.
Question; I've seen postings about long trips changing to premium gas. Better mpg and performance. Any
EcoBoost owners confirm?
Ford says its better to use Premium when tow/hauling heavy.

I've switched and get slightly better mileage (8% better?) on Top Tier Premium.

Not enough to cover the cost, but maybe all the additives help keep the engine clean too? Dunno.
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For stability, you can't beat a heavy truck with a long wheelbase.

ALL modern full size trucks have enough power these days to go over some mountains with a camper. But how long will that tranny hold up to that level of use in a half ton? I saw a guy with a newer 1500 towing a 25' camper broken down in Durango, CO with a fried transmission last year.

Also, the exhaust brakes on modern diesels are simply awesome. When towing, I really only need the brake pedal around town below 20mph to come to a full stop. Never really needed in the mountains or freeway offramps.
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Old 05-26-2015, 02:22 PM   #21
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For stability, you can't beat a heavy truck with a long wheelbase.

ALL modern full size trucks have enough power these days to go over some mountains with a camper. But how long will that tranny hold up to that level of use in a half ton? I saw a guy with a newer 1500 towing a 25' camper broken down in Durango, CO with a fried transmission last year.

Also, the exhaust brakes on modern diesels are simply awesome. When towing, I really only need the brake pedal around town below 20mph to come to a full stop. Never really needed in the mountains or freeway offramps.
I know the Ram diesel is one tough truck. No argument there. So far so good with my '12 Ecoboost F-150. We've hauled our 7,500# Arctic Fox more than 12,000 miles in and out of the deserts and mountains of the Four Corners states and west Texas and back and forth to the East Coast. No problems, just routine maintenance.
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I ain't drinkin Ford's Koolaid! I'll keep my old Ram 1500 with the Hemi. It' l pull till the end of time, drinks some gas, but see a hill - drive up the hill, want to pass something, push harder on pedal, no waiting,no hesitaion!
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N/A gasser trucks can't touch these things. Wish I owned one.

The Eco Boost with a 373 rear end and max cool kit is incredibly impressive.

When towing at altitude and in heat and especially both combined (like do) it will destroy any other naturally aspirated half ton on the market regardless of nameplate- and provide a substantially quieter environment while towing.

Have towed many items from 7500 to 10K with one.

At 10K it was getting a bit much but the truck handled it fine - even in hills but I feel a 3/4 ton truck would be better at that load.

7500 boat was a total breeze and a 3/4 ton truck would be worse riding and handling.

Have two friends with them now.

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Old 05-26-2015, 06:32 PM   #24
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Ford says its better to use Premium when tow/hauling heavy.

I've switched and get slightly better mileage (8% better?) on Top Tier Premium.

Not enough to cover the cost, but maybe all the additives help keep the engine clean too? Dunno.
Higher octane lets it run more timing under a load without detonating and it will make more power and torque.

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Old 05-29-2015, 10:39 AM   #25
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Premium Gas

Many times yields better mileage because it often does not have any ethanol blended in. Love the gas stations in Oklahoma that sell pure gasoline at all grades.
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Old 05-31-2015, 06:25 AM   #26
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In Tennessee our farm coop has gas and it is all no ethanol for all grades.. but it has really gone up where the difference between the gas with is such a spread its hard to justify the No Ethanol gas.. but saying that I'm still buying the non ethanol because not only the power, millage but the better it is for the engine... My guess is that because fewer and fewer stations offer No ethanol were getting hosed....
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26xx# payload would be a Heavy Duty pkg edition. They are very hard to find on a dealer's lot. You mostly have to order them. That said, my 2014 F150 is a HD model but my dealer had to about 4 states before he found mine on a lot. Mine being a 4x4 Supercab, it's payload is only 2286#.

All of that said, so far I really like my Ecoboost. It has tons of power and as long as I can keep the RPM's below 2k, it gets pretty decent fuel mileage.

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I have to say I'm impressed with fords towing and payload capacity on f150 3.6 eco boost crew cab.

Am I missing something here? 11600 towing capacity and 26xx payload too???

That's not far off of what my Chevy 2500hd gasser will do.
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I love my Ecoboost. Pulls like a champ! I added the trailer brake controller when I bought it. I wouldn't pull a trailer without the brake controller.

The Ecoboost was designed to be a half ton tow vehicle. Yes, at some point an upgrade to the F250 (or bigger truck) makes sense. However, the same principle applies to those trucks as well.


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