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Old 05-21-2015, 05:21 PM   #1
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F150 eco Boost. Impressive?

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 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.
Most of the payload increase is due to the aluminum body. We have the Max Tow pkg in our 2014 and the payload is less than 2K. We will probably never pull anything with it, since I drive a F250 6.7L as my daily driver. We are a little disappointed in the fuel mileage. We're not getting much above 15 MPG, with the 3.73 gears. My F250 is getting better mileage than the Ecoboost. Unless you really want to tow with it, I would go with higher gears. As far as running, it hauls butt.
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my 2013 ecoboost 3.55 axles 4x4 runs like a scalded ape, gets great mpg
but towing, anything with frontal area like a cargo trailer, even empty, really kills the mpg, i go from 19 mpg at 75 mph to 14 at 65 mph.

but we dont tow much with it, if it had a travel trailer it would be at least a 250 with the diesel option
our 350 was a supreme tow machine. lots of tq

our f150 is our towed or rider as its taken along on a flatbed hauler trailer
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It depends what you are going to tow... sure, there are lots of folks pulling some pretty large rigs with a 1/2 ton.. but for me, I'll take a 3/4 ton every time.. there is something to say about a bigger truck, bigger brakes and just overall bigger everything.. If I drive 400 miles a day and get 10mpg vs 400 miles a day and get 12 mpg it's peanuts on cost.. I just feel safer in a 3/4 ton with towing even my small 26' Jayco JayFlight.. Sometimes... you just have to do the numbers!
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Hey there Jay!
All ya gotta do is make sure the tail don't wag the dog. K?
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Understood. Well The 2500HD will handle things just fine, but I'm considering a second tow vehicle so I can take the boat AND the Airstream in one trip to nearby places.

I'm sure the F150 would pull that boat just fine, but it's always nice to double duty if wanted.

Personally, I would love a 250 diesel.
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But the Dodge Ram seems to smoke them both
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....I'm considering a second tow vehicle so I can take the boat AND the Airstream in one trip to nearby places.

That sounds great!
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We're happy with our EcoB pulling an 8000# trailer with ~1200# tongue weight. Engine's got a lot of low end torque and hp, so routinely are cruising at 1700rpm on the flats.

We get long-term average 10.7 mpgUS towing that trailer, and almost 20 mpgUS otherwise. But I don't have a lead foot. If you do, if you use all that power, you will pay in mileage. As they say, it's eco or boost, not both. And that's true for most turbos I think.

If there's any weakness, I would say the engine braking. Normally not an issue, but coming down some very steep, windy Appalachian trails, I had the choice of 5000rpm in first gear, or scorching my brakes.

And watch the payload. Even with the new 2015s, options will reduce that MAX payload you see in the brochure. And those really high payloads you see listed are only for trucks with the HD Payload option, which is only available on certain models and cab/bed configs. Still, that HD Payload option is a good deal if you need it. Considering it for my next truck.
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You bring up a very good point about the lack of engine braking. Hills change everything. I would be very reluctant to tow a trailer at or near the rated towing capacity of our F150. I think the manufacturers are pencil whipping the numbers to gain an advantage over the competitors.
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yeah if i had my druthers it would be diesel all the way.

I can't BELIEVE what you must pay to get a new 2500HD Diesel High Country. 58+ ?? That's a lot for leather (yes i know it's more stuff than that, just saying...) Still wonder if a 7000 lb trailer really needs diesel... hitch weight 700 - weight dist.

I paid 22k for my 2500HD gasser LT used. Sure it's basic inside but that's a huge jump in price.
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Making a truck lighter to increase payload (Ford's aluminum body) seems like a poor tradeoff to me. I addition to power and torque, you need enough truck on the ground to keep the trailer from shoving it around, as well as enough brakes to stop everything once you get it going. I don't think i would tow with that combo, but that's just me.....
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Making a truck lighter to increase payload (Ford's aluminum body) seems like a poor tradeoff to me. I addition to power and torque, you need enough truck on the ground to keep the trailer from shoving it around, as well as enough brakes to stop everything once you get it going. I don't think i would tow with that combo, but that's just me.....
The trailer brakes are supposed to stop the trailer. Any truck's brakes are just designed to stop the truck, fully loaded (GVWR) only, not its GCWR (truck+trailer).

And even if a truck could stop it, a trailer without brakes would probably jack-knife around it. So make sure your trailer brakes are working right.

As for being pushed around, the size of trailer can be more important than the weight. The larger trailers catch more wind and that can push the TV around. It's less a problem with a 5th wheel because there's less leverage but it still happens. Truckers experience it all the time. A good anti-sway WDH is essential for long bumper-pull trailers.
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Good friend of mine traded in their 2012 (I think) F150 for the new Aluminum version. He says it does not tow as well, that the trailer was better behaved on his previous truck.
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