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Old 01-14-2016, 01:37 PM   #15
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I posted a real world test on the 3.5 vs the 5.0 a couple years ago. It was in the Truck Trend magazine if memory serves. The test was 2 cowboys in 2 different trucks, one in a 3.5 and the other 2 in a 5.0 similarly equipped F-150, both rigs hauling 2 horses each and all their gear. They used the trucks to haul to 3 rodeos and checked their mileage. The 5.0 beat the 3.5 hands down for mileage by a wide margin. Handling and power seemed to be close with the 3.5 having the edge on mountains.

The V-6 twin turbos, 3.5 and 2.7 are quite in fashion but in reality, the simplistic 5.0 has been one of the most reliable engines ever produced, no matter the brand. Can you spell Mustang?? You will probably get a much better deal on a 5.0 than either of the 2 twin turbos and have a great truck.

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Old 01-14-2016, 01:49 PM   #16
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PS - you can always add a streamlined shell in back, if you want the enclosed storage to somewhat replicate the Sequoyah SUV you were previously considering. Perhaps an obvious point, but it came to mind when looking back at added posts to your other thread.


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Old 01-14-2016, 02:12 PM   #17
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I met someone with an SOB on the highway north of Lake Superior....lots of 6 and 7% grades. He was pulling a 7000 lb trailer with the 2.7 Ecoboost. His performance was like my 4.7 Dakota. Lots of downshifting on upgrades. He was seriously considering the newer 3.5 coming out that fall (2014). If hills and mountains are more than an occasional thing you may not like the 2.7 option. I can't speak to the 5.0, although it has much more HP and torque than older 5 litre engines. You need torque for Hills. Andy at CAN AM as noted would have an informed opinion
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Old 01-14-2016, 03:15 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by gaylejoe View Post
Me, I would go for the Ram 1500 Econo Diesel. Can't beat the 30mpg while not towing.
True, but what about the other 'operating' costs such as filters, oil changes etc.? Diesel filters especially can be rather expensive; and they ARE needed.
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Old 01-14-2016, 03:40 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by IanPoulin View Post
You'll be fine with the 2.7L Ecoboost. I currently tow my 28W with a 3.5L ecoboost and love it; mountains and flats both.
Forget the 2.7; go with the 3.5.
The 3.5 has it's max. torque at 2500 RPM which is perfect for cruising and towing.
My 2015 Crew Cab 3.5 tows a 25' FC. which has been traded in for a 30' FC.
The truck is rated for 12,200 lb. with a 3.55 axle ratio; and by shifting with the little buttons on the shifter, the following speeds are obtained:
3rd. 2500 gives about 49 KPH, (30+/-MPH), 4th. gives 120 KPH@2500,(75 MPH.), 5th. gives about 140 KPH@2500, (90 mph,) or about 100 KPH @2000 (62.5 mph.). [100KPH uses about 2700 RPM, which is ok.]
But the engine is 'lugging' at that RPM, (2000 or lower, when towing) and cruising at 110 KPH. (70 mph.) uses 2200 RPM. which is acceptable when towing on the flat. Climbing a hill at 110 KPH would require 4th. @3000.
FORGET 6th. for ANY usage. It's too long legged, and the high combustion pressures demanded can damage the engine.
Give the engine some RPM (2500) to 'let it swing', and remember that the ancillliary services need speed to operate properly.
(FYI: i'm a retired Cdn. AME, what you Americans call an A&P, A-I Aircraft mechanic.)
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Old 01-14-2016, 03:52 PM   #20
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Hi Rob, this is that other ole codger from your other thread.

There is nothing wrong with trucks, if they fit your needs & limitations.

Having rented a range of these F150/250 trucks in all of the engine options except 2.7L over the past 3.5+ years (& some Dodge/Ram 2500s & Nissan Pathfinder V6s), I can offer perhaps a unique real world "comparo" on them for you. Also, one of my nephews is the high performance guy at an Indy are Ford dealership, & had looked into stuff for me as noted in the options below, as well as from friends & neighbors experiences with them & the competitors.

Keep in mind that the basic F150 is only rated to tow 5,000 if I recall (maybe 6k), so you'll need to get one with one of the towing packages to actually realize the better towing capacity you'll want for your 23' AS (& maybe bigger later?). The tow/haul packages will buy you progressively heavier duty radiators, trans. coolers, brakes, springs, etc. for the 2-3 level optional packages which Ford offers. Also, absolutely get the rear back-up camera option or an add-on aftermarket type to aid your hitching - especially solo.

Also, I think that the 2015 deals that you're looking at, will also be the new aluminum body/bed, so be aware that any repair cost on aluminum will be higher & limited to some shops - should you have an accident, & your insurance rates will probably reflect that. But then you save 800 lbs or so in the truck, for towing & cargo!

Also, all of the new trucks are jacked up ridiculously high - especially with 4WD &/or bigger 6 & * lug wheels/tires (relative to their earlier siblings pre-2005-ish) - to the point where you need a step ladder to reach the door sills, & beds are at chest level for normal height folks like me & loading stuff in the bed is a chore - whether 4x8 plywood & lumber etc., or your bikes & camp gear! So do yourself & your wife & passengers a favor & buy the side rail steps for all 4 doors (if not the option on it already) to aid entry! Otherwise you'll be getting out those little CW folding steps for the trailer, & playing "Footman" to your wife at every stop!

Another detriment to these ultra-high new trucks, is that your outward visibility around the trucks

As for motors, I'm old school & believe that, generally speaking, in most cases for TV & hauling duties, the V8 will serve better due to more pulling power (HP & TQ) at a lower RPM, relative to the competing V6 - whether Turbo or normally aspirated - & will therefore work less hard than a V6 & would get better mpg while towing as a result, as well as creating less engine noise since it's not revving as high - which is important on long trips.

The diesel options will offer even more TQ pulling power at better mpg, but will have a bit higher regular maintenance cost, & are generally bought for their ultra-high towing capacity - not the mpg. Oil capacity on diesels is huge, so you'll be buying 2x or more the oil per change vs. gassers - so be prepared for that type of offsetting factors. My neighbor has a 2012 Chevy 2500 with diesel V8, which he got for his triple-axle toy hauler SOB & loaded with his Jeep 4x4 mudster & 2-4 dirt bikes, etc., so I had him & a few others to draw the diesel evals. from.

Several others with Ford's latest diesel V8 love it, & we had rented F250 twice in the diesel flavor on longish 400-500 mile trips, where we could do it on one tank - vs 1.5 - 2 tanks on the 5.7L? & 6.3L? gas V8s (I think it was the large tanks for both gas & diesel on the HD F250s). However, these big-a$$-trucks with our little 3-3500# Avion seem to get the same mpg empty or hitched, & are waaay overkill for our little silver twinkie!

If you were looking to a 27-30'+ AS &/or also towing other big & heavy 10k lbs. trailers, this would be a great choice.

As for Turbo-V6 Ecoboost motors - eep in mind that this mass movement of the mfgrs. to turbo &/or supercharged 4 & 6 motors is being driven by the ever tightening CAFE high mpg standards, so they need to get more vehicles out there of that type to get there overall production average mpg down to CAFE limits. The thinking is that many folks will only need to bigger V8 power some of the time, & can put up with the extra noise & less mpg while towing/hauling - which mpg in that latter use is not limited BTW. So the Turbo-V6 is better for folks that use their trucks unladen a lot of the time, for the better mpg.

Based on our "extended test drives" on our TV rentals for our `60 Avion T20 (at 3000-3500 lbs wet/loaded it's probably about half what your newer 23' AS weighs), so far we've had the 2013 3.5L Eco-Boost which towed I-40/I-17/I-10 from ABQ to SoCal & over a few lower mountain passes with no problems, but it was a bit more "wound-up" on grades. This was our first TV rental, & in addition to the F250s noted above, & a couple of Dodge/Ram 2500 gas V8s as rental TV since July 2012 - & all have been 4x4's cuz that's what Enterprise Commercial (Truck) Rental has in their rental pools.

As a note on the RAMs which some folks are touting here that you should be aware of, & it's one thing I don't like about the Dodge/Ram 2500's, is that their factory hitch receivers are set up so high at about 26" above grade - vs. about 20" on F150/250 & 21-22" on the Chevy/GMC 1500/2500 - so I need a huge 8" drop stinger for my Hensley Cub (or similar long drop on other WD hitch makes/types). I just think that this introduces a longer moment arm

So if you're using the truck equally or more in non-TV duties, & can put up with the extra noise/rpm while towing, then the 3.5L V6 Ecoboost is a good choice, but I think IMHO that the 2.7L V6 Ecoboost is too small for a lot of towing, unless the TQ is higher at lower RPM than on the 3.5L. Again, the harder the engine has to work to produce the needed power, the more & faster it will wear. Nobody knows yet how the turbo-V6 motors will last in the long term.

I'd suggest that you talk your local dealer into letting you test tow + test drive unladen each of the F150s on sale that fit your needs/likes to pick which you'd like, & take them up the biggest grade you can find down there in your neck of TX with the trailer hitched, to see what their use, power & noise profiles will be - with your wife & anyone else who will be in it with you on trips, cuz they'll be far more critical than you will in most cases (speaking from my wife & kids experience anyway LOL).

If you want to "try before you buy" on a longer towing trip - then rent a F250 from your local Enterprise Commercial Rentals (not the car rental places) for a weekend or week & try it with your trailer to a distant point long enough to give you the longish trip experience riding in one. Some Enterprise Truck rental places may have F150s, but U-Haul's F150's have the wrong electrical plug - only 4-pin, so are useless for your needs unless you surreptitiously wire up a 4-to-7-pin adapter & then remove it ~ not advisable). Those Super Duty F250s will be a bit taller, heavier & harsher riding than the F150, but it will give you a good idea on long trips.

You could also ask your Ford dealer if they can rent you an F150 to try out for a weekend longish towing trip, as some may do so.

I think your current is a 96 land Cruiser, which probably rides better than any of the current 1/2 ton trucks, so you want to be prepared for the change.

Unfortunately these trucks are just too big for our needs, wants & driveway limitations, narrow streets, etc., & my wife won't drive them, she hates the rough ride (& my kidneys are still spinning for hours after a trip) & high cab access. However, they may fit your needs.

Good Luck & Get a Good Deal!
I have a 2015 Ford F-150 3.5 Ecoboost, and I find that so called 'noise' is not a factor. It's pretty quiet, and I wish that it was more 'strident' in it's work.
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Old 01-14-2016, 03:54 PM   #21
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We tow our 2015 23D International with a 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI V6 turbocharged diesel using a Hensley Arrow hitch. The V6 diesel has more torque than the standard V8 option that year. We have zero issues pulling the 23D loaded for camping with a target speed between 55 and 60 mph. We see over 16 mpg towing on the flats and 28.5 when unhitched. It is an all wheel drive model.

I took the car to CanAM in early October 2012 to have the hitch reinforced and the Hensley stinger modified by shortening the car side about 5" and putting a small bend in it to preload the weight distribution hitch.

In October of 2012, it was also able to pull our new 2013 25FB International Serenity from the selling dealership in Los Angles to Phoenix through the mountains on I-10 and especially going uphill coming out of Palm Spring it dropped back to 5th and 2,200 rpm while maintaining 55 mph (which is the posted speed limit when towing in California).

We overloaded the axle ratings when both I and the wife, some gear in the back of the car and the fully loaded camper crossed the scales and we acquired a 2012 Dodge Ram 2500HD Cummins. We used the same Hensley Arrow but with a different stinger for the truck.

The Mercedes has the power to pull the 23D loaded for camping and have one or two 2000 watt Honda generators (converted to propane), a grill with stand, 12Vdc air compressor kit, two camping chairs and a 30 pound propane tank in the back and both of us in the front seats.

Since the car has over 145,000 miles on it, I do not try and hot rod the rig.

So give Andy a Call at CanAM in London, Ontario to discuss tow vehicles. You may be in for some favorable surprises. (866) 226-2678 or (519) 652-3284
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Old 01-14-2016, 03:58 PM   #22
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True, but what about the other 'operating' costs such as filters, oil changes etc.? Diesel filters especially can be rather expensive; and they ARE needed.
My 2015 RAM ecodiesel will reach the 20,000 mile mark by the end of next month. When purchased in Dec 2014 I also purchased a warranty plan ($900) extending the original warranty to 50,000 mi or a total of 48 months what ever comes first, it also included 4 free oil changes usually costing about $100 for the Diesel engine.
The point is for the first 50K miles the out of pocket expenses will exceed a gas engine but in a very manageable amount, also averaging OVER 16mpg towing & 24.5 not towing will neutralize that additional cost. The torque in itself makes the additional Diesel engine cost worthwhile & at resale or trade in time much of that cost is recouped. Having said all that a Diesel is more costly from initial cost to fuel to maintenance but once you own one it's difficult to go back, I know as this is my third one.
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:11 PM   #23
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My 07 dodge 4/4 with a 6.7 it gets 12.5 with our 31' classic, the top of the hitch is 22" not 26" as someone reported, my oil changes cost $7.00 for the Baldwin filter and about $32 for 3 gal. of chevron 15-40 , Walmart has charged me $58, not the 100 as previously reported
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The stinger for the Mercedes is a 2"x2" solid steel bar with attachment ears. One end goes into the Hensley (or ProPride) receiver opening and the other end goes into the tow vehicle receiver opening. Hensley offers the straight bar and several bars with offsets usually in 2" increments.

ProPride makes an adjustable unit for the Hensley hitch as well as a different unit for their own hitch (second generation Jim Hensley design). I have the adjustable unit for the Classic as my Curt 15049 after market hitch (rated 2,550 pounds of tongue weight and a 17,000 pound trailer) has a much lower opening than the stock Dodge receiver which we cut off the frame. However, the trade off is the adjustable unit is much heavier since there is more steel involved. I also attached the "Rock Tamers" mud flaps to the ProPride stinger and tend to leave it on the truck.
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Wandered a mite away from the OP's question as to the 2.7 liter Ecoboost or the 5.0 liter on an F150...

As many have pointed out, if you think you will ever move up to a larger trailer, then maybe the 3.5 Ecoboost would be a better idea. But, considering it is a turbocharged power plant, the 2.7 would be fine in the mountains for what you are planning initially.

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Old 01-15-2016, 09:13 AM   #26
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I have no experience with the 2.7 EcoBoost, but agree with others on here that (per the specs) it is too small for a tow truck, even for a 23. It's a gas mileage engine (even shutting off @ lights) likely dressed in a crew cab 5.5' 2wd with no towing package.

We recently went through this same decision process and ended up with a '15 F150 crew 6.5' 4wd with MaxTow (which gives you the 3.5 EcoBoost and all the best towing goodies). So I don't have to retype and waste space again, here's my thread describing our details:

I like our new truck so much that I am trying to talk my father-in-law out of a new F250 gas 6.2L for an F150 3.5 EcoBoost MaxTow. The specs are just better for our applications, it gets better mileage all the time, and you don't have an F250 ride.......

Texas has lots of my recommendation is have your dealer find you an XLT Sport or lightly equipped Lariat (gives you almost 2k payload), and MaxTow. And in a '15 F150 only due to all the improvements I talk about in the other thread compared to the 09-14 F150. I know we all tout what we own (run what you brung), but per the specs, and for us, ours is about the best equipped 1/2 ton of any brand for our Flying Cloud 27fb that I found.

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The 2.7 cranks out 320 hp and 370ft/lbs of torque. It comes in all the same sizes and trims as the 3.5. Rated to tow up to 8500# so I suspect it would have no trouble towing a 23'.

The 3.5 though, can be configured to tow about 12000# so if you would like to keep your future options open...
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I have the 5.0 and really like it (even towing my 30'). That said, it's easy to see the strength/effortlessness of the 3.5 when you look at these numbers.

5.0 - 387 lb ft @ 3800 rpm
2.7 - 375 lb ft @ 3000 rpm
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