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Old 01-20-2015, 11:58 PM   #15
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We went with a 2014 Tundra Double Cab. With 5.7L V-8, 6 speed trans, and standard 4.30 gears, Factory tow package. It's rated for 10,500 # towing.

It pulls our Tradewind easily and doesn't even notice our mini "Airstream"

The dark grey Tundra was on our test drive of the Tundra, we bought the white one and added an ARE cap.

The Tundra alone get 16-17 mpg and about 1 mpg less with the mini "Airstream"

The Tradewind is still under construction. It started life at 4350# and when done and loaded should come in around 5000 #.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:16 AM   #16
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I had a 2013 25' Flying Cloud that I towed with a 2013 F150 Ecoboost with absolutely no problem at all. My only reservation is that I did not have enough payload capacity which was my fault for not doing enough homework on the payload thing. Even still I had no problems at all. I have since bought a 30' Flying Cloud so I am going to upgrade my truck to a 2015 F150 Echoboost only this one will have Max Towing and Max Payload.
I would go with the max tow and max payload too. It's nice to have that extra buffer when you need to carry extra passengers or cargo. I seriously thought about a 2015 F150 3.5 ecoboost to tow my 28' slideout but with the 9200 gvwr and 1100# tongue weight and all the gear I carry, I decided on a 2015 GMC 2500 DenaliHD Duramax instead.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:42 AM   #17
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what CAStreamer said.
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:09 AM   #18
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what CAStreamer said.

LOL!! That's good!
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Old 02-04-2015, 06:43 PM   #19
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Moflash said..."Final drive ratio? Or axel ratio? 3:15 axel ratio is a very high speed ratio for towing.I would not recommend going that high regardless of torque generated."

You threw me when you asked this question as I have always heard differential and final drive ratio used interchangeably. So I looked it up to learn some more. To answer your question I refer to the final drive rear differential ratio that Ford uses in its listings for towing. The 2015s look to have four offerings ranging from 3.15 to 3.75. The best mpg but weakest for pulling is the 3.15; however, the power of the engine has much to do about that too. The 3.5 Eco does not show a 3.75 I believe, the most powerful but it does not need it yet note that the 5.0 does have the 3.75 option. My current truck has a 3.55 rear differential. That is the ratio offered in the max tow of one of the Eco engines I remember. I will probably go with the 3.15 in the 3.15 Eco for my payload/tow requirements. Your weights may require more.

Axle ratio I found often refers to gearing at the wheels as in the case of 4wd.


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Old 02-04-2015, 10:13 PM   #20
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Hi, my 2014 F-150 Ecoboost, with Max Tow Package, has a 3:73 electronic locker rear differential . I believe that ratio is not offered for the same in 2015. With the six speed trans a 3:55 should work fine, but I chose to have the 3:73's.
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The higher the level of the pickup Ford restricts the axle options. For example if one wanted a 2015 Platinum the lowest option is 3.55. Not sure why they do that but that is what they do. One reason is that they believe that if one wanted a "luxury" pickup they don't want the ride to be too stiff so they change other things around which affects the max payload and max towing.
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The highest trim level for which the max trailer tow and max payload options are available is "Lariat." Not available in "King Ranch," "Limited" or "Platinum" trims. My butt tells me that this package has a bit of a firm ride, which doesn't compare well with the Ram or Chevy/GMC top trims ("High Country" and "Denali.") which I've also driven. GM's "max trailer tow package" also is not available in these top trims.
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The highest trim level for which the max trailer tow and max payload options are available is "Lariat." Not available in "King Ranch," "Limited" or "Platinum" trims. My butt tells me that this package has a bit of a firm ride, which doesn't compare well with the Ram or Chevy/GMC top trims ("High Country" and "Denali.") which I've also driven. GM's "max trailer tow package" also is not available in these top trims.
Max Tow is available on the KR and Platinum (there's no more Limited for '15) but HD Payload isn't available above the base trim of the Lariat.
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I went to the Ford Build site for 2015 F150 and when you order the Lariet with HD Payload you can't get the center console with shifter and if Supercrew or Supercab you have to get the longer WB, 157".

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Even still the Platinum comes in around 2,000lbs for payload and with room too spare in the towing.
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Even still the Platinum comes in around 2,000lbs for payload and with room too spare in the towing.
Hi, today at the Portland Auto Show, the two 2015 Platinums had about 1,500 lbs payload rating. Still a lot better than the 2014 model that I saw in the dealer show room with 1,065 lbs payload.
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Exactly Robert You have the best choice for towing the most with that 3.75 electronic.
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Yeah it all depends on the configuration for payload.
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