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Old 12-28-2015, 11:15 PM   #1
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2013 F150 EcoBoost MPG

We are at 92k on our 2013 F150 and to date the F150 EcoBoost has had zero mechanical repairs, nada. Tires were replaced, battery, oil changes, wiper blades. That is it.
We just drove to our Idaho house in snowy conditions and averaged 20.6 MPG over the 1100 miles. One stretch was 22.5 MPG.
Pulling either out 27ft Airstream or our 9ft tall dual axle enclosed trailer the truck gets 12.5 MPG. Loaded or empty it seems to get 12.5 MPG towing either trailer. Towing our dual axle car trailer it gets 17.5 MPG empty and 15.5 MPG with our Miata loaded.
It's been a great truck. I really thought we would replace it with a 3/4 diesel, but I may just get another '15 or '16 EcoBoost.

Any diesel owners out there doing any better? Someone please convince me we need a diesel.
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:33 AM   #2
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I'm glad to hear of your excellent results with your 3.5L EcoBoost. We're just breaking in a new '15 F150 with the 3.5 EB, and at 2400 miles or so and only short tows we're not quite there yet on the mileage. Should get better though. My son loves his '14 F150 FX4 crew with the EB (40k miles and he works it), and so far I'm very enamored with this one. I think they even tweaked the 3.5 a bit in '15 for a little more grunt.

When we were shopping this summer I just couldn't justify the F250 gas because of the poor mileage, nor the diesel because of the price jump and complexity. We have an '05 F250 6.0 powerstroke with low miles and while it's been a good truck, it is now eating through egr and oil coolers like candy. Oh, and it rides like a lumber wagon even towing our '14 Flying Cloud 27fb. I'm told the new F250 rides some better, and I bet the new Ram with air ride is awesome.

Ymmv and I know everyone loves what they own. As a friend of mine used to say "run what you brung". However for us, the new '15 F150 is doing everything we need it to do and I'm glad I didn't go with a F250. Now when the '17 F250 redesign hits.............. We'll see. You can read about our '15 here if you like:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...le-141137.html

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:33 AM   #3
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:45 AM   #4
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quad cab short bed, 4x4 off road package w/skid plates, Max Tow package and the 36gallon tank.

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Old 12-29-2015, 11:09 AM   #5
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Another EB fan here. My 2014 SuperCrew with 3.5EB averages 19.7 mpg in combined driving and 12.5-13 when towing the AS. 20,000 miles so far and loving the truck.
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Old 12-29-2015, 12:32 PM   #6
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Results w/Ram Diesel

Last year, I bought a 2015 Ram 2500 Laramie crew-cab 4x4 short-bed with a Cummins diesel & a 2015 Forest River Wildcat Maxx 32 ft-overall 5th wheel, which I have since traded in for a 2016 AS FC 27 FB. The 5th wheel weighed approx. 9K lbs dry; the AS weighs approx. 6K lbs dry.

Pulling the 5th wheel on trips (typically, 60-65 mph), I got 11-12 mpg, never lower than 10, never higher than 12.

Pulling the AS on trips, I get 13-15 mpg.

Driving the Ram with no load at 60-65 mph, I get 20-22. Recently, I drove I-5 from Seattle to Portland (approx. 150 miles) at around 65 mph & got 22.5.

Rightly or wrongly, my understanding is that I would get around the same mpg or somewhat worse with a comparable gas engine. What I can say about the diesel is that it has TORQUE beyond belief, and I've been told that its resale value is substantially better than gas (although admittedly at a substantial increase in original purchase price). So far, the Ram diesel is everything I could hope for for pulling the AS that I have --- as responsive and effortless as could be. Except for the additional weight of the trailer, the truck drives as if the trailer's just not there (a LOT different, and much, much better, from my experience towing the 5th wheel, which I found unpleasant).

In 1984, I bought a Ford F150 with a 302 V8 and put a Lance 8 ft (non-self-contained) camper on it --- a major mistake. The F150 was fine & peppy with no load, but putting the camper on it slogged it down so I was lucky to drive at 30-35 mph over the Castaic Pass, going north on I-5 out of LA, & also made it quite tippy going around corners (and also reduced its gas mileage to around 8 mpg). I have no experience with half-ton trucks since then, but I can't imagine towing my 27 ft AS with my old F150. The various comments here re current half-tons suggest that half-tons have improved greatly since 1984.
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Old 12-29-2015, 01:02 PM   #8
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Another EB fan here. My 2014 SuperCrew with 3.5EB averages 19.7 mpg in combined driving and 12.5-13 when towing the AS. 20,000 miles so far and loving the truck.
We have a 2012 F-150 Super-crew short bed with 76,000 miles pulling a 2013 30' international. Been all over the west and south west, up and down every pass in the Rockies and the truck is pure delight. Never been in the shop for other than maintenance. My mileage is not as good as yours averaging 11.0 to 11.5 however I have a led foot and not particularly concerned. If I stick to 65 Mph than I do get 12.0 MPG however I get bored with that on straightaways.
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Old 12-29-2015, 01:05 PM   #9
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We have a 2014 F150, Eco-boost, Lariat, 4x4 with Max tow package. We got the truck last November and have put just over 86,000 Km on it in the first year. We have been around North America pulling our 28' FC and the truck has been Flawless. The unit gets a constant 12-13 mpg towing and 19-21 not towing.
A few months back I (almost) talked myself into a F250 diesel till I rode in one. I think I will keep what I have and in another year or so just buy another F150. Wonderful truck and perfect for pulling an airstream!

Been a great rig in all towing conditions and terrains.
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Glad to hear others are having good results with the F150 EB. Just bought a '15 and still breaking it in, no towing yet, but love it so far. More tow capacity means more options too. Last truck was 11yo so time for an upgrade.
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Old 12-29-2015, 03:40 PM   #11
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We have a 2011 with 55000 miles and very happy. Same mileage everyone else is posting. pickuptrucks.com has a story on a f150 with a 3.0 diesel for 2017 so that might make an interesting combo.
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We are at 92k on our 2013 F150 and to date the F150 EcoBoost has had zero mechanical repairs, nada. Tires were replaced, battery, oil changes, wiper blades. That is it.
We just drove to our Idaho house in snowy conditions and averaged 20.6 MPG over the 1100 miles. One stretch was 22.5 MPG.
Pulling either out 27ft Airstream or our 9ft tall dual axle enclosed trailer the truck gets 12.5 MPG. Loaded or empty it seems to get 12.5 MPG towing either trailer. Towing our dual axle car trailer it gets 17.5 MPG empty and 15.5 MPG with our Miata loaded.
It's been a great truck. I really thought we would replace it with a 3/4 diesel, but I may just get another '15 or '16 EcoBoost.

Any diesel owners out there doing any better? Someone please convince me we need a diesel.
Our 2003 F250, with 7.3 ltr diesel, SRW, extended cab, auto trans, gets 20-23 mpg highway. Towing our 7 k# 24' TT, we get between 13.5 & 15mpg. Most of our travel is within AZ, NM, CO and TX.
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Old 12-30-2015, 02:10 PM   #13
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I'm curious what gear ratio most of you have. I'm towing a 27' Classic with my 2013 Lariat, EcoBoost, crew cab, 6 ft box and heavy duty tow package with a 3.73 rear end. The best I've ever done pulling empty is 17.5 mpg and my towing mpg is 9.5. I love pulling my trailer with this pickup and I'm going to order a 2016 soon, but I'm thinking the 3.55 might be a better ratio. Opinions?
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I'm curious what gear ratio most of you have. I'm towing a 27' Classic with my 2013 Lariat, EcoBoost, crew cab, 6 ft box and heavy duty tow package with a 3.73 rear end. The best I've ever done pulling empty is 17.5 mpg and my towing mpg is 9.5. I love pulling my trailer with this pickup and I'm going to order a 2016 soon, but I'm thinking the 3.55 might be a better ratio. Opinions?
We have the 3.73 on our current 2014. If I remember right, it becomes your only option when you order the HD Tow and HD Payload Packages. By the time we are ready to order a new one, I'm guessing the 17's will be out and possibly the new 10 speed transmission. I'm thinking that should make an (already) very good Airstream Tow unit even better....
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