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Old 02-20-2012, 05:45 PM   #99
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Just got a email form Ford, my new King Ranch F250 is being built this week! I hope they do not that to long to ship it!
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:46 PM   #100
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We tow a 25'FB 2011 Airstream with a 2011 Platinum 4x4 - 6.5 Bed 3.73 Ecoboost Ford F150. Class 4 hitch is standard WITH the HD towing package - towing max is 11,300#. Towing the 25' is no issue whatsoever. Runs easy almost never exceeding 2,200 RPMS, milege is about 11 while towing runs about 14 without trailer in very hilly area and up to 22 MPG on flat interstates keeping speed at 65 or below.

Did not get nav system, but did get rear camera, mounted in the inside review mirror, not too bad, same back up features as dash model and much cheaper. Did get rear step, a real blessing when getting in and out of the bed to load kayaks on the truck rack.

All in all my choice would be an F250 or F350 Diesel, but the "boss" drives a diesel school bus and did not want one in our personal vehicle, so I opted for the Ecoboost. Amazing tourque from this Turbo V6. Ford does not comment, but a long time friend and longer time diesel mechanice has told me to let the engive idle for a few minutes after stopping to let the turbos cool. we do this no matter where we are going.

Good luck and enjoy
Years ago I bought a Ford product with a turbo: a 1985 Merkur. It was a 4 cylinder with a water cooled turbo. The water cooling is supposed to keep it cool enough so there is no oil "coking." However, using best synthetics of the day and idle cooling after high temp drives, I still had coking: the turbo wouldn't even spin on startup, & I tore it down at about 50K miles & found coked bushings. It was a pretty easy repair once I found a rebuild kit.

Today, Ford says:
Designed for long-life reliability, EcoBoost’s turbochargers feature water-cooled bearing jackets. This architecture is designed to prevent oil “coking” that could occur in previous-generation turbochargers. The new design means that EcoBoost drivers don’t need to observe special operating precautions, such as idling the engine before switching it off

This is at RED-HOT TORTURE: NEW ECOBOOST ENGINE but based on my experience you should do a few minutes cooldown like you are doing now.
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:29 PM   #101
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the results are in!

i towed about 1300 mies from florida to nj. i was very impressed with the truck.

when i bought the 2012 F-150 i thought the setup would be marginal. i was delighted to find the truck was everything Ford promised!

i was unable to get the max payload pkg with the 154"wb 5.5' bed.

while the eastern seaboard isn't very hilly, in tow/haul the truck only downshifted from 6th to 5th a few times just before the crest of the hills. most of the trip was driven at 55-60 mph. and it stopped well.

gas mileage ran at 11.7 avg. for the trip with a range from 11.4 to 12.7 depending on the grades. the trailer scaled at 9,400 lbs. fully stocked with one full 40 lb. lp tank, 1/3 fresh water, empty grey & black tanks and an extra hitch.

the truck title weight came in at 5450 lbs. which is 50 lbs under the passenger vehicle class limits in ny. with a full gas tank, some tools and clothing it scaled at 6140 lbs. (3440/2700).

i'm having trouble getting weight to the front axle but that might have been a scale issue since the truck front weight was unchanged on the three times it was scaled. first trip was with the trailer hitch guesstimated, second pass with the truck solo and the last trip with increased tension on the wd bars.

please save the hitch comments for the thread i'll start when i reweigh on the trip back to florida in the winter.
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Update much appreciated. The kind of thread one wishes to send folks to read with their questions. Looking forward to the rest. And I think that this thread is still the right place for what comes along next.
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We tow a 25'FB 2011 Airstream with a 2011 Platinum 4x4 - 6.5 Bed 3.73 Ecoboost Ford F150. Class 4 hitch is standard WITH the HD towing package - towing max is 11,300#. Towing the 25' is no issue whatsoever. Runs easy almost never exceeding 2,200 RPMS, milege is about 11 while towing runs about 14 without trailer in very hilly area and up to 22 MPG on flat interstates keeping speed at 65 or below.

Did not get nav system, but did get rear camera, mounted in the inside review mirror, not too bad, same back up features as dash model and much cheaper. Did get rear step, a real blessing when getting in and out of the bed to load kayaks on the truck rack.

All in all my choice would be an F250 or F350 Diesel, but the "boss" drives a diesel school bus and did not want one in our personal vehicle, so I opted for the Ecoboost. Amazing tourque from this Turbo V6. Ford does not comment, but a long time friend and longer time diesel mechanice has told me to let the engive idle for a few minutes after stopping to let the turbos cool. we do this no matter where we are going.

Good luck and enjoy
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Whats your axle ratio?
What's your gcwr?
Thanks
I have a F-150 also and only have a 9500lb tow cap.
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