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Old 05-05-2015, 11:06 AM   #29
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I have had nothing but F150's for many years (maybe about 40). Anyway, with your small trailer you actually don't need the Eco-boost engine the 5lt would be just fine. Actually if the truth be known, the 5 LT gets slightly better gas mileage than the Eco-boost. That said, if there is even a slight chance of getting a bigger trailer then go with the Eco-boost. The 3.55 gears will be just fine with either engine and the 3.73 is not that big an advantage.

I normally put about 175 a 200,000 miles on my trucks before I trade them off and get a new one. You should get that distance out of either engine without putting a wench on it. Just change your old regularly and you should be trouble free.

As for options. The backup camera is huge as it allows you to hook up solo. The built-in brake controller is also nice. The seats in the higher trim version are better for the long hauls, but again this might or might not be an issue for you. I know it was for us as we often put in 10-12 hour days. If you really want to go high end. The platinum version of the f150 has two options that are not available with other options. One is the power step that is very nice as it comes out further than a standard running board. The second is a rain sensing wind screen this is a nice option as the windshield wiper will speed up and slow down based on the amount of rain hitting the wind screen. Good option if you go with the platinum version.

Have fun and look really hard at the 2014 versions as they are being discounted heavily right now and there is lots of them around.

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Agree; Platinum has some great features mentioned. We have 75K on our 2012 model. I wouldn't be scared about the 3.5L Echoboost with 3.55; there are plenty positive stories with 150K+ miles on this workhorse engine. We have the 4X4 SuperCrew short bed model, with step and tri-fold bed cover and have been very happy. I did not like the stiffer ride on the "off road" model vs the standard 4X4. One fine truck! Waiting for new transmission on next years model....then the argument starts with the wife, I'm sure..."whats wrong with the one we have?" LoL
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:21 AM   #30
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Spray in liner and BakFlip VP on mine. Protects the truck bed and contents.
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:26 PM   #31
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Glad to hear there are so many happy owners! Truck has bed liner and I'll definitely be getting a tonneau cover. Ridgeline had a BakFlip and I really liked it.
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:30 PM   #32
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Congratulations on the new truck!

The other night, just for grins, I looked up the towing capabilities of newer F150 trucks. We're thinking about something like a 1999 34' coach. According to what I found, an F150 might be able to handle one. Since there are far more F150's for sale than F250's, I'm wondering if I ought to consider an F150, or should I stick with the F250? Also, is a diesel available in an F150?
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Any 34' owners or more experienced people want to chime in? I'm completely unqualified to speak to this!
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:10 PM   #34
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Sorry cannot help with the 34' question. We pull a 28' and it does a fine job both in mountains and on the flat's
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:19 PM   #35
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Doug, what is the weight and tongue weight of your 28'?
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:58 PM   #36
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I think the the trailer gross weight is 7600.
We find the actual (ready to camp weight for us) is about 6400
The tongue weight is just over 1000
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:56 PM   #37
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Any 34' owners or more experienced people want to chime in? I'm completely unqualified to speak to this!
it is working for me. my payload is higher than most i've seen because i ordered a minimum of options.
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:44 PM   #38
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Thank you all! I did it. V6 ecoboost, 3.73 rear axle ratio, tow mirrors, backup camera, 36 fuel tank.
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2013 w 35000 mi. Thanks again. Very happy. Meg

Hi, except for the decals on the bed, your truck looks exactly like my 2014 with all of the same items you listed above.
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Hi Robert! Haven't towed with it yet but very happy--everything I wanted. 36 gal fuel tank ++! How do you like yours?
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Hi Robert! Haven't towed with it yet but very happy--everything I wanted. 36 gal fuel tank ++! How do you like yours?

Hi, orange kayak; We bought our new F-150 October 6th 2014. Two days later we took a two month trip with our Lincoln. To this date, we still haven't towed our trailer with it, but we love this truck. I had to have 1,000 miles on the truck for Ring & Pinion break-in and had to buy a new hitch shank. I also had a spray on bed liner done at Line-X and installed a Retrax Pro bed cover. Next will be securing or mounting my generator in the bed. I had to add a generator inlet on my trailer.
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That's a great looking truck. Should easily do the job. Jim
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We have a 2011 F150 and opted for the V8. Tows the 31' good but we decided we won't be making trips to WV or over the Rockies with it. Doesn't do too well on steep grades. We are looking forward to having the 22' complete for that ability.
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