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Old 05-02-2015, 08:02 PM   #1
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It is time--the Honda Ridgeline has served me well but I'm ready for longer trips, more payload capacity, and greater fuel tank capacity. I've decided on a used (2010-2013) Ford F150 Supercrew 4x4, preferably 3.5l V6 ecoboost. Within that scope, any input on must haves or must avoids? I'm thinking 3.55 or 3.73 rear axle gear ratio? Don't want to purchase another truck for a while...any great flaws seen in this choice?
Towing a 19' FC--4500# GVW
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:56 PM   #2
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I have a 2012 with the 5.0 V8. That's plenty of truck for your 19' trailer. You don't need the EcoBoost.

As for musts, look for one with a factory brake controller.

Also, if you have the VIN number of prospective vehicles you can find the window sticker online. I found it to be the best way to compare vehicles.
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:07 PM   #3
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Thank you SCOTTinNJ. Good feedback!
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:16 AM   #4
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just my opinions......
you'll want:
tow pkg w/trailer mirrors
tailgate step
backup camera

i think you'll be fine with the 3.55
you have to get the ecoboost to get the 36 gal tank (i think that started availability in 2012)

be very careful with payload ratings. with a lot of options it drops pretty quickly.
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Take the time to look at new ones also as there are large factory incentives on remaining 2014 F150's.Sometimes people buy used without a clue that they could have had a new one for the same price.
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I disagree on the tailgate step but agree completely with the bigger gas tank. I should have mentioned that.
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I disagree on the tailgate step...
Depends on how old and agile you are!!
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:19 AM   #8
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Thank you. I think I found one with all the important features...icl. trailer pkg and backup cam. No leather or tailgate step but I'm agile enough for now. : ) Price seems good--it's a 2013 that was a rental in Canada. We'll see what we can work out with the dealer.
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Does wheel size of tow vehicle have a significant impact on handling when towing?
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:14 PM   #10
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I have a 2011 super crew with 3.5 ecoboost and max tow package. Love it. It has more power that the V8 when the turbos kick in. I have the 18" wheels and Michelin all season tires Handles great. The off road model comes with 20" wheels but the sales guy said the tires for that will set you back big bucks when they wear out. I pulls my 24 foot Argosy with no trouble at around 12 MPG.
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Thank you, Gearheart. I'm looking at that exact set up--with 20" wheels.
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SPOILER ALERT!!! This is from the Ford head parts girl and her tech husband behind me when I asked them about the F-150, and which to buy.

Don't get the 3.5 Ecoboost as Ford have had a number of problems with them. They wouldn't tell me specifically what the problems are as Ford is fixing them under the table so to speak, however they said the problems are systemic and will reappear. The both of them also spoke of very expensive turbo related parts and marginal or even non-existant mpg gains especially if you're into the turbo's a lot. They themselves bought a 2014 with the 5.0 V8.

As for tire size, it's a proven fact that any rim size above 18" is detrimental to fuel economy (tires tend to be wider which have higher rolling resistance), braking distance, (due to increased weight of bigger rim and larger tire), slower acceleration (due to last explaination), sometimes payload capacity, harsher ride especially in colder months (due to lower tire sidewall height), tougher on front suspension bits and pieces (due to all of the above), AND finally, more expensive to replace. I would stick with the 18's.

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Old 05-03-2015, 08:58 PM   #13
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Thanks, Tony. Good things to consider. I'd probably sell the 20" wheels and get something I liked. But the V6 ecoboost? Really? (Hmmmmmm) Any Ecoboost owners want to chime in? Have you had engine issues?
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I am not sure of the so called problems with the EcoBoost. I can speak from my experiences and it has been great. I have a 2011 with 140,000 miles on it and pulled my 25FC about 12,000 miles with it with no issues at all. I also have a 2015 EcoBoost and already pulled about 4,000 miles with it, also with no problems. Have 11,500 on that truck already. I know several others with basically the same vehicle and they too have experienced no issues. I am regularly on the F150 Forums and there have been no more issues on these than any other vehicles. Turbo's do ultimately have potential for some issues when the miles get way up there. I'll deal with that when it comes if it comes. Again, you can probably say that with anything. I also have an Explorer with EcoBoost with 80,000 miles and no issues.
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