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Old 06-18-2016, 09:55 AM   #1
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F150 V6 EcoBoost or 5L V8?

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Picking up my 2005 Safari next week and shopping for tow vehicle. Any advise appreciated as I am drowning in decisions to be made and have never done this before. I have never pulled a trailer but have sailed a 46' boat...hopefully I will learn fast!

1. Ford or Chevy?
2. New or pre-owned?
3. F150 V6 Eco or V8?
4. Go with Airstream megahitch for $200
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Old 06-18-2016, 10:09 AM   #2
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We recently went through the same decision and ended up buying an 2016 F150 with the 3.5 L eco boost. We are very happy with our decision, You need to shop carefully to find a truck with enough payload by inspecting the stickers on individual trucks, We were able to get an XLT crew cab with a short bed and the 36 gallon gas tank with 1800 lbs payload. The truck as plenty of power. I did spend some significant time fine tuning weight distribution with our equalizer hitch but everything seems good now. If this was not also my daily driver, I might have more seriously considered a F250, but so far the eco boost in tow mode has done a great job with out 27' flying cloud. The stuff I learned on this forum really helped us make a decision, even if at times the amount of information and opinions seem overwhelming!
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Old 06-18-2016, 10:11 AM   #3
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I tow my 25FB with a Toyota 5.7. It has plenty of power so anything in the 5 liter area should work just fine as will the Ford Eco-Boost.

If my tow vehicle was a daily driver I would look at the Eco-Boost. It gets very good mileage when not towing. When towing it is similar to all the rest.

Buying used is always a good economic move IF, you can find a good unit that has been taken care of and comes with all the bells you would like to have. Buying a truck will be a big expenditure so make sure you get something that fits your needs and is something that you will like.

If you have any thoughts of moving up to a larger trailer you might want to look at a 3/4 ton now. Half tons are limited by carrying capacity and not towing numbers. You will be able to tow your 25 with the trucks you are looking at but the big question remains, how much can you put in the bed of the truck once the trailer is on the ball?

It will all come down to your style. How do you camp, what do you bring along with you on trips, what are your plans for the truck in between trips, and how important are creature comforts to you?

I love my Tundra. It is dependable and comfortable by our standards and it has plenty of power to get up and over the mountain passes. It is rather weak in payload capacity so I do have to watch how I load it. Since it is just the two of us, we manage nicely. Again, you need to look at your situation before you jump. Best wishes. You have some exciting times just ahead. Enjoy.
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Old 06-18-2016, 11:41 AM   #4
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Forget the Mega Hitch. If you do need to lock the trailer there are many much cheaper ways to do it. A pad lock through the hitch lever or a ball lock.

As for the truck it depends on where you intend to go and if yo are going to use the truck for other things. If you are headed for the maintains go for the V8. If the larger share of the usage is daily to work and your going to say on the plains go for the ECO.

The biggest single thing that most people overlook when picking a TV is the rear axle ration. You smaller trucks are designed for Soccer Moms and so called fuel mileage. Then tend to have the wrong gear ratio for pulling. When used that way there is a noticeable lack of power.
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Old 06-18-2016, 12:34 PM   #5
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I pull a vintage A/S with a vintage truck so don't have much personal knowledge. My friend however pulls a 31' wide body with a Ram 1500 diesel with the eco-boost turbo charger. He couldn't be more happy with it as a tv or about town truck. Says it pulls better than the 2500 Ram he traded in on it and gets like 23mpg about town.
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Old 06-18-2016, 12:35 PM   #6
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Fran&Frank are right on. We have same truck.Our 2016 FC 26u tows great behind it. My only regret is I didn't get the larger fuel tank. Happy camping!


























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Old 06-18-2016, 12:36 PM   #7
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Also have a 2005, AS 28' Safari and a 2011 F150 Ecoboost that we are very happy driving every where.
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Old 06-18-2016, 12:39 PM   #8
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FYI - At least with the Ford, you must put 1000 miles on the truck before first towing. And the cruise control is disabled for the first couple of hundred miles, for proper break-in.

So, don't plan to drive your brand new truck from the dealer to the Airstream store and then take off down the road.

BTW - The 2016 F150 Lariat Ecoboost w/max tow package is a nice rig. You'll like the auto backup system - really works.
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Old 06-18-2016, 01:20 PM   #9
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Very pleased with my 2014 Ford F150 3.5L Ecoboost with 36 gal fuel tank. Have towed our 25' Flying Cloud over 3000 miles from Fl up thru GA, NC, W Virginia,Ohio, KY, thru the mountains with ease. 60,000 miles on the truck with not one problem.

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Old 06-18-2016, 01:41 PM   #10
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I will give the F 150 and EcoBoost another vote. We had a '10 F 150 w / 5.4L V8. The '15 F 150 w / 3.5 Eco has way more pulling ability than the V8. Whether it is our 30' Classic w / slide or 25' Excella, the Eco engine is hard to beat! We have the max tow, 36 gal gas tank, S Crew and other nice features. We don't carry much in the truck box.

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Old 06-18-2016, 02:23 PM   #11
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We just got a 25' and went through a similar decision process. If we had gone with the F150 (safest pickup in its class), we would have gotten the 3.5L eco boost. Because we plan to full time with lots of toys in the truck bed, we went with a 2016 F250 diesel. If we had time to wait only a few more months, we would have gotten the 2017 F250 or even 350 that will incorporate many of the great features introduced on the F150 in the last two years.

Our first trip out, we got 14mpg including some of the steep grades around LA.

However, we opted to keep my old 4Runner for my daily driver because the big beast of a truck is oversized in a land of compact parking.
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:25 PM   #12
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Hi,

Picking up my 2005 Safari next week and shopping for tow vehicle. Any advise appreciated as I am drowning in decisions to be made and have never done this before. I have never pulled a trailer but have sailed a 46' boat...hopefully I will learn fast!

1. Ford or Chevy?
2. New or pre-owned?
3. F150 V6 Eco or V8?
4. Go with Airstream megahitch for $200
Personally, I'm a Chevy GMC person. 6 liter with full tow package 2500, diesel really best.
Regarding Ford, check one of the new Car and Drivers for excellent comparison of V6 versus V8
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:27 PM   #13
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Hi,

Picking up my 2005 Safari next week and shopping for tow vehicle. Any advise appreciated as I am drowning in decisions to be made and have never done this before. I have never pulled a trailer but have sailed a 46' boat...hopefully I will learn fast!

1. Ford or Chevy?
2. New or pre-owned?
3. F150 V6 Eco or V8?
4. Go with Airstream megahitch for $200
I appreciate your questions as I was in the exact same place approximately one year ago as I needed to order a TV in preparation for a to be order a 2016 AS Classic. I went with a 2015 Ford F150 EcoBoost 3.5L V-6 importantly with a 3.55 rear axel ratio. My research at the time indicated that this particular engine / axle ratio had a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 lbs. I also ordered the max tow package, the 36 gallon gas tank and the power telescoping mirrors (similar to that seen on F250s). So far, so good. Good luck with your decision.
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