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Old 08-18-2019, 08:18 AM   #61
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I thought hard about getting the diesel but went with the V8 10-Speed. I have loads of downhill engine braking and average about 13 mpg. Also, my F-150 V8 Platinum has 500 pounds more payload capacity than my friendís F-150 Diesel Lariat.

ĒTurn off the truckís anti-sway control.Ē I haven't heard that before. What is the thought behind that?

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Old 08-19-2019, 07:56 AM   #62
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I thought hard about getting the diesel but went with the V8 10-Speed. I have loads of downhill engine braking and average about 13 mpg. Also, my F-150 V8 Platinum has 500 pounds more payload capacity than my friendís F-150 Diesel Lariat.

ĒTurn off the truckís anti-sway control.Ē I haven't heard that before. What is the thought behind that?

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According to my hitch manufacturer, and a couple of other threads I've read, the sway control built into the truck is brake driven, i.e., the truck's computer applies trailer braking effort when it senses sway. If you have a sway control hitch, that might actually cause your sway control to overreact in the opposite direction, which I suppose would trigger an equal but opposite reaction from the Ford's sway control, and you soon might have control issues. You might have a different experience with your hitch, so just be aware and alert.
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Old 08-19-2019, 09:46 AM   #63
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According to my hitch manufacturer, and a couple of other threads I've read, the sway control built into the truck is brake driven, i.e., the truck's computer applies trailer braking effort when it senses sway. If you have a sway control hitch, that might actually cause your sway control to overreact in the opposite direction, which I suppose would trigger an equal but opposite reaction from the Ford's sway control, and you soon might have control issues. You might have a different experience with your hitch, so just be aware and alert.
I have herd this comment a few times over the years, and also herd from the Ford techs it is not true. Run with your sway control engaged is what I was told by a few "experts". I can tell you with my F150 pulling a 25'AS with a BO hitch with sway control, I had an occasion where I was going 65 and had to swerve radically to avoid a speeding car coming up on my right side. Ended up in the center dirt divider and was able to ease back onto the pavement. The antisway "system" worked as advertised. I run with it on all the time...never concerned.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:13 AM   #64
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The sway control feature on my F-150 has worked as advertised. I never turn it off.
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I bought a 2018 F-150 3.0L Turbo diesel w/ crew cab and 6.5 bed. It is rated for 10400 tow and 2000 load.
I pulled a 21' foot Soveriegn (~5000lbs) and didn't notice it back there. The diesel weighs 400lbs more than other engines, but I don't think the vehicle weight reduction is that significant on a 5000lbs truck. On flat ground it tows 5000 and gets 15.8 mpg at 70mph.
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I bought a 2018 F-150 3.0L Turbo diesel w/ crew cab and 6.5 bed. It is rated for 10400 tow and 2000 load.
I pulled a 21' foot Soveriegn (~5000lbs) and didn't notice it back there. The diesel weighs 400lbs more than other engines, but I don't think the vehicle weight reduction is that significant on a 5000lbs truck. On flat ground it tows 5000 and gets 15.8 mpg at 70mph.
That is really interesting. I may start looking for a used one. I didnít realize you could get 2,000 lb payload. Is your empty mpg somewhere near 25? Also, how are they holding up in terms of trouble free operation?
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I get in excess of 25 on the flat at 70mph. The non-4x4 versions get 30! My truck has 3.55 gears.
As far as that payload goes, there is only 1200 left after you hitch a 27 or 28' airstream trailer.
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That’s more than my Tundra. It starts at around 1,400. (If I remember correctly)
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I get in excess of 25 on the flat at 70mph. The non-4x4 versions get 30! My truck has 3.55 gears.
As far as that payload goes, there is only 1200 left after you hitch a 27 or 28' airstream trailer.
Impressive data; my 28' TW weighs in at 1100lbs, so with my gear (generator, kayaks, camping gear, grill's) I would be at top of payload, and towing 7K loaded...will be interesting to see performance going up/down 8% grades pulling your 23'...still, impressive data on what you posted.

Curious whyt the diesel vs the Ecoboost for the F150? Cost of the diesel is going to be pretty high...I know on my current F250 diesel, it was way cheaper running the F150 EB for all around driving and maintenance. Of course, going up/down 7-9% grades pulling the 28'; the diesel is the way to go for sure!
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I bought a 2018 F-150 3.0L Turbo diesel w/ crew cab and 6.5 bed. It is rated for 10400 tow and 2000 load.
I pulled a 21' foot Soveriegn (~5000lbs) and didn't notice it back there. The diesel weighs 400lbs more than other engines, but I don't think the vehicle weight reduction is that significant on a 5000lbs truck. On flat ground it tows 5000 and gets 15.8 mpg at 70mph.
Thats an impressive payload for this truck. So just to confirm, the yellow sticker on your door frame indicates 2000 lbs payload? I found it very difficult to find F150s with 1800 payload with a gas engine unless you order one with the max payload option that is available in very limitted configurations. What trim level and tow options do you have?
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You are correct, ~1400lbs is the yellow sticker ... it subtracts-out over 400lbs for the engine. But true, too impressive for correct.

On the other hand I have gone over brigdes (say over the Caloosahatchie bridge near FT Myers) and at 70MPH with a 21' 5000lbs trailer in cruise control, the truck crosses the bridge without downshifting.

I drove to Miami from Bradenton on Saturday, no trailer, cruise at 75 and averaged 25.6 when I arrived.
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So you donít have a payload capacity of 2,000 lbs, only 1,400 lbs. Thatís all you can safely load in the truck: you, the wife, the kids, the dogs, camping stuff and about 80% of the tongue weight. Also, most trailer tires arenít rated for speeds over 65. Stay safe. Impressive mileage numbers though.
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So you donít have a payload capacity of 2,000 lbs, only 1,400 lbs. Thatís all you can safely load in the truck: you, the wife, the kids, the dogs, camping stuff and about 80% of the tongue weight. Also, most trailer tires arenít rated for speeds over 65. Stay safe. Impressive mileage numbers though.
Thought that payload of 2000# was too good to be true on the new F150 Diesel! By the way, the GY Endurance trailer tires are rated at 87mph.
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