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Old 05-22-2016, 09:24 PM   #1
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Ford Eco6

Anyone out there pulling a Airstream 30' Classic with the Eco 6.
We use it to pull out 25' Classic and it is a dream. We are about
to move to a 30' and not sure if the extra 1000 lbs will make a difference?
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:40 AM   #2
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That depends on how your F-150 is equipped. Rear end ratio is most important and the 3.73 is the better than the 3.55 along with the HD springs, etc. You might consider adding a set of Firestone air bags to the rear springs that will aid in leveling once you are hooked up. Power wise you should have no problems unless you have a really high rear end ratio and that will only affect you in the mountains.
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:59 AM   #3
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Mcwey, We are towing an '02 30' Classic w / slide. Empty weight about 8,400# and loaded around 9,000#. We towed many miles with our '10 F150 and the 5.4L engine. We updated to a '15 F150 with the 3.5 Ecoboost, 3.31 rear end and 6 spd tranny. There is NO comparison in the performance of these two engines. The Eco is far and above the 5.4 !!! In areas requiring a downshift the Eco is usually a gear higher and 1,000 rpm less than the 5.4.

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Old 05-23-2016, 11:00 AM   #4
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We did when we went from 25' to 30' and we (I) was not satisfied with the handling of the F150 nor it's braking ability so we traded to an F250. Then sold everything, and a year later bought a new 30' AS and an F350. The F250 is more than enough and did great, got the F350 just because, bought at same price as they were going to charge me for an F250, because I asked.

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Old 05-23-2016, 12:10 PM   #5
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Thanks so much for the feedback! I do have the tow package
so I should be good!
Thanks again.
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:34 AM   #6
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What kind of gas mileage do you folks get with those Eco6's pulling 30"ers (or whatever)?
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Old 06-02-2016, 12:16 PM   #7
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Brad, I get 8.5 - 9.5 mpg towing my 30' Classic which weighs about 9,000# with full water. I tow mostly on 4-lane roads and run faster than most folks do. On interstates I will tow at 72-73 mph and get the mpg I mentioned. It will tow with much better performance than my previous '10 F150 with the 5.4L engine. BTW, my mileage with the 5.4 was similar.

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Goodyear 15" Marathon ST tires are speed limited per the data on the side wall of the tire to 65 mph.

Those that have converted to the Michelin 15" or 16" tires do not have a speed restriction on the sidewall of the tire.
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teach me, please

So, what are my risks, when I glance down and see that I am exceeding 65 by 5-7 mph? I like to run at 65-68 mph, however, this does happen unintentionally as well as intentionally, like when needing to pass a slow vehicle. I guess that I've always assumed that a fudge factor would be built in for these types of scenarios.

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Faster speeds = hotter tires. Hotter tires litter the road sides.....
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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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We're not pulling a 30', but have a 2014 F150 Ecoboost with 3.73 rear end and HD tow package pulling a 28'. Added the Firestone airbags in the rear and that allowed the truck to be levelled out after hitching. We travelled about 100,000 km with this combo in the last 1.5 years and it has been flawless. We have covered everything from high mountain passes to both coasts and the central plains.
In another year or so I will look really hard at a new F150 once again.....

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