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Old 01-16-2012, 10:27 PM   #211
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I also think that a 25' Airstream should be the limit for any half ton vehicle, but that's my opinion.
Agreed...
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:09 AM   #212
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I have concerns too, but bought one anyway. As ROBERT CROSS posted, "time will tell".
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:07 AM   #213
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:43 AM   #214
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It has been put through brutal testing, in a pubic and transparent way. Watch the 3 part video. Your concerns are absolutely contested.
I believe the videos were prepared by Ford. Some Ford videos have been posted in this and other threads some time ago that either were the same or similar. They were all Ford ads in essence. Since one can assume bias, everything said in them is suspect.

CR tested the EcoBoost and had other reservations about it, but right now I can't remember what they were; it may have been Ford's general reliability scores and it wasn't about the long term expectations of the engine. I'm sure someone else will remember what CR said.

As others have said, "time will tell". We can revisit this in another year or two, and surely will.

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Old 01-17-2012, 12:24 PM   #215
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You mean the same Consumer Reports that ranked Coors the best tasting beer in the world?

You're going to have to find a more reliable source to convince me!
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:32 PM   #216
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As for the question about pulling a 30' in the rockies. I have a 28' Safari with slide that is about the same weight as the 30 classic. Gross is 9100 pounds, I think I have about 8500 when we leave town along with 1000 pounds in the bed of truck. Last summer Las Vegas to Yellowstone to Billings to Aspen to Grand Lake to Ridgeway, CO and back to Vegas. About 3200 miles no problem with power, gas mileage about 11.crew cab, loaded, 4x4 max tow, 157wb. But please read http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1065912-2011-shudder-at-5-kph-15.html before you buy a 157" WB with the two part drive shaft. Do some searching on f150 shudder. Ford has a problem and from what I've discovered no solution. Not ever truck has problem, but mine sure does. Ford is working on but it's been in 9 times to 4 different dealers and I'm about ready to call a lawyer. From what I can find this has been a problem since 2009 and only with a 157" WB. Does anyone with a 145" WB have the problem. I can recreate with about 500#'s in bed, but much worse with any trailer.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:17 PM   #217
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You mean the same Consumer Reports that ranked Coors the best tasting beer in the world?

You're going to have to find a more reliable source to convince me!
Good point. I didn't know that Coors actually was beer, but thought it was the product of beer.

As for the shudder problem, if it is a 2 part drive shaft, has anyone looked at the carrier bearing and whether it is positioned properly or the bearings are going bad?

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Old 01-17-2012, 01:28 PM   #218
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You mean the same Consumer Reports that ranked Coors the best tasting beer in the world?
In defense of Consumer Reports and all the god beer in the world, it was a review of "eight top-selling regular and light beers".

That says more about popular taste than anything else.

Gotta go pour an IPA........
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:39 PM   #219
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I sure appreciate all the input. We live in the mid-west and will occasionally be heading to the Rockies and traveling throughout them. We do like the higher country for camping. Would also hope to hit the Canadian Rockies. I fell pray to the hype about the towing power of the EcoBoost. Now that am I here at the door of buying a Classic 30 I am a bit unsure if I made the right decision. This particular truck is rated for 9700-pound towing capacity so the 8400-pound 30 is well within its ability. However, I am unable to find other brother's towing this sort of weight in an EcoBoost. I do not have the Heavy Duty Tow Trailer Package, however, after reading up on it the only thing I am aware I do not have from that package is the tow mirrors and an upgraded bumper, whatever that is. The other stuff is on the truck from the tow package or standard equipment. I had a Duramax before and it pulled my old 30 without blinking but this EcoBoost, I don't know. Anyone want to trade a Duramax for this 2011 Lariat 4x4 Crew EcoBoost?
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You bought a truck to tow a 10,000lbs GVWR 30'er with 3.55 gears and no tow mirrors (not max tow package)? I call Troll on this whole thing.
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You bought a truck to tow a 10,000lbs GVWR 30'er with 3.55 gears and no tow mirrors (not max tow package)? I call Troll on this whole thing.
He stated that he has 3.73 gears. That plus the 6spd plus the excellent torque output of the 3.5 liter Ecoboost should probably be good enough for the towing, though I think if the max-tow mirrors are any good that's a missed opportunity. There's a lot of aftermarket support for mirrors, at least. The only iffy bits that remain are whether the difference in braking, wheelbase and spring rates in the jump from half ton to 3/4 are necessary for operation in the mountains at a stress level Earthcreeper finds acceptable.
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I sure appreciate all the input. We live in the mid-west and will occasionally be heading to the Rockies and traveling throughout them. We do like the higher country for camping. Would also hope to hit the Canadian Rockies. I fell pray to the hype about the towing power of the EcoBoost. Now that am I here at the door of buying a Classic 30 I am a bit unsure if I made the right decision. This particular truck is rated for 9700-pound towing capacity so the 8400-pound 30 is well within its ability. However, I am unable to find other brother's towing this sort of weight in an EcoBoost. I do not have the Heavy Duty Tow Trailer Package, however, after reading up on it the only thing I am aware I do not have from that package is the tow mirrors and an upgraded bumper, whatever that is. The other stuff is on the truck from the tow package or standard equipment. I had a Duramax before and it pulled my old 30 without blinking but this EcoBoost, I don't know. Anyone want to trade a Duramax for this 2011 Lariat 4x4 Crew EcoBoost?

POI....check the tire's you should have D rated LT's to help with payload.

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Open this thread a while ago - and guess what I just purchased as my new daily driver?

Yea - luv me a Eco-Boost F-150... :-)
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Open this thread a while ago - and guess what I just purchased as my new daily driver?
It's about time! After all, you got me to buy one...
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