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Old 02-21-2011, 10:56 AM   #15
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Hey Vaughan,
I ordered one with ecoboost and hd load capacity. It will tow the trailer and has a load capacity of 2670lb. That's in a supercab with 8 foot box.

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Old 02-22-2011, 04:54 PM   #16
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:39 PM   #17
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Historically you have the following: Mustang SVO, T-Bird Turbo Coupe perhaps to of the greatest and most bulletproof cars to ever come out of Detroit. Ford is not new to turbocharging iron block mid displacement engines, making them perform and insuring durability. I've got the 5.4 and tow a 26 foot wakeboard boat getting 12mpg...I would take that ecoboost f150 over mine in a heartbeat!...assuming I wasn't so partial to the very impractical Raptor 6.2! if you have some time, wait till hertz or Budget has one, rent it for a day and put it thru it's paces. As a fellow Californian I fee your pain over the diesel gun now being pointed at our populations heads.

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Old 02-23-2011, 10:00 AM   #18
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So, has anyone actually done any towing with this tubo charged V6 yet?

I'm very interested to hear how it performs.

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Old 02-23-2011, 01:32 PM   #19
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I've towed my small Argosy Minuet with both a Ford Flex and a Lincoln MKT with the Ecoboost V6. Very impressive performance, even relative to some V8s. It's very nice to be able to pull out on highway uphills into the passing lane to pass trucks - with no trouble at all. Piles of torque.

It will be interesting to see how it does in the truck platform with bigger trailers.

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Old 05-11-2011, 08:38 AM   #20
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I have no problem with putting a huge truck in front of any trailer to tow; where it gets to be a burr under my saddle is when I think about paying for fuel that's burned needlessly just to run errands or take trips without a TT.

Oh sure, you can buy another vehicle if money and space are no problem, but how efficient is that?

IMHO you have the right idea getting a vehicle that will pay it's way into the future while also being a joy to drive when you AREN'T towing.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:32 AM   #23
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Ford has a road show traveling across North America demonstrating the EcoBoost. You have the chance to compare the Ford EcoBoost with Dodge Hemi and Chevy in real towing conditions. I drove all 3 back to back pulling 6000 pounds. The power in the Ford is unbelievable. The twin turbo V6 outperforms both competitors hands down. Find out if the demo will be in your area and try it for yourself.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:42 AM   #24
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I bought a 2010 F-150 4x4 FX4 last year with the max tow pkg and the max payload package w/super cab. It was rated at 11300lb tow capacity. I tow a 2011 23ft International with 6000 GVW and 750lb tongue weight because I wanted to be sure it would do the job in a mountainous environment and I really didn't think 11300lb. tow capacity was realalistic.

After towing this rig with the truck bed full of stuff up and down some very long steep grades, I think it is a great truck built almost specifically to tow. It's not a matter of maintaining speed going up steep grades, but of how fast do I want to go up steep grades. I get about 12-13 mpg towing and on trips to Canada without the AS (14 hours of a variety of roads and speeds) I get the 20MPG that was promised.

I have not driven the the new engine, but I offer my .02 because I believe in the trucks ability to tow 11,000 LBS. I did drive the 2011 F250 Diesel and that is a great truck and would clearly do the job. That was what I intended to buy, but I saved $12,000 + on the cost of the truck and the F150 runs on regular gas so the operating expenses are considerably less.

I agree that you should ask for a "test tow" and be certain.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:47 AM   #25
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I also have a 2010 Ford F150 Supercrew 4x4 5.4 v8 w/tow pak and pull a 2007 28ft International CCD.It pulls great with the Equalizer hitch installed.No complaints ,11-12 mpg loaded 19-20 without trailer.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:12 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by tlcbuilder View Post
Would really hate to spend $40K and find out the twin-turbo's are running full out when pulling the AS .
They are TINY turbos. If the engine is under load they are spooling and hit full spool quick.
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Originally Posted by SoCalStreamr View Post
They are TINY turbos. If the engine is under load they are spooling and hit full spool quick.
Well, the turbos are "tiny" in comparison to a single turbo for a turbodiesel of around 2x the displacement, but they're well-sized for the purpose.

I think the more reasonable concern I've seen expressed about this engine is its ability to dissipate heat under extended full-load conditions, such as climbing a long grade with a trailer. For example, in the "Davis Dam test" reported by (but run by Ford) they only ran 3.5 miles of a 12-mile grade. Now, they may have chosen the shorter course simply because the Dodge was starting to catch up by the end of the 3.5 miles, or they may have chosen the short course because available power drops off as the engine "heat soaks" in extended max-power conditions.

I'd like to see the 3.5l Ecoboost be a strong successful engine so I can consider it for my next truck... the current one is a bit thirsty (I'm used to car mileage, so it may just be an adjustment for me, but ~15mpg around town is not impressive.)

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Originally Posted by SoCalStreamr View Post
They are TINY turbos. If the engine is under load they are spooling and hit full spool quick.
If you want to evaluate turbocharger sizing, I recommend Hugh MacInnes' book, Turbochargers (HP Books). It's a complex subject, and this is one of the best books available.

MacInnes was one of the pioneers of turbocharging. The semi-floating bearing (Rayjay Patent 3,043,636) is credited to Hugh MacInnes.

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