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Old 09-14-2012, 02:20 PM   #267
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I have a 2012 eco f150. 3.73 rear hd tow package and i pull a 25 flying clowd. 7300 GVW. I do not even know it is there. However here is what you need to look for.
1. make sure you have the HD towing package it gives you 11500 pound tongue weight capacity on the hitch, heaver springs and shocks and extendable mirrors heavy rear bumper and a 3.73 rear gear. This is over and above what you get with the tow package ( which is included in the HD tow package)
2. If you carry 1000 lbs in you bed you MUST have the HD payload package. Check the door and see the payload capacity and remember, tongue weight is part of payload. Even with a weight dist hitch you still have at least 1/3 of the TGW as payload. Gas is included in the payload number on the door.

I get 20+ on the road on regular gas not towing. About 12 on high test towing up and down hills.

You can probably tow the trailer but it may not be legal without the above two packages. Even with the packages you must check the weight of the truck and traileer on a scale to be sure if you are legal. It is a great truck, the engine is far stronger then then rest of the truck


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Just drove one of these 2011 F150 3.5L at the local Ford dealer, impressed to say the least, and really want to buy, but am concerned about hitch weight and gas mileage when pulling a 2006 28' safari with a Slide Out. Does anybody out there have "inside" info on mileage when pulling about 8500 pounds. The AS has about 1000 pound hitch weight and I have about 1000-1200 or "stuff" in the bed. Currently pulling with a 2006 F250 6.0 and never notice the trailer is behind me, getting about 12mpg in the mountains, 14mpg without trailer. I need a pickup for about 15000 miles per year without the trailer and only about 5000 pulling the AS. I'm getting pretty tired, and really pissed every time I stop and pay 25 cents more for Diesel than gas, and the 2006 has over 100K mileage on it. But the big question, will the 3.5L be struggling pulling the AS??? Tried to talk the Ford dealer into letting me hook up the AS and drive it up the mountain, but no go, some BS about insurance. Yes, I've watched the stress test video's. Thanks Terry
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Old 09-16-2012, 03:05 PM   #268
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Came across this quote by friend, TXiceman,

The fellow to whom we sold our [8000-lb] 1989 Avion 34V is towing it with a new FORD F150 Ecoboost. He is happy with the way the truck tows and reports 13-mpg at 60/65-mph on the flats in Texas.

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the HD towing package it gives you 11500 pound tongue weight capacity on the hitch

Holy cow!!!!
That is SOME truck!!!

More capacity than a semi!
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Thats a trick question! A semi doesnt have a reese hitch! Lol
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:07 AM   #271
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If a truck had an 11,500 lbs tongue weight at the hitch than the truck would ride like a buckboard when there is nothing in the bed or on the hitch. I hope you mean an 11,500 lbs towing capacity
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That would have to be one hell of a hitch! Mines only rated for 600 lbs!
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LOL: With 11,500 lbs on the hitch I don't think the front wheels would even be on the ground.
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LOL: With 11,500 lbs on the hitch I don't think the front wheels would even be on the ground.
And the rear tires would be flat.

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Hang on a little while longer and you can get a Ford-Toyota Hybrid F-150. Check it out-

Ford + Toyota = Hybrid F-150? .: Articles=
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If a truck had an 11,500 lbs tongue weight at the hitch than the truck would ride like a buckboard when there is nothing in the bed or on the hitch. I hope you mean an 11,500 lbs towing capacity
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Sorry , leave out word tongue. Hitch capacity of 11,500
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Sorry , leave out word tongue. Hitch capacity of 11,500

meehhh...still not right...

We thinks you mean tow capacity...?
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^^^ He is right lol.

Iv never heard of "tongue capacity" lol. Its one of three things: payload, towing, or hitch capacity. Your hitch capacity will be the least at something under 1000 lbs which is stamped into the hitch itself. Then payload (weight you can have in your bed), which is something like 2000 lbs (dont quote me, prolly more). Then towing capacity (weight you can tow safely) which is something like... well... 11,500 lbs! Which is oddly really close to what a diesel can tow?

Now im gonna ramble!

When towing, youve gotta factor in quite a few things. What your truck is rated to tow is the simplest: if your AS weighs less than the number specified on your truck, your good to go. Then payload. You gotta know what the tongue weight of your AS is for this. Then you take your payload, minus what your hauling if anything, minus your AS tongue weight. If its less than your payload, your ready to tow! If its more, you need a weight distributing hitch. Then the hitch capacity! Also simple. If the tongue weight on your AS is less than your hitch weight, strap it on and go! Oherwise... weight distributing hitch.

I am 110% sure what your 11500 rating is, is towing capacity. It is is determined by many things including springs, shocks, and aux coolers which is essentially what the HD tow upgrade is
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Actually from your payload capacity you subtract your own weight and passengers weight,your fuel weight,your stuff you put in the truck (in the cab or bed )then your true tongue weight dont forget wd hitch weight...after you have loaded your trailer with stuff.Weighing empty unhooked then with trailer attached will give you a baseline.
It all adds up and when subtracted from your payload you will be amazed at what is left if any with a F150.
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