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Old 02-19-2013, 07:44 AM   #365
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The factory (regardless of brand) published payload in their sales materials do not reflect the factory installed accessories when the truck was built.

When I took delivery of my new TV, the first stop was at a truck stop to fill the tank and cross the scales. I now had the real numbers for my TV. As each modification has been done to the vehicle, I make another pass across the scales with a full fuel tank tracking whether the new item impacted the front or rear suspension the most.

One thing of interest I have noticed is that the factory GVW number is less than the sum of the max load axle ratings, sometimes by a considerable amount. I would suggest that one never exceeds the axle ratings but might fudge just a little on GVW. DOT check points seem to be most interested in the axle loadings.

On my TV, the tires have considerably more capacity than the axle itself, which implies that the weakest link in the chain could be bearings, the axle casting itself or the springs. I am uninterested in crowding the maximum axle ratings to discover the actual failure point.

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Good post. I suspect that at least 25% of the towed RV trailer rigs that are rolling down the highway are over the rear axle rating. The reason we don't see broken axle parts is the safety factor applied by the engineers and the design loads which would include driving very fast over rough roads. Most of our roads are smooth and this reduces the axle loading considerably.

It would be good if every one knew how much their TV weighed before hitching up the trailer.

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:49 AM   #366
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Good post. I suspect that at least 25% of the towed RV trailer rigs that are rolling down the highway are over the rear axle rating. The reason we don't see broken axle parts is the safety factor applied by the engineers and the design loads which would include driving very fast over rough roads. Most of our roads are smooth and this reduces the axle loading considerably.

It would be good if every one knew how much their TV weighed before hitching up the trailer.

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Dan, I would add to your statement,"I suspect that at least 25% of the towed RV trailer rigs that are rolling down the highway are over the rear axle rating.", and say I suspect that at least 50% of the 1/2 ton towed RV trailer rigs that are rolling down the higways are over the rear axle rating.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:39 AM   #367
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I have made several posts in this thread detailing my investigation into a F150 EcoBoost King Ranch model for my particular situation. Wishful thinking not withstanding, nothing beats the actual numbers obtained by a pass across the scales. I have no doubts the motor could pull the load along a level road. But would an overloaded suspension component contribute to a future accident?

Flying by the seat of the pants in instrument conditions can get the pilot killed. So can failure to do due diligence by taking the truck across the scales loaded with the "typical" touring load (including people and pets in their normal positions) with no trailer attached to find out how much net payload is left for the trailer. The second pass including the loaded trailer confirms that the rig falls under the numbers captioned on the door or it exceeds those numbers.

Then the operator can make the decision that the F150 will "safely" do the job under all circumstances based upon reality rather than wishful thinking.

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My apologies if this has been addressed earlier, but I just wanted to make sure. I'm brand new here, and it's been a dream of mine to own an airstream trailer ever since my fiancee and I stayed in one in Big Sur, CA.

Anywho, I'm in the market for a 1/2 ton, and have been focusing on the Ford F150 V6 w/ the tow package. By all accounts, it sounds like it would be enough truck for, say, an argosy trailer (which is the model I am leaning towards at the moment).

Once again, apologies for the noobie question, but I'm looking forward to learning a lot from this community. Airstream trailers freakin' rock.

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Old 02-21-2013, 09:09 AM   #369
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My apologies if this has been addressed earlier, but I just wanted to make sure. I'm brand new here, and it's been a dream of mine to own an airstream trailer ever since my fiancee and I stayed in one in Big Sur, CA.

Anywho, I'm in the market for a 1/2 ton, and have been focusing on the Ford F150 V6 w/ the tow package. By all accounts, it sounds like it would be enough truck for, say, an argosy trailer (which is the model I am leaning towards at the moment).

Once again, apologies for the noobie question, but I'm looking forward to learning a lot from this community. Airstream trailers freakin' rock.

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First Argosy is not a trailer model, it is a line of many different trailer and motor home models. So while the F150 can easily tow an Argosy depending on which model Argosy and which model F150 you may have to be extremely careful with payload.

Some F150s have less then 1400lbs payload and some Argosys have actual tongue weights as high as 1200lbs, with weight distribution you could still be losing more then 900lbs of payload leaving you as little as 400lbs for passengers and cargo in the truck.
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And some F150s have over 2600 lb payload in SuperCrew, just so we have both sides of that discussion represented here. (that's a Supercrew with a 6.5' box 4x2, by the way... 3100 lb if you get the regular cab/long bed, the Supercrew with 4x4 drops to 2300 lb. HD payload package, which comes on the 157" wheelbase chassis with the 3.73 limited-slip diff)
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Associated Press: "Ford owners sue, saying EcoBoost engine defective"

Ford owners sue, saying EcoBoost engine defective: Associated Press Business News - MSN Money
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The headline omits the '3' that's in the story, as in '3 Ford owners sue' and 2 of those are Taurus SHO owners. It doesn't say what year the pickup is or whether or not it's had the intercooler fix (if it's old enough to have the original intercooler setup that had the condensation problem.)
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My truck did the same thing (engine shudder). Took it to the dealer to have TSB performed. I have not had the problem since. 3 pissed off owners is hardly news. I pull a 28 foot trailer, no problems.
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I bought a 2012 F150 Echo-boost and traded in a 2010 F250 with the 6.4 diesel. We tow a 2007 27 FB Classic AS which has a tongue weight of 792, an empty weight of 6672 and a GVW of 9000. We have pulled this AS a total of 16K miles and average about 10.5 MPG. Empty we get about 17mpg but on the highway I've seen 20 mpg if I keep my foot out of it. I got about the same milage as you with the diesel. While I agree that the diesel felt like it could bend the frame of the AS with its torque, I feel now that it was very expensive over kill and I am thrilled with the Echo-Boost. We live in colorado and have pulled over some of the biggest passes including Wolf creek with out any problem. Not only are we saving money on fuel but, as you know, diesel purchase cost and maintenance are way more than gas engines particularly the newer diesels which have the particle filters in the exhaust. I hope this is a help
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I bought a 2012 F150 Echo-boost and traded in a 2010 F250 with the 6.4 diesel. We tow a 2007 27 FB Classic AS which has a tongue weight of 792, an empty weight of 6672 and a GVW of 9000. We have pulled this AS a total of 16K miles and average about 10.5 MPG. Empty we get about 17mpg but on the highway I've seen 20 mpg if I keep my foot out of it. I got about the same milage as you with the diesel. While I agree that the diesel felt like it could bend the frame of the AS with its torque, I feel now that it was very expensive over kill and I am thrilled with the Echo-Boost. We live in colorado and have pulled over some of the biggest passes including Wolf creek with out any problem. Not only are we saving money on fuel but, as you know, diesel purchase cost and maintenance are way more than gas engines particularly the newer diesels which have the particle filters in the exhaust. I hope this is a help
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Larry, wondering which model EcoBoost F150 you have, rear axel, tow package etc. Also curious as to which weight distribution hitch and sway control you are using. Best, Joe.
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Hi from AZ. . . At the risk of beating a dead horse, I too love my ecoboost '11 F150. My truck did that 'shudder & lose power thing' one time in a driving rainstorm on an Alabama interstate and never again. (course I haven't been back to Ala either). Mentioned it to service advisor at oil change visit & he claimed no code in my computer . . .so.? Since it hasn't happened again in 24k miles, I'm still happy with my truck. I think the longevity question remains for all of us. Regards,Craig
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Mentioned it to service advisor at oil change visit & he claimed no code in my computer . . .so.?
Same thing in the fog in Mississippi, same reply, hasen't happened again.
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Same thing in the fog in Mississippi, same reply, hasen't happened again.
You should probably have TSB 12-2-10 3.5L GTDI CALIBRATION UPDATE - VARIOUS ISSUES - BUILT ON OR BEFORE 2/7/2012 done on your truck.
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