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Old 10-02-2013, 11:11 PM   #477
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Hi, I'm thinking of buying one of those in the future to replace my Lincoln; What is the payload on your truck? See sticker in door jamb. My Lincoln is about 1600 lbs.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:09 AM   #478
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Thanks for your thorough description. We're just over the half way mark on a 10k mile trip using our Suburban as a TV. We've come to the conclusion that we need a TV with more power and the EcoBoost in one of our options. I have one question about your experience so far. When you're climbing either steep or very long grades, what's your engine RPM?

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28 footer with slide out - those slide outs are HEAVY - way too much tongue weight for an F-150/1500!!!
To whom is this response directed? The only person to post to the thread about towing his trailer with an Ecoboost F150 in the last 2 weeks has a 25' '06 Safari, no slide (clearly described in text and shown in photos.)
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:29 AM   #480
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Hi Road Geezer

You likely don't "need" more power however you could easily "want" more power. However if you like your Suburban as a vehicle you may be able to substantailly improve your hill climbing with a little driving technique and a different tire size.

What year suburban do you have?
Which engine?
Do you know your axle ratio?
Do you have a 4 or 6 speed transmission?
What size tires do you have?

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We just traded an '05 F-250 diesel for a '13 F-150 Ecoboost and just returned from a 500 mile trip from Denver to western Colorado. Going up Mt. Vernon canyon, thru Eisenhower tunnel and Vail pass is a pretty good test for a towing vehicle. Honestly, after a lot of research and discussion with the Ford dealership, I was still nervous about the decision to go with the F-150. After this trip I'm happy to say that our experience was terrific. It's a great vehicle. Going east on Vail pass, which is a real workout, it pulled easily at 65 mph and still had room to go. Engine braking is not as strong as the F-250 and I'll need to learn how to use the tow/haul feature of the F-150. On the relatively flat open road, it's a real pleasure to drive and there's no problem with pulling the trailer. F-150 specs: 4x4 Supercrew, Ecobost V-6, 3.5L engine, 3.55 axle ratio, select shift transmission, trailer brake controller, 7200# GVWR tow package. Airstream specs: '04 25ft. Safari LS. GVWR (empty): 6,300 lbs. Hitch wieght w/o options or variable weight: 750 lbs.
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We just traded an '05 F-250 diesel for a '13 F-150 Ecoboost and just returned from a 500 mile trip from Denver to western Colorado. Going up Mt. Vernon canyon, thru Eisenhower tunnel and Vail pass is a pretty good test for a towing vehicle. Honestly, after a lot of research and discussion with the Ford dealership, I was still nervous about the decision to go with the F-150. After this trip I'm happy to say that our experience was terrific. It's a great vehicle. Going east on Vail pass, which is a real workout, it pulled easily at 65 mph and still had room to go. Engine braking is not as strong as the F-250 and I'll need to learn how to use the tow/haul feature of the F-150. On the relatively flat open road, it's a real pleasure to drive and there's no problem with pulling the trailer. F-150 specs: 4x4 Supercrew, Ecobost V-6, 3.5L engine, 3.55 axle ratio, select shift transmission, trailer brake controller, 7200# GVWR tow package. Airstream specs: '04 25ft. Safari LS. GVWR (empty): 6,300 lbs. Hitch wieght w/o options or variable weight: 750 lbs.
Look at your payload max capacity on the drivers door jamb subtract the tongue weight and hitch weight and that is what you have left for passengers gear and if you weigh more than 150lbs that weight needs to be subtracted also.F150's are great trucks just low on payload capacity and max out very quickly.
Most dealers that sell them have no clue how they should be spec'ed out to tow large travel trailers properly.
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Most dealers that sell them have no clue how they should be spec'ed out to tow large travel trailers properly.
That is very true and as evidence of that the dealers often register trucks for the nest thousand pounds over the trucks weight instead of the GVWR. This poor practice often makes it illegal to drive your truck with a passenger in the truck (let alone any cargo) because you would be over the registered max weight of your truck.
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Currently have a 2014 Classic, which I pull with a 2013 F150 ecoboost engine, with the trailer package and the 3.73 differential. The door sticker and books say the maximum combined weight is 17,100 lbs. at my configuration. That being said the power of the engine is impressive and mileage is around 10 to 12 pulling the trailer. I've hit around 19 without the trailer, which includes city driving while unhitched. All my research and current experience pulling the trailer support the F150 is capable of pulling a 31 footer with no problems when properly equipped. I do like the softer ride when unhitched!!!!
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Hi Road Geezer You likely don't "need" more power however you could easily "want" more power. However if you like your Suburban as a vehicle you may be able to substantailly improve your hill climbing with a little driving technique and a different tire size. What year suburban do you have? Which engine? Do you know your axle ratio? Do you have a 4 or 6 speed transmission? What size tires do you have? Andrew T

Hi Andrew, pls excuse the delay in my reply. We're on a long trip currently in MI heading north the Mackinac Island, and I haven't mastered the iPhone Forums ap yet.

I have a 2001 1500 Sub with a 5.3 ltr engine. It's a 4 speed tranny with 3.73 rear end. The tires are stock; I think 17 ". Odometer is around 145k.

Appreciate your advice.
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I have owned 2 Ford F150 EcoBoosts. 2011 & 2013. If I were to do it again and planning on towing any camper at all I would for sure have: MAX Tow, 3.73 rear end & E rated tires. This gets you the highest payload which is the real weak link so to speak in this combined tow challenge of the various F150 EB models. The motor and transmission clearly have enough power on all F150 models. It is more about the payload which includes passenger safety when towing so we do not overload our equipment. So far, I am unimpressed with the Navigation My Touch product. For me it lacks responsiveness and intuitive design. By the way, the marketing about the great gas mileage is over stated so I resolve to have resonable gas mileage with great comfort and stellar towing capability in it's class. Happy camping.
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As a two time owner Earth I'm assuming you are aware of the HD Payload package? You mention the HD Tow pack, but that is completely different than the HD Payload pack.
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As a two time owner Earth I'm assuming you are aware of the HD Payload package? You mention the HD Tow pack, but that is completely different than the HD Payload pack.
He described the configuration of the truck that makes up the HD Payload package since he specified the E-rated tires. The only one that comes with factory-installed E-rated tires is HD Payload, 17" E-rated tires on 7-lug rims. The only small drawback is the long wheelbase that's also required to get HD Payload.
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Squirrely F150

When towing, with my 2013 F150 twin turbo, we get pushed around when ever a tractor trailer rig passes us. We also can feel it whenever a large sedan passes us going the same direction.

I am not saying that the effect is unsafe I am saying it is very annoying and unexpected.

We previously had a Tundra and while there was a small amount of "squirrellyness" when a truck passed it was never to the degree happening with the F150.

The F150 has passenger tires, but so did the Tundra and we are using the same Hensley set up to keep the F150 level when the Airstream is hitched.

I am wondering if anyone else is having a similar problem.
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I have a Hensely as well , when the dealer moved the hitch from our previous trailer he set it up incorrectly. If you have not checked the setup of the hitch yourself I suggest you verify that it is done correctly. You can contact Hensley and they may have some advice, it is more likely the Hitch setup than the truck. Speak to them about the drop bar you are using.

BTW I have never had any "squirrellyness" with either F-150 I have towed with once I got the Hensley dialed in. I would be interested what the solution is.
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