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Old 05-20-2014, 11:31 PM   #15
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Just a heads up, with your 27FB you will be over max payload if you include a passenger, cap, etc...
A well-selected F150 (even without the HD Payload setup) will have similar payload to the Navigator he's been using for years.
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:47 PM   #16
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Just a heads up, with your 27FB you will be over max payload if you include a passenger, cap, etc...
I get it. Wife + dog + cap (maybe) + misc stuff = 400 - 700 lbs. Hitch loaded maybe 900 to 1,000 lbs (Airstream says 770 lbs). So payload need is up to 1,700 lbs. This is close or over some 2014 configuration payloads. I'm hoping the 2015 aluminum F-150 ecoboost Lariat has higher payload as a benefit.

Also, the ecoboost has 38% more horsepower and 16% more torque than my 2003 Windsor 5.4 V8. Plus it doesn't lose power at altitude due to its turbo. The only thing missing is the V8 sound, but getting 30% better gas mileage when not towing more than compensates.
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Old 05-21-2014, 12:41 AM   #17
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we have a nearly 3 year old 2011 F150 Lariat 4x4 Supercab, 145" wheelbase / 6.5' bed, 3.5L Ecoboost,

it rides on factory P275/65R18 OWL All Terrains, has 3.73 limited slip rear, (7,700 GVWR)

and with the Max Trailer Tow Package, iirc, it's rated to tow 11,300 pounds, with a GCWR of 17,100.

we pull our 2002 Safari 25C Six Sleeper with it. the 25C has GVWR of 6,300. we use a plain old Reese w/d bar hitch. the tongue weight, loaded, is about 850 pounds.

the truck has plenty of get up and go, hitched and unhitched. suffice it to say that it pulls our AS just fine with no towing issues at all.

am sufficiently happy with this vehicle that I will buy / lease another one. we're planning on a new 2015 for the fall, if Ford production co-operates!

this 2011 is my sixth F150 since 1996. suffice it to say that, towing or not, it works for us.

very local - in town, suburban, mileage is about 14 mpg. highways at 62 to 65 mpg will get you up around 21 - 22 mpg. at 75 mph, about 18 mpg. towing is usually about 12 to 13 mpg, though we have seen as high as 14.5 mpg.

I did try turning off the Roll Stability Control with no apparent or measurable difference in mileage.

we protect the bed and our cargo with a BedRug and a Truxedo Lo Pro QT tonneau cover. both were new in 2005 an have been in / on our 2005, 2008, and 2011 Fs.

the Sony sound is good enough for the average listener. the reverse sensing is excellent. the rear camera makes hitching up effortless. the moonroof is as close to ragtop as I'll see any time soon. even the electric sliding rear window is handy.

if I could change two things, they would be -

shorter rear axle gears (3.55s) with all the rest of the Max Tow Package elements, notwithstanding the resultant 1,500 pound reduction in towing capacity, and,

put a Garmin Nav into the dashboard in place of the Ford + Microsoft SYNC / Sony piece of junk! the inventory of Ford POI info is perfectly abysmal! my old $125 Garmin is a much better NAV system.

ymmv.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:24 AM   #18
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We have 2011 EcoBoost, and will be ordering a 2015 when they become available, enough said
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The only thing missing is the V8 sound, but getting 30% better gas mileage when not towing more than compensates.
If you get to missing that sound, you could always burn a CD and play it in the stereo...
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Hi, I'm seriously considering a Ford F-150 Eco-Boost for my next tow vehicle. My present tow vehicle does fine, but is getting old, and I want a pick-up this time. [note: present vehicle not mentioned by name]

Please only post about this vehicle, and only this vehicle, in this thread. And only with this engine. There is, and has been, a lot of interest in the Ford Eco-Boost F-150, so lets talk about it.
My friend has a ego boost get low mileage towing
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Friend has a ego boost gets low mileage towing I went with the 5.0
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F-150 pulling semi out of sand.....
https://autos.yahoo.com/news/ford-f-...180002459.html
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:06 AM   #23
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Before you all go out and buy the Ecoboost, just try a 5.0 for fun. A couple years ago the 5.0 beat out the EB in mileage and towing in a real world challenge with cowboys towing horses. I posted the article a while back but can't find it now.
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Yes. I turn off the "Tow Sway Control" ONLY when not towing and I do this on every key cycle because there is no setting to leave it in the off position. I leave it on when towing. I agree that the brakes must be involved somehow. I asked Ford Dealer Salesperson about this and a mechanic at that same Dealership and they know nothing about it. Go figure. Don't take my word for it. Clear out your mileage and start fresh, you will see a notable increase in mileage. Still want better mileage, burn NON_ETHANOL in your tank and pick up another increase in mileage.
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Does anyone know if having the max payload package affect the ride/handling/turning radius at all?
Basically, doesn't having the package make the truck a 3/4 in disguise?
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Does anyone know if having the max payload package affect the ride/handling/turning radius at all?
Basically, doesn't having the package make the truck a 3/4 in disguise?
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HD Payload is only available on the longest wheelbase for the respective configuration, so it WOULD increase the turning radius compared to the shorter wheelbase, but would be the same as that for the SuperCrew w/ 6.5' bed without HD Payload. I don't know about the ride difference, but I wouldn't expect much handling difference beyond what you'd expect from the extra foot of wheelbase and LT vs P tires. I haven't driven one yet because hanging out in truck dealerships can quickly turn into an expensive hobby. Replacing my '07 isn't scheduled until Spring 2016.
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Old 05-25-2014, 01:19 PM   #27
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Does anyone know if having the max payload package affect the ride/handling/turning radius at all?
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About the only common part between the F-150 and F-250 is the Ford logo. The engines, brakes, suspension and frames are all different. All beefed up considerably. All it takes is a side by side in person comparison to see how different these two trucks really are.

Just about any V-8 or V-6 EcoBoost equipped F-150 will safely tow just about any Airstream up to 28 feet in length so long as you don't load up the truck bed with a lot of stuff (including a cap) and use a proper weight distributing hitch. Some versions of the F-150 will let you carry more payload than others. The longer wheelbase models should be more comfortable riding while towing at the expense of turning radius. The F-250 begins to make sense for towing if you carry lot in your truck bed, do a lot of mountain climbing or want an increased margin of safety.
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For my height, the f150 ecoboost was really my only option - the F250 sheds too much leg and head room for me to sit safely and comfortably. Towing my inaugural trip with my '28 from Richmond to virginia highland haven, I had no concerns on the way in whatsoever as to power and capability of the engine.

My only concern on the trip was that in tow/haul mode driving home, there was a fairly substantial downward grade on the blue ridge parkway near Roanoke, where even in second gear, the engine compression itself was not enough to keep stability in my ride - I had to favor brakes far more than I would have liked.

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