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Old 09-21-2014, 08:33 AM   #113
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We are about to take our first trip with our 31' -towing with the max-tow ecoboost. We will be going up the same grade out of Las Vegas, so I will know how it does. Will post results when we get back.
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:41 PM   #114
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I'd appreciate knowing roughly what RPM your engine turns when going up the hill.

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Old 09-22-2014, 09:33 AM   #115
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For those of you that are familiar with Hwy 15 out of Los Angels to Vegas- the miles long and steep grade into the Antelope valley, the ecoboost did amazing! In almost 90 degree heat, and not one bit of raise in engine temp. Tons of power going up that grade pulling all that trailer. Downhill, with tow/haul engaged, engine braking worked equally well. Made it from LA to Springdale, Utah averaging 10.9 miles to the gallon. Considering I am only getting 12.1 around town in LA, I was surprised to get that good. As far as rpm's the engine ran, it did not seem any higher than normal. I must admit that since this was the first time towing our Airstream, my concentration was elswhere. Side note, the factory tow mirrors are great!
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Old 09-23-2014, 12:03 AM   #116
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Sounds like you did well. I have had the same experience as you. Nobody out there gets great milage while towing. On flatter ground you probably will get up into the 12mpg area.
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Old 09-24-2014, 01:52 PM   #117
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Check out the videos on "the fast lane truck" Thy run pickups up the 7-mile 7% grade on I-70 going east from Dillon, CO to the Eisenhower Tunnel at some 11,000 feet. They ran the Ecoboost pulling 10,000 lbs. up and down that grade and it did quite well: faster than either the Titan or the Chevy with the 6.2L ecotec, although thirstiest. As you would expect with a turbocharged engine's fat torque curve, RPM's were in the 3-4k range. Not as low as a diesel, but lower than the normally aspirated engines. Seems like it will be quite satisfactory.
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Old 09-24-2014, 04:12 PM   #118
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We just came back from a 3000 mile round trip from Texas to the Grand Canyon to Arches National park to Mesa Verde CO. and back to home. My 2012 EB with Max tow package was a flawless tow. We encountered up 10% grades traveling on 163 thru monument valley. NO problem. The tow/haul mode is great, it made going down steep grades less intense when you in a driving thunderstorm. I think the lowest gear that the trunk had to downshift to was 3rd. But that was really steep. MPG was 11.0 for the entire trip. I think Ford got this right.
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:49 PM   #119
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Siegmann checked it out today. Looks like the hd bumper has a steel plate behind the license plate. Other than that they look the same from the back side of the bumper.
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Old 09-25-2014, 09:33 AM   #120
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LaBigDogs- So my issue may not be with the upgraded bumper, but with all the late model F-150's where the bumper is attached to the hitch. I guess I should change my question. On either of your trucks, can you remove the hitch and still keep your bumper?
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Old 09-25-2014, 11:18 PM   #121
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Siegmann- why not visit the Ford dealer and check it out for yourself? Just asking...are you remote? There are many reasons some folks like the EB F150; bumper not withstanding...
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Old 09-25-2014, 11:21 PM   #122
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Check out the videos on "the fast lane truck" Thy run pickups up the 7-mile 7% grade on I-70 going east from Dillon, CO to the Eisenhower Tunnel at some 11,000 feet. They ran the Ecoboost pulling 10,000 lbs. up and down that grade and it did quite well: faster than either the Titan or the Chevy with the 6.2L ecotec, although thirstiest. As you would expect with a turbocharged engine's fat torque curve, RPM's were in the 3-4k range. Not as low as a diesel, but lower than the normally aspirated engines. Seems like it will be quite satisfactory.
DC- is this a "new" or just "updated" video from Ford?? They had this 3 years ago, which was another reason we purchased our 2012 Platinum model...2 friends of mine pulling, had earlier models and they loved them...did Ford do another video? It's a great truck for sure!
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Hi, pretty close to buying a new Eco-Boost F-150; I saw a Platinum on the show room floor with a pitiful payload of 1,065 lbs. If the information is correct, the one that I'm looking at has a payload of 1,840 lbs.
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Gypsydad, I am remote, although I can get to one dealer. But I'm weighing whether to consider a slightly used late model vs new.
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just returned from a 500 mile camping trip w/ the 'Outlaws'.
DW 's father towing his SOB with his new ('14) EcoB.
Us with our ('14) SD (gasser) pulling our FC.
both trailers approx the same weight (low 7K).
We averaged about an extra 1 mpg better than him; 12.5 vs 11.5
only differences were me using:
Premium fuel, tow/haul mode and cruise control.
FIL = none of the above.
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just returned from a 500 mile camping trip w/ the 'Outlaws'.
DW 's father towing his SOB with his new ('14) EcoB.
Us with our ('14) SD (gasser) pulling our FC.
both trailers approx the same weight (low 7K).
We averaged about an extra 1 mpg better than him; 12.5 vs 11.5
only differences were me using:
Premium fuel, tow/haul mode and cruise control.
FIL = none of the above.
The aerodynamic properties of the SOB your father-in-law was towing probably made far more difference than any other single factor. It would have been a more applicable comparison if he'd been towing another Airstream of similar weight.

A year or so ago I had to tow a friend's small (16') white box (technically green-and-white box, an old Prowler with good bearings and the brakes weren't dragging.) Compared to towing my 24' Argosy with the same truck, when I stood off the throttle it felt like I was towing a parachute.
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