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Old 05-20-2014, 11:45 AM   #1
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Ford F150 Eco-Boost.

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.
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Hi, I'm seriously considering a Ford F-150 Eco-Boost for my next tow vehicle.
Me too. My current tow vehicle is older. I'm really excited about the upcoming F-150 and its aluminum body for weight savings. I understand Ford has said that the savings may translate into a payload boost. I don't want a bigger truck than the F-150 short bed because I want it to fit into my garage.
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Probably worth specifying the 3.5 litre Ecoboost, as Ecoboost refers to a full family of engines. The 3.5 is offered at different hp and torque ratings depending on the platform, and the next F150 will have a 2.7 Ecoboost as well as the 3.5.
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Payload is #1 consideration.

I have owned 2 EcoBoost F150's. If I ever do it again, I would order the HD Payload Package w/E tires and all chassis upgrades necessary to get the highest payload and tow capability. The EB engine/transmission have all the power needed to tow an Airstream 25ft Classic or smaller. Finally, I average 17-18mpg when not towing and with the SWAY CONTROL feature turned OFF. This little bit of information saves me about 2 miles per gallon when not towing. Otherwise, my 4x4, Crew, 3.53 averages about 15+ mpg when not towing and less when towing, closer to 11 mpg.
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Probably worth specifying the 3.5 litre Ecoboost, as Ecoboost refers to a full family of engines. The 3.5 is offered at different hp and torque ratings depending on the platform, and the next F150 will have a 2.7 Ecoboost as well as the 3.5.

Hi, with the 3.5L Ecoboost being the only one at this time in the F-150, we should also include the new 2.7L Ecoboost when it comes out. I'm thinking about the 6 1/2 foot bed on the crew cab, if it will fit into my garage. I will have to re-measure my new garage as it's supposed to be 22' deep. I have a feeling that it is actually 21 1/2' deep. Maybe the 5 1/2' bed version will be enough.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:28 PM   #6
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I have owned 2 EcoBoost F150's. If I ever do it again, I would order the HD Payload Package w/E tires and all chassis upgrades necessary to get the highest payload and tow capability. The EB engine/transmission have all the power needed to tow an Airstream 25ft Classic or smaller. Finally, I average 17-18mpg when not towing and with the SWAY CONTROL feature turned OFF. This little bit of information saves me about 2 miles per gallon when not towing. Otherwise, my 4x4, Crew, 3.53 averages about 15+ mpg when not towing and less when towing, closer to 11 mpg.
Hi, I thought about this also, but have never seen on the lot; So I may just have to order exactly what I want. So at a two miles per gallon loss it must be activating the brakes quite often. Need to turn the sway control off even when not towing?
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The Ford F-150 3.5 liter Eco-Boost is a great truck which can tow nearly any Airstream.

The only caveat I would suggest you consider is the payload capacity of the F-150 model you are considering (you have to look this up for each combination of cab/bed/engine/drive train/options since this figure can vary quite a bit.) In general the F-150 3.5 liter Eco-Boost's payload is in the 1,800 to 2,000 lbs. range.

That may sound like a lot, but when you figure the hitch weight of an EMPTY 25 foot Airstream is about 800 lbs., a cap for your pick-up can be 200 to 300 lbs., gasoline for the pick-up about 100 lbs., two passengers @ 150 lbs. each, you are already at about 1,500 lbs. before any other gear you may bring along (e.g., generator, "gear," dogs, firewood, etc..)

So if you pack your truck heavily, you need to be careful about payload. If you don't have a cap and leave your bed pretty much empty, then the F-150 Eco-Boost is a great choice.
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The Ford F-150 3.5 liter Eco-Boost is a great truck which can tow nearly any Airstream.

The only caveat I would suggest you consider is the payload capacity of the F-150 model you are considering (you have to look this up for each combination of cab/bed/engine/drive train/options since this figure can vary quite a bit.) In general the F-150 3.5 liter Eco-Boost's payload is in the 1,800 to 2,000 lbs. range.

That may sound like a lot, but when you figure the hitch weight of an EMPTY 25 foot Airstream is about 800 lbs., a cap for your pick-up can be 200 to 300 lbs., gasoline for the pick-up about 100 lbs., two passengers @ 150 lbs. each, you are already at about 1,500 lbs. before any other gear you may bring along (e.g., generator, "gear," dogs, firewood, etc..)

So if you pack your truck heavily, you need to be careful about payload. If you don't have a cap and leave your bed pretty much empty, then the F-150 Eco-Boost is a great choice.
For those of you who do not already own a F150 Ecoboost, the payload range is 1590 to 3060 lbs depending on how it is configured. And the payload ratings already include a full tank of gas and a 150 lb. driver.
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Hi, with the 3.5L Ecoboost being the only one at this time in the F-150, we should also include the new 2.7L Ecoboost when it comes out. I'm thinking about the 6 1/2 foot bed on the crew cab, if it will fit into my garage. I will have to re-measure my new garage as it's supposed to be 22' deep. I have a feeling that it is actually 21 1/2' deep. Maybe the 5 1/2' bed version will be enough.
Since you're thinking about the long version, you can get the HD Payload setup without compromise (unless you're just desperate for a Platinum model or 20" wheels).

I'm planning to buy a new tow vehicle in the spring of 2016, so I get to wait and see what the aluminum truck weighs and what its payload is like. I don't really want the extra foot of truck to deal with, but I like the higher payload. It might be just enough to make me happy without HD Payload if they put more than half of the promised weight savings toward payload. Assuming they still offer the HD Payload configuration on the aluminum-bodied truck, of course.
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I have a F-150 ecoboost without max payload and and 25 B and and I'm over on the back axel. The next one will have the max payload. No problem for towing I like my truck
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Several of our customers own the F150 with the Ecoboost, and every one of them loves theirs. One customer bought a full-size 5th wheel to be towed by his Ecoboost. I thought he was nuts, and told him so (those who know me can attest that not being able to express my opinion is not one of my problems). He invited me to do a test drive, and off we went. Takeoff from zero to about 10 mph was a bit sluggish, but not bad, and after that I was almost able to forget about the 5-er sitting on the bed. I had to keep slowing down, as 65+ was no problem towing.
He did order and get installed a set of towing mirrors, which are nice to have, and I think they are a regular option on these trucks now. He says he gets 12 mpg towing.
The other customers aren't as "push the envelope" as him, but they all report good results. I hear about turbo problems, but nobody I have talked to has had issues, it's all been someone else, or a friend of a friend.
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I'm about 99 percent I'll get a ecoboost, I even bought 100 shares of Ford stock to qualify for the X-Plan. I'm sure some of you can do better but I prefer to minimize my time at the sales office. Though even then it seems to take hours. I'll probably also get a 4x4 to get the larger fuel tank.
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Just a heads up, with your 27FB you will be over max payload if you include a passenger, cap, etc...
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I had a 2012. Enjoyed it immensely, great for towing, but it was overkill for my needs. Swapped for a smaller Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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