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Old 03-27-2011, 03:50 PM   #15
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1) What bedlength will be best? The 6.5ft or 5.5ft. I'm thinking the 6.5 will give me more room, but I read on a Ford forum that the shorter bed might be better for towing..any thoughts?
2) How many miles should I break the truck in before towing? I see that 1,000 is a consistent thought...
3) Hitches - looking at the Reese Straight Line Hitch High Performance Dual Cam Sway Control (from ProPride - don't think I'll need a PP but they have it where you can upgrade if needed).
You are towing a very small trailer that I assume weighs about 4,000 lbs. I would buy a V8 with the 3.55 gears like mine. Gets good gas mileage whether you are towing or not, plus you've got plenty of umph to get up the mountain passes. Now your questions:
1. Buy the short 5.5ft bed, your trailer is only 22 ft long.
2. 1000 miles is what Ford recommends.
3. You only need a WD hitch. The truck has an awesome anti-sway capability. Just push the button.

I've owned my 2010 F-150 for close to a year now and love it. Best vehicle or truck I ever owned. Make sure your truck has the built in brake controller and get the built in rear step in your tail gate.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:02 PM   #16
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Many thanks again!

Thank you again to all those with recent posts! I'm gonna order my truck this Friday, and have taken all posts into consideration.

The forum has helped me to decide to get a 4x4. I'm just gonna go all out on it so I never have to say...I wish I would have gotten _____.

Can't wait! Thanks again for all of your input!

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Old 03-27-2011, 08:11 PM   #17
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I love our 2009 F150. One of the best options on it is the navigation system which includes a backup camera. It turns hitching up into an easy one person job!
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:25 PM   #18
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Tow package comes with tranny oil cooler and additional engine cooling, heavy duty shocks and springs. With an 8 foot box everything is at the max.
Truck also has tranny temp guage.
Every option you add to the truck reduces the payload available.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:41 PM   #19
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I'm pretty sure all that are reccomending the V8 over the Ecoboost V6 may not know this V6 is twin turbo with 365 HP and has a tow capacity of 11,300 lbs. The max tow package does come with the integrated braking system and controller inside, along with extending mirrors.
Just picked mine up this week.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:57 AM   #20
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Greg,

So, have you towed the Airstream with the Ecoboost yet? If so, how does it do, and compared to what?

Anyone tow a big trailer with the Ecoboost yet?
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:52 PM   #21
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No towing yet. Won't be for at least a month. We have a vegetable farm and will be real busy for the next two months.
The truck has lots of power, and is actually more than needed for the Bambi, but I have other farm trailers. Still, I wouldn't feel very confortable towing close to the limit (11,300lbs) as it is still a half ton, and that would be a lot of weight pushing a half ton, even if it could pull it easily.

I do really like the truck. Planning a trip to Cody next month, then Prince Rupert a little later, then rally in Minnesota in July. Will try to keep you posted.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:31 PM   #22
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Funny you should mention the 1/2 ton thing as we have people in our unit pulling 30 and 34 footers with 1/2 ton pickups. However, they are Toyotas, so......

How is the fuel mileage so far on the Ecoboost?
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:47 PM   #23
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The milage so far according to the computer shows a little above 19 at around 65-70, 16+ around 80, and 15-16 in town.

I am sure this truck could tow those larger trailers, but you'll note I said I wouldn't feel "comfortable" doing that. My farm is just north of Yellowstone park by about 80 miles, and the Rocky Mountains and continental divide are just normal driving experiences here. I still wouldn't want an 11,000 pound trailer behind a 7,000 pound truck going down some of these passes, no matter what make of truck. And I have towed construction backhoes, crawlers, and loads of poles and wire over most of these mountains, not in a half ton.

From what I have seen so far, this should be a good fit for my conditions, and I am happy with this rig. Time will tell.

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Greg,

So, have you towed the Airstream with the Ecoboost yet? If so, how does it do, and compared to what?

Anyone tow a big trailer with the Ecoboost yet?
We have a 2010 30 ft Flying Cloud and pull it with a 2011 F150 with Ecoboost engine, it pulls great with no issues. Just returned from the Smokies and it handled the hills with no issues. We get close to 12 mpg and truck has a little over 4000 miles. We had bigger mirrors, like the F250, and factory trailer brake control when purchased
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:13 AM   #25
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I sure don't understand your theory of factory options "taking away from and lowering the performance and handling". Absurd. Especially in the Super Duty's, the snow plow option levels out the truck. So instead of having the dealer or some after market shop adding a "level" kit, the snow plow option from the factory does this. Having a HD generator is bad for performance? Your theory doesn't hold water. I would suggest the snow plow option even if you live in Key West, it goes hand in hand with the cab lights option and will affect the "performance" about as much.

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Pap, I'm considering ordering an E-350 with the V-10, and I'd appreciate any comments you'd like to make.....
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Pap, I'm considering ordering an E-350 with the V-10, and I'd appreciate any comments you'd like to make.....

I am not all that familiar with the options on an E-350. Can you still get a V-10 in the E-350? If so, then by all means, get it. It will come with the 6-speed Torqueshift transmission so the next big option would be the rear end ratio. If you can get a 4.10 then that is what I would order. If you can only get the 3.73 or 4.30, then I would go for the 3.73. Any added HD options like alternater, tranny cooler, suspension items, etc, then add it. I would get at least the XLT package for the comfort items and soundproofing. Again, I am a big lease fan over outright purchase on a new vehicle and if you send me a PM, I will go through the reasons why it makes sense.

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Old 10-30-2011, 02:24 PM   #28
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I sure don't understand your theory of factory options "taking away from and lowering the performance and handling". Absurd. Especially in the Super Duty's, the snow plow option levels out the truck. So instead of having the dealer or some after market shop adding a "level" kit, the snow plow option from the factory does this. Having a HD generator is bad for performance? Your theory doesn't hold water. I would suggest the snow plow option even if you live in Key West, it goes hand in hand with the cab lights option and will affect the "performance" about as much.

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No problems, we are just going to disagree here like we do on the diesels vs V-10 petro motors. Btw, ever drive a truck with the front springs (camper package or snow plow package) without any weight up there, whole different handling, etc.

Any Hootz, have a great Sunday...
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