Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-10-2015, 05:17 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Plover , Wisconsin
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 76
2015 F150 2.7L Ecoboost

Does anyone have experience towing an AS with the Ford F150 2.7L Ecoboost engine? Was it adequate? Was it reliable? What was the mileage?
Oxen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2015, 12:40 PM   #2
jcl
Rivet Master
 
Currently Looking...
Vancouver , British Columbia
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,325
The 2.7 Ecoboost is fairly new, so for reliability you will probably have to use other Ecoboost models as proxies. The 3.5 Ecoboost has been well received.

What trailer are you planning to tow?

For a smaller Airstream I think it would be fine. For a larger Airstream I would consider the 3.5
jcl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2015, 11:02 PM   #3
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Plover , Wisconsin
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 76
I plan to buy a FC 25 or 27 FB. The weights are within spec. for a F-150 2.7L EcoBoost with some safety margin.
Oxen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2015, 08:46 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
KJRitchie's Avatar
 
2008 25' Classic
Full Time , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 4,309
Why bother with the 2.7L vs 3.5L EB? Make sure you get the extended range tank. Check the yellow load sticker on the door to make sure payload is adequate for your needs. FLT tow test of the 2.7L was with the Supercab version to get safe payload to show on their video.

Kelvin
__________________
2008 Classic 25fb "Silver Mistress"
2015 Ram 2500 6.7L Cummins. Crew Cab, 4x4, Silver
KJRitchie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2015, 10:24 AM   #5
E Pluribus Aluminus
 
Jaxon's Avatar
 
2008 34' Classic S/O
1967 22' Safari
2005 30' Classic
Land Of Enchantment , New Mexico
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,275
Images: 9
I had a 2012 Ecoboost that I towed a77 International (27) and a 67 Safari (22) and it did a great job on flat lands as well as in the mountains. Never came close to the 12,000b tow capacity... The Ford was a great truck and realy nice daily driver...

I did tow a friends 05 Safari 25 on a trip of about 1500 mostly flat miles and it also did very well. All trailers either used a Reese dual cam hitch or an Equilizer hitch. The ONLY problem I encountered was being pretty close to maxing out on my payload capacity for the truck towing the 05 Safari. This is something you will absolutely need to check into as the hitch weight of the trailers youre looking at adds to that. Youll need Fords heavy duty tow package and the heavy duty payload package... Remember to leave yourself with room )pounds), to spare, dont push it to the load limit.

Good luck!
.
__________________
.
Bill & Kim
WBCCI 7005 * AIR 9218
The trouble with trouble is it always starts out as fun...
Jaxon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2015, 11:20 AM   #6
Yertle01.com
 
TRizzuti's Avatar
 
2006 22' International CCD
Estes Park , Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 106
I've been toying with the notion of trading my 2014 F-150 with the 5.0 liter V8 for a 2015 with either the 2.7 or 3.5, the reason being that my 5.0 liter struggles on steep inclines. I estimate I'm towing about 6,000 lbs in trailer weight and everything in and on the truck including passengers. So, I talked to a Ford service manager that I trust, one that has a lot of towing experience. His opinion in my case is that I'd be close to maximizing out the 2.7 and would be a lot happier with the 3.5. Not sure it's worth trading for either at this point, though.
__________________
Terry P. Rizzuti, "Yertle"
TRizzuti.com
Yertle01.com

"My two cents is worth every penny."
TRizzuti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2015, 12:08 PM   #7
TinCan
 
graysailor's Avatar
 
2016 30' Classic
Apache Junction , Arizona
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 877
You also cut to the chase and just get a F250. The question at all about towing and payload.
__________________
TinCan
graysailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2015, 12:44 PM   #8
Yertle01.com
 
TRizzuti's Avatar
 
2006 22' International CCD
Estes Park , Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 106
I actually talked to the service manager about getting an F-250 instead. His answer was it's too much truck in my case, but if all I want to do is tow with it, it would be fine, but if I also want to use it as an everyday driver, which I do, I won't be happy with it because it'll beat me to death. He seemed to make sense.
__________________
Terry P. Rizzuti, "Yertle"
TRizzuti.com
Yertle01.com

"My two cents is worth every penny."
TRizzuti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2015, 01:31 PM   #9
New Member
 
2015 31' Classic
West Linn , Oregon
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 4
We tow a 2015 Classic with a 2015 F150 3.5 Ecoboost with no problems. Set it up very carefully based on tow ratings, since a Classic can top out at 10,000 lbs. We've come back and forth over the Cascades several times this summer. Easy tow and no lack of power. The F150 is our daily driver and we did not want a bigger truck. By the way, we love both vehicles.
Jcimral is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2015, 05:48 PM   #10
2 Rivet Member
 
2005 28' Safari
Saint Joseph , Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 60
Yep..have a 2011 F-150 with that engine..tows our 2005 28ft Safari with.no problem..a few trips to CO and NJ (our kids) and one go VT..think it's rated to tow 7000# right around the AS weight.
TruckerFritz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2015, 05:49 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
2015 25' Flying Cloud
2016 30' Flying Cloud
Blenheim Ontario , Ontario
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 1,263
Quote:
Originally Posted by TRizzuti View Post
I've been toying with the notion of trading my 2014 F-150 with the 5.0 liter V8 for a 2015 with either the 2.7 or 3.5, the reason being that my 5.0 liter struggles on steep inclines. I estimate I'm towing about 6,000 lbs in trailer weight and everything in and on the truck including passengers. So, I talked to a Ford service manager that I trust, one that has a lot of towing experience. His opinion in my case is that I'd be close to maximizing out the 2.7 and would be a lot happier with the 3.5. Not sure it's worth trading for either at this point, though.
I'm pulling a 25' FC, (new) with a Ford f-150, 3.5 EcoBoost and it seems to handle the Airstream quite fine. Keep the RPM between 2000 and 2500 and everything is 'Jake'. The max torque on this engine is 2500 RPM, where you should get your best gas milage.
When towing on our 400 series highways, I cruise at usually 110 KPH, (70 MPH) in fifth gear at 2250 RPM, on the level. Going up hills, I downshift to forth, and 110 KPH is at 3000 RPM.
I could CRUISE AT 120 KPH quite easily, but wifey gets antsy.
My fuel milage towing the AS is comparable to my previous Toyota 4-runner 6 cyl. towing a Hi-lo at 100 KPH.
Note of caution: Avoid using 6th. gear on any mission; it's far too 'tall' and is useless and redundant. You would need a 4.30 rear end ratio to use it properly.
2500 RPM in fifth will give you 120 KPH or 75 MPH. (My F-150 has a 3.55 rear end ratio) That's fast enough!
Contrary to what Ford says, do not 'work' the engine at under 2000 RPM, or risk piston damage.
This 3.5 EcoBoost is a marvelous engine that should be 'driven' properly to get the best results.
MelGoddard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2015, 08:13 PM   #12
2 Rivet Member
 
2008 27' Classic FB
Coppell , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 32
I just completed my first trip to CO, over the Raton Pass, in a '14 F150 3.5 Ecoboost, HD TOW and HD payload pkg AND the 3.73 rear end. I used the Tow/Haul mode in the mountains and large hills. Ran quite well and returned about 10 MPG. staying at 60-65 MPH. Pulling a 2008 Classic Limited at about 8K pounds. In NM and TX, on the flatter sections, I would get 11-12 MPG at 60MPH in 6th gear. Uphill, downhill, the transmission did a stellar job of picking the right gear and maintaining set speed going up or down. On some steep grades, I did have to apply the brakes some to keep the speed down. Not often and certainly not enough to heat anything up. I highly recommend the 3.5. I have owned the Ford 7.3 turbo diesel and loved it....except for the harsh ride and maintenance expenses. For the lighter AS trailers, Gas is the way to go....IMHO.
Coolbreeze is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2015, 09:57 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
kscherzi's Avatar
 
2013 27' FB International
El Dorado Hills , California
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,436
Images: 24
I think the 2.7 ecoboost is one amazing power plant. It has more power, horsepower and torque, than the slightly older 5.4 liter V8 that Ford offered just a few years earlier as its premier power plant.
kscherzi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2015, 10:26 PM   #14
2 Rivet Member
 
merchantmm's Avatar
 
2015 27' Flying Cloud
Yorba Linda , California
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 69
Images: 2
"No problem" seems to be the consensus. I went thru the same considerations last year and ultimately decided "No problem" was not good enough. I decided on the F250 and went all in with the diesel 4x4. It's a fine daily driver and I NEVER worry about payload or towing capacity. The deal was sealed when I considered the engine braking capability of the 6.7 diesel. Lots of mountain driving where I leave in the west. I sleep fine.
__________________
MERCHANTMM
merchantmm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2015, 07:31 AM   #15
Rivet Master
 
IanPoulin's Avatar
 
2011 28' International
Aldie , Virginia
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 543
Images: 4
//speculation only

Be aware that towing capacity must be met with braking ability -- I drive the 3.5L ecoboost engine and it's engine compression is simply not up to the task on downhill driving of any slope greater than 4 or 5 degrees. Taking Bent Mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday, 3 miles at 6-8 degree declines, the 3.5L kicked down to 2nd gear and I was forced to manually apply trailer control and foot brake nearly the entire way.

Thankfully I have the heavy duty brakes that go with the tow/cargo packages; and the blue ridge parkway at that section has pull-outs fairly well spaced out allowing me to give the vehicles a good rest.

If I were to consider the US or Canadian Rockies, I'd really want to look at a diesel I think....

Ian
__________________
2011 Airstream International Serenity 28'
2016 Ford F250 Crew 4x4 KR Diesel
IanPoulin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2015, 10:09 AM   #16
jcl
Rivet Master
 
Currently Looking...
Vancouver , British Columbia
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,325
OP: as suspected, more experience here with the 3.5 than the 2.7. For the $1200 or so I would step up to the 3.5

IanPoulin: do you mean degrees or percent grade?

Jeff
jcl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2015, 10:50 AM   #17
Rivet Master
 
IanPoulin's Avatar
 
2011 28' International
Aldie , Virginia
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 543
Images: 4
sorry; percent grade.
__________________
2011 Airstream International Serenity 28'
2016 Ford F250 Crew 4x4 KR Diesel
IanPoulin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2015, 11:59 PM   #18
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Plover , Wisconsin
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 76
But, no problems have been described regarding the 2.7L Ecoboost, despite that there are some out there. Nothing about mountains or engine failure.
Oxen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2015, 02:30 AM   #19
Rivet Master
 
Road Ruler's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
St. Catharines , South Western Ontario
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,367
Images: 38
Is the 2.7 supposed to get better fuel mileage than the 3.5?
__________________
Airstreams..... The best towing trailers on the planet!
Road Ruler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2015, 09:22 PM   #20
Rivet Master
 
kscherzi's Avatar
 
2013 27' FB International
El Dorado Hills , California
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,436
Images: 24
By the EPA estimates a little better than the 3.5. Browsing online people are reporting above 20 average and up to 26 highway. It makea sense a little less ppwer and a little more economy. I suggest doing the research and forming an opinion.
kscherzi is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
F150 Ecoboost Owners With Problems LFM Tow Vehicles 45 01-29-2016 10:16 PM
2015 F150 EcoBoost or Ram 1500 EcoDiesel or ?? thewoodcalf Tow Vehicles 40 09-08-2015 05:34 AM
F150 Ecoboost or F250 6.2L for 1968? Randy Gates 1965 - 1969 Globetrotter 25 06-16-2013 12:49 PM
Questions - Ordering 2011 F150 Ecoboost KerryFO Tow Vehicles 46 11-03-2011 05:32 PM
ordering our next TV - 2011 F150 EcoBoost jm2 Tow Vehicles 20 03-31-2011 05:29 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.