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Old 03-10-2021, 09:27 AM   #21
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Hi, I'm pulling a 2020 Classic. 33ft with a 2019 F150 Lariat max tow pkg 3.5. No problem at all. It's almost shocking how well it does, even in the mountains. Can climb steep grades and not go over 2200 rpm
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Old 03-10-2021, 09:46 AM   #22
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I’m running a A combination similar to what you’re thinking. 2018 F150 4x4 eco-boost max payload max tow. 2016 27FB with the heavier 6 V batteries. I’ve done about 4000 miles through California, Utah and Colorado. Going up a pass is great, coming down just OK. I wanted to see what the Cat scales said out of curiosity and found my rear axle was 60 pounds over the recommendation. I travel with more than I should in the bed. Under the 75 pound bed cover is it in an inflatable kayak, generator, firewood, chuck box, Solar suitcase, dog food, large ice chest and an easy up. Three passengers and a dog means I’m inevitably over the recommended tongue weight.
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Old 03-10-2021, 09:53 AM   #23
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I pull my 2019 Globetrotter with a F-150 Eco Boost engine, max tow package. No problems with power or sway. Like the 10-speed transmission and like the control I have in tow mode. All around very happy with TV and trailer combo. But - managing my payload is a constant issue and will be with any 1/2 ton truck. I am maxed out all the time but willing to deal with this limitation for the smoother, quieter ride and better gas mileage.
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Old 03-10-2021, 09:56 AM   #24
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We have a 2020 F150 Lariat, with the FX4 package using the 3.5 eco and 10 speed transmission and live in Montana. I have towed mountains, long hills, flat land all sorts of terrain and have no problem at all with or without speed control on or off up or down hill. Mileage is aroung 9 to 11 depending on wind, and terrain. We tow a 2019, 25FB and carry a generator and other misc stuff in the backend. We normally cruise at around 66 to 68 MPH and the truck does not care if it is up hill or down it just goes at that speed and it is very stable. WE love our new truck.
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Old 03-10-2021, 10:10 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by DonDiego View Post
I am considering a new TV for 2022 and the F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid is looking real good to me.
Good luck
If you can manage the lower payload, I do agree the PowerBoost is an interesting TV for a number of reasons. You get better torque to help with climbing and passing, the onboard generator to charge up your RV batteries and the convenience of being able to run on electric only at low speeds.
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Old 03-10-2021, 10:14 AM   #26
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Don't do it!

You will be sorry, that's all I'm saying. Keep the 350 and get some steps or accomadations.
Originally Posted by Chrishall View Post
I have read every thread on tow vehicles but am particularly interested in those towing with a Ford F-150 Eco Boost engine, max tow package. I currently have a 2012 Flying Cloud 25FB. I am currently towing with a 2004 Ford F-350 diesel. My wife is disabled and getting on an out of the beast has become a real issue. I am considering an F-150 because of its lower ride height.
Any advice will be appreciated.
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Old 03-10-2021, 10:19 AM   #27
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We tow our FC 30 with a 2020 F-150 EB with max towing package but not the heavy duty payload package. Weíve towed about 6500 miles so far, including steep mountains in WV, NC, and SC. The truck has towed great, no complaints. Payload is an issue though. Ours is approximately 1850 lbs., which isnít a lot. Another factor to consider is the hitch. We use the ProPride and love it. I suspect the F-150 might not do so well without it. (The F-150 is also a great daily driver.)
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Old 03-10-2021, 10:33 AM   #28
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Towing a 30' Airstream with an F150

Hi Chris,

I tow a 2019 Flying Clound 30FB with an F150 for the same reason you mentioned - I wanted a tow vehicle that rode lower to the ground than an F250 since my wife is short and we have two kids that she has to get into car seats. We ended up getting the F150 with 3.5 EcoBoost, the max tow package and VERY importantly the heavy duty payload package which increases the payload to 2458lbs, which is comparable to an F250. Without that heavy duty payload we wouldnt be able to do it. But we've been fulltiming for two years now and towed with this setup for 25,000 miles or so and I'm completely happy with it. I have a video on youTube that goes into a little more detail on towing with the F150:

Family of four fulltiming since April 2019
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Old 03-10-2021, 10:40 AM   #29
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Chris, I have a 2017 F150 Lariat EcoBoost,3.5 L V6, 470 fi-lb torque @ 2500 rpm, Max Tow. GVWR 7050 lbs, Front GAWR 3525 lbs, Rear GAWR 3800 lbs & Payload 1811 lbs. Ir does a super job towing our 22' Safari with 610 lbs tongue load but have no mountain driving so far. Others say this truck might be too light for a larger trailer.
If it were easy, the PO would have done it.
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Old 03-10-2021, 11:07 AM   #30
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F150 ecoboost 5 speed works fine for me in any terrain. My only wish is it had a 10 speed. With the low rear end, that might be handy for economy on the highway, even though my ceiling is a self imposed 60 mph.

The lower step height is the primary driver for my f150. The little lady is 5'1 1/2" (and lies about the 1/2"). Had to have a step stool getting in the f250. Probably needs a ladder for the F350 😁
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Old 03-10-2021, 11:11 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by KK4YZ View Post
Can any of you guys using the Amp Research running boards comment on how far down they drop?
I have the Amp running boards (with dual motors since I live in snow country). They are mounted on a 2020 Ford F-150 4x4 (4x4 sits higher than 4x2 for extra clearance). The floor boards of the truck are at 22 3/4" off the ground, and the running boards are 9" off the ground when extended, having dropped about 6.5" from the "up" position. The Amp running boards make it SO much easier to get into and out of the truck, and they do not limit ground clearance since they fold out of the way. I would give them 5 out of 5 stars, but they are expensive, even more so with the dual motors, and are a moderate effort to install.

A little off topic from the OP's request, but the 2.7-L EcoBoost engine in the F-150 with ProPride hitch does a fine job of pulling my 19' Bambi over the Continental Divide which is only 20 miles away from home. Much improved over my 4.0-L V-6 Toyota 4Runner that I used in the past. The Ford 10-speed transmission in the "Tow/Haul" mode also does a nice job of engine braking going down the other side. When not towing, the 2.7-L engine delivers 22 mpg in mixed (mostly highway) driving after correcting for errors in the mileage indicator in the vehicle. Mileage towing is probably 12 to 15 mpg. The 2.7-L EcoBoost is not a derivative of the 3.5-L engine, and is better technology from my standpoint. However, for pulling the bigger trailers, the 3.5-L is presumably the right choice.

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Old 03-10-2021, 01:03 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by McStreamy_ View Post

We have a 2018 F-150 with max tow, heavy duty payload package, and the 3.5 eco boost. My payload is ~2300. Without HDPP the F-150 is a bit light on payload as others have noted. We love this truck. Have taken it through the mountains of CA, WA, OR, UT, and AZ with no issues. I'm never wanting for power. Would a heavy duty diesel pull better? Absolutely. That doesn't mean the F-150 is in any way inadequate for our purposes. YMMV.
Does the combo hddp and Max tow come on all trims or just xlt?
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Old 03-10-2021, 02:43 PM   #33
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Hi Chris, I have that exact set up in a 2016 F150, short box 4 door 4x4. I live in Tucson and routinely tow from here up through Flagstaff and to the Grand Canyon and other points north. I have also dragged our 3 axle, 34 foot Classic all the way to northern Maine and back. Towing is not an issue even on hills that are miles long and climb several thousand feet.
I am less enthusiastic about stopping power however. I am very cautious about my speed, following distance, and maintaining room for stopping, and when coming up to stop light I usually have a hand on the brake assist on the dashboard 'just in case' I need a little extra stopping help from the trailer.

I also have a Hensley antisway hitch and it makes all the difference in the world.

I have the 4x4 version as I have to back in to my driveway...300 feet and uphill in low range. It handles it very well, tho I'm not sure the 4x2 would.
Gas mileage drops from a routine 21 to 22 mpg to just under 12 mpg towing.

If I had it do over again I would choose the same truck. The newer versions have some nice features. I think they went to 10 speed tranny in 2017, seems to me that would help a lot.

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Old 03-10-2021, 06:40 PM   #34
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We pull our 2017 AS 25 ft front bedroom with a 2017 F150 Ecoboost. It has been coast to coast and border to border without any issues going up mountains or stopping in an emergency. We use a equil i zer bar. If I'm pushing the pedal to the floorboard I get middle 13 mpg. If I drive like a person should I get middle 16 mpg.
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Old 03-10-2021, 08:14 PM   #35
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I just bought a Ď21 F-150 today, replacing my Ď16 F-150. Lariat, 3.5L hybrid, max tow package, 4wd crew cab. Itís due at the dealer next Tuesday, I drove a Sport model was great! Has the 2.4 kw unit, supplies 2,300w simultaneous use out of two 120v/20A outlets.
Should run my a/c, with an easy-start. I have a Ď20, 22FB Caravel.
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Old 03-10-2021, 08:31 PM   #36
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Hi Chris, I have some experience close to what you are contemplating, but I have never had or been in a towing trip with the EcoBoost motor. I had a 2016 F-150 with the 5.0 V8 engine, 6 sp auto, towing my 25' Flying Cloud, and I never lacked power. I got high in the RPM range sometimes, but always felt like I had plenty of power. I moved up from F-150 to F-250, but not for power. The Ecoboost is said to be even better than the 5.0, so in regard to power, I think you would be fine. I don't like the heat they generate, but many folks sing praises about reliability, I have nothing to dispute that. I would caution you that power is the least of your concerns if you move down, and payload will be a constant problem, as well as concern about overloading the rear axle. The max payload package will give you some margin there, but I don't think it increases the rear axle rating. I don't know that, but be sure to check it out. When I had my F-150 I went to a CAT scale, and on a mostly empty evaluation, my rear axle was alreay overloaded, and I only had a few tools in my truck bed, I was *not* packed for a trip. Anyhow, for me the F-250 stability (a heavier tow vehicle) is a huge improvement over the F-150, and thats my reason for switching, and staying. The F-250 is harder to get in and out, and it rides rougher, I feel for you and the circumstances you describe, but perhaps the power step running board might help you there. There are many who are satisfied with the F-150, I guess it all comes down to what you are comfortable with in the handling characteristics, but be prepared for the trailer to push the F-150 around a little bit.
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Old 03-11-2021, 04:28 AM   #37
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We will be traveling from Connecticut to Burlington VT, 220 miles to visit our daughter and have a rear camera installed on our FC Bambi at Peteís RV AS dealerMarch 29th so I will report back.
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Old 03-11-2021, 11:09 AM   #38
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We have had 2 F150 2016 and currently an 2020 F 150 Both had the 3.5 Eco-boost Engine. We pull a 25 foot Flying Cloud front bedroom that weighs out fully loaded at about 6100 pounds on a CAT Scale. Our gross weight with truck and AS is between 11,500 and 12,300 pounds fully loaded. We tow approximately 6000 miles per year and have been from the upper coast of Maine through the Rocky Mountains the Grand Canyon's and across the plains. The 3.5 Has performed outstanding and we average between 10 and 13 miles per gallon. Our current payload capacity on the F150 is 1625 pounds We use an equalizing four weight distribution hitch and have no problem Towing at highway speeds including passing Semi trailers Or in high winds.
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Going down a big mountain, you will get the brakes hot even if you use the Stab, brake hard, let it build up 10 mph of speed and stab agin. You need to be able to shift into a low enough gear and slow down enough so you almost never have to scrub that 10 mph of speed. Been there done that, but never wound up at the bottom with a brake and tire fire, because I was willing to go down 25 mph like the sign said at the top of the mountain, in a low enough gear (4th on a 9 speed) that brakes were not needed.
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