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Old 02-21-2021, 08:05 PM   #1
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Tow vehicle

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 02-21-2021, 08:29 PM   #2
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Chris,
I have the FC 23FB towing with a 2019 F150 V8 (non turbo is just my preference).
It does fine. We were tempted by the 25'er with the rear dinette, but decided the tongue weight and extra 700 pounds total weight would exceed my comfort range (admittedly conservative).
If you go into the mountains with a 25' trailer behind an F150, you may wish you had gone bigger. There are a lot of forum members who sing the praises of the larger trucks, and you are probably used to all the advantages of the diesel. Others will tell you you can tow with an Audi SUV.
Have you considered a truck with the power step option?
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Old 02-21-2021, 08:55 PM   #3
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Well get ready because you are going to get a lot of opinions on this.
I had an F150 3.5eco, with max tow. I felt that it towed our 25’ International RB ok. No issues really as far as power or sway, maybe a little light on the braking but that’s about it. The disclaimer would be that I never towed over any mountains with it, so that to me would have been the real test. Others are going to tell you, and I will too, that the issue you will have is payload. I had the Lariat and my payload was 1683. You may can get more than that if you go with XLT and Heavy Duty Payload. We liked the features of the Lariat. For us, the 1683# was going to be just too marginal. After deducting tongue weight, hitch, my wife, dog, & cab cargo, we were not left with a whole lot for heavier items in the truck bed. Grills, firewood, generators, and the like add up weight quick. You would really need to watch it with your trailer being a FB as those tongue weights can be close to 1000#. For all of these reasons I switched to a F250 diesel, but that’s me and my situation. Yours may be different. I had a 2006 F250 btw. Kept it almost 14 years. 6.0 bulletproofed. Strong as an OX. Only reason I let it go was really to upgrade to newer technology, safety & convenience features , etc. Good Luck in whatever you decide!
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Old 02-21-2021, 09:51 PM   #4
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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.
Thanks
Chris
You may consider these running boards. My Mom, Dad and Mother in law all have very good results getting in and out of my Tundra. They provide a lower and wider platform than fixed running boards, are very reliable and strong and best of all, they retract out of sight 3 sec after you close the door.
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Old 02-22-2021, 08:50 AM   #5
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Engine and Transmission

We tow a FC 25RB with a SUV with a 3.5 EB. While no diesel, I have been very impressed with the engine and 10 speed transmission. Lots of torque low in the rev range. When the truck is in tow mode, the transmission automatically downshifts while slowing.

I agree with the other comments about payload being the limiting factor. We cannot put a whole lot in the truck, but we prefer that limitation to getting a bigger truck.

Our truck has the electric running boards. They come out farther, go lower, and are wider than fixed running boards. They could help.
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Old 02-23-2021, 05:07 AM   #6
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You may consider these running boards. My Mom, Dad and Mother in law all have very good results getting in and out of my Tundra. They provide a lower and wider platform than fixed running boards, are very reliable and strong and best of all, they retract out of sight 3 sec after you close the door.
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Had those on my last GMC and I miss them...
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Old 02-23-2021, 06:54 AM   #7
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Had those on my last GMC and I miss them...
I am running amp research retracting running boards. Specifically installed to support two elderly mothers with significant limitations. They did the job very well
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Old 02-23-2021, 07:02 AM   #8
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Here's another vote for the Tundra.
Although mine has running boards that do not retract. 2015.
The passenger side has a grab handle to assist getting in.
With the 5.7 engine and tow package it would tow a 25' with no issues (I have a 26')
If I wanted to nit pick, I'd say the payload is a bit light, and the gas mileage is nothing to get excited about. (I get 11.9 towing)
I have the double cab ST, 6.5' bed to maximize payload.
If I sold the Tundra, I'd buy another.
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Old 02-27-2021, 09:33 AM   #9
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Had those on my last GMC and I miss them...
And I noticed now they have them to drop another 3".

On order!

The running boards which came on the Denali are not optimal with the height of the truck, so after 2K miles I will be selling mine...
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:40 AM   #10
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Lower your existing truck, if you are otherwise happy with it. Pat
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Old 02-27-2021, 12:00 PM   #11
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I have the double cab ST, 6.5' bed to maximize payload.
What is the ST? I'm thinking you mean SR but possibly it's something else.
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Old 02-27-2021, 01:56 PM   #12
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Might consider a Nissan XD. It has more payload. Kind of between a 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton.

I have an 2020 F150 with 3.5 Max Payload and tow my 28’ just fine. I just carry the bulky light stuff in the back of the pickup. Also I’ve gone down some pretty steep roads. I just let the engine break and it’s really not a problem.
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