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Old 08-21-2014, 10:59 AM   #21
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True, I have not owned an Ecoboost so you have real world info which is valuable. My experience in TV is large CI V8s (which I dislike now for towing) and non turbo and turbo diesels (GM 6.2 & 6.5TD, PSD 7.3 & 6.0, CTD 5.9 & 6.7, and LMM & LML Duramax).

I have seen the Ecoboost F150s at the drag strip running low 13s! I would like to also check out the Ecodiesels 1st hand.
I, too, would like to check out the new Dodge EcoDiesel. I understand the skepticism about the Ecoboost from non EB owners, though. I often tell people when they ask me how well it pulls my travel trailer that they're gonna think I'm a liar! Pretty hard to fathom a 3.5L pulling as well as it does when many have had big V8's like you speak of that struggle.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:05 AM   #22
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X2, Ecoboost does a great job. I also used 5.4 l V8 to tow and the Eco beat it hands down for torque and fuel economy.
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:07 AM   #23
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I thank you for the EB advice, you saved me from making a very costly upgrade. I keep getting conflicting advice that the EB can't do the job but as you say none of them own one. I will make the upgrades you suggested which is nothing compared to buying a 250. Thanks for your input, it is very much appreciated.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:18 AM   #24
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Air Bag question.

Just picked up a 2014 Ecoboost F-150 Supercrew w/ MAX trailer/payload package. 7500 payload of the truck, 17,100 GCWR, 11,300 max loaded trailer with 1,150 tongue weigh using a WD hitch set-up.
Will be towing a Work n Play @ 10,500~# loaded with 1,100~ hitch weight.
Dealer was surprised when we arrived with the trade (Chevy 2500) towing the WnP to give the Ford a test pull down the interstate and through town.
The F-150 did as good as the Chevy 2500.

The WD hitch manufacture says "Air shocks or air bags should only be used to support the added weigh you load in the back end of the tow vehicle." and issue a CAUTION: "Do not adjust air shocks or air bags to support any of the tongue weight of trailer"
Truck after attaching the trailer should be level or up to 1/2" rear squat with the WD.

Are airbags needed with truck payload in the bed of 1000 pounds and 800 pounds of people/gear in the cabin?
Being new to towing with this truck, what will be gained by adding air bags?
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:59 PM   #25
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No, I have not owned an EcoBoost. I didn't say it wouldn't tow it. I expressed my opinion that it's too much trailer for that rig. Just because someone can do something doesn't mean they should. Manufacturers tow ratings are inflated already. I towed my $6200# around with an '11 F-150 (5.0, 3.55 gears) for a while and in my opinion, even that was close to marginal... which is why I traded up. I think he will be disappointed with the power with 3.31 gears. The other piece of this is stopping. How do you think that will stop with failed trailer brakes? Just playing safety advocate for a minute... quietly stepping down from soapbox... now...

Seriously, I know the EB is a towing monster... and was better than my 5.0 for that.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:21 PM   #26
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Fiat (Ram) is developing a 365hp 4.0L V8 Turbodiesel which IMO would be great in a 2500. The problem with the 3.0L Turbodiesel/1500 combo is the low payload...
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:17 PM   #27
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Being in the market to replace old (PSD) with new I searched out this thread. It appears that the general opinion is the 3.5L is more than capable to pull my approximately 5500lb loaded 233RBS. Being a bit old school, bigger is better for towing, I'm a bit worried that if I go with the 3.5 it won't pull the mountains in the west like a V8. I like the idea of the smaller engine but don't want to make an expensive mistake. Who's pulling heavier over 10000 ft mountain passes with the 3.5?


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Old 09-10-2014, 04:38 PM   #28
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While not everyday, I have pulled through the mountains in Virginia/West Virginia with my Eco on the way from Ontario to Florida. It was a GREAT experience. The Eco did a fantastic job. Compared to the last trip I made with my 5.4 Triton the difference was night and day.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:35 PM   #29
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I did the ecoboost and while i could pull my campers ,TT 1st and then 5ver , not the best setup and i was told by many that it was not a good combo and i had the 3:31 gears . Now i have a Duramax Diesel 3500 Dually , now i can pull anything that ill ever own . But this is my .02

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While not everyday, I have pulled through the mountains in Virginia/West Virginia with my Eco on the way from Ontario to Florida. It was a GREAT experience. The Eco did a fantastic job. Compared to the last trip I made with my 5.4 Triton the difference was night and day.
A 5er?? That's a lot of weight for such a small displacement...I know they say it will pull it that's why I'm askin. I would assume you have the 3.73 gear which is what I would order even with my light weight TT. What's your fuel mileage averaging on a typical day?
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