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Old 01-31-2013, 08:24 AM   #11
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No one I know has ever regretted getting too much truck, on the other hand ...
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:29 AM   #12
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:54 AM   #13
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I don't think you will notice a significant difference in fuel economy with the max tow package. I wouldn't let that be the deciding factor. I would recommend getting the max tow option if you can squeeze it into your budget. I'm sure that the more experienced drivers on this forum will tell you that you will never have too much towing capacity with a 1/2 ton truck. When I was active duty reservist I drove 5 ton trucks that didn't seem to have enough grunt to carry their own weight uphill. lol.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:58 AM   #14
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Recommend 3.73 & HD Package

We have a 2012 F-150 ecoboost with the 3.73, HD towing package and tow a 5K Flagstaff 21FBRS TT and a Trailet 2-horse w/dressing room. The horse trailer with two large horses and lots of stuff is 7K and we put another 1K in the truck. We have a fiberglass cap on the bed which blends into the truck cab. Towing both trailers is a breeze with WD hitches.

We see 16 mpg stop & go driving, 23 mpg highway, both with no trailer. This is light foot driving.

Also, see 14-16 mpg with the TT and 10-14 mpg with the horse trailer. Better in the flat lands, worse in the hills.

The truck provides more than sufficient power to accelerate on-ramps without the pedal to the floor.

Now, in conclussion, believe you will observe worse mileage because of the lower 3.55 gear and the heavier load. The ecoboost is comfortable towing at very low (less than 1800 rpms) and gives the best mpg.

The heavier weight with the lower gears will require higher rpm, give worse mileage and require more shifting.

Finally, we traded our F-250, 5.4, 4.10 for the ecoboost, so familiar with a real work truck. The mpg and ride comfort were brutal and the truck had the same towing capacity.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:13 AM   #15
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The problem is, there are some major rebates expiring this Monday so we have to make our decision, and find the truck, within the next few days!!
Big rebates are great, but you really need to look carefully at what vehicle is needed to pull that trailer.

That trailer is almost 37' long. The GVWR is in the 10,500 lb. range. The empty tongue weight is listed at 841 lbs., and that will (and should) grow significantly. Even if you can keep the weight on the trailer at 9000 lbs., with an ideal 12-15% tongue weight, that is gonna be 1080 to 13,500 lbs.

At a minimum with the Ecoboost, the maximum tow package in addition to the maximum payload package would be necessary. Typically with a bunkhouse model that means kids. Kids, plus mom and dad and Fido add up quickly as payload. Hang a 1000 lb. trailer tongue on the bumper, and a standard 1/2 ton truck is gonna be way over the GVWR, and probably the GCWR. Even with the Ecoboost maximum payload package, it may be over those numbers.

Also, even though many 1/2 ton truck receiver hitches might be rated to pull the the maximum towing capacity, they will sometimes not handle but 10% of the tongue weight. A 12-15% tongue weight is better, and that might overload the hitch.

The wheelbase. With that trailer, you need as long as you can possible get. If sticking to the Ford F150s, that means a crew cab, 6'5" bed that has a 157" wheelbase.

IMHO, that trailer should be towed with 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck, big gas engine or diesel, lowest final drive (highest number) available, with a crew cab and 8' bed (172" wheelbase).
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Make sure you also check the towing specs against the body style of the truck. Short bed, regular bed, regular cab, extended cab, crew cab. All the different configurations change the towing specs. debarymj
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I have an Eco with Max Tow and I wouldn't even consider pulling that trailer with it. The F150 is a great truck but I think you are in F250 territory. I wholeheartedly agree with MtnGuy on the wheelbase issue. A 6.5 bed with full crew cab is a necessity IMO.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:49 AM   #18
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Finally took a look at the specs of your trailer. That is a big beast. Personally I wouldn't consider an F150 in any configuration. There is no headroom for safety. Do yourself a favor and move up to a F250 or F350.

The rebates you are considering may be expiring, there will always be more. Do not let a sales person pressure you into making a bad decision.
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Finally took a look at the specs of your trailer. That is a big beast. Personally I wouldn't consider an F150 in any configuration. There is no headroom for safety. Do yourself a favor and move up to a F250 or F350.

The rebates you are considering may be expiring, there will always be more. Do not let a sales person pressure you into making a bad decision.
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I gotta agree with everyone else that is a lot of trailer to be hanging off the back of a half ton.
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