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Old 09-12-2015, 01:05 PM   #11
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Last year, I pulled a 7900# Salem, 5400 miles with my 2014 5.0 , F-150 without any issues. It pulled the TT up the Lewiston, Idaho switchback hill at 65 MPH without issue. I got 8.5 - 9.0 MPG the whole trip. I checked every tank full and recorded gallons to miles traveled at the end of the trip and it averaged 8.7 MPG. I think the 5.0 does a great job also. I am averaging 18.9 miles without the camper for everyday mileage around here in western Wisconsin. I can also say the tow/haul worked great down the 99 mile Low/ Low pass between Montana & Idaho.
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:29 PM   #12
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setting your cruise at 71 mph with tt rated tires is asking for trouble .I have been doing this for 42 years and have seen too many fatalities due to running high speed with under rated tires. please be careful
The tires on this trailer are L rated (75 mph), so I assume 71 is OK.
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:39 PM   #13
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The tires on this trailer are L rated (75 mph), so I assume 71 is OK.
That's unusual. What brand are they?
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Old 09-12-2015, 08:55 PM   #14
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So 75 mph is too fast then?
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Old 09-12-2015, 09:32 PM   #15
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Why is everyone in such a hurry. RVing is to relax, smell the coffee, take your time. We usually do back roads - no stress, no traffic. When we are on the I's, we stay in the slow lane at 60 mph. We live in great countries with beautiful scenaries. Enjoy. Life is too short to rush through it. Bonus is that you will get better gas mileage.
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Old 09-12-2015, 11:27 PM   #16
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So 75 mph is too fast then?
For most trailer tires, yes. For the one pictured above, no.
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Why is everyone in such a hurry. RVing is to relax, smell the coffee, take your time. We usually do back roads - no stress, no traffic. When we are on the I's, we stay in the slow lane at 60 mph. We live in great countries with beautiful scenaries. Enjoy. Life is too short to rush through it. Bonus is that you will get better gas mileage.
I agree.
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:29 AM   #18
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When I purchased my 13 I had some buyers remorse after choosing the boost. That v8 just sounded so amazing...what a great sounding engine.

Then I towed my camper.

I have been head over heels in love with my ecoboost ever since.
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I don't understand why you would buy an Egoboost over a diesel. Just bought a brand new Duramax that was in the same price category as a 6 cylinder half ton. I feel I have much more choices in my future for trailers let alone safety. It may have great power but it is still only a half ton truck.


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OP, I noticed you have the Max Tow package but not the HD package (6 lug bolts vs. 8) - so max payload of around 2,000, correct? That's an awesome truck you have, but I just want you to be safe hauling nearly (5) tons behind you... That's a Very BIG TT for a F150 w/out HD package... Even (empty) at the TT dealership the back-end looks like its squatting...

At the CAT scales our 6,500 (empty) TT is 8,250 ready-to-camp with a tongue weight of 1300. Our kids are still pre-teen & none of us are overweight, but our family of (5) & (1) dog now weigh-in at 600+. In the PU bed we carry anything too dirty to place in the TT like camping rug, fishing gear, and about 100 lbs. of firewood in (2) small boxes - just enough for a weekend...

At (3) separate CAT Scale weigh-ins our payload was always over 2,000 - even when we packed light for a 3 day weekend... This year we added a fiberglass cap, a canopy to keep the bikes dry outside, and a couple other camping must-haves so our payload was at 2,300 - 2,400 all summer long...

So, just to be safe, make sure you hit the CAT scales with your family & gear loaded. I have a CDL & have driven 1/2, 3/4 & 1 tons trucks commercially - all of which were overloaded at some point. IMO the F150 w/out HD package is too soft in the rear to handle any amount of overloading. Yes, plenty of engine paired with a great tranny but IMO you need to beef-up the rear suspension if you are @ 2000 lbs. payload for any length of time...
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