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Old 09-10-2015, 05:08 PM   #1
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2015 F150 Platinum Ecoboost- great tow vehicle!

My family just purchased a 2016 Salem Hemisphere 300BH. I towed it 700 miles round trip over weekend from WV to NC. The Ecoboost is really impressive. I set the adaptive cruise to 71 on I-81 and had no issues. There was a 4% grade on a 2-lane involved on the way back which I pulled at 55 mph in 3rd gear with plenty of pedal left. My prior set-up was a 27-foot 4000 lb (dry) trailer with no slides and 2011 F150 5.0 V8. The Ecoboost is much more relaxed even with 10 foot longer trailer weighing twice as much (8380 lbs dry). Always lower RPM. We had a bed full of luggage and tools, 4 passengers weighing a total of about 450 lbs. I got 8.3 mpg on the trip (old set-up would get 9). I had to slam on the brakes once on I-81 coming up on stopped traffic, no problem. Super happy with truck and new camper . Hope this helps someone.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:42 AM   #2
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Hello

I have a 2014 eco boost 4X4, I just bought a 30 ft bunkhouse 7700 dry, I'm using distribution bars and air bags it rides great but a little concerned about the hitch capacity. My hitch capacity is rated at 1050lbs and my trailer toung weight is 1067. Does your hitch have the same rating? Any info to ease the mind of my trailer snapping of my hitch would be great

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Old 09-11-2015, 04:59 PM   #3
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I have a 2011 ecoboost with the shortest 3.15 gear, and it pulls my TT (4800lbs loaded) with ease. I love it!!! I get 10-11 mpg anywhere I drive. That flat torque curve is a real difference maker over other tow vehicles.
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Old 09-11-2015, 05:39 PM   #4
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My 2013 "Boostie" is a great tow vehicle. I towed our old TT South twice and then last year our new 5er. Towed em both just fine. I get about 9mpg when towing and up to 19.5 empty. Couldn't be any happier with a vehicle. 45,000 miles and no problems.
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Old 09-11-2015, 05:43 PM   #5
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Congratulations on the new TT! Obviously the MPG will improve if you drive 65mph or less.....good looking combo!

What size gas tank does the 15 have?
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Old 09-12-2015, 08:22 AM   #6
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Hello

I have a 2014 eco boost 4X4, I just bought a 30 ft bunkhouse 7700 dry, I'm using distribution bars and air bags it rides great but a little concerned about the hitch capacity. My hitch capacity is rated at 1050lbs and my trailer toung weight is 1067. Does your hitch have the same rating? Any info to ease the mind of my trailer snapping of my hitch would be great

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I checked my hitch. It's a Reese dual cam. With the distribution bars, it's treated at 1200 lbs tongue weight. Without its rated at 1000.
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Congratulations on the new TT! Obviously the MPG will improve if you drive 65mph or less.....good looking combo!

What size gas tank does the 15 have?
I have the 36 gal. And thanks, I'm pretty proud of it!
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I love mine as well! Had a 2010 F150 FX4 5.4 w/3.73 and my new 2015 Platinum pulls much nicer. Trailer is 7k plus empty, family of 4, plus 2 weeks worth of stuff and did a 1700 mile trip from Pitt PA, Wash DC, Virginia, NC, WV and back to Pittsburgh. Pulled great even through all the mountains. I also averaged 8.3 mpg. I highly recommend it to anyone. The Active Cruise Control is fantastic and will stop the truck and trailer quickly.
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My family just purchased a 2016 Salem Hemisphere 300BH. I towed it 700 miles round trip over weekend from WV to NC. The Ecoboost is really impressive. I set the adaptive cruise to 71 on I-81 and had no issues. There was a 4% grade on a 2-lane involved on the way back which I pulled at 55 mph in 3rd gear with plenty of pedal left. My prior set-up was a 27-foot 4000 lb (dry) trailer with no slides and 2011 F150 5.0 V8. The Ecoboost is much more relaxed even with 10 foot longer trailer weighing twice as much (8380 lbs dry). Always lower RPM. We had a bed full of luggage and tools, 4 passengers weighing a total of about 450 lbs. I got 8.3 mpg on the trip (old set-up would get 9). I had to slam on the brakes once on I-81 coming up on stopped traffic, no problem. Super happy with truck and new camper . Hope this helps someone.
These ecoboost motors are amazing. I have a 2013 with the Max Tow option and it tows my 8000lb trailer like it's hardly back there. Love these trucks. These motors have a nice flat torque curve and is the part of the reason they pull so well.
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Old 09-12-2015, 12:51 PM   #10
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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
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