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Old 06-20-2011, 10:16 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by t.simpson View Post
I I did notice a little extra sway, but I can tune my sway control to compensate that.
Not sure if you have checked your tires, if they are not "LT" many truck owners report a HUGE difference in towing from the "P" rated tires to the LT's. Some food for thought!

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Old 06-20-2011, 11:04 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by shineysideup View Post
Not sure if you have checked your tires, if they are not "LT" many truck owners report a HUGE difference in towing from the "P" rated tires to the LT's. Some food for thought!

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I can vouch for that! My F150 towed much more stable after I upgraded my P rated tires to LT's.

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Old 06-22-2011, 09:42 AM   #13
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On another note, those trans temps are apparently typical of the new 6 speed tranny. F150 Online Ecoboost owners are regularly reporting temps over 200 degrees. It probably means that owners will need to "adjust" to a different normal trans temp; higher than past models. I rarely see anything above 160 when towing ('05 with 4 speed) but it seems the "new normal" is 200+. I would be interested in hearing about trans temps when towing from owners of the new Fords with the 6 Speed auto. I don't think it will matter whether it is an Ecoboost or not.
My '06 Mounty was the first year Ford put the 6-speed in a truck. I think the F150 got it in '07. I have a ScanGuageII for monitoring.
Non-towing, it settles in at around 180F. On our 2 hour trip to Port Huron with the camper last weekend, most of the time it was around 205F, with peaks around 218F. I also noted that trans temp (TFT) seemed to always be 10-15 degrees cooler than the engine coolant. This makes sense, because the trans fluid is cooled first in the radiator, then further cooled by the air-to-oil cooler.

I haven't weighed my rig yet, but the Mounty is 5135 empty, and I estimate my combined GCVW a tad over 10,000 lbs (rating is 12,000 lbs).

The previous owner had already had the axle fliuds changed, using Mobil-1 synthetics. Since these temps seem to be a bit high, I plan to keep doing the same when needed. I think I remember seeing a chart that showed that varnishes start forming at 240F. Hopefully that just conventional fluid.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:17 PM   #14
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That's great to hear. Anytime a manufacturer comes out with something new there's always some speculation as to how well it will perform in "real life" situations. Your story tells us alot. Thanks for sharing. Now only time can tell us more.

Congrats on the new truck and welcome to the world of FORD!

Hope you have a great trip out this weekend. Post some pics of that new truck while your camping. You know how we are.......

Ok, Ok, I can take a subtle hint.... but I can't seem to figure out how to post pics, so here is a link Truck Pic There are a few more pics of the truck in my photo stream so feel free to browse.

We towed about 350 miles round trip, gas mileage was 10.1 mpg for the duration. Central NY is not exactly hill country, so, as they say, your mileage may vary! The tow/haul mode brought out some extra features like transmission down shifts when going down hill. I found myself surprised when we stopped for a bio break on the way home and I realize that I hadn't engaged tow/haul. The truck pulled just fine! Tranny temps were in the 190s while pulling, about normal from what I have seen.
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:40 AM   #15
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That's not too bad for mileage; probably pulling about 6,000 pounds . . .
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:30 PM   #16
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I am glad to see that others are liking their ecoboost too. I just got a 11' SCrew with the ecoboost for pulling my sp293 and love the way it tows.
I let the wife take a turn behind the wheel and she had to pay attention to keep it below 70mph.
Glad to hear that 10.1 mpg is what other are getting as it is spot on for what I am seeing as well.

I think Ford may have a winner here
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:07 PM   #17
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towing with eco boost

Hi, great post on your new truck, I have the same truck, crewcab, 4x4, tow max,(3.73) shortbed, and have towed from east Tennessee to Fairbanks Alaska, ( still in Alaska ), pulling a flagstaff 26rls, total wt. 6300 lbs. The power has been great, no problems with steep hills, or mountain roads going up the "Alaska hwy". The tow-haul mode works great, and i do play with the down shift button at times. Sway at times will keep you on your toes, mostly due to high c ross winds, i do have a "Reese duel cam sway control, that works great. My mpg's have been as low as 6.9 High head winds on I-90 Mt. to 8.5 on highways at 60 to 65 mph, i have got up to 10 mpg, going 50 mph or so. I still hate the 26 gal. fuel tank, I carry 5 extra gals. of gas, and had to stop and use it one time so far on this trip. The truck has been great. I hope this helps.


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Old 06-24-2011, 01:22 PM   #18
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That's a really nice looking truck!
Hope you have many more fun camping trips with it.
Thanks for sharing.

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Old 06-24-2011, 03:06 PM   #20
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Congrats on the new F150! Im sure you will be VERY happy with it!

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