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Old 01-13-2015, 02:22 PM   #11
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I just assumed as well if it had the max tow it would also have the max payload. Sounds like that isn't the case.

Is the 17" tire a good measure for the max payload. Cant tell the number of lug nuts on photos. Manufacturers sticker tells you tire size.
Max payload is a whole different animal. 17 inch wheels are not an indicator of HD payload. Plenty of normal F150s came with 17s. HD payload is a rare option. They weren't stocked on dealer lots and you pretty much had to order one to get one. Id say thw chances of finding a used one are slim
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:30 PM   #12
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Max payload is a whole different animal. 17 inch wheels are not an indicator of HD payload. Plenty of normal F150s came with 17s. HD payload is a rare option. They weren't stocked on dealer lots and you pretty much had to order one to get one. Id say thw chances of finding a used one are slim
What he said. I considered getting an HD dealer traded- there were almost none in the nation on dealer lots. IIRC, it was something like 32 of them nationwide. I wanted grey- that narrowed it down to 2, I think. I think they were both in North Dakota. Do you have a pic of the door jamb sticker? If so, what is the GVWR?
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:41 PM   #13
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Double check that gear ratio yourself...I wouldn't trust the dealer to know. I'm not familiar with Ford, but GM has the RPO codes listed on a sticker in the glove box. I'd imagine it's probably the same. That should give you every option the thing left the factory with. You probably won't get that from a VIN alone.

EDIT: Evidently not. Rear end gear is tagged on the differential and sometimes on a sticker on the door jamb, but it doesn't look like they have an options list like GM on them anywhere.
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With Ford, you can look up the window sticker with the VIN and will tell you the gear ratio. To my knowledge, MaxTow automatically gives you the 3.73 ratio.
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Window sticker with the vin is a good way to find the gearing.
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Good to know. I'm not familiar with Ford, but I'm kind of eyeing the ecoboosts.
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Good to know. I'm not familiar with Ford, but I'm kind of eyeing the ecoboosts.

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From the VIN they can print a "build sheet" for you, just as it came out of the factory.
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Personally, I wouldn't buy an Ecoboost, for towing, without the Max Tow package AND the HD Payload package.
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You typically don't need the HD package unless you are intent on towing a 5'er. Max Tow gives you another 500 pounds in GVWR. My 2012 Max Tow Eco has a GVWR of 7,700 pounds and payload of 1,820. Look on the yellow sticker on the door jam of the truck. This is generally adequate for any pull trailer that is appropriate for this truck.

In addition to the elephant ear mirrors, another tip-off is a built-in brake controller. Other things are more subtle like upgraded hitch, even heavier duty radiator, upgraded rear axle, front bushings, etc.

If it is Max Tow, you will have the 3.73 rear axle ratio.

It's an awesome towing truck because of the low RPM torque of the Eco.

Good luck. Let us know what you do.
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