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Old 10-16-2014, 06:33 AM   #11
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you will find plenty of people who are very happy with their EcoBoost trucks. You will find plenty who have had problems too. When you squeeze that much power out of such a small engine, lots of heat is created, and everything under the hood suffers.
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:58 AM   #12
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I agree, a lot of power out of a small power plant. I am just trying to get some real info about the vehicle from real life people who use them for towing. I am also concerned about using it as a daily driver, I may not be towing forever but the most usage would be as a daily driver. Not going to the car lot and talking with a salesman who loads me full of stats. Maybe I should rent on for the weekend and see how it tows. Keep the responses coming.

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Old 10-16-2014, 08:02 AM   #13
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Towed our 6000 lb trailer for 2 years with the 3.5 Eco Boost and it towed good. Did add air cells to the rear to take care of the bounce we were getting. That was caused by the soft springs so that they could give the soft ride everyone thinks a truck should give. If I was keeping the truck I would get LT tires for it the P series tires are to soft. Lease is up next week and we purchased a Class A this last February. So the truck is going.

Did test drive the new 2.9 Eco Boost last night in a 2015 F150 super Crew XLT and it was a nice motor. The start stop feature will take some getting use to. The 2015 3.5 Eco Boost might get a HP bump. They also went back to a shorter rear spring. This should help when towing. Overall looks like a nice truck.
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:40 AM   #14
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The low RPM torque the Ecoboost puts out is amazing. We tow in 6th gear and it rarely needs to downshift. 11 mpg towing at 60 mph. 5,500 pound 25ft trailer.

There is a heavy duty payload package that boosts (no joke intended) the payload capacity to around 2,400 pounds. My guess is that the 2015 F150 will be even higher because of its lighter weight.

So, payload capacity is the limiting factor. Equip it properly and you will be amazed what it can do.
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:03 AM   #15
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2013 EB, Crew cab, 355 gears. I have towed 5500 miles with my 2006 26DS through the mountains of PA and the Adirondacks in NY. I set cruise at 65 and very seldom does it downshift. I always top the hill at the set point of the cruise. Get 10.5 towing and 21 combined city/hiway. I use the tow/haul mode in the hilly areas. It is not going to pull the weights of a big diesel but stay under 80% of max and you will love it.
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:27 AM   #16
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We love our EB. It tows our 5er just fine. When we went to Goshen this year we *purposefully* overloaded the Truck and the RV with camping stuff (and items we were dropping off in MI after the rally & before returning to home in AL).

At the FROG Rally in Goshen, we paid the weight police for a complete analysis and, even packed to the gills we were only 450 Lbs over weight, well underweight on the pin and had a front-rear distribution issue that was corrected by moving the Reese kingpin box (on the truck) one notch higher.

So, regardless of all the stuff we dumped off in MI and all the stuff we consumed or gave away at Goshen, we are a couple hundred pounds under max weight. Even so, towing the 5er through the hills and mountains of KY, TN & GA is no problem. Flat towing – well you have to check the rear view to make sure the 5er is still there J

Gas mileage: towing @ 60-ish MPH, I can milk 13MPG on flat ground and 8-9 in hilly terrain. Once parked, truck alone averages 18-19MPG (less than you would expect because we have the 3.73 axel & heavy duty tow package.)

Knowing what I do now, would I do the same again? Not sure. For pure insurance and ability to tow oversize/weight loads, I probably would opt for the F250 King Ranch. Why? Just in Case we wanted to move up to one of the big-boy 5ers.

6 Actual and I have discussed this at length though and if - *if* we were ever to trade in our current rig for another, we would probably go the MH route. MH get @ the same mileage as a Truck/5er combination but have the ability to take a fuel efficient TOAD along for all those side trips and outings you go on once you get to the CG J
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My eco is a HD payload + Max Tow. Payload just shy of 2200lb. Check my sig for my 5'r. I have CAT scaled it and I am under all my ratings. I've pulled tens of thousands of miles, ZERO issues. Zero. I've pulled from Ontario to Key West in December and routinely visit NY and PA.

The truck is my daily driver as well. See lots of miles.

I ordered this truck exactly as I wanted it. No dealers had anything close to kitted out the way I needed it. Bought the rig for this truck.

Has worked out exactly as I planned it. 100% stock, I've modified nor added anything besides the hitch.

Then again there are some that'll tell you that you need a dually to haul anything besides a bag of groceries..
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MY TT weighs less than yours by a good 1000lbs but I have a 14 EB w/max tow. It tows the TT quite well, but I don't tow nearly as much as others in this forum. Maybe about 500-1000 miles a year is what we'll be doing (only had the setup for a few months). I'm new to towing so I know no other combo, but it just feels right for my needs. I may put some airbags on, and when it's time to change out the tires, I'll put LTs on them. I don't use the truck as a daily driver as I commute with my wife in a little corolla, but the truck is comfy and rides pretty nice. I don't think you'd be disappointed with an EB, but I'm still a noob lol
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Old 10-16-2014, 04:14 PM   #19
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My eco is a HD payload + Max Tow. Payload just shy of 2200lb. Check my sig for my 5'r. I have CAT scaled it and I am under all my ratings. I've pulled tens of thousands of miles, ZERO issues. Zero. I've pulled from Ontario to Key West in December and routinely visit NY and PA.

The truck is my daily driver as well. See lots of miles.

I ordered this truck exactly as I wanted it. No dealers had anything close to kitted out the way I needed it. Bought the rig for this truck.

Has worked out exactly as I planned it. 100% stock, I've modified nor added anything besides the hitch.

Then again there are some that'll tell you that you need a dually to haul anything besides a bag of groceries..
Testify Brother!

We did the same thing - our dealer was simply a middleman for our special order truck - and we got it *loaded* (we even got the fold out side bed steps LOL)

I AM thinking of some bolt-on improvements for the EcoBeast though...exhaust system and intercooler + turbo booster. None of these void the warranty but DO add substantial HP & torque. FTTurbo did this to his truck and is amazed at the results!

Cheers,

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you will find plenty of people who are very happy with their EcoBoost trucks. You will find plenty who have had problems too. When you squeeze that much power out of such a small engine, lots of heat is created, and everything under the hood suffers.
Your numbers don't make sense. You balk at the idea of the EB putting out 420 ft.lbs but you'd never question a 6.7L putting out 800+???? Do the math and you'll see that the diesel has a higher torque to liter ratio, meaning it should have TONS of problems per your deductive logic.
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