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Old 10-15-2014, 03:21 PM   #1
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F150 ecoboost ?

Still looking at a newer TV for my 3065 Windjammer. Currently have a F250 w/5.4 (155000 miles ) getting a little tired. Don't wish to start the diesel debate, just looking for info from 150 owners on how their ecoboost handles the job, especially mountains. I tow less than 3000 miles a year . The rest would be used as a daily driver. Lots of info on line mostly from ford sites, want the straight scoop from people who own them and use them . Thanks in advance
By the way gas in my area is $2.95per gallon, diesel 0.47 higher

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Old 10-15-2014, 03:37 PM   #2
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Still looking at a newer TV for my 3065 Windjammer. Currently have a F250 w/5.4 (155000 miles ) getting a little tired. Don't wish to start the diesel debate, just looking for info from 150 owners on how their ecoboost handles the job, especially mountains. I tow less than 3000 miles a year . The rest would be used as a daily driver. Lots of info on line mostly from ford sites, want the straight scoop from people who own them and use them . Thanks in advance
By the way gas in my area is $2.95per gallon, diesel 0.47 higher

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Lol you don't want to get into a diesel debate but you quote gas vs diesel prices?

fyi you'll get better mpg from a diesel towing which eats up the .47 cents a gallon in the first 25 miles of towing.

My 6.6 duramax diesel is getting right 20.5 - 21 mpg as a daily driver.

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Old 10-15-2014, 06:06 PM   #3
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I have an Eco Boost for a work truck. It's a fun "little" truck to drive. My tow rig is an oil burning Cheby dually.
The Eco has great torque but that torque doesn't increase payload.


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Old 10-15-2014, 06:40 PM   #4
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I agree, I feel that a diesel is the way to go, but if you don't tow a great deal and not long distances , it kinda makes me wounder. I have always felt that it is better to have a lot of power that you may or may not need, than to be maxing out your equipment. Its just an area that I felt I need to explore, f150 max tow is impressive, but are they real numbers. I can't run the numbers but I am sure someone has in the past. I was just asking the 150 owners, if they were pleased with their TV, and if they are towing a 7500lb TT, how it handles the load . I am certain that if you tow a lot a diesel will be the better choice and probably more cost effective . While at campgrounds diesel vehicles outnumber gas by a large margin. That should tell me something.

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Old 10-15-2014, 06:46 PM   #5
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I run pipeline and my co-workers and I have work trucks F150 ecoboost issued to us and they pull just fine, but we dog the crap out of those trucks. If it was my own truck I would probably treat it a little better
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:54 PM   #6
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I had a F150 EcoBoost and now have a Ram 2500 gas, I'll take the 2500 any day. as a DD it is not a bad ride. Not as smooth as the F150 but comfortable enough.


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Old 10-15-2014, 08:01 PM   #7
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I tow 7500 with my EB. 5k miles towing this year, mostly in the hills of the northeast. No issues, comfy ride. 9 mpg.
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We used the Ecoboost when we had our 3008W Windjammer and towed well over 15,000 miles. We hauled it from sea level to over 10,000 feet in Colorado and the truck never missed a beat. We gave up the Eco to get a diesel because we also got rid of the Jammer and got a fiver. Would have kept the Eco if it could have handled the weight of the new trailer. Most comfortable truck I ever had.
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Had an Eco and loved it. Plenty of power and my trailer was slightly heavier that what you are saying you have. Driveline wise, I never knew it was there. Payload was a whole different story. The back end was very sqimish. I could have tightened it up with some lt tires and maybe a set of airbags but it would not have helped with the payload. I like taking my own firewood and now have a golf cart to bring along, never would have happened with the Eco. Your needs may be different, you may be happy with the trailer and just a little tweaking to get the ride where you need it. Me, I like to bring the toys and not have to worry about what kind of weight I need to trim.


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have never had an eco boost or driven one. One of my friends rows his crossroads cruiser fiver with it. Here are his real world numbers.

This is from when he first got the combo.

Picked up the Patriot 10-25-12 right when the forum went down. But here's the facts jack.
Loaded 5th, included 50 gallons of water:
CAT scale results: Steer axel 3950
Drive axel 4710
Trailer axel 7810
Gross weight 16470

That included full tank of gas, myself, my wife,
Chloe our 13 lb Westie and a stocked trailer.

Towed like a charm, often had to look in rear-view mirror to see that it was there.


And this was just a couple of months ago. We have had many conversations on how well his truck handles the fiver. He has been towing this rig in the PA and VA mountains no problems with power or stopping.

My truck and Rv:

1) 2013 Ford XLT SCREW
2) 3.5 V-6 Twin Turbo Ecoboost engine
3) Maximum Tow pkg.
4) Heavy Duty Payload pkg.
i) 17" High Capacity 7 lug aluminum rim
ii) Heavy Duty Shock absorbers
iii) 9.75 inch gear set
iv) Upgraded springs, radiator, and auxiliary transmission oil cooler
v) 3.73 limited slip axle
vi) LT245/75R17E BSW a/t tires

5) Max GVWR: 8200
6) Max payload: 2310
7) GCWR: 17,100
8) Aftermarket: Roadmaster Active Suspension, waiting to install: EBC Greenstuff brake pads
9) 20 - 22 mpg on road
10) 10- 12 towing
11) 2013 Cruiser Patriot 335SS
12) Weight with gas, our STUFF: 10,600


I now have 11,569 miles on truck. Rides great towing and non-towing.


This was from another poster in the same thread on the eco boost. He is pulling a sunset trail 300bh.

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To start, essentially same truck as Mark5w, except I have 3.55 gears. Upgraded with airlift kit on back and 17" 10 ply HD truck tires last month.

Last summer..Towed my 300BH Ohio to Yellowstone and back. No issues. 6275# dry, at least a 1,000lbs of "stuff", bed was packed to the top also.. and 5 people..all adult size. I scare easily towing and I always felt in control with the exception of one windstorm we had in MN..but that was a freak thing..actually saw a brand new Ram 1500 and Jayco trailer flipped on the other side of the highway..really high winds.that afternoon.



Truck pulled hard when I needed it in the mountainous areas. MPGs were so-so..10.5 i think was my average total trip. I was way under my max weight-wise, but felt soft when the airlift kit was at around 40psi....figured it was my stock tires stressing.

Hope to remedy that with 10plys. Will see in a few weeks if that helps.

towed later in the summer to Gettysburg..way more stress on the truck driving through PA..still pulled well. 6 passengers and a dog. still alot of stuff for a 3 day weekend. no issues.

Power curve reminds me of how diesels drive. lots of low end power, but dont go drag racing with it..those turbos need some time to spin up. Also, you pay dearly when you thump on the gas pedal..

Its a 2011, bought it new in April 2012. Have close to 45K on it. Love it. If i was towing anything more, I'd upgrade to 3/4 ton.

Still can't believe Mark5w is pulling a fifth-wheel with essentially the same truck. I fight butt-sag when we get to loaded up front. I have a ProPride hitch it adds considerable weight. The Airlift kit helps, but I use a tongue scale to keep us honest on weight. Amazing what shifting stuff out of the bedroom and the front storage can do for tongue weight.
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