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Old 07-30-2015, 05:10 PM   #1
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After months of reading the various opinions regarding the towing capabilities of the 2015 F150 Eco Boost I finally had to opportunity to take mine on the road. I ordered the truck equipped with all the packages Ford has to offer to maximize towing & carrying capacity. It is a super cab. It is a bit confusing but the nearest I can figure is the truck has a towing capacity of 12,200 Lbs. My 5th wheel weighs about 11,500 lbs. loaded and ready to go with almost empty tanks. Here are the result of the first trip of about 300 miles.
First the truck pulls that 5th wheel like a dream and stops it very well also. Iím not sure how fast it will go but I pulled it at the speed limit with power to spare and averaged 11.3 miles per gallon. The beauty of the F150 is that when Iím not pulling the fiver I average about 22mpg on the highway and about 16.8 in the city. In addition it is like driving in a well-equipped comfortable passenger car.
I know there are plenty of naysayers who will argue that a Ĺ ton truck should not be pulling a fifth wheel of that size but Iím glad I stuck to my guns and ordered what I did. I am one happy camper. BTW it will be my last one so the argument of a bigger camper down the road is not pertinent. At my age I hope to just live long enough to get a lot of use out of the one I have.
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I don't want to debate numbed, but if you ever hit a CAT scale, I'd be interested to know what you're coming in at...
- truck's door sticker
- truck's weights (unloaded vs. loaded)
- pin weight
- trailer axle weights
- trailer loaded weight (though, I see you said 11,500)

And yes, seriously just curious. These numbers are a weird enjoyment of mine. I've weighed my rig a handful of times.
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I don't want to debate numbed, but if you ever hit a CAT scale, I'd be interested to know what you're coming in at...
- truck's door sticker
- truck's weights (unloaded vs. loaded)
- pin weight
- trailer axle weights
- trailer loaded weight (though, I see you said 11,500)

And yes, seriously just curious. These numbers are a weird enjoyment of mine. I've weighed my rig a handful of times.
Sorry but I don't believe there is a truck scale in my future. I'm content to just know I can tow it comfortably and that I am within the capabilities of my truck. I understand that many of you are interested in this type of data but I just don't share that interest enough to go through the trouble of finding a scale and hooking and unhooking to get the various weights. The only reason I posted was to help assure many who ask questions and have concerns about the towing capabilities of the F150 Eco Boost. I know what the trailer weighed empty according the manufacture and I have a good idea of what I have loaded in it. I also removed a couple of heavy pieces of furniture, (sofa and two chairs) and replaced them with lighter stuff. The 11500 is merely an educated guess. I'm sure I'm close. As to tongue weight if barely moves the truck down when loaded. Maybe an inch or so.
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Sounds good. As I said - it's my curiosity but I understand that it isn't for everyone.
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I do not tow a 5er, but my f-150 has a load limit of 1761 lbs. My trailer has a tongue weight of about 800 and after I load the bed and hang the bikes on the front I am exceeding that limit. I wonder what the pin weight is on a 11,500lb 5er.
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Sorry but I don't believe there is a truck scale in my future. I'm content to just know I can tow it comfortably and that I am within the capabilities of my truck.
The thing is, you DON'T know.

I DO know you don't have enough truck for that fiver.

You are simply burying your head in the sand.

Live and learn, I guess.

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Sorry but I don't believe there is a truck scale in my future. I'm content to just know I can tow it comfortably and that I am within the capabilities of my truck. I understand that many of you are interested in this type of data but I just don't share that interest enough to go through the trouble of finding a scale and hooking and unhooking to get the various weights. The only reason I posted was to help assure many who ask questions and have concerns about the towing capabilities of the F150 Eco Boost. I know what the trailer weighed empty according the manufacture and I have a good idea of what I have loaded in it. I also removed a couple of heavy pieces of furniture, (sofa and two chairs) and replaced them with lighter stuff. The 11500 is merely an educated guess. I'm sure I'm close. As to tongue weight if barely moves the truck down when loaded. Maybe an inch or so.

X2. My Cedar Creek will never see a scale. When DOT requires it I'll do it but not until. Camping is about having fun. I saw a Ford F-150 pulling the biggest fifth wheel Blue Ridge makes and talked to the guy, on the truck he had 20 in tires. He was happy and and I was happy for him. I tell you what a Ford can pull, I have respect for Fords


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I have had 2 Eco Boost F150's. Whenever I hooked anything to them they both had plenty of power. I am having a hard time with the 11.3 mpg though. Not saying it's not possible, just in my experience, even with an unloaded utility trailer traveling 65mph, I never saw above 9mpg. I would get 21mpg average on daily driving.
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Someone's living on the river of Denial. No F150 or 1/2 ton for that mater should be towing an 11,500lb 5th wheel. If the OP had went to the scales he wouldn't be here blowing smoke up everyones you know what. I don't care how good it pulls or stops it, it's how much can it carry that's more important.


I smell a troll on this. 1st, the 29MKS has a GVW of 11,390 lbs so if the OP says it weighs 11,500lbs then he's over weight. 2nd, how does he think it weighs that much? He says he hasn't been to the scales.
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