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Old 01-25-2016, 07:39 PM   #1
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Ford F150/Wildcat Maxx follow-up

Picked up the trailer on Sunday after a walk-thru and LDH/Sway Bar tutorial. If you recall, I was worried that my F150 2.7 ecoboost wasn't enough truck for the trailer. The Ford ecoboost forum wasn't much help as the truck is so new there just isn't a lot of experience with it.

After hooking everything up and setting the proper gain for the braking system, we took off for the 2 hour ride home, mostly freeway with a fair amount of traffic. Slow speed and freeway speed (60 MPH) I really couldn't tell I had a load. Acceleration and hill climbs aren't record breaking but overall the truck and trailer handled beautifully. There was a full load (36 gallons) of fresh water in the tanks (thanks dealer) as well as two full 7 gallon propane tanks and a battery on the trailer tongue.

Mileage averaged 9.8 MPG for the trip and transmission temp never exceeded 200 degrees. Of course it was only in the 60's and the roads were relatively flat.

In any case, we're going to try this set-up for the season and see if it presents any issues. Thanks again for all the advice.
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Old 01-26-2016, 01:12 AM   #2
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Glad to hear it works for you. I'm curious, why did you go with the 2.7L EB instead of the 3.5 ecoboost?
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Old 01-26-2016, 07:40 AM   #3
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I wasn't even considering trailering when I bought the truck. I have a duck club a considerable distance away and wanted/needed a truck with 4wd and good mileage. 2.7 fit the bill.
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Old 01-26-2016, 07:44 AM   #4
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I think many people underestimate the 2.7. You'll be fine. Have a great time.
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Old 01-26-2016, 03:21 PM   #6
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2.7L EB - Good MPG?

Guess I wasn't thinking 9.8 mpg was good for that truck. I pull my 36' Cardinal 5th wheel w/a 98 Silverado 3500 4x4 Dually Crew cab and average 11 mpg at 65-70 mph.
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5er. Gas versus Diesel. Getting 11/12/13 pulling a heavy load is nothing for a Diesel.
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Guess I forgot to mention it is gas, 454. Sorry about that.
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Well your gasser is doing fine
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I have a 2014 Ford 3.5 Ecoboost Supercrew Heavy Tow with the 2015 Wildcat Maxx 24RG, about 8 thousand pounds loaded. Also using an E2 hitch. Pulled it through three Rocky Mtn passes last summer, one pass was a 6 percent grade. Dropped into third gear only once on a steep climb. On the level didn't know the trailer was back there. Transmission stayed cool the entire trip. Averaged 11.3 MPG. Loved the truck and trailer combo
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