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Old 01-25-2014, 08:08 PM   #11
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This is my 3rd 5th wheel and my second truck. As I'm no longer full time, I opted to go light weight. It's a different world going from a f250 diesel and a 38 ft alfa gold to the F150. I think I did my home work and have checked ford's spec.
The old truck was 2o yrs. old and I was not comfortable retiring with an old truck.
The new runs great, I was just shocked by the 8 mpg.

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Old 01-25-2014, 08:14 PM   #12
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Just went from Sullivan Mo to Phoenix Az in 17 hours. Have 2013 Chevy 2500 6.0. Got exactly 7. Avg gas here is 3.50 a gal. It costs $ .50 a mile. I think that is what the IRS gives you on taxes..Goes back to the diesel vs gas debate.

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Old 01-25-2014, 08:26 PM   #13
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What's your payload?

On first brush I'd say you have enough truck.

Keep your foot out of the throttle when hauling. 8 is not unreasonable with the ecoboost when pulling weight. I make right around 9 to 10 MPG when hauling my 5'r with my truck.
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:39 PM   #14
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I see a lot of 8 to 10 miles per gallon on this site. Not to far out of range for the weight your pulling.
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:34 AM   #15
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I know a guy who claims he gets 17+ mpg while towing a 30' in a F150 with an aftermarket cold air intake.

I have a similar TT, about 400lbs lighter though, and I get 10-11 in my Ram 1500.
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Old 01-26-2014, 01:39 AM   #16
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I have a F150 ecoboost and pull a 30' TT, a little lighter than yours and typically get 8-10 mpg depending on travel conditions. Is you towing experience comfortable with your setup? I know my TT is behind me but I forget about it most of the time. It is an easy tow and does not fight me at all. If you experience the same thing then maybe your worrying about mileage ($1200 to AZ). Bigger truck will not make much difference in that cost plus bigger truck means bigger $ all the way around. Bigger truck members can chime in but I don't think in the long run that you will save many $ going from a 150 to a 250 after you factor cost difference of vehicles and gas mileage.

Pulling a 30' TT is not cheap but I don't know your family size but check the cost to fly, hotel, eat out, etc vs the TT cost. And then you would miss out on all the fun of camping with your family plus "You surprised to see us, Clark?"
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:43 AM   #17
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I have a 2011 Ecoboost 4x4 (with 40,000 miles) with 373 rear end and pull a Work and Play 18 EC. Fully loaded trailer weighs in at a little over 7,000 lbs. First trip at 65 mph I got right at 8 mpg. I then slowed to 60 mph and can average about 10-10.5.

I lock out 6 gear when towing and the truck seems to like pulling right about 2,000 rpm. Try experimenting with speeds. Wind seems to kill the milage more than hills. I have towed about 16,000 miles with my truck and trailer, from Florida to Nevada to Montana to Michigan and back, just about every terrain our great country has to offer and I am happy when I can average above 10 mpg at 60-62 mph.

My non-towing average is about 18 mpg so your 23-24 sounds really good to me. The ecoboost towing milage drops considerably.

How does the truck feel when pulling the 30 foot trailer?
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:32 AM   #18
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Get a scanguage and you can accurately monitor your real-time mileage and find your sweet spot. The lie-o-meter in your truck may not be very accurate, plus the scanguage will show you tranny temps!
8-10+ mpg sounds about right. That's what my buddy in TN gets with his.
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My advise to anyone pulling anything big with a 1/2 ton,

1. Get a tranny temp gauge.
2. Increase tranny cooling capacity with an extra forced air cooler and maybe a bigger pan, even if you have factory towing package.
3. Run a full synthetic tranny fliud such as Amsoil.

That's what I do. See sig pic.

And watch that tranny temp while backing into a difficult site. It can really climb up there!
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Get a scanguage and you can accurately monitor your real-time mileage and find your sweet spot. The lie-o-meter in your truck may not be very accurate, plus the scanguage will show you tranny temps!
8-10+ mpg sounds about right. That's what my buddy in TN gets with his.
That worked great on my '05 5.4 Ford but I can't get my scangauge to work accurately at all with my Ecoboost.

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