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Old 01-25-2014, 08:14 PM   #1
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Is this too much trailer for the truck?

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I'm new on the block, but I purchased a 2013 F150eco boost w/ tow package 7300# springs etc. Love the truck.
question, I have a 3.31 elec. lock rear axle. I'm towing a 30 ft signature ultra light.
a. mileage sucks 8 mpg
b. according to my book and calculations the trailer is 6900 with no load, truck is 4900 my cargo load should be 900 to 1000 lbs ???
c. too much trailer for the truck ???
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:23 PM   #2
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No I don't think you have to much trailer for the f150. You just gotta take it easy and not lay into it too much. What exactly are you getting on mpg not towing? Is it hwy miles or country roads? Mtns or flatlands?
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:45 PM   #3
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mixed. I did have a head wind, so I'm anticipating that it will get a little better.
Yikes, a trip to AZ. will cost 12oo for fuel.
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:52 PM   #4
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What is your cruise speed?
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:54 PM   #5
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try to hold about 60 -65
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:58 PM   #6
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Todouble:
I get 23-24 mpg not towing.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:00 PM   #7
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With a 6 spd tranny and tow/haul you should be fine with little head wind on the flat.

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Old 01-25-2014, 09:02 PM   #8
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There are 2 schools of thought on weights.

The first school says check your actual weights at a scale when you're fully loaded and ready to camp and keep everything within the truck's spec. Payload will almost always be the closest to the max. rating with a half ton truck.

You said, "according to my book calculations..." so I'm not sure if you've been to a scale.

The other school will say ask yourself how well it tows and if you're comfortable don't worry about it. They'll say, "truck towing specs are written by lawyers and there's lots of safety factor." If you're experienced at towing you'll know if you've got too much trailer.

You'll have to decide where you are between the two.

You're asking the question so are you uncomfortable with you're setup? With my first truck I was within spec (I took it to a scale) but it was very close. Ultimately, I wasn't comfortable I had enough truck so I upgraded. Others would have been fine with my setup.

There are a ton of threads on here about weight. Spend some time reading through it all and you'll find more than enough information on the subject.
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Last summer we took a 5,000 mile trip and averaged 11.5 to 12 MPG. We were in no hurry and drove 55 MPH. This was through mountains and flat lands.
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I get 23-24 mpg not towing.

Wow that's a big diff empty vs towing. Wait for some other ecoboost owners to chime in but tht sounds low to me. I have a diesel and a 5th wheel so I can't compare to your setup.
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