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Old 04-28-2014, 02:27 PM   #21
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There are some great videos by TFL who use the Ike for testing every truck for towing ability that comes out the factory...great test strip
It's an extremely fun, and brutal (for the tow vehicle) drive. I purposely did it late at night so I would have no traffic. Took me about 3 hours round trip, and I was able to set the cruise control on many parts of it. I knew it would be a great workout. The TFL videos are a great comparison. They talk about brake temperatures once they get to silverthorne. This is where having a diesel with exhaust brake works out well. I set the cruise at the top, and just let the engine do the work. I never once had to touch the brakes.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:47 PM   #22
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We are finishing a four week, 3500 mile trip up north. Today our mpg had a high of 15.5 to a low of 13.5 mpg towing a V-Lite 30WRLS with our 2013 F150 Super Crew EcoBoost. I set the cruise at 60 mph and stay there.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:07 PM   #23
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Thanks so much for all the feedback. Although we have the 2010 F150 paid off, we are considering looking for a used F250 or 2500 Cummings for more power. We want to pull in the mountains every summer, so we want the extra power.
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:11 PM   #24
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My 1998 Ram1500 pulled my 6500lb dry TT at 7MPG if I was nice, 5MPG if I was not so nice or pulling hills.

My 2001 HO Cummins powered Ram2500 pulled the TT at up to 12MPG going to Florida and 10.5MPG coming home.

Same truck now pulls my 12,000lb fiver at 11MPG. 10.35 during the first mileage check with stop and go, 11.8 on the highway.

If you decide to step up to a diesel (Cummins all the way!) then you'll be very pleased with the pulling ability, the mileage, the ease of pulling hills.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:04 PM   #25
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I've towed a 7-8000 trailer with my old diesel GMC that got 12-14mpg and 2005 GMC 25hd with gas 6ltr and 4:10 gear towing former 4-5000 rv trailer that gets 8-10mpg with trailer and 10-11mpg without trailer. Initial investment in diesel for my use could not be justified for the distances I drive. I might change my mind with heavier trailer. No car payment if your vehicle is running well is a huge factor. You can buy a lot of gas for the cost of upgrade. The diesel even plowed snow better though than gas near equal truck. I've always prefered and bought the 3/4 ton series for there durability, strength gas and diesel, Ford and GM.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:58 PM   #26
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No offense, but you should have done your homework before buying that truck/engine combo. And I think you mean you have the 5.4L. IMHO, a small naturally aspirated V8 engine in a heavy duty truck is ONLY good if you need the payload. For example, you will use it as a work or utility truck with a heavy bed and will NOT pull anything. At least nothing more than a few thousand pounds. You'll find that just about ANY of the NA V8 engines will have to really rev to pull a camper up inclines. Some of the newer bigger displacement (i.e. 6.2L) V8 engines will do much better, but still put out peak torque in the 4K rpm range. Get rid of it and get yourself an Ecoboost and you'll be crowing about how great it does. You don't have a "Ford" problem, you have an "I got the wrong engine for what I wanted to do" problem.

Edit: Just keep in mind that the Ecoboost will pull like a small diesel, but it won't get the mileage of a diesel while towing. Many folks are uneducated about the BTU content difference in gas and diesel and start crying about an EB getting the same mileage as a V8 gas instead of the mileage of a diesel.
I had a 2009 5.4 now a 2013 EcoBoost and the mileage is the same. But the Ecoboost is a beast and has tons of torque.

Dry I hit the gas to hear the turbos wind up and everyone turns their heads. Try some hi test sometime, it screams.


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I had a 5.4 and now the EB. Wow what a difference in power. A true beast.
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Old 05-04-2014, 11:22 PM   #28
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X2 Herk! Listen to the Master Donna

To add to his list - get yourself a digital tire pressure gague (Like this: Amazon.com: Accutire MS-4350B Setpoint Tire Gauge: Automotive) and make sure your tires are inflated correctly - Trailer and Tow Vehicle
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:22 AM   #29
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You're doing about average. My uncle in the UK towed a 5400-pound travel-trailer behind a 1.5 liter, 55 horse-power Austin sedan all over Europe for over 25 years. He got about 14 miles per Imperial gallon, which was about 1/3rd of what it got without the TT on the hitch.

Can you imagine what the weight police on the various forums would make of his exploits? The only time I saw anything even more improbable was when I was still in my teens. The family (Mom, Dad and three kids, including me) went "caravanning", towing a 23' Eccles TT behind our 1938 Austin 12 (1.6L L-head 4-banger, 40 horse-power on a good day). We were at a campground near Southampton (South coast of England, about in the middle) when a young couple pulled in. They were towing a 36' house trailer behind a 1949 L-head Morris Minor, which might have had 25 HP on its best day.

Turned out, he'd been laid off from a job on the north coast of Scotland and had landed a job in Southampton. The house trailer was their home and the Morris was their only vehicle, so they'd just hitched it up and hit the road.

He said they'd had to turn back a half-dozen times and find a route with easier grades, but they had made it all the way (over 400 miles) with no mishaps. When I hear folks ranting on about idiots in the US towing these "monster" 30' TTs behind puny little 6.8-liter V-10 pickups, I have to smile a bit.

FYI, my '03 Kia Sedona minivan is rated in the US for a 3500 pound max tow weight. The identical vehicle in the UK, with the same 4-speed automatic transmission and the same 3.5-L gasoline V-6 is rated to tow 3000 Kg (6600 pounds!) Can anyone explain the difference?
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FYI, my '03 Kia Sedona minivan is rated in the US for a 3500 pound max tow weight. The identical vehicle in the UK, with the same 4-speed automatic transmission and the same 3.5-L gasoline V-6 is rated to tow 3000 Kg (6600 pounds!) Can anyone explain the difference?
Two thoughts.

Lack of training of American drivers. Simply put, most folks here aren't taught how to drive properly.

Two, American lawyers build in a lot of buffer room regarding capacities.
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