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Old 07-11-2013, 08:48 AM   #21
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No matter what you do, you'll always have to manage what you put in your camper and especially what you put in the bed of the truck. The payload will always be at least 1,500 pounds less than the F-250. The Ecoboost no matter how cool, will always be at least 1,000 pounds lighter than the F-250, meaning those 18 wheelers you meet on your way to the campground will move you across your lane, even if you don't have lane to move in.

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This is not true. Check the specs for F-150's equipped with Max Tow and HD payload/suspension on the longer wheelbase. Give the set-up "E" rated tires and the handling improves. My payload is just under 2500lbs. Large trucks do not move me across my lane.

If your trailer is only hooked up to the truck 2-3 weeks of the year, there are also other considerations that affect your truck decision like fuel economy.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:09 AM   #22
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This is not true. Check the specs for F-150's equipped with Max Tow and HD payload/suspension on the longer wheelbase. Give the set-up "E" rated tires and the handling improves. My payload is just under 2500lbs. Large trucks do not move me across my lane.

If your trailer is only hooked up to the truck 2-3 weeks of the year, there are also other considerations that affect your truck decision like fuel economy.

Thanks for correcting the previous misinformation.
While a 250 would always be preferable all things being equal, the F150 EcoBoost does a superb job of what it was designed for.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:48 AM   #23
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X2 with shnickle fritz. I'm impressed with the eco. I thought I researched things real good when I ordered my truck. I could not get the heavy payload option at the time. As it turns out, even though it handles and pulls great, I'm overloaded on the back wheels because I have a large family. This may even be an issue with a 3/4, but it's still more truck. If I was to be a steady camper, I would go 3/4 and diesel rather than being loaded to hills. Fortunately or unfortunately, we can only camp when we have a spare moment and most years this is never or I will drop off the trailer for the family. This year, I'll probably put 500 miles on the camper. The eco will do fine with some fine tuning. See my post on suggestions to get weight off the rear axle. That is the weight issue I have when we are all together.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:23 PM   #24
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This is not true. Check the specs for F-150's equipped with Max Tow and HD payload/suspension on the longer wheelbase. Give the set-up "E" rated tires and the handling improves. My payload is just under 2500lbs. Large trucks do not move me across my lane.

If your trailer is only hooked up to the truck 2-3 weeks of the year, there are also other considerations that affect your truck decision like fuel economy.
You chose to leave this part of my statement out:

"The money to purchase a well equipped (read max-tow, max payload) F-150 Ecoboost will be VERY close to the money you'll pay for the F-250."

Why buy an ecoboost F-150 when you can purchase an equivalent F-250 for essentially the same money? If your answer is 2 or 3 MPG, then get the ecoboost.

Like I said, I love the Ecoboost. GREAT engine, Great Truck.

In my case it was maxed out on the rear axel. I chose to invest in my peace of mind and well being.

I could have continued with my Ecoboost. I chose not to. Maybe in my advancing years I think of things like safety for myself and my passenger(s) and others on the roads more than I did in my youth.

In the end, I could have continued to walk on the edge but chose not to do that. I could have convinced myself I could always make it work safely. But then I know it only takes one fleeting moment to fall off the edge.

I sometimes have to remind myself:

Denial is not a river in Egypt.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:39 PM   #25
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Denial is not a river in Egypt.

That's a good one!
Who comes up with these sayings?
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:24 PM   #26
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Test drove the Ecoboost and also a 5.0 f150 today. Loved the backup camera and the integrated trailer brake controller. If I go with another Ford it would be the Ecoboost and would be my 5th ford truck in a row. Offering me one for about 25k after trade in and incentives. Now that has me thinking. Sticker price is 42k with 35% off. What do you guys think?
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:28 PM   #27
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You chose to leave this part of my statement out:

"The money to purchase a well equipped (read max-tow, max payload) F-150 Ecoboost will be VERY close to the money you'll pay for the F-250."

Why buy an ecoboost F-150 when you can purchase an equivalent F-250 for essentially the same money? If your answer is 2 or 3 MPG, then get the ecoboost.

Like I said, I love the Ecoboost. GREAT engine, Great Truck.

In my case it was maxed out on the rear axel. I chose to invest in my peace of mind and well being.

I could have continued with my Ecoboost. I chose not to. Maybe in my advancing years I think of things like safety for myself and my passenger(s) and others on the roads more than I did in my youth.

In the end, I could have continued to walk on the edge but chose not to do that. I could have convinced myself I could always make it work safely. But then I know it only takes one fleeting moment to fall off the edge.

I sometimes have to remind myself:

Denial is not a river in Egypt.
Well the Ecoboost sticker is 42k the f250 is close to 60k at the dealer I visited today. Ill go the F150 option if I buy new and the F250 has less rear seat leg room and smaller rear doors. I thought that was strange to have less room in a bigger truck.
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:46 PM   #28
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Well the Ecoboost sticker is 42k the f250 is close to 60k at the dealer I visited today. Ill go the F150 option if I buy new and the F250 has less rear seat leg room and smaller rear doors. I thought that was strange to have less room in a bigger truck.
Yes, you are right on! Grab the incentives, enjoy the power in your EcoBoost and money saved off the sticker price.
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Yes, you are right on! Grab the incentives, enjoy the power in your EcoBoost and money saved off the sticker price.
My thoughts exactly!
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Test drove the Ecoboost and also a 5.0 f150 today. Loved the backup camera and the integrated trailer brake controller. If I go with another Ford it would be the Ecoboost and would be my 5th ford truck in a row. Offering me one for about 25k after trade in and incentives. Now that has me thinking. Sticker price is 42k with 35% off. What do you guys think?
Given the Ecoboost that they have on their lot that they're trying to sell- how is it on payload capacity for carrying the camper that you have? Carrying the camper, your family, your stuff and hitch weight - will it be under GVWR? If over, will it (at least) be under rear axle weights and tire load capacities?

(I'm not knocking the Ecoboost or anything- just something to think about. Another member switched from a Tacoma to an Ecoboost and is still butting up against his limits and sounded frustrated in one of his posts.)
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