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Old 03-04-2016, 11:01 AM   #101
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Also HD trucks don't have to meet regulations LD trucks do have to meet. Cheaper to use the BIG engines.
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Old 03-04-2016, 02:34 PM   #102
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Probably has more to do with the strength and durability of an iron block vs aluminum in a work truck. Aluminum block is more prone to failure if overheated as well.

Iron is cheaper and more robust in a work application where weight isn't an issue.
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:48 PM   #103
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I just bought a 2015 F150 XLT Sport with the 3.5 EB, 3:31, SuperCab, 6.5' bed in January. I haven't towed with it yet but just went on a 1200 mile road trip from Salem OR to Reno on a mix of freeway and 2 lane roads and about 12 mountain passes. Truck rides real smooth and I didn't feel like I had been beat to death on the road. I averaged 21mpg. I was just cruising around the speed limit so I'm okay with the mpg. Truck weighs 5100lbs with a soft cover, and running boards. The payload from the sticker inside the drivers door is 2030. The Lariat I looked at had a payload of 1956. I cared more about the payload while I was shopping. I knew all the half ton trucks would pull my trailer. The Ram I looked at with a 5.7 HEMI only had 1399 payload according to the sticker which was not enough for my comfort. It did drive nice.

The first tow will be next weekend when I take the trailer to be dewinterized. I had a Chevy with the 5.3 before and got 25mpg on one freeway trip (not towing) and about 11-13 towing on the flats. GVWR of my trailer is about 6500lbs but I'm usually around 5000 for camping.

I personally don't really care what mpg I get when I'm towing because I'm going camping! I don't expect to get great gas mileage dragging a big box down the road.

I really like the Ford and will report back after my first camping trip. Which will be all freeway and 4 small mountain passes.

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Old 03-04-2016, 11:57 PM   #104
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Old 03-07-2016, 01:09 PM   #105
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Thanks!!!!!

Thank you everyone for your excellent discussion, I did learn a lot and you all helped me greatly on my decision.
I did get the F-150 Lariat 3.5L Ecoboost with towing package and now I'm looking forward to pull the TT soon.
Again..Thank you very much..will post towing results!
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Thank you everyone for your excellent discussion, I did learn a lot and you all helped me greatly on my decision.
I did get the F-150 Lariat 3.5L Ecoboost with towing package and now I'm looking forward to pull the TT soon.
Again..Thank you very much..will post towing results!
Did you get the "Max Tow" or just the towing pkg?
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Did you get the "Max Tow" or just the towing pkg?
Yes, Max Tow...very happy!
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Yes, Max Tow...very happy!
I hope you enjoy your "BOOSTIE" as much as we do ours.
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All I can add is I have a 2015 F150 with Eco boost and I have not problems with 7200# behind me and gas mileage is great 16.5 with the load and 65mph.. My truck has towing package for 12200#. I'd have gone diesel but the amount of daily driving at 21.7mpg at 70mph I couldn't argue with. I love my Ecoboost



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