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Old 03-20-2016, 03:37 PM   #121
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I am looking to configure the truck for max tow capability. The model I am considering has a tow rating of 11,400 lbs.
Configuring your truck for max tow capability, is more than just towing capacity.

It's the payload capacity where 1/2 tons often fall short, especially when compared to the towing capacity amount.

Most run out of payload WAY before they even get close to the max towing amount.

And finding an Ecoboost with the HD Payload Package AND the Max Tow Package is not easy.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:01 PM   #122
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We researched a lot of trucks and trailers before we finally purchased our EB and last month our Grey Wolf. The truck pulls like a dream but I thought I would get better mileage when towing. This is also my daily driving and I really cannot complain about the close to 20mpg I get when commuting back and forth to work.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:13 PM   #123
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Wanted to join the party! We've loved ours so far. We're at 31k miles with about 10k of those towing.

We did a 6k mile trip with our old trailer at #4000. That was an absolute dream! Completely stress free tow. Our new trailer is about #6500 and there is a difference. I imagine most would still call it "effortless". It is, but the truck is "working" now.

We're heading out for another 6k miles this summer. Going to upgrade to a 10 ply tire before the trip. We get a bit more "suck in" than I'd like, and hoping a stiffer tire will help.
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:21 PM   #124
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Indeed...I couldn't find a F150 that was configured with max tow (engine, transmission, gear ratio, suspension, mirrors, etc.) capability, so I gave my dealer my specifications and they had Ford build it. It took about 4 weeks to build and deliver it to California.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:41 PM   #125
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I have a 2011 EB SCAB 6.5' bed and 3.55 rear with tow package. It is completely stock although I have added heartthrob exhaust and Airlift 5000's. I have been camping, beaching, 4x4ing, long distance trips, and heavy Scout troop trailer towing. It's my daily driver. I get 22/23 back and forth to work (50 miles round trip). Recently we bought a 2016 RW 2703WS and expect zero problems. The truck has 125,000+ miles on it and gets regular maintenance. No issues.

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Old 03-25-2016, 07:59 AM   #126
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Happy to see by Marty's post the 2011 is good for 125,000 miles. I have the HDT 11,200, HDPL 2,393 and 3.73 so I lost a couple mpg. So I finally got a 5r, what a difference when passing trucks or getting passed.
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Old 05-08-2016, 07:00 PM   #127
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Late to the party, adding my 2 cents

I was hesitant about the ecoboost because of the image in my head of the v6 being in constant boost while towing.

  • 2015 4x4 Supercab, 6.5' bed, XLT, with 3.5 ecoboost engine, towing package, brake controller, few other options.
  • No boost gauge!! Oops, should have looked into that option. Wanting to know when the engine was being pushed, I got myself an OBD2 reader and the "Torque" app for my android phone so as to add a boost gauge.
  • I'm towing a 27' TT, 6500 lbs empty. That's just for reference. I'm writing about the engine, not the truck's towing.

The ecoboost pulls inclines with no complaint. I live in Colorado. It's hilly here. Aside from downshifts and the boost gauge, there's little indication that the engine is nearing its limit. I like cruise control, and use it constantly on the highway. I noticed early on that the transmission would readily downshift from 6th to 5th in response to engine loading, but that the downshift from 5th to 4th would happen only when hitting max boost. I didn't like that, and started using the little +/- buttons on the shift lever to manually lock out higher gears when I saw boost rise. I'd rather spin the engine at higher RPM & lower boost than the reverse.

I find that downshifting to 4th is enough for all but the steepest hills. On hills so steep that I'm in heavy boost in 4th, I figure it's time to let up on speed. A few times "as a test" I've pulled steep (7%) grades at 60mph on cruise control, not backing off. What happened is that the engine worked hard, but pulled the hills as though nothing was wrong. The only signs of complaint were downshifts and heavy boost on the gauge. Only a few times on the steepest grades has the transmission downshifted from 4th to 3rd without my intervention.

A note about fuel mileage: I get 17mpg around town and 22mpg on the highway (75mph) when not towing. The figures when towing are, well, bad. If I limit myself to 55mph I get about 12mpg, but the dropoff at speed is dramatic. I did a 100 mile stretch at 70mph and got 8mpg. Yikes!! Backed off to 55mph and went back to 12mpg. Ouch. Maybe it's time to tell the Garmin to avoid the interstates.
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Old 05-08-2016, 07:34 PM   #128
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Great post Binnova. I don't understand the apps and such for having a boost gauge. Can you explain the easiest way to have a boost gauge?

I have noticed that the transmission will usually hold a gear higher than I'd like it too. Lately, I always tow with 6th locked out and if going a little slower in the rolling hills, I will lock out 5th at times, just to keep the rpm's spinning.
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Old 05-08-2016, 07:39 PM   #129
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Changes coming to the Ecoboost engine. Starting sometime around July the Ecoboost will be 350 foot# of torque up 30# from present engines and there will be a new 10 speed transmission to go with it.
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Changes coming to the Ecoboost engine. Starting sometime around July the Ecoboost will be 350 foot# of torque up 30# from present engines and there will be a new 10 speed transmission to go with it.
Wrong its going from 420ft lbs to 450!
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