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Old 01-02-2015, 09:22 AM   #11
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The new F150s are more stout then before but with all my years of towing, I still like to have a heavier tow vehicle in front of my trailer. There is quite a difference when you tow 12K with a 5500-6000lb truck and a 7700-8200lb truck

My last 2500 Dodge 2wd Cummins weighed 6600lbs and now my 2014 Chevy 2500HD weighs in at 7300lbs and there is a noticable stability difference.

You have to pull, stop, and handle the loads.

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Old 01-02-2015, 10:26 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by jaydubya View Post
Just to clarify, a standard f150 has a 7200 gvw. Max-tow is 7700, and HD is 8200. There has been some discussion on the f150 forum that the HD payload package is nothing more than some stiffer springs and 7 lug axleshafts
I was just going by the chart here: 2015 Ford F-150 | View Payload Specifications |

The largest GVWR I see is 7850 lbs, with the HD payload package. Other years could be different.


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Old 01-02-2015, 10:40 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by MtnGuy View Post
I was just going by the chart here: 2015 Ford F-150 | View Payload Specifications |

The largest GVWR I see is 7850 lbs, with the HD payload package. Other years could be different.
Ah, you were looking at the 15s. I was talking about the previous generation, as that's what I'm familiar with. Sorry to add confusion.
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:41 AM   #14
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Ken and Judy,

I tow a 5er fully loaded weight is 9500 lbs. I have just 2 of us in the cab and a couple of bikes on top with a Thule rack. The limiting factor is the pin weight. i have mine right at the the limit without water on board. When I fill the tank I am over.
I upgraded truck to LT tires one size bigger actually, stands 1 inch taller. Absolute necessity in my mind. Trailer has lift kit on the axles and GY Marathon D tires.

Some will say you can not tow a 5er with a F 150 and need a F 350 with Power Stroke Diesel.

The 2015 F 150 can tow 12,200 lbs, just amazing as this surpasses 3/4 ton capacity in other badged trucks.

It is up to you what you tow with. I weighed, many times. Am confident that i am within most limits, just pin is a bit high at times. No air bags or timbers and the truck doesn't say or bottom out at all.

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Old 01-02-2015, 12:07 PM   #16
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I don't and won't pull with a 1/2 ton truck. But that's me and shouldn't mater for anyone else. There are two issues that have not been talked about here that are very important.
1 Any chance of going over the load weight limit and you could open yourself to legal problems, and some one taking all you own. 2 What type of plates you should have on your truck. I don't know about other states but in IL if you 1Lb over 8001 Lbs you need a D plate not a B-truck like most in IL drive with. And you will have a big fine to pay. Also I didn't know that having a D plate you must have your truck inspected 2 times a year. So how much weight you can put on a F150 is to me a lesser issue to think about.
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Old 01-02-2015, 01:17 PM   #17
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I am looking at the 2015 Eco Boost and with the 3.55 axle, HD towing and 18" wheels it says it can handle 12,000 towing a TT.
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Old 01-02-2015, 02:24 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by norwood12800 View Post
I am looking at the 2015 Eco Boost and with the 3.55 axle, HD towing and 18" wheels it says it can handle 12,000 towing a TT.
towing a TT is different than this discussion about towing a 5th wheel, with a 1/2 ton truck.
payload is way more important with 5th wheels, than with TT's.
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I have a 2013 F150 Ecoboost crew cab with all of the tow pack options and is rated at 12,200 Lbs tow capability. I expect that will improve with the 2015 F150 aluminum body weight savings. I tow a Signature 8250 nominally rated at less than 8,000 Lbs. I went through the Rockies twice this year with all of the family on board. With the tow technology in play on the vehicle even on 8% grades it didn't even sweat and was easy to manage and this was my first time out in this type of configuration. I looked at the 250 option, decided these were difficult and uncomfortable rides compared to a properly configured 1/2 ton and provided miserable mileage to boot. The Ecoboost configuration is giving equivalent performance to a 5+ litre diesel configuration with less weight and easier access to energy sources and without winter start up requirements. Ford have done a good job with this machine and I swore that I would never buy another Ford after a disastrous relationship with a Windstar that was a two time experience (first and last time). I have come to the conclusion Ford Trucks and Automobiles are different companies and the latter is definitely not to be bought from.
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:37 PM   #20
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Smile Towing with a Eco-Boast

Thanks to all the Eco-Boast people who answered my request.

Thanks to all others who gave their opinion. I have been involved with Engineering Technology for over 40 years, therefore, I have read the math, and I understand the math and have done the CAT scales.

Special thanks to "asquared" and Mark for the complete picture. It is one thing to talk the numbers but there is nothing like CAT scale facts. Good job !

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