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Old 11-15-2015, 07:15 PM   #31
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I have a 2015 F150 EB with every package available for towing and cargo capacity. I have forgotten exactly what those weights are but they are pretty substantial. I am pulling a 32' Coachmen Chapparal Lite which weighs about 9,000 lbs empty with a pin weight of about 1400 lbs. I don't get involved in all the silly arguments about 1/2 tons vs 3/4 ton trucks because I knew what I wanted and ordered both truck and trailer to meet my requirements. Since April I have towed in over 3,000 miles and I couldn't be any happier. I don't drive any faster than 60 mph not because I can't but because I like the gas mileage better at that speed. I have gotten as high as 13.4 and as low as 11.2 while towing. The beauty is while I'm not towing I have a nice vehicle to drive which gets as high as 24 mph on the highway. It's like driving a luxury passenger car. Don't be afraid of the naysayers on this site who will discourage from buying this fine vehicle. Just do you best to make sure you match your trailer to the truck and then drive and enjoy. I do have th 6 1/2' bed which I think is critical. I have a sliding hitch but have never had to use it.
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:03 PM   #32
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Read The Door Post and factory specs

Surprised many when I asked max tow and weight. I maxed out my 2011 Eco Boost - #8200 package, Max tow 11,200 in Ford Specs, Max payload (people/box) 2,393 on door post, 3.73 rear, 7 bolt (weight) and E tires (load rating).
I have a HT 5er, about 8,000 empty, 10,000 with gear, pin 1,800. The hitch is around 110, so I have 483 left for us and stuff.
This should give a lot of campers lots to think about pulling a 6,500 with load lever (adds to hitch weight and load capacity) with a standard F150 or 1500 quad cab.
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:07 PM   #33
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Towing fiver with an ecoboost

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Wow, I guess I'm just old school, and prefer cubes to turbo revs. Surprising - hopefully there is durability in those turbo engines - have heard a lot of nasties on turbos. I know I can fly by semi's going uphill at 70 mph and still have power to spare. My last on scale reading for the rear two axles (trailer) was 9760 lbs.! Interesting that after 3 of them (in what period of time) you now have a Ram 2500. Why the switch?

I'm not following you with the "turbo revs" comment. I don't want to sound condescending, but I'm thinking you may be slightly misinformed about how a turbo works??? Considering every diesel truck produced has been turbocharged for going on like 30 years I wouldn't be too concerned about longevity of the turbos. Only concern with a gas engine is oil dilution. I ran a very high quality synthetic in mine and changed it every 5k miles.
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:31 PM   #34
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Surprised many when I asked max tow and weight. I maxed out my 2011 Eco Boost - #8200 package, Max tow 11,200 in Ford Specs, Max payload (people/box) 2,393 on door post, 3.73 rear, 7 bolt (weight) and E tires (load rating).
I have a HT 5er, about 8,000 empty, 10,000 with gear, pin 1,800. The hitch is around 110, so I have 483 left for us and stuff.
This should give a lot of campers lots to think about pulling a 6,500 with load lever (adds to hitch weight and load capacity) with a standard F150 or 1500 quad cab.
I have the exact same setup but with a Rockwood 8280.last time I weighed it I was at 8400lbs loaded and a pin weight of 1455 so I figured it out to be 255 pounds over on the back axel but all in all this is a great combo. pulls very well with lots of power and on the highway you really have to look in the mirror to see if it's still there
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:18 AM   #35
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I have a 2015 F150 EB with every package available for towing and cargo capacity. I have forgotten exactly what those weights are but they are pretty substantial. I am pulling a 32' Coachmen Chapparal Lite which weighs about 9,000 lbs empty with a pin weight of about 1400 lbs. I don't get involved in all the silly arguments about 1/2 tons vs 3/4 ton trucks because I knew what I wanted and ordered both truck and trailer to meet my requirements. Since April I have towed in over 3,000 miles and I couldn't be any happier. I don't drive any faster than 60 mph not because I can't but because I like the gas mileage better at that speed. I have gotten as high as 13.4 and as low as 11.2 while towing. The beauty is while I'm not towing I have a nice vehicle to drive which gets as high as 24 mph on the highway. It's like driving a luxury passenger car. Don't be afraid of the naysayers on this site who will discourage from buying this fine vehicle. Just do you best to make sure you match your trailer to the truck and then drive and enjoy. I do have th 6 1/2' bed which I think is critical. I have a sliding hitch but have never had to use it.
My sentiments exactly. It works and works well. Leave it at that. All the rest is bigitory!
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:47 AM   #36
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Don't paint us all as just " naysayers".

Some of us have real world experience with the issues that the eb has.

It is far from the " golden truck " most refer to it as.


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Old 11-16-2015, 12:22 PM   #37
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Wow, reading all of this I am so glad as a newbee I bought a Ram 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi and tow package to pull our previous 8000 lb Rockwood 29' 5th wheel ultralight. Moved up to a new Flagstaff 33' ultrallight 5th wheel (about 10,000 loaded) and traded for our new (in 2014) Ram 1500 Hemi with a 3.83 AR (vs. previous 3.55) to max my tow rating at 10,500. Been to Florida twice with the new package and just like the previous 2011 Ram I still get 8.5 - 9.0 mpg at 70 mph average over the entire trip to Florida and back from Michigan thanks to the seamless ZF 8 Speed with lots of power and torque to spare. I love this truck and the styling, ride, and comfort are fabulous. My goal was to try to stay just within the limits of a 1/2 ton truck and this Ram is awesome. Prior to these 2 trucks I had always driven Ford or GM products but now I am a convert and didn't break the bank like with a Ford or GM for which I could get a discount. The only add to the truck other than the 5th wheel hitch was a set of Timbren's which really evens out the level when trailer weight is on. These Timbren's in my opinion are better than the much more expensive after market add-on air lifts (air lift stabilizers available from factory on Ram 2500). They are like a little "Michelin" or doughboy man as they have two stacked rubber pods and snap into where the frame bottom-out bumpers are as supplied by the factory. You simply by hand pull the stock bumpers out and put the new Timbren bumpers in using some soap solution and then jacking up the wheel one side at a time to seat them into the vacated cup holder on the body above the frame. This leaves about an inch clearance so the truck still rides smoothly on the variable coil suspension (Ram 1500 does not use leaf springs like Ford 150 or GM 1500) until a load is applied and then the Timbren's supplement the load capability. I was actually put onto these when at a water fill/dump station in western Michigan when a Ford F150 6 cylinder Ecoboost pulled in hooked to a 36 ft. 14,000 lb. 5th wheel and he was sitting perfectly level. He told me about adding the Timbren's. However, this was his first trip from Ludington, MI to Ludington State Park and although he was sitting perfectly level I could not believe he would ever make it to Florida and back with that tow package! I think he had a lot more than he should tackle with his rig! The ecoboost may make horsepower but there is no substitute for the torque of a good V8 either gas or diesel and apparently the Ford V6 Ecoboost does not get any better gas mileage at that! BTW the new Ram V6 diesel can't match the 5.7 hemi for towing power so it is limited to smaller trailers although a nice package if you want a small diesel.
While I hate to be the weight police, you do know that you are over your payload, correct?
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:50 PM   #38
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Love my Ecco boost

I live full time in my crusader 29' fifth wheel max loaded weight 10k. My Ford F-150 with factory tow package and Ecco boost is awesome. Traveled from New York to California on our first trip with no problems. We have been through mountains in Georgia ,Colorado ,Idaho, Utah ,Oregon and California. Went through Yosemite up and down grades up to 9percent with no issues. And there is always something left when I have to punch it even on those grades. I would love to get the new 2015 mine is 2012 low miles just can't do it. My gas has always been over 10 miles per gallon when hooked up and as high as 20 or more not hitched on the highway. It's a grate truck you will not be disappointed.
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:33 PM   #39
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Don't paint us all as just " naysayers".

Some of us have real world experience with the issues that the eb has.

It is far from the " golden truck " most refer to it as.


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Old 11-16-2015, 03:39 PM   #40
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Camperboy, are you saying that the 1 ton is too rough to drive? I am looking at upgrading from a 2007 Tundra to a Ford F350 to two my 9200 lb Forest river fifth wheel. Is the one ton too rough to drive.
Depends what 1-ton you are getting. Single rear wheel or double. A Single rear wheel F350 will have a different feel towing than a Dual. Most people like the handle of the DRW setup because the additional width provide a more stable tow, especially in wind. The rear suspension is also completely different on the two trucks. The Single Rear Wheel F350 is essentially the exact same truck, axle, shocks, and leaf springs as the F250 (with the addition of the trailer package which includes an overleaf overload spring plus a 4" rear lift block instead of a 2" block). The F350 DRW has an additional main leaf spring plus the overload spring and a much heavier/larger rear axle (Dana S80).

Either truck will be more than enough to haul your trailer, BUT a single rear wheel F350 will be a more comfortable loaded and unloaded ride as it doesn't have the firm rear suspension of the Dually.

I have a F450 with rides very similiar to the F350 Dually, except mine comes with 19.5" commercial tires which tend to wonder a bit more over ruts.

Love the truck though. For you, an F350 is the perfect truck for the job. The larger, heavier body and engine of the Super Duty will give you much more confidence while towing and it is a very comfortable ride. It's not a car like ride like you will get with a 1/2 ton truck, but it is definately better than 1-tons were in the past. The 4wds are the only Super Dutys with solid front axles, and that's the only type of front suspension I would want.
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