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Old 05-03-2015, 11:54 PM   #51
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What's the use for 12 000lbs towing capacity with no payload ?
That's the big handicap of any 1/2 ton...reach your payload capacity way, way before reaching the maximum tow capacity.
Have you looked at the payloads of the new 1/2 tons? Many are well over 2,000 pounds.
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:54 AM   #52
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From Ford Build website:
Heavy Duty Payload Package Includes:

3.73 Electronic-locking rear axle
9.75-inch gearset
Upgraded springs and auxiliary transmission oil cooler
XL: 17-inch Silver Steel Wheels
XLT/LARIAT: 18-inch Silver Aluminum Wheels


It also includes commercial-rated tires.

The 17" wheels are 7-lug and the 18" are 6-Lug

Then you have the real deal HD payload package.
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:57 AM   #53
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I traded in my 05 F-150 5.4 for a 2014 F-150 Ecoboost and could not be happier. I am not sure that I am sold on the new 2015 yet not really liking the look of them.

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Old 05-04-2015, 10:43 AM   #54
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I traded in my 05 F-150 5.4 for a 2014 F-150 Ecoboost and could not be happier. I am not sure that I am sold on the new 2015 yet not really liking the look of them.



I had the 5.4 previously and really like my 2013 Ecoboost with the max tow, it sure tows much better with a lot less down shifting and up shifting. I may look at the 2016 F150 if they have the 10 speed automatic by then but I agree, I'm not really into the new look as of yet. It might grow on me but I'll see when my lease is up how I feel about them.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:49 AM   #55
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I had the 5.4 previously and really like my 2013 Ecoboost with the max tow, it sure tows much better with a lot less down shifting and up shifting. I may look at the 2016 F150 if they have the 10 speed automatic by then but I agree, I'm not really into the new look as of yet. It might grow on me but I'll see when my lease is up how I feel about them.
I'm in the same boat about the new looks. I've seen a few with just the right configuration that I think look OK, but not a big fan at this point.
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Ok, I pulled the trigger today. Ordered a F150 Lariat, 3.5 Ecoboost , 4x4, Max tow (3.55 e-locker), tow mirrors, 36 gallon fuel tank, no sunroof and about every luxury item I wanted this morning. And yes, Heavy Duty payload was not available for this truck. According to Ford my payload capacity is 2,020 lbs and Max tow is 10,700. This will work perfect for my needs and wants.

I drove the Ram 2500 diesel yesterday and it is a great truck. Just a little large for my everyday driver and I know my wife would not drive it because it intimidated her.
My new F150 Lariat 4x4 with 3.55, max tow, 36 gallon fuel tank, and power tow mirrors arrived is week. The payload is a little lower than I expected at 1,650, but still 500 pounds higher than my 2011. I did the math and that works well for me and my set up.

It rides better and so far getting about 3 mpg better in combined driving than my 2011. Next month we will be towing 7,500 pound toy hauler out to Colorado.
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:11 AM   #58
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My new F150 Lariat 4x4 with 3.55, max tow, 36 gallon fuel tank, and power tow mirrors arrived is week. The payload is a little lower than I expected at 1,650, but I did the math and that works well for me and my set up.

It rides better and so far getting about 3 mpg better in combined driving than my 2011. Next month we will be towing 7,500 pound toy hauler out to Colorado.
Would suggest you change out the tires from P to LT before you get any miles on them. P tires and towing do not play well together.
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I thought about that too. My 2011 F150 had 275/55/20 Michelin LTX and had a max load of 2,403 pounds. The Goodyear Wrangler Fortitude 275/65/18 on this truck has a max load of 2,756 pounds, 353 pounds more per tire. That's a pretty big difference. I know a big part of that difference is between the 18 and 20 in wheels. I was pretty happy with the LTXs so I decided to give these tires a try before replacing.
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An update on the 2015 Ram 2500 diesel that we got instead of the 2015 F-150 HD payload we ordered last August (see earlier posts on this thread): We just returned this week from a month-long, 4,000-mile trip to southern Utah, Nevada, and California. Our calculated mileage for the entire trip was 12.9 MPG, with about 3,000 of those miles towing our 2016 Rockwood 5th wheel and ~1,000 miles of day trips without the trailer.

The diesel was a real money saver in California where we paid as much as 30 cents a gallon LESS for diesel fuel than the price for regular gas at the same stations. Why diesel is so much cheaper in a state with the strictest air pollution standards in the nation makes no sense to me because it wasn't true anywhere else we traveled. But I'm very glad it was that way since California fuel prices were ridiculously high compared to other Western states we were in.
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