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Old 04-27-2015, 07:16 AM   #1
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Towing with lighter F150

I am thinking of replacing my 2011 F150 Ecoboost with a 2015. I know all the benefits of the "up to 700" pound lighter F150, but I was wondering how the lighter truck handled towing. From what I have learned over the years of reading this forum, a heavier truck gives more stability. Even though the max tow of the new F150 is around 12,000 pounds, I am wondering if it gets pushed around more than the older, heavier model.

I am getting close to pullng the trigger on ordering the new truck but I wouln't think of signing the paper without the blessing of this forum
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:33 AM   #2
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So why would you trade up so soon? That's what I'm curious about.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:57 AM   #3
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I am wondering if it gets pushed around more than the older, heavier model.
That's going to be a given, but it shouldn't be a significant difference in handling. If you don't have them yet, you might consider sway control bars. I would try it out on the highway for a distance and see how she handles.

You might consider a 250.. :-)
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:04 AM   #4
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I am thinking of replacing my 2011 F150 Ecoboost with a 2015. I know all the benefits of the "up to 700" pound lighter F150, but I was wondering how the lighter truck handled towing. From what I have learned over the years of reading this forum, a heavier truck gives more stability. Even though the max tow of the new F150 is around 12,000 pounds, I am wondering if it gets pushed around more than the older, heavier model.

I am getting close to pullng the trigger on ordering the new truck but I wouln't think of signing the paper without the blessing of this forum
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.
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So why would you trade up so soon? That's what I'm curious about.

My current truck has been towing cross country for the past three years and has been great. It just turned 60,000 miles. So why trade now?

1. 5 year-60,000 mile power train warranty is now over. We travel far from home every summer and any major problems are now on me. With my wife and I travelling like we do I would like to lessen any worries of problems on the road.

2. According to Car Max my trade in vlaue is about $26,000. If I were to trade now cost difference will be more affordable than if I wait another year or two. Yes, I know all the financial considerations of waitng and saving and all. But still.

3. Most importantly, the new trucks have cool features and I have finally reached that point in life where I am able to buy a new truck because I want one, not because I need one.

4. My wife starts social security soon and I want to make sure those funds go to something really important, like a new truck, before they get absorbed into the budget and spent on extravagances like food, which I seem to eat too much of anyway.

I thought I would try this argument on all of you before I present to DW ��
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You gave the absolute best reason to buy a new truck. You want a new one. Lee & Alice
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You gave the absolute best reason to buy a new truck. You want a new one. Lee & Alice
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Keep in mind that the 2015's have a lower GVWR. The frame is supposedly stronger with more high strength steel. Unless they intentionally put on weaker axles and brakes, which I seriously doubt, I would venture to say that they can handle the same GVWR the old one's did. My hypothesis is that they figured that if they left the GVWR the same, most of the payloads would exceed those of the F250's that are similarly equipped, particular the diesel models. The 250's have to stay at or below 10K for registration purposes. With that being said, if I had a 15 model, I wouldn't have a problem loading it to the 2014 GVWR. You would then have as much weight, but more of it could be payload.

Edit: They possibly made some suspension changes to make the lighter truck ride better. If that's the case, a set of airbags and shocks will solve that.
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I am thinking of replacing my 2011 F150 Ecoboost with a 2015. . . . I am getting close to pullng the trigger on ordering the new truck but I wouln't think of signing the paper without the blessing of this forum
Try buying a 2015 H-D Payload F-150! I ordered one on August 15, 2014, the first day 2015 pricing was available. After 3 delays and finally being told by the dealer on February 27 that I would get it in August 2015, I cancelled my order. My point is that those 2015 Ford Website payload numbers are fiction from the marketing department. My Ford dealer had 300 2015 F-150s on his lot or on order and not one was an H-D Payload truck. A few had the Max Tow package, but none of his and none he could find at other dealers had the H-D Payload package.

I have always been a Ford guy, but my solution was to take my returned deposit and buy a 2015 Ram 2500 CC-SB 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel 4x4 off a dealer's lot that same week. And, for the icing on the cake, I paid $1,000 LESS for the Ram 2500 than I would have paid for the F-150 Supercab, Eco-boost, long-bed, Max Tow/H-D Payload, XLT 4x4 I had on order!

After a 1,000-mile all-Interstate break-in trip at a calculated 23.4 MPG and a 2,500-mile tow at 12.4 MPG (including an entire day on I-40 in OK with 40 MPH headwinds), we are now VERY happy that Ford couldn't deliver our special-order 2015 F-150!
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Don't know.Never towed with a 1/2 Ton but i am sure many here have and they will get you to where your going.
I like what fanrgs wrote.
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