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Old 07-22-2016, 03:05 PM   #1
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What are you towing with 3.5 ecoboost?

Got a new F-150 with the 3.5 ecoboost, payload 1750, max towing...stock from the dealer without any after market add on's, with just two in the truck I will have about 1400 left on payload. Looking to pick up new fiver or TT. Was wondering what you were pulling with that truck...something livable for a month or so comfortable is Great. What are you towing, how does it ride under tow any issues, how close on payload? There are some fivers out there with pin weight of about 1400, but I would be maxed out unless there are add on's. I know there is more TT available but was very concerned about swaying and ride quality.
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Old 07-22-2016, 03:58 PM   #2
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The payload of 1750 it will be a tight to find a 5th wheel. Here is what tow planner says with a 150lbs driver and 5th wheel hitch.

You're adding approximately 400 lbs. to the truck. You have 1,350 lbs. of payload capacity. Fifth wheels typically have 20% - 25% pin weight which gives you a maximum loaded camper weight of 5,400 - 6,750 lbs.

Here is the link. Towing Calculator based on Truck's Payload/CCC - Towing Planner

Now a travel trailer maybe a better choice. Here is what towing planner says about 150lbs driver and hitch.

You're adding approximately 250 lbs. to the truck. You have 1,500 lbs. of payload capacity. Travel trailers typically have 10% - 15% tongue weight which gives you a maximum loaded camper weight of 10,000 - 15,000 lbs.

Here is the link: Towing Calculator based on Truck's Payload/CCC - Towing Planner

A travel trailer you will exceed you max towing capacity before you reach you max payload. What I would be careful of is the length of the TT that you select - longer the TT the more sway you probably have. I would stay under 30 feet but that just me.
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:24 PM   #3
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I've been towing my Vibe rks268 with my 2013 ecoboost with no problem, tows like a dream!
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Old 07-22-2016, 08:43 PM   #4
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We tow a surveyor RBDS226 with a 2014 F150 Limited, 3.5 ecoboost engine. The truck tows that trailer great, smooth and I always feel in control.

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Old 07-22-2016, 11:52 PM   #5
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We tow a 312 BHDS 37' tt with a 2014 F150 Lariat max tow 3.5eco and Husky centerline wdh. It tows very well. No sway issues at all.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:57 PM   #6
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I tow a Rockwood 2604WS with a '14 F150 Ecoboost. 26 feet of box and 30 feet overall and around 7000 lbs. For me this is about the limit on length for a bumper tow but it does not take much sway to get my attention either. I can tell when trucks go by. It gets worse above 60 MPH, at 60 and below it is not too bad most of the time. I have a single friction anti-sway bar but have changed nothing else, still running the P-metric car tires even.

The truck pulls this weight great and I can do the 55 MPH California limit up about any hill on the interstate. I do have to watch things though because on the longer and steeper hills the truck will begin to overheat if I push the speed. But if I drop to the same 35-45 MPH that the truckers are doing and drop it down a gear I can watch the guage drop back to normal. So very workable for me.

The Ford brake controller is great and for stopping I cannot tell the difference with the trailer in back from no trailer.
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Old 07-23-2016, 10:18 AM   #7
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I'm towing a Surveyor SC321BHTS with a 2016 F150. 35.5ft long, right about 8k lbs loaded for travel. I won't pretend that I can't tell its back there. Acceleration and braking are no issue but you'll feel it when near a truck.
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Old 07-23-2016, 10:32 AM   #8
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When we picked up our trailer the dealer took their best guess with adjusting the Husky Centerline WDH. It was way off so chances are that yours is not correct if you have never touched it unless they actually drove the unit and tested it during the install.

Once I adjusted it correctly it made all of the difference in the world. Especially during wind gusts and huge trucks you are passing or are passing you on the interstate. As I said our TT is 37' and I would have no problem going even longer now. It is stable all the way to 70 mph which I hit occasionally down an Ozark mountain. Before I adjusted it is was a bit scary beyond about 60. I normally cruise about 65 now if conditions permit. (good road and not too hot out)
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We tow a 2608ws. Weighs in at 6675 loaded for camping. Tows great behind the 2016 with the 6.5 box. Towed it last year with a 2013 economist with the 5.5 box. The 16 pulls it way better with the extra truck length. Last trip out we ran 11.5 mpg Calgary AB to Golden BC.
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Got a new F-150 with the 3.5 ecoboost, payload 1750, max towing...stock from the dealer without any after market add on's, with just two in the truck I will have about 1400 left on payload. Looking to pick up new fiver or TT. Was wondering what you were pulling with that truck...something livable for a month or so comfortable is Great. What are you towing, how does it ride under tow any issues, how close on payload? There are some fivers out there with pin weight of about 1400, but I would be maxed out unless there are add on's. I know there is more TT available but was very concerned about swaying and ride quality.
Our 26FKWS follows our 2012 3.5 EB like a well mannered puppy.

We spend much of our miles wandering the Ozarks. The up and down, round and round intimidates lots of people.

However, the downshift property of the tow mode is AMAZING. I always feel in control.

Our TT grosses out between 7000 and 7500.

Stay on the safe side of the numbers game and you will have a great (and safe) time.
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