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Old 05-21-2015, 03:54 PM   #201
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P.S. We can still share opinion in the group, BTW.....
but I feel a good loud Kum-bye-yah should come first. JMO.
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:07 PM   #202
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Maybe ford should put a EB in the f250/350. Then the EB vs diesel debate would go away as both would be hauling the same loads up the same roads.
I think that if you put the 3.5L EB in it's current form into a 250/350 it would stay in boost too much and not be that efficient. I'm no engineer, so there may be issues that would make this not feasible, but I would like to see a small V8 EB. The 5.0 would be a great choice, I think. I'd like to see them use the CGI block like the new 2.7L does. I think it would be awesome if they would offer different settings built in to the truck. For example, an economy mode would limit boost PSI and cause it to ramp up much less quickly. You could then have a tow/haul mode that would utilize more boost and ramp boost more quickly. You could use this same type of management with the 3.5L, but I think the 250/350 market would be much more accepting of a slightly larger V8. Granted, it would really suck the fuel when towing heavy, but there is a HUGE number of people that tow only a handful of times a year, but need the power when they do. If they could get the price ~$6K less than the diesel option, get economy mileage in the 17/14 range and get the tow/haul HP/TQ in the 400/600 range, I think we'd have a real winner on our hands.
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Old 05-21-2015, 05:34 PM   #203
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The Ecoboost may very well be a direct-injection engine... I was talking about what most call fuel injection or sequential-port fuel injection. If it's direct injection... it's fuel injected, no argument here... and I am not fighting with anyone... no need for a group hug or kum-ba-yah... I had a '11 F-150 with the 5.0 because I didn't want the complexity of the EB especially in it's first year of availability. I really think Ford has knocked it outa the park with this technology.


I really think madmaxmutt, dustman stx, and myself are being pretty civil in this discussion... and they have some valid points... They probably, like me, keep a hat on them most of the time...
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Old 05-21-2015, 06:15 PM   #204
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You boys are civil.
I'm just a smartbass who doesn't know much.
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Old 05-25-2015, 02:09 AM   #205
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I used to have Fleetwood TT that loaded was around 8k. I towed it with a 2001 Silverado 1500 with a lift kit and 35" tires. By the time I got to where I was camping, I was flat wore out. It is amazing how tiring it is to tow with an underpowered truck. If anybody on here has been to NE Oregon then you know about Cabbage Hill. It is a 7-9% hill for 7 miles with corners you have to slow down to 40 on. By the time I got to the top of the hill, I was doing 20 mph and was being passed by loaded semi's.

I now have a 2007 Duramax lifted with 36" tall tires. I can maintain the 65 mph speed limit. After slowing for the 40 mph corners, I can get right back to 65 again.

As far as fuel mileage, the better mileage makes up for the higher prices.
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Old 05-25-2015, 05:00 AM   #206
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What helped you decide diesel or gas?

I towed a 23 foot TT with a 5.4 liter gasser to Reno from Salt Lake and was horribly disappointed by its performance. I found a deal on an older 6.0 liter Powerstroke and bought it. I now pull almost three times the weight of the first trailer and the difference is night and day. The diesel stays at lower rpm's gets slightly better gas mileage with much less stress. You really have to compare the two to see the difference. The problem with diesels is that repairs can be really expensive and any savings in gas will go right out the window in a hurry after an HPOP or some other vital system goes out on you. But the point is that towing with a diesel is a much better experience and to me worth the cost and trade off for the RV lifestyle.


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Old 05-26-2015, 08:46 AM   #207
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I towed a 23 foot TT with a 5.4 liter gasser to Reno from Salt Lake and was horribly disappointed by its performance. I found a deal on an older 6.0 liter Powerstroke and bought it. I now pull almost three times the weight of the first trailer and the difference is night and day. The diesel stays at lower rpm's gets slightly better gas mileage with much less stress. You really have to compare the two to see the difference. The problem with diesels is that repairs can be really expensive and any savings in gas will go right out the window in a hurry after an HPOP or some other vital system goes out on you. But the point is that towing with a diesel is a much better experience and to me worth the cost and trade off for the RV lifestyle.


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As I think I've already stated on this thread, you were underwhelmed by the performance of a naturally aspirated engine, not a gasoline one. An old non-turbocharged diesel would be just as much of a dog when towing as the 5.4- actually much more so. The Ecoboost engine in an F150 would have impressed you greatly had you gone that route. And, while repair costs will likely exceed those of a naturally aspirated engine, it is much less expensive to repair than a modern diesel engine. I know some people have had 6.0 PSD's with no issues, but the vast majority have had major consistent issues with things such as the EGR system, injectors, head gaskets, etc. Even just changing the starter on one is an all day ordeal. I've yet to personally meet someone that didn't have issues- and I've met a lot of people in years past with them. Hate to be the guy that rains on the parade- but I hope you got it cheap.
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What is it you drive dustman?
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Old 05-26-2015, 02:10 PM   #209
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I currently drive a 2013 F150 EB. Previous TV was a 2011 F250 6.7PSD. Before that 1997 F250 7.3L PSD. In the mix over the years was various NA V8 engines from 4.6 to 5.9L in size. Therefore, it appears as though I have a pretty good perspective having owned NA gas engines, diesels and now the Ecoboost. There are a lot of opinions thrown around here on the forums, many founded out of ignorance or the repeating of same. I try to shine a little light from what I've learned having used all of them, sometimes with little success. I definitely believe diesels have their place. I also believe that a lot of people have spent a lot of money on diesels they don't need. They don't have to justify that purchase to me or anyone else- if they'd just leave it alone at "I wanted one". When they feel the need for others to concur the "necessity" of that decision is when we often part ways. If money were no object, I'd be rolling in a new 1 ton dually diesel 4x4 crew with all the bells and whistles from one of the Big 3. But I have enough sense to know the difference between NEED and WANT. Edit: With that being said, there are a lot of forum members that absolutely need a diesel. There are many others that can afford the diesel and prefer towing with them. So, to make the assumption that I have the attitude that the Ecoboost takes the place of a diesel is quite a stretch. I would, however, take one any day of the week over the Ford 6.0 PSD. Of course, I'd take just about anything capable of moving a trailer over one of them, so that doesn't necessarily say that much.
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As opposed to "I drive a diesel and everyone that doesn't is an idiot." I currently drive a 2013 F150 EB. Previous TV was a 2011 F250 6.7PSD. Before that 1997 F250 7.3L PSD. In the mix over the years was various NA V8 engines from 4.6 to 5.9L in size. Therefore, it appears as though I have a pretty good perspective having owned NA gas engines, diesels and now the Ecoboost. There are a lot of opinions thrown around here on the forums, many founded out of ignorance or the repeating of same. I try to shine a little light from what I've learned having used all of them, sometimes with little success. I definitely believe diesels have their place. I also believe that a lot of people have spent a lot of money on diesels they don't need. They don't have to justify that purchase to me or anyone else- if they'd just leave it alone at "I wanted one". When they feel the need for others to concur the "necessity" of that decision is when we often part ways. If money were no object, I'd be rolling in a new 1 ton dually diesel 4x4 crew with all the bells and whistles from one of the Big 3. But I have enough sense to know the difference between NEED and WANT. Edit: With that being said, there are a lot of forum members that absolutely need a diesel. There are many others that can afford the diesel and prefer towing with them. So, to make the assumption that I have the attitude that the Ecoboost takes the place of a diesel is quite a stretch. I would, however, take one any day of the week over the Ford 6.0 PSD. Of course, I'd take just about anything capable of moving a trailer over one of them, so that doesn't necessarily say that much.
We are looking at buying an F-150 also. Maybe the 2015 Super Crew Lariat at the end of the year. Which model would you recommend if you were buying new? We are leaning toward the Ecoboost 3.5. (And yes, money is an object for us, too). We are towing a 2011 Wildwood 23FBS with a dry wt of 5028, cargo 2374 tops. Don't expect to buy a new trailer as we love this one and have done mods we like. Thanks in advance for any tips.
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