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Old 10-29-2015, 08:38 AM   #1
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I have a different kind of question. We've had a 2013 F-150 with the ecoboost engine that we used to tow our 5'er. When we downsized to an A213HW, the F-150 seemed like overkill. The 5'er weighed somewhere in excess of 7,000 lbs; the A-frame, only about 2,300. I've gotten as low as 14.2 mpg and as high as 18 towing the A-frame with the Ford and I'm satisfied with that. But the truck takes up half of my garage space. I'm wondering if switching to a smaller truck would adversely affect the mileage. We're looking specifically at a Toyota Tacoma with a 6 cyl. engine. My question is this: Is anyone towing an A-frame with a smaller truck, and if so, what kind of mileage are you getting? I'm not unhappy with my Ford. I'm just wondering if I need something that big? Thoughts anyone.

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Old 10-29-2015, 03:58 PM   #2
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We have an A122 towed with a 6 cylinder minivan (Hyundai Entourage). The Hyundai has a 3.5L 250 HP V-6 FWD with a 5 speed transmission. The Hyundai has sufficient power and acceleration for towing the A-frame in the Rockies.

For a given speed, the wind has by far the greatest impact on gas mileage. My towing mileage at 65MPH on the interstates ranges from 21.3 mpg to 13.8 mpg (across Nebraska and Colorado where 35 MPH winds are not abnormal). I assume the wind impact is going to be that much greater with a High Wall. When winds are minimal I typically see around 17-19 mpg, depending on altitude.

Higher altitude equals better mileage, all other factors being equal.

From what I have heard (no personal experience), some 6 cyl trucks are good tow vehicles, but quite a few are not. My 1993 Ford Explorer (3.0L 170HP V-6) was severely under-powered for towing a similar size and weight pop-up in Western mountains.

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I'd be surprised if the expense of changing vehicles came anywhere near being recovered by fuel savings. I think it comes down to 1) do you want a new vehicle, 2) do you need the room in the garage.
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Fred, thanks for the quick answer.
Bob, the answers are: (1) not necessarily, and (2) yes.

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I suspect the actual tow weight on your A-frame is a lot closer to 3000lbs, and then only if you watch what you carry. My smallest Rockwood A-frame actual road weight is about 2700-2800 lbs (depends mainly on water carried).

Tongue weight is going to be (or should be) 400+ lbs. Not a big deal for a sturdy F-150. But check your tow ratings on any V-6 truck. In any case, you are going to need a minimum tow rating of 3500lbs, tongue rating of 450lbs, and payload for 450lbs of tongue weight. You will probably want WDH with that much tongue weight on a light duty truck. I would not tow my A-frame with my minivan without WDH - I have an E2 Equalizer 600/6000 setup.

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Thanks, Fred. Good considerations.

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Old 10-29-2015, 09:02 PM   #7
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Made the change the other way from a Ford Ranger to an F150 Eco about 3years ago. I get better mileage with the F150 then I did with the Ranger and a lot more power. I changed due to my Ranger was getting miled,out and needed to be replaced.I would have gotten a new Ranger if Ford would still be making them.Doug
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Keep the Ford as its payload capacity is golden compared to a Tacoma.

Park it outside and you have room in the garage, it won't melt.
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We have the QHW212 which is just under 3000 and we pull it with the Nissan four-door four-wheel-drive V6 frontier and it pulls 6000 pounds more than the Toyota Tacoma I am super happy with the performance
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Jacink, thanks for the reply. What kind of mileage are you getting when towing your A-frame with the Frontier?

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