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Old 04-19-2015, 07:29 AM   #51
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We have really love ours (EB,max tow, 4x4, CC). Towing performance and commuting performance.

We have towed through the Rockies and over the Continental Divide several times. However, we were towing our smaller trailer at about 4500 pounds. We did have a loaded bed and family of 4. It was a 6k mile trip, and the truck met only one grade that made it seem like it was earning its keep. There is a grade in southern Utah's Hwy12, just south of Capitol Reef. If I recall, the sign said 10%, and it lasted miles and miles. The truck pulled it easily, but the tranny temp did start to climb. It stayed in the low 220's. At one point it did hit 230. We pulled over and had lunch when I saw that.

Braking in the Rockies was "okay". With the integrated controller, you can not set the trailer to the point of locking. I've got it at max gain, and the computer still regulates braking. Works out perfect in normal towing conditions, but I would prefer to but a little more load on the trailer brakes in the really steep stuff.

Engine braking is non existent in the higher gears. On the real steep, I found I had to keep the speed even slower than slow. At times, I kept it in first gear to get enough braking help.

Climbing is a whole different story. I felt like the strongest rig on the road. Whether I was or not, it gave that perception.
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:44 AM   #52
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Wouldn't it be sweet if they put an EB in the F250, or F350. They do that and I know for sure they will at least one truck. MINE!!!!!
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:23 AM   #53
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So far we have enjoyed our EB. Recent trip to the Keys (740 miles round trip) we avg 9.5 MPG on the trip down and just over 10 on the way home. About 200 miles in on our way home the computer was showing 10.5 MPG.

Trip down I ran with and without tow haul mode and with cruise on. Trip home I ran with tow haul on the entire time and cruise control off. Speeds both ways I stayed within 62 -65 mph.

Outside temps in the mid 80s and trans reading showed between 195 to 210.

Very smooth riding truck and handles our TT very well.
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Old 04-19-2015, 10:17 AM   #54
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So far we have enjoyed our EB. Recent trip to the Keys (740 miles round trip) we avg 9.5 MPG on the trip down and just over 10 on the way home. About 200 miles in on our way home the computer was showing 10.5 MPG.

Trip down I ran with and without tow haul mode and with cruise on. Trip home I ran with tow haul on the entire time and cruise control off. Speeds both ways I stayed within 62 -65 mph.

Outside temps in the mid 80s and trans reading showed between 195 to 210.

Very smooth riding truck and handles our TT very well.

I found on my 2014 F150 FX4 Crew SB I get better MPG without Tow Haul Mode but plan on trying those options again on my trip to the Poconos in PA next month. I think local driving and up and down hills it works well but all HGWY I don't think it matters


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Old 04-19-2015, 04:48 PM   #55
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Tow/Haul will try to maintain speed on downhills, and it does it by downshifting. I don't care for that. I prefer to coast more and don't mind my speed increasing a little. I drive 62mph, so there's a little room.

I forgot to add in my first post, I got 11.5mpg over that 6k mile trip. Again, it was only #4500.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:10 AM   #56
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We are looking at the Rockwood 8285IKWS, just need to know if my truck can handle it.
Truck is rated for a GCWR of 15,500 lbs with a 355 rear gears. Max tow of 9700 lbs.
Rockwood 8285IKWS has a GVWR OF 9250 lbs, which is pretty close to max of truck.
Will be installing air bags on our truck to aid in the suspension.

Will this work? Or will we be overloading the truck?
I have a 14 F150 EcoBoost XLT with 6.5' bed and the MaxTow package and my truck pulls and stops my 5th wheel very well.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:43 AM   #57
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In this months Trailer Life magazine. The main article is titled Light Fantastic. It lay's out a F150 pulling a Forest River Wildwood. Gives all specs. and what it can do, a very good read. They use and show the specks on 2015 f150 supercrew. Tow rate 11,500 GVWR 7000 , GCWR 16,900 then they used a FR Wildwood T26Tbss. GVWR 7815 lbs.
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:33 PM   #58
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Wouldn't it be sweet if they put an EB in the F250, or F350. They do that and I know for sure they will at least one truck. MINE!!!!!
I'm thinking take something around 5L and twin turbo it. I think they could keep unladen mileage a couple higher than the 6.2 but have a much stouter engine. I don't think it would be a problem to get 550 ft./lbs. from it. Granted, fully loaded you'd probably see mileage in the 6-7 range. But for the guys that tow maybe a half dozen times a year, I'd be fine with that over shelling out the big bucks a diesel commands now-a-days.
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:56 PM   #59
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New Raptor EB is supposed to push out over 425BHP and nearly 480 FT#'s of Torque, I wonder if it will make it into the regular F150? If not sticking with my 2014


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New Raptor EB is supposed to push out over 425BHP and nearly 480 FT#'s of Torque, I wonder if it will make it into the regular F150? If not sticking with my 2014


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Wonder if it is just a new flash on premium fuel? I know you can break 500 ft.lbs with nothing more than a tune and premium on the current 3.5EB. I feel like the 3/4 and 1 ton market will be MUCH more comfortable with a V8 offering, though.
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