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Old 05-22-2018, 05:44 PM   #1
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Tow Roo Hybrid with F150 V8 or Need 3.5EB?

We've done a bunch of research on choosing the right 2015 F150 for towing a 23FL or 23IKSS Roo at their ~6,700-7,500 GVWR and staying within our budget. All the weight and payload numbers work out well and leave a ~500 lb payload buffer after 2 people, dog, generator, etc.

However, we seem to have a hard time finding the 3.5 EB and when one is found, it is much more expensive than the V8. We know the future-proofing and max towing arguments for going with the EB, but our budget just doesn't leave the room for it.

My question is: considering we are towing a 23FL or 23IKSS, will the V8 provide the torque we need for comfortably towing these TTs? We'll be in eastern US for most of our adventures.

Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Old 05-22-2018, 06:10 PM   #2
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those trailers are light enough I would not even give it a second thought.
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:09 PM   #3
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You'll be fine with the 5.0 v-8.
Not sure if the Max Tow Package is available in the 5.0.
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:52 PM   #4
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I tow my 233s with a 4cyl GMC Canyon.....Duramax. In all seriousness though consider it. Rated at 7700 lbs and gets me 27 mpg and 16 when towing. I have the crew cab long bed and itís a dream. Love the low rpms.
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I tow my 233s with a 4cyl GMC Canyon.....Duramax. In all seriousness though consider it. Rated at 7700 lbs and gets me 27 mpg and 16 when towing. I have the crew cab long bed and itís a dream. Love the low rpms.
I tow my roo 183 with a crew cab long bed durmax too only mines the 6.6V8 lml in a 3500hd . 2nd overdive (6th gear) all the way 1500ish rpm

I think the OP will be just fine with a f150 v8 and i suspect its going to be easier on his tranny than the ecoboost but i don't know enough about fords to be aure
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I tow a 23IKSS with a 3.5 EB, 6 speed trans with a max tow package. I do not know what the cost difference is of a V8, but I really like how the engine and transmission work together for braking during tow/haul mode.

Great acceleration and pickup too. I have never had to floor it to get up to speed. The downside is the MPG's. 18 just driving and 9 towing.

Good luck with your selection.
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Old 05-22-2018, 09:54 PM   #7
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I am towing close to 9k with my 5.0 with 3.73 gears. I would like a F-250 but not due to lack of power. You need to accept the fact that the 5.0 needs to rev but it is no slouch. If you plan to tow make sure you get 3.73 gears or at least 3.55s at a minimum and you will have zero problems towing a Roo. I routinely see 6th gear on flat interstate.
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:04 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the advice! It's very good to know that the V8 should work out!

For us, comfortably towing the Roo and a 36gal tank are key concerns. We're not expecting to get any more than 10 mpg, but we are "relaxed" drivers and stay between 60-65 mph. Being retired, it's all about the journey AND the destination for us.

We have our eyes on several 2015 F150's. All have 4WD, V8, 3.55 gears and the 36 gal tank. In our area, those specs run 28K - 30K for examples under 50K miles. We want the aluminum F150 for the payload advantage.

We did find one (private sale) truck that was in extremely excellent condition and only had a smidge over 19,000 mi, but it had the 3.31 gears. Not sure if that would make towing a bit more difficult.
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I didn't think there was much difference in pricing between the V8 and the EB if that was the only difference. I'm guessing all the EB's you've been finding are higher trim packages that you don't really need? If that's the case, have you inquired about ordering one through the dealer and seeing what the pricing comes up as that way?

That's the way we ended up having to go when looking for our F250. We wanted gas, and we needed a crew cab due to kids. Everything around here in a Crew Cab was diesel. There were only a couple of gas available in the whole county, and those were regular cab, bare bones 'work' trucks. So we ordered it instead.
Better to get exactly what we wanted vs trying to make do with something on the lot.
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I didn't think there was much difference in pricing between the V8 and the EB if that was the only difference. I'm guessing all the EB's you've been finding are higher trim packages that you don't really need?
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Yes that's right; the 15/16 EBs we are finding are usually well loaded and over our $30K spending limit. They also tend to have higher mileage. Ordering a new one is most definitely above $30K!
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