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Old 07-28-2014, 03:48 PM   #21
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Hi, I use my cruise on the ecoboost all of the time on flat and smaller hills. It does a better job at keeping the transmission in 6th than I can. Mileage is better as well. Going downhill the assisted braking of the engine is welcome and hardly do i need to touch the brakes. A good combination with my 5TH and TV.
X2 only time I take it off cruise is when we are climbing hills
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:56 PM   #22
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X2 only time I take it off cruise is when we are climbing hills

X3....and when I'm about to run up on the gassers going uphill ,)


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Old 07-28-2014, 04:24 PM   #23
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Get the king of SUVs--ford excursion. 3/4 ton SUV with a diesel.
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:31 PM   #24
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OK, it's only a ROO 23IKS... You don't NEED a HUGE diesel with a Duramax.... It's up to you if you want a Pickup truck or SUV, but you need to get up from the 4.7 into a 5.3 with tow package or a little more if you have lots of toys to haul.

I tow my 21SS Shamrock (Roo's twin) with my Chevy Silverado 1500 4X4. I have the 5.3 with tow package & I'm now using a Weight Distribution Hitch. I get around 9 or 10mpgs but I'm learning to slow it down under 65 to get about 2 more MPG's. I use my cruise & I put the transmission in "Tow" mode, it keeps the RPM's up a little higher. Tow's pretty good so far.

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Old 07-28-2014, 06:17 PM   #25
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You guys need adaptive cruise, I don't take it off unless I'm coming to a stop.
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:34 PM   #26
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2010 F150 with 5.4 L and no issues towing our 21 footer.

I bought the 2010 new after researching "best 1/2 tons" for towing and was surprised the F150 (at the time) had the best overall rating. Not too sure now, but I love my truck.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:01 PM   #27
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We have a 2011 F150 Super crew 5.0L, 3.73 rear end, max tow package, reese wd hitch. The Super Crew cab gives you the benefit of both a roomy passenger compartment and a pickup bed. Rear seat leg room is astounding. We have towed our 2010 Flagstaff 829Fkss travel trailer over 15000 miles with no problems whatsoever. Contrary to the opinion of many people on this forum, you do not need a larger truck so long as the 1/2 ton is properly equipped to tow. We did 4500 miles thru the Canadian Maritime Provinces and the truck never had problem. Any Canadian members here can tell you about some of the terrain in NB and Nova Scotia, pretty hilly.. We have been all around the Great Lakes, down south to Myrtle Beach and west as far as Denver Co. and I just loved the way my 1/2 ton Ford performed We just came back from Brennan Beach Camping Resort to North Chili NY and got 12.1 mpg. The route was fairly flat and we used I-81 and I-90. In the hill country we got between 8 and 10 mpg. Open road without the trailer was as high as 21.9 mph.Average with hills and flats was about 18.4. We've been towing with Fords for over 20 years and have had great luck with them.
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:23 PM   #28
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I run in cruise, usually with the tow/haul off. I bump the cruise up towards 65 going downhill, then bump it down as I start up the hill. I can keep it between 65 and 60 and usually at 2000 rpm most of the time. Sometimes it'll jump up to 3300 rpm going up the hill if I don't time it quite right. It sort of becomes a game, trying to time the hills, and you can get pretty good at it.
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Cowracer, I've been looking at expedition el's, but continually get swayed back to looking at 2005 excursions---primarily for the incredible amount of space in the passenger area...thinking how comfortable kids would be on long tow trips.
(The gasser models).
Not to hijack the thread; I would like to know your mpg in comparison with your average mph when towing. All us 1500 folks hang out at around 62 to keep it above 8mph. You 2500 folks, are you able to keep higher road speeds nod maintain a decent mpg (when towing)?
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:19 PM   #30
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Cowracer, I've been looking at expedition el's, but continually get swayed back to looking at 2005 excursions---primarily for the incredible amount of space in the passenger area...thinking how comfortable kids would be on long tow trips.
(The gasser models).
Not to hijack the thread; I would like to know your mpg in comparison with your average mph when towing. All us 1500 folks hang out at around 62 to keep it above 8mph. You 2500 folks, are you able to keep higher road speeds nod maintain a decent mpg (when towing)?
14 mpg empty. I usually cruise at 75 with occasional gusts to 80

Maybe 10-11 towing at 70-75. Now of course, this unit aint stock, but bear in mind that the 7.3 seems to be happiest around 1900 rpm. And that equates to about 72 (on the gps) with my tires.

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